meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - DEC 3, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Got a growler of this from the Sterling Virginia Sweetwater. This pours a jet black with a decent sized tan head that has fairly good retention. Lacing was left around the glass as this was consumed. Smells are mainly of roasted coffee and grains with a touch of malty sweetness. The taste is almost identical to the smell with a roasted grain and coffee flavor standing out with a bit of a bitter dark chocolate flavor to it as well. Mouthfeel is about medium with good carbonation. This is highly drinkable and a great all around stout. There is a little more coffee flavor that I would expect, but not to the point of over doing it.
jgb9348 (5430) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 1, 2004
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Dark brown in colour with a slight watery look to it. Large-bubbled tan head that doesn’t look too promising. Aroma of slightly sweet roasted malt with some bitter nuttiness to it. Medium-bodied; Watery feeling with some roasted malt, coffee, a bit of nuts and little else. Aftertaste just bitters the palate, no sweetness is picked up in the aftertaste. Overall, a sub-par beer that should be passed for better options at a visit to the brewery. I sampled this pint from draught at the Centreville location on 30-November-2004 with good friend phil (haddon90).
jasonp (1565) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - JUN 5, 2004
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
Man, compared to their High Desert Imperial Stout, this is just plain dead. Pours a dark brown/black with a light brown head. Aroma is roasty. Taste starts off with roasted malt/coffe and then goes nowhere. It seemingly just turns into water. Has no sweetness at all. Mouthfeel is very thin and watery. Not recommended.
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 26, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
A decent stout. Served in a cold glass which hid a lot of flavors and didn’t help the beer . A nice thick oatmeal with a decent finish. One of my favorites from Sweetwater so far.
VAYankee (339) - Virginia, USA - JAN 17, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark brown with a tan head. Roasted malt aroma with just a little chocolate. This stout was mostly focused on roasted malt flavor and delivered a pleasing dry malt finish. This was an excellent end to a nice dinner, however I would categorize this beer as a little tame.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - OCT 8, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tan head black body. Oaty malty aroma. Flavor is middle of the road stout. Nothing really special. Body is rather watery. Compared to their Imperial Stout this is very run of the mill.