Natas - DC Brau Brewing Co.

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50 Ratings
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Ratings: 50
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 8.42%
Wants: 3
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
DC Brau Brewing Co. visit their website
District of Columbia, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
DC Brau and Stillwater Ales joined forces to create one of their own. "NATAS" is a Belgian Style Imperial Porter brewed with a traditional high gravity Abbey yeast. At first glance "NATAS" is pitch black in the glass with wafting aroma's of burnt sugar and caramelized fruit. The mouthfeel is silky smooth with hints of cocoa. It has a gentle, warming phenolic character that begs for a follow up inquiry. The hops are used to balance this brew and lend a subtle complexity. The dark lord himself would be proud to serve this hellish offering to his legions of demonic minions.

(Beer added by: yourefragile on 11-19-2011)
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Sample had at Max's during their Rare & Obscure Festival (from notes, 4/17/14)

A: Pitch black, some lacing.

S: Roasted malt.

T: Roasty, malt, slight sweetness.

M: Carbonated and prickly.

O: Good stuff.

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Poured on tap at Pizza Paradiso Dupont into a tumbler. HORNS UP!!!

What a great looking colored brown cocoa head on this. Head is a good finger with lots of statying power and a slow fall, creamy too. Body is just a solid super dark brown/black walnut throughout, but also a slight red tinge just barely. Real nice.

Nose is chewy roast, mixing with fruity estery banana. Yeasty. Interesting.

Taste is a first rush of banana on the mid palate, complimenting with warm roasting coffee. Bitterness mixes on the finish with many angles: hop, char, powedered bitter cocoa, with a real smooth and tight carbonation that comes off just light enough but lets the dense flavors come out.

Real interesting take on a porter, Lots of fun.

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growler from the brewery

a: growler split into wide snifters, an attractive cloudy pecan brown in color, capping the surface is a dense, khaki head that retains well

s: the nose seems muted at first, but this beer really opens up after some time to warm - roasted malts invoke flashes of light roast coffee and chocolate, the belgian yeast bringing it's own fruity esters and hints of clove to the mix, the two mesh really - surprisingly - well

m: medium body with a light-moderate level of smooth carbonation, almost creamy, nice

t: flavors especially smooth for a porter - earthy chocolate and dry cocoa, light roast coffee, lots of yeasty belgian character - ripe banana and subtle spice blend in seamlessly, some underlying dark sugars at the start disappear after the swallow, leaving a slightly drying, lightly bitterfinish with lingering flavors of roast

o: always skeptical of an application of belgian yeast to a "normal" beer - can be kinda gimmicky, but this one worked out well, my personal fave from dcb thus far

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On-tap at RFD, Washington, DC

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a half finger high tan head that died down and left a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of dark roasted malts are present in the nose along with notes of chocolate.
T: Much like the smell, the taste has flavors of roasted malts but these are accentuated by notes of dark cocoa and hints of cola and Belgian yeast. Only a slight amount of bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I felt that this was a solid porter, although I didn’t' get that much of the Belgian yeast in the smell or taste.

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Natas from DC Brau Brewing Co.
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