solidfunk (9444) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JUL 18, 2015
Light roast and a hint of caramel. Pours black with OK head. Light bitter finish. Some chocolate. Tap at brewpub. dlovell2 (2357) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 29, 2015
Pours black with a tan head. Aroma is roasted malt with hint of chocolate. Flavor is roasted malt smokiness with coffee and chocolate with some mineral notes. Earthy hop finish. Maxbier (1000) - Maryland, USA - APR 16, 2015
Draft at source. Dark brown with modest tan head. Aroma is very light (roasted malt). Authentic dry stout, lightly roasted malt flavor, hints of coffee and cocoa, dry finish. True to style; very nice. Travlr (26268) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUN 8, 2013
Draft at the source. Just about black, thick brown head with good retention and solid lacing. Aroma of milk chocolate and baking briwnies. Taste is diuble chicilate tartuffo with espresso. Very nice. Great body for 4%. nimbleprop (8826) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 29, 2013
2oz pour at Franklin’s. Pours a watery, mahogany amber with some thick, off white head. Nose of caramel, roasted barley, coffee, malt, toast, a little molasses. Flavor is sweet, malty, caramel, toasted bread, coffee grounds, light vanilla. Dry, roasty finish. Nicely crafted.
MadRobin (2988) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - APR 18, 2013
On tap 4 oz. pour at Franklin's Restaurant, Brewery & General Store.
Opaque, black-brown with a creamy tan head and excellent lacing.
Aroma of toast, roasted malt, coffee and peat.
Taste of sweet roasted malt, dark roasted coffee and peat.
Medium/full body and low carbonation.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone lamas (1657) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 16, 2013
Draft. Arrived at the table a dark mahogany color with a thick and creamy khaki head. The aroma featured plenty of roasted maltiness, milk chocolate, coffee, vanilla cream, and caramel. Went down medium-bodied and quite smooth. There were no real surprises taste-wise - caramel and milk chocolate upfront, creamy vanilla in the middle, and some roasted coffee and mildly bitter dark chocolate notes at the tail end. Exceptionally drinkable and tasty despite the standard take on the style. A step up in quality from the other stouts Franklin’s has offered. BeerandBlues2 (13872) - Escondido, California, USA - APR 5, 2011
Earlier Rating: 3/24/2010 Total Score: 3.3
Draft on 03/19/10. Arrived at the table a dark mahogany color with a skim of a tan head. Strong aroma of coffee, burnt malts, caramel, and dark chocolate. Goes down pretty thin and watery. The flavor starts with plenty of earthy maltiness and some caramel. Dark chocolate and roasted coffee finish things off. Quite dry. Could use some more time to round things out a bit.
Tap. Pours opaque with a medium, creamy tan head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (coffee, roast, nutty), no hops, and light esters with notes of smoke, leather, prune, tar, oak, and charcoal. Flavor is heavy malt (coffee, roast, nutty), no hops, and light esters with notes of smoke, leather, prune, tar, oak, and charcoal. Light body, low warmth, and medium carbonation with a dry finish. l1br4r14n (451) - Rancho Cucamonga, California, USA - APR 18, 2010
Nitro. Pours black with minimal head. Roasty aroma of coffee with a touch smoke. Flavor leaves a strong impression of raw, red meat. Watery mouthfeel. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - APR 16, 2010
Nitro. Fluffy beige head atop cola-black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, coffee, chocolate, roast, light smoke. Taste is moderately sweet, chocolate, coffee, some roast, light smoke. Smooth light-medium body, lightly watery, easy drinking.