DCLawyer (2843) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAR 31, 2013
Draft at Sweetwater-Merrifield. From memory. Pours a dark brown/amber with white head. Very malty with a hint of chocolate. Good, but one dimensional. decaturstevo (6343) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - NOV 18, 2011
Deep amber pour with off white head and lace. Aroma of roasted malt, light chocolate, and earthy hops. Sour malt, toastiness, light chocolate, and a light bitter. Medium bodied and a tad fizzy for me. ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JAN 22, 2011
Light cola nose with bit of toffee. Taste is lightly sweet with some raisins and dark fruit, lots of caramel and a bit of roast at the end. Decent brown ale. radagast83 (8301) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JAN 21, 2011
Draft at Merrifield, VA location. Poured a relatively clear dark brown color with a medium sized white head. Aroma is roasted malts, touch of coca, earthy hops. Flavor is a great nutty one with notes of earthy hops, roasted malts. This was the highlight of the evening. TheBeerGod (6253) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - SEP 27, 2009
Growler from the Sterling location. Pours coppery brown with a tall tan head. Aroma is hoppy, floral, and nutty with light cocoa and sweet malt. Some spicy hops come through as well. Taste is bigger nuttiness, spicy and earthy hops, cocoa, sweet malt and toasted notes. Body is light-medium and strongly carbonated, for a growler pour. Finishes with more cocoa, earthy hops, nutty flavors, toasted malts and light chocolate.
epf33 (227) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - FEB 24, 2009
head doesn’t hold. nutty undertone, slight chocolate hint, more of a lager than an ale. blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 24, 2007
draft, middle of the road brown. Nutty but fairly unremarkable. A fairly generic brown beer. hopscotch (11181) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 14, 2006
Draft... Sterling, VA location... Clear, copper ale with a mid-sized, creamy, khaki-colored head. Good retention with very thick lacing. Nutty, malty nose with subtle milk chocolate and piñons (pine nuts). Malty, chocolatey flavor, but perfectly-balanced. Medium-bodied and creamy with medium carbonation. Based on previous ratings, I’m thinking there have been improvements to the recipe... maybe more malt. Same frozen glass, though. Very nice brown ale. meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - DEC 7, 2004
Had this on tap at the Sweetwater in Sterling VA. This came out looking a dark brown with a slight tan head with a bit of lace left about as it was drank. Aroma was of semi-sweet chocolate and nuttiness that mixed together over roasted malt. The taste was very similar to the nose with chocolate, nutty flavors and a roasted malt combine for a great flavor that is balanced out with a slight hop bitterness and coffee flavor at the end. One of the most flavorful Brown Ale’s I have had ever. Mouthfeel was good with a creamy medium body and good carbonation. With the great taste this never really got old and the only thing that might slow you down drinking these is the 6.4% alcohol. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 11, 2004
Red-brown body topped by healthy beige head. Aroma is medium sweet, nutty, chocolate, caramel, light roasty. Taste is mild sweet, nutty, chocolate, some roasty, light caramel, coffee, light cola, earthy, finishing with some anise. Watery light medium body. Iced glass may have contributed to the wateriness.