ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JUL 13, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
I think this should probably be listed as a schwarzbier. Big roasty, chocolate nose, some light toffee and a touch of molasses. Nice and dry taste, lightly bitter, lots of milk chocolate, a bit of roast, very light smoke and a bit of molasses. Medium/light body is silky smooth with moderate carbonation. Brilliant stuff!
EricE (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 13, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler. Clear brown pour with a very fluffy light tan head. Aroma of smoke, chocolate, and licorice. Lightly sweet chocolaty flavor with some cracker and smoke. Goes down real smooth and easy. Some bitter hops to finish. Amazing session beer.
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 8, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Sample Date: 5/16/2009 Source:Other) Clean lager character in aroma. Clear dark amber brown with a small white head. Malty caramel with good balance of bitterness. Low spicy hop character.
radagast83 (5953) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - AUG 7, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
At Falls Church location. Pours a pretty dark color (almost black) with a medium, fast dissipating head. Notes of smoke and a strong roasted malt aroma. Flavor is malty, roasted, *much* better after allowing the frozen glass to warm up after about 20 minutes.
jefcon (1518) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUL 27, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A dark lager with a little bit of smoke on the nose and palate. The hickory is balanced out by the beer’s yeast, which is bready and rich. Clean finish, a drinkable dunkel that borrows the best elements of a rauchbier without overdoing the smokiness.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 17, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Sweetwater Tavern - Centreville on 05/16/2009. Clear deep amber body with ruby highlights and a small frothy off-white head. Sweet toasty and bready aroma with some chocolate and light molassas. Sweet roast and chocolate flavor with a bit of toasty and bready malt. Medium body with mdoerately high carbonation.
jgb9348 (5169) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 17, 2009
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Clear deep amber coloured body with a thin off-white head. Aroma of malt, nuts and a bit of spice. Light to Medium-bodied; Malty flavour up front with some light hops and subtle spices and nuts noticeable as well. Aftertaste shows more of the same, nothing great noticeable throughout the beer. Overall, not really worth trying unless you’ve had everything else at the brewpub - there are too many other beer offerings here. I sampled this beer on draught as a sampler at the Shirlington Oktoberfest in Arlington, Virginia on 07 October 2006.
allfreej (554) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 1, 2008
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
On tap at the Merrifield location. No nose, not much flavor, mild finish. A mediocre offering from a chain-brewpub. I was glad I’d only asked for a sample and hadn’t wasted the price of a pint on this.
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.