drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JAN 12, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This beer is getting ratings all over the place, so it may be safe to say it is a beer for a select few. Very strong roast, the malt here is darkly smoked and unusually fruit laden. Sweet undertones give the smoke added depth, but it doesnít work as intended. The fruit comes off as more of a distraction and I find the actual beer to be a bit thin without it. I congratulate Flying Dog for actually putting a lot of effort into their malt profile for once, I just donít think itís quite right yet. Confusing and unrefined, this beer (as with many FD beers) needs some reworking.
ATOmemphis (200) - Franklin, Tennessee, USA - JAN 9, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Great head and great lacing. Chocolatey and quite heavy. Taste had appropriate porter tastes. Not a bad beer at all.
Lubiere (11225) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 9, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep dark porter with a creamy brown head, lacing. Pleasant aroma of figs, molasse, floral hops, vanilla and licorice. In mouth, rich pungeant chocolate, with burned caramel, smooth but long bitterness, funkey. This is quite a noice tribute to the Doc. Bought at Knightly Liquors, Orlando, 7.99$ for 4 pack.
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JAN 9, 2006
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Very dark brown, puffy sienna head. Flavor is charred smoky with stale chocolate and exhaust fumes burbling up. Eating a Hersheyís bar on an old diesel locomotive plowing through a forest fire. Uncomfortably sweet, cloying flavor permeated with liquid smoke and charcoal. The black malt doesnít work here. Bit of orangey citric hop thrown in there but mainly just char. Somehow itís overhopped in spite of the laser-like sweetness. I donít know what got into my fellow ratersí heads on this one. Not at all enjoyable.
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - JAN 6, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz, 9.2% vintage 05F. Some interesting fruity smells came out upon opening. Pours a good brown head over black (ruby-brown) porter. The beer starts out harsh and hopped, but "Buy the ticket, take the ride," and luckly as I drink the evilness is tamed. It mellows out and becomes smooth and smokey. The hops remain, and it comes off very similar to an Imp. Stout. Alcohol is hidden behind choc. & coffee. The finish was phenomenal yet came way too early. Vaya con Dios, Good Doctor.
Likeburning (149) - Franklin, Tennessee, USA - JAN 6, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This deep chocolate colored brown headed beer is one not to miss for porter fans. Very thisk and hearty, best enjoyed with good friends during good times. Hints of different coffees and other dark herbs? Heavy and smooth. Especially great for a medium sized brewing company.
eve (240) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JAN 5, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours deep black releasing strong coffee, chocolate, and flower hop aroma. Smooth rich full-bodied taste with espresso, chocolate, and hints of tobacco on the finish. Sweet and velvety on the tongue.
Crit (3562) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 1, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black with small brown head.Great roasty/light chocolate nose. Thick and chewy. Deep roasted flavor, light chocolate and hops
RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer welcomes with the cascading aroma of chocolate and sweet yeast. This beer fills the glass with a dark dark brown fluid the rests under a thick chocolate colored head. This beer has a mild chocolate taste that is somewhat bitter sweet, The sweetness is what is left to linger after the fluid has been swallowed.
Nuffield (3858) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 29, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
When does a porter become a stout? Iím sure my style-oriented friends will remind me of the reasons that this remains a porter, but when you Imperialize a porter, in my book, you get a stout. And so it is here: you have a big hop aroma, rich and supple; a massive flavor of roasted malts, burnt wood, and chocolate/coffee; and a palate of greater thickness, viscosity, and richness than many stouts. Plus, itís essentially opaque with a dark colored head. Lovely beer (though the aroma isnít necessarily my favorite).