argo0 (11181) - 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.
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 23, 2012
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Almost black, thin beige head, solid lacing. Aroma of chocolate strup with a bit of pine. Taste is bitter chocolate added to lager. I’m not sure the combo really works.
BeerandBlues2 (9071) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - APR 2, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Centreville. Pours clear black with a medium, frothy tan head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (roast, chocolate, coffee), average hops (spicy), and notes of prune and tar. Flavor is average malt (toast, coffee, chocolate, roast), average-light hops (spicy, floral), and notes of tar and charcoal. Medium body and carbonation, low warmth with a dry finish.
JoeMcPhee (8188) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 11, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at RBSG Grand Rapids. Deep amber pour. A little bit of soft cocoa. Fresh and earthy. Cocoa overlying some mostly pale malt. Fairly clean finish though. A touch of roast on the back - but nothing crazy. Long lingering bitterness.
Drake (7940) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUL 26, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler shared by ryan at the RBSG Grand Tasting... an interesting place to pad my dominance of Virginia beers. Neat! Pours a clear brown color with a medium tan head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee and nutty notes. The taste is caramel. nutty notes and roasted malts. Medium bodied. Nice.
GT2 (7875) - Carlsbad, California, USA - APR 7, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler thanks to EricE. Huge tan head formation. Rocky and sheen. Great lace and retention. Roasty, sharper nose with some melon fruitiness. Taste is tangy, roasty, mild coffee, soil, earth. Dry, tangy palate. Drier. On style. Sessionable roasty lager.
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j12601 (6585) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - AUG 25, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had this courtesy of Ryan at the Grand Tasting during RBSG. Pours a clear ruby tinged brown with a thin white head. Coffee and toast, roast and light smoke. Thin mocha and roast. Cocoa and toast.
deyholla (5968) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - JUL 27, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Growler shared by Ryan (thanks!) at the RBSG Grand Tasting. Poured slightly hazy dark amber with a near white yellow brown head that dissipated to the edges. Aroma was dark grains with a bit of caramel and grassy notes. Flavor had some more smoke combining with some roasted malts and grassy notes.
jgb9348 (4488) - 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.
radagast83 (4126) - 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.