NachlamSie (2542) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 1, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught during my NC brew tour. Pours a dark ruby tinged black with a tall, dark tan head. The aroma is very roasty with hazelnuts and coffee. Much more assertive nose on this than the General Stout. The flavor is chewy with toffee and almonds with some ashiness in the finish. This is distinctly English in style, but even better than many of its British counterparts.
Scubatrip (592) - Annandale, Virginia, USA - APR 30, 2006
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewpub, pours black with a nice tan head with good lacing down the glass. Really can’t smell much of anything. Tastes like a porter. Chocolate and coffee flavors predominately. Quite smooth in the mouth. Not bad overall.
BuckNaked (1230) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAR 26, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at the Brewpub in Greensboro 3/25/06: Brownish black body, opaque, with a lasting medium tan head. The head leaves nice lacing around the glass. The aroma is burnt malt, roast malt, and coffee. Taste is roast malt, coffee, dark chocolate, with a hint of yeast. Medium-full bodied, lightly carbonated, very smooth in the mouth.
Fish (440) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 5, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Stumbled upon Natty Greene’s Brewpub on a trip to Greensboro this weekend. What a find! They’ve got a growler deal where you can refill your used jug from the tap for $8 which really isn’t that bad a price for the equivalent of a pitcher of fresh-tapped beer. The beer itself was a thick black concoction, which seemed dry for a porter, and pretty strong carbonation. The beer had a really nice looking thick tan head, and a smokey aroma. Flavor was sweet dark chocolate, which led into a sharp smokey, fruity sweet, coffee finish. Pretty good stuff.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JAN 15, 2006
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2006 Draught at the brewpub. Opaque black color with tan head that laced the glass. Subtle chocolate nose with roasty chocolate flavor. Smooth, slightly sweet finish reminiscent of a chocolate milkshake.
grat (433) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 9, 2005
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This was a kind of "..eh.." beer. Deep dark beer. Very khaki head. Nose is faint but fruity with a very dry helping of peat in the nose. Beer reflects these things well on the palate. Very roasted, very dry and peat like...not so much smoky but obtains a very funky dry earthy flavor. At times fruity and cheddar-like. Palate is basic.