pfr (121) - KÝbenhavn, DENMARK - APR 28, 2006
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottel 33 CL
Color - Black/Brown
Head - Beige
Aroma - Strong, Coffe
Flavor - Bitter, coffe, Hops
Cobra (1100) - - APR 27, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz. brown, longneck bottle. No freshness date seen. Loud pfftt when opened. Poured out a completely opaque dark brown color, with a volumous tan colored head. Aromas are of caramels, chocolate covered cherries, coffee, fresh malts, and a background of earthy hops. Flavors are of hot chocolate with cherry syrup in it, yeasty bread, caramel sauce. Thick, rich mouthfeel. A pleasure to drink.
ekarmst (44) - Ames, Iowa, USA - APR 26, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Vintage 05G - 12 oz. brown glass.
A rather simple nose dominated by a definite c-hop aroma. Clean. Malt aroma lower than expected for such a large beer. Roastiness and floral esters emerge as this sample warms.
Pours an opaque dark brown with a huge brown head that fell rather quickly to a tight silky lace. Flavor is malt balanced fades to a simple roasty caramel middle with no hop flavor which carries through to the finish. Roastiness and caramel linger in the aftertaste.
Medium full body with a bit too much carbonation contributes to a crisper than desired finish. A little alcohol noticed in the finsh.
A decent beer that appeals mostly because of original gravity. Basically a wee heavy with some roast barley and american hops. Very drinkable and none obtrusive. A bit of smoke character and age would improve this beer greatly. Lay this one down.
T2Tool (352) - Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA - APR 21, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Granted I am a big porter fan and grew up reading "Rolling Stone", hence a Hunter S. Thompson fan, which means I had more than one reason to appreciate this beer. Iíve had it only from bottles poured into glasses, and the high alcohol volume and how good it is and how smoothly it goes down had made my wife limit the number of them I can have at one time.
PeterA (340) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - APR 19, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cherry aroma. Dark brown, almost black color with a medium light brown head. The flavor starts as cherry, but finishes as espresso. The mouthfeel is slightly astringent, maybe from the alcohol. Overall, a good beer.
hiphops (286) - caldwell, New Jersey, USA - APR 16, 2006
3.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
good yo. pours mad black like dirty motor oil. smells like kalamata olives but not in a good way taste good roasty molassessness.
Hawksfan17 (890) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 15, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black, midnight black, with a thin head. Very complex beer, at first I smelled the sweet chocolate but as I kept smelling I picked up on the floral hops. The flavor is just as complex and good. It is rich, smooth, and velvety. It sort of tingled on my tongue for a second as I sipped it. It had a very sweet chocolate, dark roasted taste to it. Very nice.
raphael (1015) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 14, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
thick chocolaty head, darkest possible brown & opaque brew. aroma of sawdust & chocolate, hop tang below. the edge of the burnt initial taste is smoothed out by the sweetness whose dark chocolate is interrupted by a frothy hop. appropriate body & goes down very smooth, when alcohol rises and mixes a coffee & kahlua cocktail.
kepano (247) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 14, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2006 I picked up Gonzo on a whim long after I had tasted samples of Flying Dogís unimpressive gamut. However, I was taken by surprise by this porter as of the pour, a beautiful deep black body lit by a few tones of rich brown sparkling through the glass. The thick tan head forms a soapy center progressively circumscribed by smaller and smaller bubbles, ultimately reaching a creamy edge. A surprisingly complex aroma emanates, reminding initially of apple syrup, supported by cappuccino, cream, milk chocolate, mushrooms, grapefruit and with warming a touch of banana. The fruits are reverbated in the flavor giving it a sweet character that pleasantly mingles with the milk chocolate, coffee and the finishing bitterness of dark chocolate. The smooth and creamy texture complements the flavor subtly, coating the palate just slightly. A wonderful surprise and a decidedly delectable brew.
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - APR 11, 2006
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with a dark brown head. Aroma is hoppy with some pear notes. Lush sweet malts provide most of the flavor. I donít taste chocolate or coffee as I expected. Instead this beer is fruity. I taste mostly pears. Also has some pine and floral hops which is interesting for me in a porter. Very smooth and leaves a beautiful lacing down the glass.