SB (334) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 24, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From Bottle (from notes sept. 05)
Poured dark, with off-white creamy head. Aroma of Chocolate, and roasted malts. Flavor very rich. Hints of Caramel, Vanilla, hops, and coffee. Carbonation good. Mouthfeel creamy. Smooth Finish, Alcohol very well hidden. I didnít realize it was this big intil I looked it up.
ElGaucho (2280) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - DEC 22, 2005
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow! Rich, hoppy, fruity, dark roasted malt aroma. I canít imagine a porter smelling better than this. Not sure what porterdude was thinking giving it a 6 for Aroma. Completely opaque with a small brown head. Excellent lace. Sweet and very good. A little salty/sour, but not overly so and by mid glass youíve forgotten about that. Why canít Flying Dog put forth this type of effort with all their brews? This is outstanding; virtually perfect for a porter.
Papsoe (25074) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 20, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Bottle 35,5 cl) Black and opaque with a handsome, creamy head. Lovely hoppy nose. Surprisingly sweet with great notes of caramel. Lots of roasted malt, lightly burned flavours. Very lovely. 031205
porterdude (170) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - DEC 19, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Poured a very muddled black color, rather "thick" looking pour, almost like a watery molasses. An aroma of blackened malts, sweet sugar and smoked malts, kind of "off-putting". I had to let this beer warm up a little to enjoy al the wonderful flavors. A very thick sipper. Lots of super charged chocolate malts with hints of vanilla, peat, and a light hoppiness that blends well with all the malt. A very thick bodied beer.
acertain (249) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 19, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2006 Wow. What a plesant surprise. I had almost given up on porters as just not having enough depth to compete with the best stouts. This one, though, was amazing. It poured jet black with a nice tan head. The aroma was nice, though a little subdued. I could floral hops, coffee and smoky malts. In the mouth it was wonderful. It felt thick and very smooth. The flavors were very well balanced. It was sweet, smoky and hoppy. It was less of all of these things than the biggest stouts, smokeds and IPA, and it was almost a perfect balance. It didnít hit you over the head like a world-wide stout or 90-minute IPA, but you got all the flavors in concert. Gotta get more of this one!
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - DEC 17, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This thing is really freaking dark with a nive tan head but I coildnít figure out why I could get so much of a hop aroma from this and I was expecting a blast of chocolate and roasted malts.Was it me?? it was good but it was more like a black and tan with a porter and an IPA mixed.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 15, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2007 Draft in snifter at Flying Saucer. Served too cold as usual with this place. Aroma of vanilla and roasted malt. Nice half inch brown head, some lacing. Flavor is sweet with a slight bitterness, and I taste a small hint of maple. Creamy in the mouth, soft carbonation, and a smooth finish. Alcohol is very well hidden. I really liked this porter, and was quite surprised at how good this was. This is easily a top ten porter for me. I had the bottled version a month later, and it does not taste like the same beer. Draft is much nicer.
LegalizeLSD (5) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 14, 2005 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2005 chocolate, coffee, roasty, vanilla, licorice, clove aroma, black, frothy, brown foam head with smooth, elaborate lacing, heavy sweetness, very bitter, medium sourness, full body, creamy, soft carbonation, long finish, could easily be my favorite porter. i would have to try it next to an Edmund Fitzgerald...
adrian910ss (2410) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 14, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a black color with a very thick rich creamy beige head. Resembles an Imperial Stout. Aroma is piney with lots of dark rich chocolate present along with malts, coffee and hops. Flavor is excellent. Rich and creamy with a nice chocolate presence and hints of hops, malts and coffee. One of the best porters Iíve had to date.
Hannibal88 (9) - USA - DEC 14, 2005 does not count
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
What can I say? Wow. A phenomenal beer. Ridiculously rich. Looks like Coca-Cola, but darker and redder. Strong hints of chocolate and coffee. The 9.2% alcohol content is incredibly well-concealed; you donít notice how strong it is until wham, it just hits you. Perhaps a 4.8 rating is a bit high, but I think the average rating on this beer is way too low. It definitely ranks in the top several American beers Iíve ever had.