kathouse (1022) - Nevada, USA - SEP 16, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A deep, dark brown with thin tan foam. Smells of roasted malts and toffee. Nice roasted flavor balanced by a medium bitterness and a long aftertaste. Surprised by a thin mouthfell and low carbonation. Could have rated higher.
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - JUL 11, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Almond colored head with, very dark body. Smells of brown sugar and coffee. Good, lavish feel in the mouth. Malt wraps the tongue like silk, leaving behind molasses, chocolate, and maple flavors. Sweet finish with no drying. Coffee lingers Not much alcohol taste either. Fine brew.
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.
jde123 (764) - 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.
carl4beer (522) - Fairfax Station, Virginia, USA - SEP 27, 2008
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
on tap in Centreville. pours dark with thin head. aroma is tart with hints of roasted malt. mouthful is thin with a tartness that makes it hard to find the roasted malt... i thought this was a horrible stout...
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.
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.
epf33 (224) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAR 23, 2008
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
an amazing stout, roasty flavor, black color, brownish white head, aroma similar to that of guinness
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.