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 (1093) - 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!
Kevin (2065) - New Mexico, USA - AUG 8, 2005
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
pours black with a dark head. nice alcohol sherry aroma, definitely chocolately too, and some noticeable grassyness.inviting after an hour workout.sweet flavor at first that has grape and chocolate. finishing bitter balances this out well. the alcohol in this is hidden perfectly. i would not know it was 9.5 if i didnít see it in front of me.. lingering plum like sweetness in the finish has just the slightest alcohol bite.this is a damn fine beer and i hope to see the gonzo fist memorial someday.
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 8, 2005
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Opaque black with a large brown fomay head. Dark chocolate, hints of roast malt, hints of sherry, and wisps of plastic in the aroma. Subdued dark maltiness, some hints of roast and coffee, with a pleasing bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium heavy and rather smooth.
bu11zeye (11933) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 8, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 26, 2007 (Bottle) Pours a black body with a large creamy light brown head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, pine, and grapefruit. Creamy texture with a soft carbonation. Flavor of hops and chocolate.
Quyntarious (33) - Ohio, USA - AUG 6, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sweet smell, chocolate, sugar, deep black, black color, very heavy mouth feel,smooth finish.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - AUG 6, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Coffee colored with a thin tan head, this is an interesting brew. The fllavor is complex: notes of bittersweet chocolate, dark cherries and a few other goodies. itís medium bodied & tasty.
Metalhead (627) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - AUG 6, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2005 Poured deep brown,mild short lived head. Aroma is minimal mild malt/hop mix. Hint of overripe dark fruit.
Has some mild pine,coffee,chocolate grapfruit. Weird in a mild way.Like a more oily subdued version of Alpha Klause. I wish this was a bit more in your face/over the top. Pretty good tho.
Cornfield (5460) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - AUG 6, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A fitting tribute to the late, great Hunter S.... complexly wild and packing a punch. It pours out nearly black, a dark brown with red highlights and a towering chocolate brown head. The hops in the aroma are sinus clearing powerful, pine and grapefruit dominating. They do not, however, cover completely the chocolately, hard-roasted malts. Itís smooth in the mouth, deceptively cloaking the 9.5% abv, which burns out the sides of your mouth in the finish. The flavor is a hodgepodge made up of roasted malts, chocolate, nuts, kick-ass resinous and citric hop bitterness, hemp, dark fruits, caramel... a wonderful mess! The finish is roasty bitterness with a serious afterburn. Excelsior!
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Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - AUG 6, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Citrusy, flowery hops, alcohol, coffee, ripe fruit, and caramel in the aroma. Pretty close to black with a thin tan head. Rich chocolate and coffee flavors balanced with pronounced resiny hops, solid hop bitterness, moderate roast character. Full-bodied and creamy with fine carbonation. American imperial porter would be the best style to describe this beer.