zendude (4) - Normal, Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2007 does not count
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
First sip conjured visions of tea steeped with a sweaty gym sock, full of bile. Second sip left me shuddering, i canít believe this beer can be this bitter and not be balanced by citricy overtones. Talk about bitter beer face! Beer starts out okay, highly bitter finish lingering like the last partygoer when you want to go to sleep! Do see some positive qualities to this beer, but donít think Iíll waste another $6.99.
NewState (2) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 22, 2007 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had this at the brewery the week after release. This is a well balanced beer, higly complex, and a pleasure.
doormouse (14) - Hastings on Hudson, New York, USA - MAR 21, 2007
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber color, white billowing head, nice lacing, faint aroma of hops, doughy, sweet smell, faint aroma of hops. Taste is strong and overpowering, very bitter almost sour with flavors of dried hops and pine. Biting aftertaste doesnít know when to quit.
RedXIII (127) - Powell, Ohio, USA - MAR 20, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy orange pour with little lacing. Great aroma of floral and hops that is quite strong but not overwhelming. Taste is very complex with pine, hops, and a sour shot of citrus. Bitter, dry finish is awesome.
jredmond (7305) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 20, 2007
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 29, 2012 12 oz bottle. Poured a murky-cloudy orange with a slight head. The aroma was very strong...and scared me. The taste attacked my tongue without mercy and left an aftertaste of some sort of sour fruit. A monster of a beer.RERATE:::: on draft at pony with Linh. 5 years, 1 month and 9 days later and Iím interested to see the change in my palate, or perhaps in the beer itself. Pours a deep, hazy orange body with a soapy white lacing - looks like the cask pour. Aroma is cinnamon and nutmeg. Linh says it reminds her of a chai tea. Mouthfeel is thin with notes of ginger, tea, cinnamon, lots of hot booze, and bitter hops. I think this would be interesting if they dialed back the alcohol a bit. Overall too boozy and a bit unbalanced, but still unique. +0.4
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - MAR 20, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle. Hazy orange with a medium head. Fair lacing. Aroma is grapefruit and oily resin. Taste bring out the caramel malt. It actually has a fare backbone of malt. Oily and alcoholic texture. Medium-full body. Iíd almost say that this is reaching for the plinys, but it falls just short.
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAR 20, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
20-Mar-07 12oz bottle, Double Dog. Iíll be damned. I didnít realize this was the Wild Dog. Iím glad itís much more affordably priced now. Seems to have not lost much, if anything, with the growth in production and for that iím thankful. Hazy cherry amber color with thin but lasting off-white head that sheets lace. Aroma is huge and inviting with a nice mix of citrus and pine plus touches of sweet bubblegum, some rosemary, and light backnotes of cat piss and petroleum (?). Mouthfeel is huge, viscous, and chewy with resinous biting hops. Alcohol comes through with an unfortunately harsh bite in the finish and is the only serious fault Iím finding with the stuff...then again, it IS a 10.5% brew so thereís bound to be some alcohol presence. The flavor is round and full with a solid maltiness found in chewy marzipan, apricot, and cracker flavors. Really a unique brew and a nice job by the brewers of asserting this beer as a huge pale ale, not a generic IIPA. The price (now) is right, too. I have to admit that Iím shocked by the score Iím giving this brew.
lethe (177) - New York, USA - MAR 20, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Orange-hued red pour has an instantly lively nose of fresh, assertive hops suggesting citrus and pine. Palate is heavy with lively carbonation. Flavor is really a treat with an initial hop bite that mellows through some sweet caramel malts, and ends with a lasting dryness. This definitely resembles some of the best recent examples of American barleywines with an excellent hop bitterness and malt sweetness interplay. If not the best brew from Flying Dog, then very close.
MikeHernandez (50) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 19, 2007
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is heavy hops, spruce, grapefruit. Average, frothy, white head that is mostly lasting. Cloudy body, tiny body particles, very dense. Orangish red in hue, could call it amber. Initial flavor is sweet and slightly acidic, bitter finish, duration of finish is long. Full bodied, creamy, average carbonation, bitter finish. Powerful hopping with excellent malt balance covers all traces of the high alcohol content of this ale, well done. I was nervous this would be overhopped, turns out I had nothing to worry about. Good job by flying dog brewery!
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - MAR 18, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 Oz Bottle. Crispy bready rich hop aroma of citrus oils, creamy fragrant pine and volatile florals. A great concoction of hoppiness. Lightly hazed pour of orange-amber, with a deluxe silky soap of banana-tinted cream. Sticky sheets of lacing. Flavor is a warming sweet glow of banana skin, lime peel, candied figs and pear nectar. Itís along the lines of the hop-heavy aroma, but melds nicely with the malt character and isnít destructively bitter. The hop flavors were well built here and in combination with the malt, make a luscious light fruitness. Finishes a tough sticky sweet, but a mouthful of hop cones help dry it out. For 10.5% alcohol itís extremely adept at concealing it! A very nice beer. Thanks Josh!