ryan (3187) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - AUG 26, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bethesda. Dark brown body with a small, nitro, tan head. The aroma is light roast, some chocolate. The flavor is fairly dry, roast, chocolate and watery coffee. Medium body is thin with the typical nitro texture.
alexanderj (3196) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - AUG 1, 2007
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
On draft; looked the part, but the palate was really weak. Not creamy and almost watery. Flavor was good, but lacking complexity and great flavors. Mostly chocolate and roasted malt.
chriso (7306) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 16, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap (sampler) at the Bethesda location, July 2006. Vary dark colour - almost black and nearly opaque, with a thin beige head. Lots of chocolate in the aroma. More creamy chocolate in the flavour, with developing coffee notes and a dry, roasty malt backbone. Mouthfeel is on the light side but, overall, I thought it was a tasty and enjoyable brew.
3fourths (7523) - Boulder, Oregon, USA - JUN 6, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nitro at the Bethesda location. Creamy light tan head, typical nitro stout appearance. Nose of light roast and cream, some egg and light char scents as well. Simple toast and milk flavors, typical Guinness clone recipe, but drinkable. Finishes thin and a just slightly dry/husky.
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - FEB 11, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep black with a solid rocky head of brown foam. Decent lacing, excellent head retention. Mild dark roast coffee in the aroma.
Wow, my memory told me that this was going to be a milder stout. My memory was wrong. Bold roasted grain and tons of espresso abound. Coffee and a hint of minty hops in the finish. In the past, I have had ’coffee beers’ with less coffee flavor. I have had ’imperial’ stouts with less body.
Medium nitro tap body, solid carbonation, fairly smooth.
limalimamoli (52) - Oceanside, California, USA - NOV 15, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma: Moderate aroma of roasted malts, having a roasted coffee or dark chocolate quality. very low hop aroma, up to medium intensity. Light alcohol-derived aromatics
Appearance: jet black color, although Large, persistent head of light tan opaque.
Flavor: Moderate bittersweet chocolate. medium malt sweetness, with caramel flavors. Medium bitterness. Mouthfeel: full body. high carbonation.
Overall Impression: medium roasted Stout
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 3, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at Brewpub during RBSG DC 06 Weekend
Black, average head and lacing. Nose of moderate astringency, coffee, vanilla and light char. The flavor is dry and bitter, lots of astringency. The finish is lingering and dry, not enough body.
jon112981 (327) - Bristow, Virginia, USA - SEP 2, 2006
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap, nitro. A nice black color with a very light body. Taste is of roasted malt. Rather watery.
KUEric (866) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 15, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap, nitro: Nice deep dark brown color, a good little off white-brown head. Aroma was a little light, mostly of chocolate. the taste was more cofee than chocolate, some smoked/toasty/roasted malts, and nuts also. Good little dry stout. Reminded me a LOT of Boulevards Dry Stout.
One rater is calling this an oatmeal stout, it certainly wasnt in Behtesda, maybe at other locations, but this is a text book (in my meaningless opinion) dry stout.
Ungstrup (27643) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - AUG 12, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
At Bethesda location. A dark brown beer with a red shine underneath a thin brown head. The aroma is sweet with light notes of roasted malt and chocolate. The flavor is sweet malty and rather roasted combined with medium strength notes of chocolate and lesser notes of nuts. Nice.