argo0 (12122) - 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 (5360) - 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 I’ve 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 that’s 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 doesn’t really warrant its typical pricetag.
ElGaucho (2299) - 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 don’t 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 waiter’s 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 Dog’s 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, they’re 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.
obisbeer (565) - Barcelona, SPAIN - DEC 7, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Lightly hazy amber w/off white head. A ton of pine, vanilla, light citrus and spicieness with faint cherry on the nose. Heavey w/sweet mid and piney sweet finish. Pine, cream, vanilla, citrus all show on the palate but it’s a bit raw and needs time to settle down.
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.
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 7, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dec 2004, Swedish dregs, Alts etc tasting w/MartinT, tiggmtl and Rastacouere #19. 750 ml bottle. Cloudy dark amber, huge lacing follows the large head downward...citrusy, pungent nose, bold and strong if not original...bitterness ebbs and flows, orange-cream sweetness present throughout, body is decent but nothing more.
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 7, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very America - aggressively hopped with lemon-orange-grapefruit-citrus-pine hop nose. Amber-brown coloured body with decent white head that recedes slowly to cover with some fair lacing. Extraordinarily sweet malt flavour with plenty of orange-pine-resiny hop flavour and a failrly intense bitterness that emerges from beneath. Some notes of alcohol. Medium body, though somewhat watery in the mouth. Strong alcohol warming. Bottle enjoyed with with MartinT, muzzlehatch and Rastacouere.
MartinT (8550) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 6, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Precious and wealthy grapefruity C-hops project their resin atop a monarch head of lasting foam. A crown fit for an Epicurean.
Acid citrus fruit tangoing with coniferous hops, oranges waltzing with sensual creamy bitter hop pulp. Little malty sweetness watches the ballet from the distance.
Under the hot southern sun, exuberant youths harvest hop flowers, thinking of the pine cones of the north.
Rastacouere (6159) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 5, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark copper body, sticky and foamy irrgeular bubbles off-white head. Good looking. Huge C-hops aroma emanates minty. Hop leaves are citrusy. Not very complex, but fresh despite not showing much malt. Different on the tongue where malt is obvious, it’s actually almost fatiguingly sweet like a pie crust. Tons of citric hops, not overly bitter despite the big hops flavors. Grapefruity, lemony, bready flavors. Interesting fruitiness: kiwi, peaches. Quite piney. Well, this was rather enjoyable, quite atypical though fairly well made and tree oil reminiscent. Nice mouthfeel too, well rounded, rather creamy medium to full body displaying soft carbonation. Alright in its genre, but not too interesting to my tastebuds.
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!