StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 8, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
750-ml. all to myself, bottled Sept. 2004, No. 8657 and 9% ABV, for those of you who give a damn.
Translucent amber-orange in color with a dusty, oily, grey flecked head. Consecutive pours would usually yield a foamy, orange tinted head and thick rungs for lacing. Aroma is hot dogging it with mango and grapefruit abrasions, some greasy potato chip bags, hints of alcohol content and some freesia and rose blossoms to provide touches of floral lightening. Decadent oily residue seeps in to welcome us to the flavor department. Thick orange, papaya and starfruit provide a citric shine, yet thereís no plateau or break of alpha absurdities (might be the nature of itís age, but it lends itself to being one of the best balanced double pale ales that Iíve ever had.) No dactylic alcohol whatsoever. Nectarine cream melding with vanilla-orange caramel/toffee nips. Oily, thick, chewy and massive substance on the palate. Hefty malt bill with controlled carbonation and a sonorous, balanced motif that reminds me of Goose Islandís latest batch of the Imperial IPA. Finish winds down in like fashion, pulling on orange dream and hints of papaya enzyme. Subtle force and complexity, and a sheer delight to drink. I donít think this one could have been any better than when I had it in its present state.
CMUBEERMAN (421) - - FEB 1, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I shared one of these with Zeswaft a while back, I just remember that it was really citusy and didnít hide the alcohol at all.
doubleipa (224) - Georgia, USA - JAN 31, 2006
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Have had this in the cellar for well over a year. I expected this beer to lack some of itís great hoppiness it had when I had a fresh bottl. However, the aroma certainly indicated that the hoppiness did not diminish. Unfortunately, while it smelled very hoppy, it sure didnít taste very hoppy, at all. The head was great for a year old; it lasted forever and had excellent lacing. While the aroma was much hoppier than malty, the taste was the exact opposite. There was still some hops left and the alcohol had lessened quite a bit.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 28, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2007 Bottle 3353. Hop aroma of grapefruit, lemon, grass, and malt. Aroma is pretty subdued for the style. Pours murky amber with floaties. Nice frothy white head with some lacing. Initial flavor in dominated by citrus hops, and the caramel sweetness comes out as it works its way down. The earthy, grassy, resiny finish lingers nicely. One of flying dogís better brews. Charging $11.99 for 750ml is a tad high for my budget.
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 10, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Keg @ Akkurat, Stockholm
Very hoppy and sweet. Full bodied barley wine, to me. A bit too sweet in the long run and quite bitter for a barley wine. Demanding. Red fruits and grape seeds in aftertaste.
thedm (4935) - Fort Wayne, USA - DEC 26, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This bottled brew corked and caged while brewed on 9/4 as a limited edition bottling and marked 3518 thusly poured a medium sized head of foamy fine to medium sized mostly lasting off-white colored bubbles that left behind a good lacing. The body contained unnoted carbonation, was transparent with hazy yeast floaties and unnoted in color. Its aroma contained notes of brown malt hoppy musty but different. Its mouth feel is initially tingly with a very tingly palate and a aftertaste. Its flavor contained mild floral dirt caramel hoppy doughy notes and was very different.
bigrond (1478) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 17, 2005
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
aroma is overpowering and it promises piney hops. It delivers but the flavor is too piney and very balanced. this gets a few extra points for 10.5% But this is a poor example of its style.
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - NOV 26, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour was amber with immediate nose of hops, all kinds. I got grapefruit, grass, lemon, spruce and pine. Good lacing from the off white head. This was a chew and sticky PA, lots of bittering from the multitudes of hops. Good sweet pucker finish.
Ughsmash (7136) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 11, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle #8627, September 2004. Poured a rather clear medium orange with a billowing beige head. Lots of lacing followed this down. Big aroma of Pac NW hoppage (grapefruit and pine forest) and some caramelly sweetness. Flavor much like the aroma, and hop-centric... hops were bright and fresh with grapefruit, orange zest, and pine needles (but had some apple cidery characteristics to it). Sweet and sticky caramel malt provided a medium backbone. Finish was dry and cidery, with some grapefruit and some residual sweetness. Nice and warming. Very good brew!
Indra (2619) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - NOV 6, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle - #1128, Sept. 2004 vintage. Fairly intense aroma, copious amounts of fruity, citric, leafy hops along with some toasty, sweet, lightly husky caramel malts and notes of freshly-cut pine, dried flowers, orange peel, pear and faint tea leaves. Dark, hazy orange-copper color with a fine, uneven, lasting head. Flavor profile is certainly focused on the hops, once again quite fruity and citric with a light woody edge and enough malts to give plenty of backbone and toasty, rich sweetness that seems strongest about midpoint. Lingering hop bitterness, alcohol and mild acidity on the palate with a creamy, rich, body. Only after considerable warming does the true nature of this canine emerge. Fairly impressive effort from Flying Dog. If you have any of the 2004 release left, you may wish to consider consuming it fairly soon before the cidery presence develops any further. Thanks to beeryum!