tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - MAR 30, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
05 vintage poured into a snifter. Poured with the color of rich milky hot cocoa with a thick mousey light brown head. Initial aroma is hops which slowly subsides to a chocolatey roasted aroma.
The flavor is full, round, and long lasting. Starts with rich chocolate mocha and that carries through with tons of bitterness. The palate is abrasive. Maybe from hops. Maybe carbonation. Whatever it is is distracting. Over all a fine beer and well worth the time and money. Thanks Indra.
eggman (45) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz. bottle, purchased over a year ago, kept in standard fridge...Pours a solid black with a small, coral-like, dark tan head that diminished rather quickly. Very good lacing...Light toasted chocolate malts combined with heavy pine hops. Average alcohol taste with a hint of licorice...Full bodied, thick and creamy, with a soft burning carbonation and a bitter syrupy finish...Very long in flavor, with a light port-like sweetness coupled with heavily smoked chocolate bitterness...Dominates the mouth with a warm dark chocolate that begs you to take your time with it. Outstanding! (The one I had fresh over a year ago was not rated, but from what I can recall, it definitely has mellowed the burning alcohol effect. Delicious either way.)
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - MAR 29, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle, vintage 05. Pours a dark brown with a small brown head. Aroma of pine needles, then some coffee and chocolate. Taste: big piney hops up front, pretty resiny, also has some oak in the taste, alcohol very well hidden, along with the coffee and chocolate. Pretty dry finish. Soft carbonation. Flying Dog did well with this one..
swanmann (718) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 28, 2006
3.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 12, 2006 Just poured a 750ml between 3 of us, just pint glasses. Velvety and sweet. Couldn’t keep the heads down. Creamy. Looks llike a rootbeer float. I think I taste caramel. Some kind of wood. Gonzo dutifully remembered.
imperialordie (6) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 28, 2006 does not count
3.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not true to style, yet pretty good beer, THis is not a style I like yet has a good quality. Among the earthy ethiopian coffee taste it has hoppy texture. Actually would go good with ethiopian food.
bgburdman9 (861) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - MAR 27, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very thin brown head. Had quite a strong citrusy hoppy aroma for a porter. First taste was choclately with the citrus hop taste. The alcohol was well masked though for being up around 10%. Pretty solid body overall. This beer is very unique for me, I have never had a beer this dark with such a hoppy taste.
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - MAR 24, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Mostly black, crimson edges, thin, dying brown head, minimal lace. Nose of roasted malt, anise, berries, cherries, resin and others. Full bodied, moderate carbonation, some roast,flavors of berry, hop resin, lots of chocolate malt emerges with a silky smooth finish, hops linger from beginning to end. Very good brew, alcohol concealed, not the most balanced brew nor does it really fit the style but I enjoyed.
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - MAR 23, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fresh hop nose hits you right away and tones down into chocolate and malt. Chocolate, some hops, black malt, coco, alcohol, and a little coffee and raison. Finishes with dried fruit and milk chocolate.
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - MAR 21, 2006
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
soft milk chocolate aroma with some roastiness, beautiful black body with a finger and a half of tightly packed reddish brown head, bittersweet chocolate slightly chalky mouthfeel, noticeable cascade hop presence and alcohol presence, the good doctor would’ve been proud.
ncyankee (22) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 20, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2006 I had two of these from different batches within a few days and I would say this beer definitely benefits from 6 months of aging. The vintage 06A was quite good, but the 05F just blew me away - richer, mellower, sweeter - really tasted more like an Imperial Stout, and as good or better than any I have had (namely Old Raspy and Storm King.)