nimbleprop (8708) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 27, 2015
On "velvet" (aka nitro) at the 7th street location, pours a dark brown with some creamy, tan head. Nose has toast, burnt malts, bread, some pine, soap, a little chocolate. Flavor follows, medium roast, dark chocolate, toast, pine. Creamy finish. A bit dumbed down, but OK. DCLawyer (2847) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - APR 19, 2015
Backlog. Draft at brewpub (nitrogen called "velvet"). Deep brown with lite tan head. Bittersweet citrus and herbal hops over roasted malt. Sub-par. BeerdedDave (1853) - Beckley, USA - NOV 18, 2014
on tap at the brewpub; a nitrogenated version of their Black IPA; black with a creamy head; roasted malt and floral hop aroma; nice, smooth, roasted malt flavor; velvety, creamy mouthfeel; fairly bitter, though not at all up to IPA standards argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 4, 2013
Nitro. Large beige head atop brown-black body. Aroma is medium sweet, roast, some grapefruit/orange, light chocolate. Taste is moderately sweet, earthy/grapefruit, some chocolate, tangerine, light roast. low carbonation, somewhat thin light-medum body, light creaminess. deaconmike (470) - Roswell, Georgia, USA - JUL 9, 2013
On tap at the brewpub; they are calling it "Velvet". Really great floral, tropical fruit aroma. Taste starts with some malty sweetness and transitions nicely into bitter pine and citrus. Body is a bit on the light side, carbonation is soft. Tasty beer.
jgb9348 (6434) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 28, 2012
Dark brown coloured body with a nice tan head, about two centimetres tall. Aroma of pungent hops with a citrus and piney bite along with some roasted malt and caramel/toffee - nice! Medium-bodied; Strong roasted malt flavours with a very nice balance of hops coupled with some sweet finishes, but a very malty flavour at the end. Aftertaste shows some great complexity with the roasted malt, a hint of light spices and a bit of sweetness balancing out the sweetness. Overall, a nice beer and a good example from the style, especially from a local brewer. I sampled this pint on draught on 30-November-2012 at the Washington location. Travlr (25767) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - FEB 16, 2012
Draft at the source, under the name "Velvet." Dark maroon, thick white head that settles quickly. Decent pine aroma Taste is thin coffee grounds. Dilute body. Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2011
On tap at the brewpub. Served in a pint glass.
Pours near black with a half finger head to start. There is very little retention and getting lacing requires quite a bit of agitation. Even then, it doesn’t stick around for awhile. The aroma is a bit strange with the forward notes coming from some milk chocolate, almost like a lighter stout. The hop aromas are very faint and I can’t say that I would really recognize them if it weren’t for the name of the beer. Along for the ride is the good old diacetyl character--fun, fun.
The taste doesn’t really get any bettter. Along with mild chocolate there is also some mild roast character and the faintest hints of light piney hops. A bit of butter in the finish, which is otherwise fairly mediocre. I didn’t really want to.finish this and would not have it again.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 12-08-2010