Dorwart (2312) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - AUG 17, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2006 Thick rich dark brown head of fine bubbles. Long lasting. Dark roasted malt aroma with a big helping of sprucy hops. Little bit of dark chocolate also. Amazing hops character for a porter. Color is a vary dark brownish black. Flavor is really amazing. Again BIG hops character for such a dark heavy beer. Tons of roasted malts, light coffee, molasses, a bit nutty and sprucy hops a-plenty. Finish is creamy and roasty and long lasting. Little bit of sweetness to offset the dry roastyness. This is a fantastic brew. A perfect balance between the heavy roastyness and the abundant hops. Hides its alcohol extreamly well. Big thanks to etowneraser for this one.
barleyPops (1138) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - AUG 16, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle. dark brown with a ruby edge, a one finger tan head that settles down to a ring of lace. nicely balanced ( it must be cause its going down pretty quick ). nose of chocolate and a similiar flavor but with some hop presence on the finish. a little thin but not to distraction. for the most part the alcohol is well hidden except for an occassional whiff from my snifte and as it warms me as I work my way to the bottom of the glass! Nice Beer!
jsquire (3230) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - AUG 15, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2008 Dark beer with a foamy brown head that left nice lace. Dark roast grain nose. Lots of roast grains, coffee, molasses, raisen and dark dusty chocolate. The finish is sweetened coffee bitterness. The sweetness turns into white sugar as it warms.
TheBeerGod (4913) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - AUG 13, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Opaque blackness with mocha colored froth resting upon it. Nose is nicely hopped and coffee laden. Bits of alcohol wafting through as well. Mild roasty notes. The hops seem to be in the forefront on this much like Alpha Klaus. Taste is roasted malt, coffee and cream, light alcohol, and licorice notes. Put simply, this is like coffee, cream, and sugar with a splash of liquor added to it(Irish coffee?). Light chocolate sweetness in this as well. Body is smooth and creamy with moderate carbonation. Lots of resident hop bitterness and light alcohol warmth. Finish is more coffee, roasted malts, chocolate, light licorice, hops and sweet malts. Alcohol is there but not overdone. Good beer! ***Update - lots of plums and tangerine notes during the finish. Lingering fruitiness throughout the finish. Nice!
fordest (1961) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - AUG 13, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at San Diego Brewing Co. Dark Dark color with a nice tan head that left nice lacing too. Deep aromas of coffee, alcohol, and dark malts. Flavors were rich. Chocolate, Sweet malts, and more alcohol. Very Tasty.
mrnutsnbolts (204) - Berkeley, - AUG 12, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a delicious dark black with a mocha head. Very large head with nice lacing. Smells of sweet overripe fruit, chocolate, and cigars. Tastes of hops, chocolate and sour apples. Sweet aftertaste, oily mouth feel, and warming after a bottle. Great beer. My first experience with Flying Dog was definately a keepe!
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - AUG 12, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 17, 2006 Rating from bottle, although sampled earlier on tap at Crane Alley, Urbana, IL. Gonzo pours a beautiful black with a dark tan head. Nose is of chocolate, tobacco and plum. My only disappointment with this beer concerned the flavor. Perhaps its because one grows to expect roasted flavors from such massive beers, and sweetness comes as an unexpected and somewhat unpleasant surprise. Since the sweetness is what I found most undesirable, Iím guessing cellaring wonít help this one much, but Iíll try regardless. All in all, this is remains the best product Flying Dog has produced, and I will come back to it again. RERATE: Iím more impressed with this beer this time around. Going in expecting sweetness changes ones mind about the beer. The loads of chocolate were impressive.
Aubrey (3356) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - AUG 9, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep and dark with a creamy-frothy head with tightly packed bubbles; sticky, lasting lace. Soft, thick cream on the palate. Fairly complex, with notes of sour milk, bitter chocolate, chewy oatmeal, grapefruit and grassy hops. Alcohol is a little warming, but nicely tucked away behind bold flavors and aromas. Light beers can be hard to brew because the smallest imperfection will shine brightly; but with big beers flavors are amplified, and could easily stray from reason ... so they can also be challenging. This oneís mighty fine, and my hatís off to Flying Dog.
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - AUG 9, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured black with a large creamy tan head. Surprising aroma of strong grassy hops with a touch of chocolate and alcohol. Taste is raisins, a small amount of roasted chocolate, grass, grapefruits, and alcohol. Very bitter warming finish. Good body. Not sure what to think of this one. It has more complexity than Iím used to in Flying Dog, but the hops feel way too dominant here. Granted, itís far closer to world class than they usually create, but some parts of it feel way overdone, while others feel neglected. A good beer, but I donít think itís a showstopper.
kujo9 (1091) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - AUG 9, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle: Creamy, lasting chocolate brown head on a thick black body. Strgong chocolate malt aroma @ first, then nutty, toasty, & woody. A bit of a resiny hop aroma and some solventy alcohol notes. Well balanced and again very chocolatey w/ some grassy & woody hop flavors in the finish. Lingering bitterness in teh aftertaste. Caramel & toasted malt flavors in between. Very little ester complexity especially with the alcohol presence. Finish is semi dry and woody hop that leaves a resiny taste in the mouth. Surprisingly, itís smooth for the hop and alchol presence, warming alcohol, and a a fuller medium body. Not a bad Baltic! A little too hoppy for my tastebuds but as soon as the bitterness tones down, it will be a really nice beer!