Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - DEC 24, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very hoppy aroma, a bit of honey, and maple in the background. Body is amber, with a dissapating thick foamy cream colored head. Very sweet, and the hops are drowned out a little too much. Very little carbination in the mouthfeel, and honey and floral tastes really are strong with the alcohol sweetness.
Ubiquibeer (140) - Cleveland, USA - DEC 22, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I was a little afraid to pay $10 for this bottle, because Iím not a great fan of Flying Dogís brews.
Dark amber color with a decent head and lacing. Grapefruit, citrus, sweet malt aroma. Fruity caramel start, bitter citrus/grapefruit middle and a sweeter citrus, maybe tangerine/caramel finish. A little more fruity than Double Bastard, its flavors arenít quite as organized as the venerable Bastard. Nonetheless I feel this ale is in the same league as the top ten, and a tad underrated.
Interesting and tasty ASA, IMO not bad at all.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 20, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear, amber body with a tight, tan head. The aroma is splendidly hoppy, full of bitter grapefruit, pine resin, sweet caramel, whole grains and some orange zest. The body is thick and almost syrupy in texture with subtle, velvety carbonation. Sweet caramel and bitter citrus play together nicely in the flavor. All told, itís rather bitter but the huge malt base is not completely lost. A tasty beer and certainly the best Iíve had from Flying Dog, and while itís certainly not the same, itís also the closest thing to Dreadnaught Iíve had in some time. And thatís always nice!
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - DEC 18, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark amber brew with a off-white head.Wow,nose ids like getting hit in the face with a bag of cut grapefruit and pine resin and wiping it off with a toffee towel.This sumgun is a little green and shouldnít have been enjoyed so early on.This will do well with a year or so.
DocLock (8698) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 18, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Huge thanks to goldtwins for this. Larry always surprises me and comes through in a big way. Let me begin by saying that IIPAs are a favorite styles of mine. This one pours a great turbid orangish/ruby with more rich, white head than the back room of a Connecticut gentlemanís club. Aroma of giant hops, citrus, and fruity apricot and peachy esters. Tastes very hoppy, with tons of malt for backboning balance, along with a solid grapefruit estery and piney resin element at the climax. This one is an elite....up there with the Dreadnaughts, Stoudtís IIPAs, Marin IIPA, and Titan IIPAs as the best of the class. A wonderful beer, just wonderful. This beer is so hoppy it would make Hines Ward frown.
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 14, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep copper color. Floral hop aroma. Sweet with great grapefruit hops. Sort of a soft syrupy mouthfeel. Everything balances incredibly well. Alcohol is well hidden. An incredible brew!
argo0 (12440) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 13, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Murky copper body topped by big beige head, leaves nice lacing. Aroma is medium sweet, strong grapefruit, some floral, pine, light cookie dough, lemon. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit, pine, some caramel, orange. The bitterness dominates. Creamy medium-full body with some grapefruit acidity and surprisingly little resin or stickiness. Definitely enjoyable, but does not especially distinguish itself among the crowded cast of imperials.
notalush (5451) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 12, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I found a place selling this for 7.99, which is the only reason I bought it since Iíve never been terribly impressed with Flying Dog - nice packing - the label appears to have the number 3006 hand-written on the label, so I guess thatís its bottle number - a very nice burnt copper pour with frothy head that lasts a considerable amount of time - piney aroma, with lots of resinous hops, grapefruit, some malt and slight alcohol - barleywine-like combination of malt and hops - toffee and caramel wrestle with a high hop profile, melting into citrus, followed by bready characteristics - a hint of spice in the finish and a lot of lingering hops - so flying dog can make a good beer - this is very similar to DFH 90 Minute IPA and Stone Ruination, but not really any better than those, which means that, though it is really good, it doesnít really warrant its typical pricetag.
Odeed (1798) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 10, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2006 as wawood mentioned.this wasnt the easiest bottle of beer to open.once i finally broke into it the wild dog poured a murky brown body with a white head that vanished after some time.it contained an aroma of hops,liquorice,and toffe.the flavor was sweet malts,and citurs style hops.with a smooth vinish.this is really good but a bit overpriced at 13.99 a bottle.RE-RATE:lots of the hops have faded,and alot of the sweet candy malts are still shinning through.but i must say its holding up well over time.
ElGaucho (2320) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - DEC 7, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
It appeared that folks at Flying Dog donít actually want you to get into their Wild Dog bottles based upon the difficulty I experienced trying to get the cork out. A friend ended up trying to use a waiterís corkscrew and cracked the top of the bottle. Luckily, no broken glass shards got into the brew and we were able to use a winged corkscrew to pry the remnants of the cork out. Once finally into the brew, it was clear is this far away Flying Dogís best effort in brewing. Nevertheless, it is not worth the $10.95 a bottle sticker price. A bomber of Stone Ruination is of similar ilk and mouthfeel, yet is better and only sets you back $4.50. Yup, theyíre proud of it.
Lovely hoppy aroma with salty sour notes. Lovely reddish orange, yellow in color. Not much head but this may be a result of having to pour carefully to make sure there were no glass shards in the bottle. Excellent lace. Very rich in flavor. Sweet, high alcohol mouthfeel, hoppy. Lasting palate.