iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 9, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle: huge, brown, foaming froth; outrageously black and the aromas quickly fill the room while the thick foam settles into a quarter inch persistent layer…Crisp pine needles arose thoughts of a fresh grove of pine trees dusted with a virgin snow. Roasted vanilla beans, fresh hop flowers, honey suckle flowers, and the most amazing pine. What an aroma! The flavour and palate seem dull compared with such an aroma…though there are great roasted components; a sharp acidity kicks in on the back of the tongue and makes the finish harsh. Rich, almost chocolatly, characteristics linger around the mouth and leave an astringent bitterness on the tongue. A nice beer with a stellar aroma.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - OCT 7, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Falling Rock. Pours a rich, deep black. Aroma is chocolate and roasted malt. Flavor is a bit chalky, but finishes with a strong chocolate/roasted malt flavor. Palate is thick and flowing.
lamas (1324) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 7, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle. Vintage: 2005. An opaque black pour with a small, creamy mocha head that leaves rings of lace. A surprising amount of citrusy hops in the nose with some underlying chocolate cake, creamy coffee and vanilla. This is thick and silky-smooth! A heavy porter body with enough hops to tingle the tongue. Sweet, roasty coffee body with hints of cream. Bitter mocha flavors in the finish. I’m really shocked that Flying Dog managed to pull off something really good for once. A great American like Dr. Thompson deserves such a great beer.
PeterLikesBeer (104) - Berwyn Heights, Maryland, USA - OCT 7, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours almost black with a tan head that diminishes quickly. Very strong flavor of chocolate and coffee. A very well balanced porter. Enjoyable winter beer.
ryan (3187) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - OCT 7, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2010 Pours jet black with nice brown head, mostly diminishing. Aroma is lots of coffee and chocolate. Favor is a nice mix of sweet and bitter, lots of chocolate and coffee, a bit of hops comes though at the end. Full bodied, texture is smooth, long finish.
csbosox (1216) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - OCT 6, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2008 OK! Let’s party! or so it says on the Ralph Steadman label. HST was quite the writer, I’m glad he gets his own beer(s). 12oz bottle. Probably drinking way too cold, only a few minutes from my beer fridge, at 43° in NB worthy glass. Pours black, with some reddish tints at the top. Smallish mocha colored head. Foam coats the glass, as does the beer. The aroma is roasty with some bright, citrus hops note and some earthy, piney notes. The mouthfeel is huge, that is the first thing you notice. The beer is THICK. The flavor is sweet and roasty, in fact, it almost tastes burnt, maybe just bitter. There is a good deal of hoppy bitterness on the finish, and some bright hop notes, but the the malt is unrelenting and beats down the hops. Seems a bit out of whack, but it is good stuff. Thanks JCW.
re-rate OK! LET’S PARTY!! and I did before this re-rate, in fact maybe if I wouldn’t have, I would have realized I had already rated this beer. But, it is much warmer this time, in fact it is being served at 63.8°, 20° warmer than last time. I, for one, think it will benefit, let’s see. I am sure it looks the same as it did last time, expect this time it’s in my schlafly english pint glass, a great little pickup. The aroma is hoppy on the edges of the glass, the hoppiness is fruity and spicy, nice. When my nose dives in, the smell is more roasted malt with coffee and chocolate hints. + 1 for aroma. The beer is thick, but I can’t go much greater than a 5 for mouthfeel. The thing I remembered most about this beer was the mouthfeel, this is a massive, powerful beer that really coats the mouth before the hops bitterness kicks in and washes it away. The flavor is good, not great. It is roasty with an initial chocolatey mocha taste that is quickly followed by alcohol, bitterness, and a very astringent mouthfeel. This is a very agressive beer, much in the same mold as victory storm king and/or alpha klaus. I gotta give this beer’s flavor props, it really is a monster. Better knock the flavor +1. Overall goes up +1. Was a 4.0, now a 4.3.
3fourths (7797) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 5, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. First impression is a leafy sweet hop and cocoa scent. Reminds me a little bit of Three Floyds, very sweet, almost a little irish cream or vanilla and bourbon, but covered in a leafy fresh hop scent. Fairly thick - and a bit harsh, with a twangy bite on the lips. Tastes of grassy chocolate and maybe a little mint and spruce. Grassy, sweet dark peaty and earthy hops and lightly smoky grain. Interesting, but not exactly a great porter.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 5, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very good. The first Baltic Porter I’ve tried, so I don’t really have any style reference points. It is similar to imperial stouts, so if you’re IS fan (like me) than this is a must-try. I think Hunter would have been proud.
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - OCT 4, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a pitch black color, very nice light brown head. Awesome lacing. Aroma is black licorice, cocoa, grass, chocolate, coffee. Flavor is smooth, and chocolatey, coffee, molasses, earthy tones and a velvet smooth finish. Very nice.
NachlamSie (2646) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2008 bottle. Pours thick, a solid opaque black with a dense dark tan head. The nose is of molasses and roasted malts. Solid thick chocolate in the mouth with a pleasant level of bright hops. The finish has some citrus notes amid the roastiness. As I drink it, absurd lacing ensues on the glass. This is a sturdy, bold brew which isn’t exactly a conventional porter, but endlessly full and robust.
Revisited on draught
It always struck me as unusual that Flying Dog doesn’t offer anything great except for this one truly awesome porter. This time I noticed more of a green hop profile, especially in the aroma, and tons of soy sauce. Letting this warm brings out loads of dark, syrupy chocolate. I still hold this beer in very high regard.
[August 16, 2008]
Bottle at Bier Garden. Pours super black with a very dark head. The aroma has not only rich scents of coffee ice cream, espresso, and burned brownies, but also sharp and clean pine and citrus. The mouthfeel is very syrupy in a delightful way. Hints of ash, espresso, roasted wood, and a surprising U.S. hop presence, though this beer is certainly about monstrous coffee and black chocolate. This is literally an imperial stout.