BeerandBlues2 (14403) - Escondido, California, USA - AUG 21, 2011
Tap at Merrifield location. Pours black, near opaque with dark brown highlights with a medium, frothy and bubbly tan head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is roast, chocolate, and nutty malt, no detectable hops, light fruity esters, dates, and plums. Flavor is chocolate, roast, dark caramel malt, light wood, light bitterness (some is malt derived), dates, plums, and a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation, low warmth. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 11, 2004
Very dark brown body tipped by creamy tan head. Aroma is medium sweet, roasty, chocolate, some coffee. Taste is medium sweet, roasty coffee, chocolate, light anise. Watery medium body. bu11zeye (13288) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 18, 2006
(Draught) Pours a drak brown body with a medium-sized creamy beige head. Aroma of rich chocolate and roasted malt. Flavor of heavy roastiness, oatmeal, cocoa, and caramel. A rich dessert! radagast83 (8690) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUN 16, 2007
Merrifield location. Nice dark pour with a medium tan head. Frankly not a whole lot of aroma - roasted, but thats about it, nothing bad to it though. Flavor is extremely roasted, with a nice amount of chocolate, and caramel. Very creamy. Just about the only complaint was that it was probably served just a little too cold. Braudog (6940) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - JAN 14, 2007
Well, it starts out pretty good with a nice appealing reddish black hue. Then it begins to disappoint. Bit thin, for sure. There is a hint of chocolate character but in the end this fails to live up to the heartiness one would expect from a good porter. (#2647, 1/13/07)
jrob21 (3919) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 30, 2008
On tap at the brewpub over Thanksgiving break 2008. One of the better offerings I’ve had by these guys. Full flavored porter big on the chocolate and roasted malt. Burnt malt aromas as well to round out the experience. Elwood (3347) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - NOV 7, 2009
Appearance: Almost black with ruby highlights and a creamy, off-white head. Pretty good head retention and nice lacing left behind.
Aroma: Light nose with notes of roasted malt and light caramel. They have a bad habit of serving their beers super cold so I am sure there is more to this one.
Flavor: I wish there was more to this one! Very light in the flavor department with notes of roasted malt, wood, and husk. Overall very watery and flavorless. This thing tastes closer to a black lager (and a bad one at that).
Palate: Medium carbonation with a watery mouthfeel and a medium, roasty finish.
Overall: This is just a poor attempt at a beer. Tasteless and not worth drinking. Not recommended. Art (3220) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 13, 2015
Taster from the brewery. Opaque brown pour with a tan head. Aroma of toasted nuts. Light coffee. Taste is light bitter roastiness slight sweetness. Easy to drink. MadRobin (2989) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - SEP 30, 2012
On tap 5 oz. sample at Sweetwater Tavern in Centreville, VA.
Clear, very deep burgundy brown with khaki head and very good lacing.
Very mild aroma of bread, chocolate and coffee.
Taste of weak hot chocolate, watery coffee and toast.
Very light body and medium/light carbonation.
Completely lacking in intensity--weak in aroma, taste and body.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone obxdude10 (2395) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2005
Very dark brown in color, light brown head, nice lacing around the glass, lots of roasted notes in the nose, a bit of cocoa in there too, medium in body, fairly smooth & drinkable, flavors were a bit bland & light, flavors included roasted malt, chocolated, coffee, pretty average porter