BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - NOV 16, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours an ink black color, with a nice creamy tan head that lasted and left wonderful lacing. At the nose, big hop aroma with chocolate and light alcohol. The flavor was a mild chocolate and coffee, but also that unknown bitter hoppy taste found in all Flying Dogs. Medium to full bodied with a creamy texture. I’m not sure of that Flying Dog taste though. Overly hoppy for a Porter especially an "imperial".
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 15, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark Brown with Dark Tan Creamy Head. Chocolate, Roasts and Tinges of Hops on the Nose. Big Chocolate Roasts. Creamy Mouthfeel. Roasted Dry Ending. Bitter as Well with a Delayed Warming. Very Good, But Like Their Other Brews, a Bit on the Raw Side. Aging Would be Beneficial.
fly (1420) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - NOV 15, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I am weak and without a mind of my own. I am easily influenced by gonzo journalists and their crony artists. Also to friends bearing gifts of imperial porters. My taste buds are to be questioned when I find such muck as this to be worthy and praised. That it was full bodied, deep, and full of pleasant flavors, some bitter, some roasted, some alcohol warmth and all working well enough in harmony .. I was well pleased.
BCAR (222) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - NOV 14, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep soy-sauce color with a quickly dissipating thin ecru head. Nose is of roasted malt, hops, and chocolate. Good mouthfeel, just a little thin. Chocolate and malt goodness. Finishes a little bitter. Just doesn’t compete well with other imperials out there.
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 30, 2011 Bottled at the Chris O Beer, Cheese and Curry powwow. A black coloured beer with a slight tan coloured head. The aroma has coffee and lightly roasted malts together with some berry fruits. The taste is full-bodied with dark chocolate, coffee and roasted malts. Tongue tingling, strong and tasty. Big thanks to CaptainCougar for bringing this one over to Kook and to Kook for sharing.Score 4.0
Subsequent ratings scored 3.8, 4.0 and 3.9. Average becomes 3.9
harrisoni (14345) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at London Gathering Nov 05. The label on the bottle sparked an interesting debate over Hunter S Thompson and is he over-rated. Black beer with farily non existant head. Nice aroma and goodish balance. Chocolate orange and coffee dominate throughout. Pretty good, but as Duff says, this lacks a bit of the intensity you would expect from an Imperial
Mungo (2471) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle @ London Gathering Nov 05. Thick black. Liquorice and citrus hops. Clash of citrus and roast notes.
hershiser2 (1284) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - NOV 13, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Paid $2.40 for a 12-oz bottle. Pours a thick black with a large dark brown head. Resembles really used motor oil. Sweet light hoppiness in the aroma- citrus & pine and some licorice maltiness. Much lighter flavor than expected: cascade hoppy fruitiness followed by a biting maltiness with some chocolates. Wow, this is a kick ass beer.
TChrome (1429) - Bedford, Texas, USA - NOV 13, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beer pours black with a rocky dark tan colored head tinged with red. Lots of lacing also. Aroma is rich and dark, with rum soaked raisins, dark chocolate, alcohol, and coffee. Flavor is big and fulfilling with flavors of dark chocolate, coffee, and a significant hop bitterness in the finish. This is good beer. Great thanks to Jason for the trade!! This beer extends the paradigm shift for Flying Dog the began with Flying Dog Double Pale.
IndianaRed (2669) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 13, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours a nearly black witha huge chocolatey brown head and lots of clingly lacing. Dark chocolate malts and notes of tootsie rolls. Some piney hops aromas as well. Flavors of dark roasted charcoal and quite hoppy. Evident ABV at over 9%. Hefty and smooth feel and very robust. Lots of smokey/bitter aftertaste.