argo0 (11078) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 26, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler, thanks scraff. Small beige head atop clear dark brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, strong coffee, light bittersweet chocolate, faint vanilla. taste is moderately sweet, coffee, some bittersweet chocolate, light nut, vanilla. Low carbonation, some stickiness, medium-full body.
Travlr (9827) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 27, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler courtesy of scraff, thanks very much. Sweet, thick and creamy, not bad if you enjoy the sweetness.
BeerandBlues2 (8454) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - OCT 25, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler. Pours clear dark brown to black with a medium, frothy tan head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, chocolate, toffee, nutty), light hops (earthy), and average esters (dried fruit) with notes of vanilla, wood, and prunes. Flavor is heavy malt (cookie, chocolate, toffee, nutty), light hops (earthy), and average esters (dried fruit) with notes of vanilla, wood, and prunes. Full body, medium warmth, creaminess, and carbonation with a sweet texture and dry finish.
hopscotch (8367) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 30, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft… Pours clear and dark with flashes of crimson and a small, creamy, beige head. Good retention. The bouquet is nutty, caramely, and chocolaty with a generous measure of vanilla. Full-bodied and creamy with lazy carbonation. The flavor leans a touch toward the charred, bitter side of balance - roasted malt sweetness is narrowly surpassed by black malt and hop bitterness. There are gentle nuances of cocoa and vanilla as well. The lengthy finish is burnt, bitter and a touch boozy.
GT2 (7033) - Riverside, California, USA - OCT 26, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler courtesy of scraff. Poured a clear brown to black with ruby highlights. Excellent tan head leaves spotty lace everywhere. Aroma is cookie dough, milk chocolate, vanilla, spicy hops. Taste is rich, velvety chocolate, big vanilla and cocoa butter. Rich, oily palate. Good stuff.
JaBier (4332) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - APR 6, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at Pratt Street Ale House. Black pour with a medium tan head. Aroma of vanilla, chocolate and roast. Roasty chocolate flavor with lots of vanilla coming through. Finish is dank and sorta cardboard-ish, but otherwise pretty solid.
nimbleprop (3852) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 7, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Growler, pours a nearly opaque, oily black with a cloudy, tan head. Nose is coffee, vanilla beans, sweet, sugary. Flavor is sweet, like a vanilla milk shake, coffee beans, caramel. Full bodied, sweet finish. A little too cakey.
ryan (3187) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - OCT 24, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice chocolate nose, some roast, light cola and a touch of chocolate. The taste is moderately sweet, lightly bitter, tons of chocolate, some toffee, some espresso and a touch of vanilla. Solid.
MrChopin (2763) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 24, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown, soapy white head, nice bubbles. Cocoa nib strong in nose, light roast. Very sweet flavor, balanced vanilla and cocoa nibs with a wonderful husky bitterness through the finish. Nice stuff, very balanced and not overly sweet, rather coherent in fact if a little straightforward in mix.
sonnycheeba (2528) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 23, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap. Pours opaque black with average, fizzy tan head; short retention and spare lacing. Aroma is roasted and caramel malts, vanilla, dark coffee, chocolate, plums, and woody notes. Flavor is smooth, roast malt forward with supporting dark fruit esters, vanilla, and light earthy hops; smoothness transitions to an espresso flavor leaving a dry, ashy finish. Medium/full body and low carbonation.