thedm (4935) - Fort Wayne, USA - SEP 16, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This corked and caged bottled brew marked June 2005 limited edition poured a long lasting large sized head of foamy fine to medium sized dark brown colored bubbles that left behind an opaque dark black body with no visible carbonation and a good lacing. It had a strange malty aroma that was quite different from the norm with dirty musty notes that I found hard to describe. Its mouth feel was initially smooth hoppy and malty and a mildly hoppy finish mixed with strong malty notes. It had a malty dark malt hoppy roasted malt flavor.
yayforbeer (752) - Orange Park, Florida, USA - SEP 16, 2005
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beer pours black and thick with a small dark tan head that doesnít last long. Aroma is herbal, medicinal and alcoholic, not especially pleasant. Flavor is dark malt, coffee, and chocolate, with some roasty bitterness. Thick and silky, even oily. Not much carbonation. The label is somewhat of a turn-off, it looks to have been designed by someone imbibing in something stronger than 9.5% beer, or else just another exercise in stupidity like the rest of the Flying Dog lineup. No class. The beer is interesting, flavorful, and fairly complex, but the overall experience is sub-par. $7.99 for a four pack at Broudyís, Orange Park, FL.
TAR (2495) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - SEP 14, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Virtually opaque black. Rocky and sticky light cinnamon froth. Mint mocha chocolate, shoe polish, and burnt toffee aromas. Velvet soft carbonation. Deceptively watery. Sprucey hop flavors abound as substantial acidity puckers the cheeks and deflects the decadent bittersweet chocolate truffle notions. Quite thin, as a result of the acidity. Silky blanket of chocolate malt coats the tongue and makes a valiant attempt to strengthen the body, but the acidity continues on. Solid earthy roast depth, though, and well nuanced with fresh grains. Alcohol lends a mint-mocha effect, which dries it out, but is not a factor otherwise. Finishes with a gritty dusting of cocoa, espresso, and unspent roasted grains over a soupy foundation of molasses fudge cake and spruce flavored hop belches. Looks and smells nice, but the excessive acidity is a major hindrance. Will not age well.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 14, 2005
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2005: Pour is thick dark black with a big fast fading tan-ish dark brown head that left some nice lacing...something seems horribly wrong with the nose...every third or fourth whiff, I smell burning plastic...also lots of hops in the nose...some light herbal notes along with coffee...thick out slick oily mouthfeel with some nice rich chocolate and a few other malt flavors up front, fading into a thick hoppy alcoholic finish...very different than most other Baltics Iíve had...
Nate (3727) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 12, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Todd at Tuluneís for selling me his last bottle until his (hopefully) next shipment. Huge hop profile, ozone and resin with grapefruit and orange rinds. Underlying this hoppy frontal assault is a deep coffee and toasted malt sweetness. Big malt and coffee hits in the second half of a sniff. Amazing that these two distinct profiles can exist so harmoniously. Dark black and oily body with heavy chocolate-tan foamy lacing head. Thick oily body, chewy, with medium carbonation and nice warming effect. Big malty start. Thick chewy chocolate malts and bitter coffee notes. Big bitter hops to curb any sweetness the astringent coffee bitterness didnít kill off. From start to finish, this is just big on flavor and big on hops. Almost cloying finish and heavy bitter chocolate resinous after. Damn fine porter.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 12, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark dark brown body. Thick creamy brown head, fades into a lasting creamy ring.
Chocolatey roasted citrusy cascade hops.
Finishes with a slight roasted chocolate grassy hop. Very late finish has coffee grounds.
Great balanceÖ love the hoppiness in the porter base. Good smooth bright, yet roasted sweet flavor.
allfreej (552) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 11, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2008 Great armoa, hinting at the fine flavor to come, Gonzo pours deep brown with a lacy, medium tan head. Very malty, with caramel notes and a full mouthfeel, but the amazing feature of this brew is the hoppiness that asserts itself from the first taste to the finish. A wonderfully balanced ale, I can only hope that the fine folk at Flying Dog keep tabs on these reviews and add Gonzo Imperial Porter to their litter of other fine ales!
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - SEP 11, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
First off, thanks to Duane for this one, probably my favorite Flying dog brew, simlar to road dog, but more like I expected road dog to taste like, much more flavorful, Chocolate, hops even dominate, very smooth, well hidden alcohol. Quite good.. Iíll remember this one.
walter (359) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - SEP 10, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Wowzers! Gonzo brewing? Works for me. Deep black color with impressive brown head-- looks luscious. Very balanced aromas of dark fruits, roasted barley, toffee, dark chocolate, some stoutlike sourness, and a great deal of hoppiness. Flavors of all of the above with a nice sweet/sour tang all the way through. Incrediby smooth mouthfeel, nice and creamy, but not oily. Chocolate aftertaste sticks on the tongue and coats the mouth. Really impressed with the balance of the hop flavor and aroma with everything else. A fine brew. I offer a salute with my fist full of beer raised high in the air. Rest in peace, my good man; you are remembered.
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - SEP 10, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
almost like a light imperial stout, pretty damn nice and at $31 on ebay for 4 pack, itís a much better buy the SA Utopias. Nice roasty taste along with chocolate and cream. body is black, with a nice tan head. Body is unimpressive, but the beer sure is.