StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 25, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice thick pour and obsidian black in appearance, complimented by an admirable dark tan and foamy head. Hello hefty black licorice aroma, meet some funky fudge, rubber tires, Hershey syrup, turning black currant and bold ass espresso. Flavor has character - unsweetened dark chocolate, mocha cocoa, burnt rubber and several days old espresso. A very unique rendition is upon us. Charcoal and burnt vibrancies echo throughout. Black licorice canít be shaken. Thick, assertive and flavor-socked at every palate turn, and balanced right where it should be. Some alcohol warming at the throat. Finishes with smoky undertones and a pervasive characteristic of burr grinded espresso soot. Bravo.
shadey (1904) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 24, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2007 Pour is solid black with a beautiful creamy brown flowing head. Nice lacing. Aroma is a mix of coffee, chocolate and alcohol. Smooth mouth feel. The finish has some alcohol to it, but plenty of chocolate. 7/5/8/4/17
RERATE: 12oz bottle aged approx 1 year. Pour is very black with a huge dark tan pillow top. Aroma is big chocolate and some liquorish. Flavor is a very smooth blend of chocolate and just a touch of roast. The body is silky smooth and just a bit sticky. Overall very tasty and obviously quality. 7/5/7/5/17
Dongster (15) - DeKalb, Illinois, USA - AUG 24, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours black with a perfect milky brown head. Good aroma but too hoppy for a porter. flavor is a good chocolate and roast barley, I didnít taste too much coffee. lighter palate than a porter should have due to the hops (Iím not complaining tho) hops like a stout with the creaminess of a good porter, very enjoyable
1FastSTi (3338) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 24, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I bought a 12 oz bottle of this and shared it with Dave and Jason for a taste. It pours to a thin rocky tan head atop a dark brown body. Excellent lacing. The aroma is coffee and citrus hops like limes and lemons with a light smoke and charcoal. The flavor is a robust dark coffee. Then the citrus hops hit. The charcoal fills in on the finish. Licking the lips gets a lemony characteristic. I also get a tea flavor before the dark malts take over. Quite nice for this brewery.
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 24, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
í05 12oz bottle shared by Blake. Black body under a small dark tan head. Rather hoppy aroma: ragweed leafy hops over charcoaly chocolate malt. The flavor takes a 180 and puts the chocolate/toasted flavors first with the leafy hops in back. Full-flavored and interesting! I dig the dry malt and big hops combo.
Jiggleboxduke (1) - Leadville, Colorado, USA - AUG 23, 2005 does not count
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 20/20
Standing 200 yards from the Gonzo Fist Cannon amidst 50 or so of my fellow uninvited riffraff (90% of us journalists), I answered one young manís query as to the taste of the Imperial Porter in my hand, saying "Itís 85 percent Owl Farm soil, 10 percent gunpowder, and 5 percent of Hunterís ashes. Oh, and some hopped-up water." -Rick McKinney, Jigglebox.com
omhper (19695) - TyresŲ, SWEDEN - AUG 22, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Very black, small beige head. Aroma of licorice and blueberries. Sweet with near full body. Feels young and berryish, with notes of orange, anise and molasses. Salty, tarry finish. Bears no connection to Baltic porters, but I really like the concentrated flavours.
Tmoney99 (10841) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 22, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 12 oz. Black color with a large light brown head that diminished slowly. Full complex aroma of roasted malt, smoky with alcohol . Full body with a creamy texture. Full malt, toffee and coffee with a long finish with a hoppy bitter bite. Clearly a Flying Dog version of a porter.
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - AUG 21, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A first...a decent beer from Flying Dog. Lacks the normal odd aftertaste of the others, probably because this is strong and dark as hell. Smoky, chocolate, sweet, and coffee. I too notice a large presence of hops and bitterness for a porter...especially in the belch.
Goblincat (382) - Westland, Michigan, USA - AUG 21, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours very dark with a think chocolate colored head. The nose is malty, chocolate, and some hops. Quite nice in flavors, with lots of malt and chocolate with a somewhat bitter finish.