jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JUL 20, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz. bottle. ’05. Dark brown, almost black in color with a small tan head. Strong piney hop aroma along with dark roasted malts and some chocolate. Flavor is both sweet and bitter, with the hops and roasted malts alternating on my tongue. Nice beer.
noelcb (271) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - JUL 20, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
It was as black as midnight, so devoid of light as to make the bravest soul weep. There was little head, but what there was was tan, and quite headish, and left lace behind. The cogent mind searched for uncommon aromas and tried not to succomb to the dark soul of the she-beast. There was malt, and rust, and alcohol to be found and dark sweet fruit was there too. I was seduced by this potent assemblage. I drank. Deep and long I quaffed the bitter liquid, basking in the heady dusk of this fearless brew, revelling in the malt smokiness, yeasty ’shrooms, and the herbal headiness imparted by the noble hop. I swallowed. I sighed. I knew happiness.
crazyvin (1836) - New York, USA - JUL 19, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
poured a obaque blackish borwn color with a tan head. Really sweet aroma with cooca and caramel notes. Sweet flavor with a lingiring coffee note. Really smooth with a nice alcohol presence.
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - JUL 18, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep black with lasting foamy tan head that leaves a full lace in the glass. Aroma is fairly large. Strong distinct roasted and coffee malts and a piney hop backbone and a creamy nose. Flavor is fairly complex and it has a smooth and creamy presence. Coffee malts give a roasted flavor that is nicely ballanced by a piney hop with considerable strength. Nice beer, I like it.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JUL 18, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From the bottle at a beer tasting and then on tap at The Blind Pig in Champaign, IL. Little difference between the two. The color was opaque black with a frothy tan head. There was a lot going on here. The aroma had chocolate, anise, malty, coffee highlights, some spiciness. Nice thick feel in the mouth. Oily. Coats the tongue and lets the flavor linger. The flavor echoed the nose: chocolate, spice, coffee, hops. This was a surprisingly good effort from Flying Dog. Probably the best thing they’ve done.
jaymobrown (1606) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 18, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Roasted bitter coffee flavor. Thin feel. Bitter finish, but more candy bar-like throughout. Fairly good offering from these people. Sort of reminds me of a Turkish coffee, but not quite as sweet.
shameusburp (171) - Virginia, USA - JUL 18, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is the best Flying Dog brew I’ve had. But compared with the truly great porters it’s just average with some new elements to make it interesting.
BT (123) - Westchester, Illinois, USA - JUL 18, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle from Newtown, CT in a Tulip glass. My first Flying Dog. Poured like black gold with a brown thick, foamy head that eventually dissolved. Aroma of baking chocolate and coffee, pleasant, just a bit of alocohol though. Taste also of bitter chocolate and coffee, some licorice and alcohol in the after-taste. Very suprised at how good this was, although a bit more sweet, it would have made for a higher rating.
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 17, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Pours a jet black, totally opaque, with just the slightest hint of a dark brown head that fades away to cling to the side of the glass. Above average aroma of chocolate and ... some salt. Flavor is rich, burnt chocolate, hops, some smoke, and licorice. Finish is lightly bitter with a hint of alcohol.
Pailhead (4361) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JUL 16, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2005 Bottle: Lots of black licorice with some chocolate, coffee, and a moderate pine hoppiness. Pours a dark brown, virtually black, with a small tan head that diminishes quickly. Lots of black licorice and some light chocolate at first but as I drink the flavor strengths seem to reverse and the chocolate really comes thru. Finish has some piney hops, roasted grains, and light burnt flavors. Alcohol is slightly noticeable in the finish but seems to disappear as I drink. Seemed a little rough at first, but gets smoother as I drink and I begin to like it significantly more. Reminds me of a poor man’s Alpha Klaus. Definitely one Flying Dogs better brews.
Second time around, this was even better. Aroma seemed to have more fresh pine tree aroma and the flavors balanced much better. Pine hops are still there, but some grapefruit as well. Maybe I had it too fresh the first time a a couple months smoothed out the edges. Original rating was 7-4-8-4-16.