Braudog (6385) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - JUL 23, 2006
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2008 Poured like motor oil, complete with the "glug glug" ... except the giant marshmellowy brown head on top (itís so thick, you can scoop it out like a milkshake on your finger). The seductive aroma is of whiskey malt and pine trees. The first quaff is enlightening, with a burnt timber aspect, but with a resounding dried fruit sweetness that presides. Exceptionally big, robust beer. Not what I should be drinking in this heat. Iíll buy more this winter!
burpfrank (299) - carpinteria, California, USA - JUL 22, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This had a nice active head,very strong.Color Black.aroma was a biting chocolate malt.Tasted bitter chocolate and coffee.Strong body.sticky palatte.This may be the best imperial porter I have tasted.Very good.It has a cool cartoon on the bottle to boot!!
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JUL 20, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from the Foodery in Philadelphia. Very dark brown, clear pour with a meduim sized but tight dusky sandstone head. Plenty of coffee and semi-sweet chocolate along with roasted malt, vanilla and alcohol in the aroma. Very much the same flavors but with a healthy hop bitterness which balanced the chocolate sweetness quite well. Silky mouthfeel and a long, sweet finish with touches of alcohol, caramel and coffee.
GregClow (3217) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 19, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle - via trade with jerc. Pours a deep, dark brown with a nice tan head. Aroma has a huge amount of chocolate, with some smokiness in the background, and a warm booziness. Flavour - well, the alcohol comes through a bit more than I would like, but aside from that, itís pretty damn good. Lots of chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, molasses - just really big and tasty. Nice soft mouthfeel as well. A bit of aging might mellow it out a bit - but then again, when youíre making a tribute to HST, youíre probably not aiming for mellow.
skoisirius (1908) - Earth, Washington, USA - JUL 19, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2007 12 oz bottle into an Enlgish Pint glass. Aroma is heavy on chocolate, roastiness, and alcohol. The flavor is almost to that point of being overly robust while lacking something I couldnít put my finger on...with notes of roasted malt, coffee, smokey fire, and dark fruits. The palate kicks into a heavy hop kick towards the end. Much props for the dedication to HST though!
IPAndy (120) - minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 18, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is quite harsh in a lot of ways. The aroma is sweet chocolate alcohol. Appearance is jet black with tan head. Flavor is smokey and roasted, licorice, chocolate. Some orange. This is nice, but then alcohol and aggressive hops hit hard towards the end and I canít concentrate on the good parts. Quite acidic, somewhat oily. Maybe it needs more age to get rid of the overbearing alcohol.
PaulC (1) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUL 16, 2006 does not count
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is the one of the best beers ever made. Not only does it taste magnificent, but itíll leave you floored after two, count them, two beers. Donít be surprised if you canít count to three.
Miksu (5046) - Jyvšskylš, FINLAND - JUL 15, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled. Black color with dark, creamy and long lasting head. Clean roastiness, coffee and fresh birch leaves in the aroma. Soft flavor with coffee, charcoal and dark fruits. Long sweet finish with charcoal, birch and salty licorice. Not the most complex porter/stout but still highly enjoyable. The gonzo labels of flying dog bottles are also great!
TheOrange (479) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JUL 15, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Again, on tap at Riverside. Nice black body, with a think off-tan head. Nice Malty aroma, maybe some chocalate and pine in there. This beer has a big flavor, the malts hit you pretty heavy. there are traces of the chocalate from the aroma and a bit a caramalize falvor Also, the alcohol is very noticable, this is not a beer that will sneak up on you. Good beer.
hopdog (11681) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 10, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Poured a dark black with reddish/brown edges and an averaged sized light brown head. Aromas of roast, light chocolate, light caramel, and pine. Tastes of roast, coffee, caramel, and pine. Should this be that piney - where am I picking up all the pine from. Alcohol content well hidden.