wj94 (69) - Virginia, USA - JAN 22, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Almost the same coloration as the pale ale on tap....deep red if held to the light, dark brown/black if looked at with no direct light. Very roasty smelling, taste is the same. Roast/light chocolate/nuts/caramel. The first few days this was on tap it was not very good but as the end of the batch neared, it seemed to take on a better flavor profile. Not sure why. Mouthfeel is just about non-existent. This one is a bit disappointing compared to the other dark beers they usually rotate on tap, but still a good sessionable beer if out on the town with friends.
JamesD (243) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - JAN 9, 2008
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
This a great beer for people who like roastiness and smokiness. I personally don’t like such flavors and aromas that much so it doesn’t appeal to me, but if you’re into such things this would be a beer worth seeking out if you are in the Northern Virginia area.
jrob21 (2795) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 28, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a deep mahogany color but slightly transparent. Decent malt profile of caramel and chocolate malt. Slight bitter metallic hop finish. All of it comes in a little flat. I would think you could add a little more of everything and get a more full bodied beer.
KUEric (888) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 21, 2006
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
A malty aroma with not much else n the nose. Pretty much everything is a little onesided. Dark with no head whatsoever to speak. Not the best beer they make. For lack of a better word, it was very british in everyway.
argo0 (11885) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 15, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear mahogany body with tan head, nice lacing. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, chocolate, light cherry. Taste is medium sweet, chocolate, some caramel, light coffee, lager yeast. Light-medium body.
guzzler67 (1538) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark reddish brown appearance with a head that looks like it was nitro poured. Aroma was filled with toasted malts, coffee and a hint of nuttiness. Medium-bodied flavor that was just a tad on the thin side. Reminded me more of a schwarzbier with the moderate bitterness and lack of fruitiness.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - JAN 9, 2004
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Deep red, wispy creamy mocha head. Nose a bit coffee. Coffee repeats in flavor, bit of bitter. Too thin, fades at end.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 28, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown ruby with a creamy tan head. Big roasted malt aroma with some smokiness. The flavor is roasted malt with some bitterness with chocolate and coffee backing it up. Medium body, smooth nice finish.