radagast83 (8625) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAR 11, 2007
Draft at Downtown location. I am somewhat unfamiliar with this style of beer, so I didn’t know what to expect. Copper color, with a thin white head. Malty aroma. Flavor is that of spices, with some ginger. CaptainCougar (7634) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 10, 2007
Sampled on tap on 7/15/06 at the downtown location: Pours a lightly effervescent copper with a thin ring of white head. Has a toasty, earthy grainy and sweet biscuity malty aroma. Starts with a sweet earthy grainy maltiness, some mild toasty malt and a drier bittering hoppiness. Has some warming alcohol in the finish. TheBeerLover (1027) - DC Metro Area, USA - FEB 22, 2007
Sampled on draught at the brewpub in Shirlington, VA. Very interesting and flavor example of biere de Garde, brewed with black pepper and ginger. This beer pours to murky, caramel color, with a thick, creamy, white head, and a moderate carbonation. The nose on this beer is spicy, with aromas of ginger, and crushed black pepper. The palate is firm, with good pale and toasted malt flavor, paired with a very evident, spicy/peppery back drop. This beer finishes with more pale and toasty malt up front, then ends with some spicy ginger and black pepper, paired with some warming heat. Very interesting, spicy, beer. You really can taste the black pepper in this beer. I enjoyed it, but it might be off putting for some. Makes a nice beer to match with a number of dishes on the Cap City menu. BückDich (5477) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 3, 2006
Draught at Downtown location during RBSG DC 06 Weekend
Clear amber color, no head and light lacing. Nose of lightly spiced beer, sweet malt, light carbonation, some esters and a touch of that ginger. Moderately hopped and floral. The flavor is sweet and syruppy, lightly tart and a bit of estesrs, but way too sweet and uncarbonated. Should be dry and fizze. N’est ce pas? SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - AUG 12, 2006
on tap at the brewpub. pours a rich gold /light copper with a thin white head. tasted earthy, like peat. almonds and hazelnuts. when it grows up, it wants to be a single malt scotch. a fine sweet aroma. this is a really good beer.
scraff (2125) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 29, 2006
Clear and coppery, white fizzy head. Real interseting and somewhat complex nose of ginger, toast, caramel, grass, and black pepper. Flavor was similar with up front tones of more ginger and black pepper that balance on a bed of grassy hops. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, spicy finish. 7.5% ABV here for those that need to know. I like it for the fact that it was unique, not the same boring staple beers they always brew. A good effort... beaconstreet (811) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 24, 2006
Somewhat spicy, wafty on the nostrils. Hefty in appearance. One will probably do for this beer. jasonp (1581) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - JUL 23, 2006
Draft, Cap City Downtown RBSG 2006. Clear copper with a white head. Caramel, some grass, and light spice in the nose. Flavor has notes of spiciness, pepper, a touch of flowers and caramel. Medium bodied with a smooth texture and moderate carbonation. Solid, drinkable stuff. TheBeerGod (6284) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUL 21, 2006
Draft at the Downtown location during the RBSG DC Pub Crawl. Rusty amber. Nose is spicy, fruity and flowery. Lots of peppery spices in the taste, light caramel, soft ginger, grass, and fruit. Body is medium and smooth with moderate carbonation. Finishes peppery, fruity and yeasty with more malt and flowers. aracauna (3710) - Georgia, USA - JUL 17, 2006
Clear copper with very little head. Possibly because it just came on line today. The rest have been excellent in all areas of appearance. The aroma is a little bit floral, a little bit musty and a little bit of pear fruitiness. The flavor is full of the spiced stewed pear fruit. A bit sweet. Interesting, but not really all that complex.