Beaver (1219) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 28, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Pours an opaque black with a smallish fine dark brown head that goes to a thin film and leaves some lacing. Looks pretty thick as it pours out.
The aroma is piney hops, some chocolate, coffee and anise. Smells a little off (alcohol / medicinal?).
The flavor is anise and some slightly sweet chocolate malts initially with a nice bitter hop bite at the finish. The alcohol is very well hidden. The mouthfeel is lighter than I expected. Itís still medium bodied and light on carbonation.
Overall, a very fine imperial porter. Plus itís for a good cause...a big memorial fist!
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 26, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Mental notes for the first bottle indicate that this one changes significantly with time and temperature; now for my second bottle... Near opaque dark brown color with a dense light brown head. Lots of clinging lace. Initial burst of fresh pine in the nose. Chocolate, cloves, licorice and cinnamon come in later; and as this warm more a real alcohol comes out and burns the nostrils. To many things working against each other to be adored. Smooth and slippery on the palate. Mild start in the flavor department. Light chocolate flavors start the journey. Things get sticky mid to late quaff, with roasted malt, grain, and alcohol flavors mix in. A strong black malt bitterness in the linger. A very chewy porter indeed. Somehow this needs a little more malt character instead of the grainy aspect. I like it in a one and done sort of brew.
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JUL 26, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown pour. Awesome tan colored dense head. Lots of chocolate and piney hops in the nose. Smooth and chocolatey, with a whole lot of pine and citrus flavored hops. Sweet malty finish. Probably the best Flying Dog beer Iíve had yet.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 25, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow- I liked this one even more than Wild dog double pale. Pours nearly pitch black and very thick, with a nice deep orange head. Aroma is initially a blast of citrusy and slightly piney hops, but then balanced out by a lot of chocolate and caramel malts. The aroma actually reminded me a lot of storm king- only the gonzo is more potent, and not as much roasted malts. Flavor is packed full of sweet and chocolate malts, some roast, a lot of toffee, caramel and hops throughout. Awesome perfect bitterness in the end to keep it balanced. I only bought a single, but next time I see it I will buy at least a 4-pack.
I didnít notice any phenolics or plastic notes that some people noticed on earlier batches.
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 25, 2005
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Once I heard Flying Dog was making a beer to celibrate the life of my hero and mentor, I knew I would have to pick some up, no mattr what it tasted like. luckily, ths ber is one of the bst beers Iíve ever had. Sweet with a bit of a burnt taste to it. Makes me want another.
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 25, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Near black, dark brown pour with a tan head. Aroma is chocolate malt, with roast and a slight grassy hop presence. Feels thin in the mouth, but still smooth -- not over carbonated or two thin like Road Dog. Flavor is completely dominated by the chocolate malt, but there is coffee and roastiness in the finish. Hop presence only balances -- little flavor. Probably the best Iíve had from Flying Dog. Not excellent, but I donít mind Thompsonís fist getting the money.
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - JUL 23, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours an oil black with a blackish-tan head. Smells malt and coffee and roasted barley with a slight hoppiness as well. Mouthfeel is thin and not very viscous (not a bad thing) for a higher alcohol beer. Taste enters with a clean roastiness and ends with some hopiness. The malt dominates the hops here. A very good brew, and the best Flying Dog product Iíve had.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 21, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours with a billowing brown head, body is a dark crimson. Aroma is loads of bitter hops, with vanilla in the background. Taste is dark malts, heaps of roast, and a TON of hops! Very earthy, bitter hoppyness lasts through to the finish. Balanced alcohol and caramel sweetness. I like my stouts/porters hoppy, so this was a pleasent suprise from Flying Dog.
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - JUL 20, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours very dark with a light tan head. I was very surprised at how hoppy it smelled. Tastes of strong hops with a slight taste of chocolate. Also has a bitter kick at the end. Pretty good porter plus the bottle is cool.
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. í05. 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.