Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 28, 2005
3 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poursa deep brown hue with a tan head. Aromas of roasted malts, vanilla, coffee beans, prunes. Flavors of chocolat, coffee, leather with a slight sour note.
DYCSoccer17 (3155) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 27, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Molasses, bitter cocoa aroma with some booziness in the nose as well. I think I smell some west coast hops in this as well. Mostly opque and dark dark brown in color with a brown head and nice lacing. Start is roasty with hints of burnt coffee and chocolates. Turns slightly metallic thereafter with a bit of bitter hoppiness. Finishes roasted. This is better than most of the mediocre flying dog brews.
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - JUN 26, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a very deep brown color with a tan head. Aroma is malty and has hints of chocolate. Flavor is similar to the aroma. also has a nice alcohol bite to it.
Nejhleader (1148) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 24, 2005
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2006 i give this beer a perfect score because it is dedicated to Hunter S. Thompson the great writer. It may not taste the greatest but gosh damnit taste isnít everything. also this beer will kick the hell outta you. Its strong and powerful. Given all this it is perhaps my favorite beer.
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - JUN 24, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours deep brown, tan head. chocolate big hop aroma. Great aroma. Taste is creamy and has a full mouth feel. Average flavor, which was a let down compared to the awesome aroma. Aftertaste has a big alcohol burn to it, which isnít too desirable.
Terminus (3041) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - JUN 24, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2005 re-rate-i just bought another 4 pack of this stuff and its definately mellowed out in the flavors. lots of roast and chocolate dominate now with the hops fading away very fast. I should try to find another fresh bottle. the flavors are less hoppy as well and the malt profile is not oxidized like it was fresh-it tastes more full and smooth around the edges now. Im not going to raise my rating just yet. I will sample another and let you know.
12 oz bottle-I was suprised that this came in 4 packs and not a 750. A good thing it is! damn, this beer pours obsideon black with a sudsy tan head that was huge with some lacing. The aroma is bigtime hoppy, but i must admit, its not in a good way. smells like a big copper penny with some pine and abrasiveness of pine sol. fresh hop aromas but not in the right combination. flavors of roast, toffee, and somewhat cardboardy chocolate. it tastes like the special B malts and the other dark malts were old when they brewed this beer. Then, they tried to cover up the oxidized malt flavors with a ton of hops both in the boil and dry hopped. I must admit, the alcohol is very well hidden. As the beer warmed, the offensive notes started to fade on all levels. I think this beer may have some aging potential-it will be interesting nonetheless.
DocLock (7194) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 22, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
One of my great surprises of 2005. I didnít expect much from this one. The pour was obsidian with tons of floaties and a rich, medium, dark tan head. The aroma beckoned with huge spicy hops, tons of chocoff, dark malt. The taste was colossal; a mixture of heavy caramel/dark malt, coupled with chocoff, licorice, some almonds, blackstrap molasses. Very dense, complex, multi-faceted palate, with tons of complexity and balance. After I finished, I noticed concentric lace rings all the way down the glass. This one is very much like Alpha Klaus, but Iíd call it even a bit better. One of the best beers I have had all year so far, one of the best porters I have ever had, and Iíll be going back to clean out every local distributor that has this. I want more of this in a bad way.
heemer77 (5053) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 22, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2005 Black body with a dark orange head. The aroma had coffee and milk chocolate. Very lactic, like colby cheese. Strange taste of plastic and coffee. This also has some leather. Finishes like a strong bourbon with a hint of oranges. I still donít get what others see in this beer.
Ratman197 (8471) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUN 21, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle poured an inky opaque black with a brown head and lace. Aromas of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and some grassieness. Flavor is roasted malt followed by dark chocolate, with a dry bitter finish and a hint of sourness.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - JUN 19, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Black color with a tan head head. Aroma is heavy and bold. Chocolate, oak, vanilla, roasted malt, and alcohol all are detectable. Flavor echoes those traits but in a suprisingly subtle way. Really, after this warmed up for about half an hour it is supremely drinkable. It leaves chocolate and roasted malt lingering as well as some citrus from the hops. This is one tastey beast.