radagast83 (5273) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAR 6, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Merrifield Va location. Pours an extremely dark color - almost black. Extremely dark brown colored head. Aroma is roasty. Flavor is roasty, with touches of chocolate. It’s pretty smooth - and compliments a dinner quite well.
jrob21 (2761) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 13, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft sample at falls church. I was pleasantly surprised by the depth and complexity of this one. Nice bittersweet chocolate flavors. Roasted coffee aromas. Slight sweet smooth full bodied finish.
JamesD (243) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - MAY 30, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at the Centreville Sweetwater. I liked this a lot and ended up getting a growler. The flavor is very coffeeish and malty, a little dry. This is definitely not a thirst quencher. This beer goes very well with red meat. Not the best there is, but certainly worth a try, and not that expensive. A growler costs about $20 to purchase and then about $7 to refill.
alexanderj (3350) - Branson, Missouri, USA - MAY 18, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Sterling. Poured a dark brown, with a light brown head. Looked a little creamy. Aroma was light, of coffee and chocolate. Flavor was mostly roasted malt, coffee and some chocolate hints. Have had better of the style.
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - MAR 18, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
on tap at the sterling location. blackish brown body, a little brownish at the edges. thin creamy short dark tan head. faint chocolate malt aroma. flavor is roasted malt, a little bitter, faint coffee. faint roasted malt finish.
Nel (180) - Virginia, USA - NOV 1, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pretty decent beer. My girlfriend liked this moreso than I. Light coffee in the nose and mouth. Roasty stout flavor. It seemed as though it might be a little unbalanced. It reminded me of a black and tan in that respect.
meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - MAY 7, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reviewed from a recent trip to the Sterling Sweetwater. This came out with a black body and a slight brown head. Immediately you can smell the roasted malt and coffee aroma. Flavor is not all that complex as the strong roasted malt dominates anything else in the beer. Maybe slight notes of coffee, the aftertaste was dry and bitter as well. Mouthfeel was about medium to light with a smooth feel to it. Ok drinkability as the roasted flavor does get a bit old after a few glasses but overall a pretty good brew.
TheBeerGod (5409) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAR 28, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Grolwer. Black bodied with a huge fomay brown head. Nose is coffe, roasted malts, dark chocolate, light woody notes, and vanilla. This is not unlike Dominion’s Oak Barrel Stout from the bottle. Taste is chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, and light cocoa. Body is smooth and fully carbonated. Very pleasant feel to it. Finish is roasty malts, chocolate and burnt coffee. Light bitterness throughout. Good stuff!
jde123 (765) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 2, 2005
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
The server touted this beer as their "newest and greatest beer ever brewed." While this is probably true for this brewpub, this beer was still terrible. Watery, color is off, tastes like a pale lager strained through Folger’s coffee. Had that acrid aroma and taste of regular Folgers coffee. Awful stuff. Would not get this again.
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 30, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
growler: Impressively dark stout with a daark brown head that tried to leave the glass. A burnt malt flavor with a very dry flavor. Mild aftertaste, but that was expected. A decent offering.