Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 27, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a lovely motor oil black hue with a thin tan head. Very strong coffee aroma with some chocolate of course. The cool thing to me is that a hint of hops manages to escape from the coffee in the aroma adding a pleasant bitter smell. The coffee flavor sort of smacks you in the face on the first sip and leaves a chocolate handprint. Having never had a porter of this magnitude, at first I almost felt like it was too much. But relaxing with my beer and sipping it over time my tastebuds have adjusted and I can now sense the little notes of dried fruit and the chocolate has become much more pronounced. This is like liquid candy for adults and itís a bloody miracle that Flying Dog of all breweries concocted it.
Hangover (1084) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - AUG 27, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow, this is pretty good. Black pour with a nice frothy tan head. Very hoppy aroma. Taste is of semi-sweet chocolate, licorice, coffe, roasted malt and more hops, both citrus and pine. Amazingly well hidden alcohol. A good tribute beer for the creator of the cool bottle art. I feel like watching "Fear and lothing in Las Vegas" now... lol.
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - AUG 26, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Baltic porters are quickly becoming one of my favorite, if not my most favorite, styles. I love the clash of hops and agressive malting, and this beer does not fail to provide that. Opaque body with a ver thick head. Nose-all hops. Taste-alot going on here: lots and lots of grassy hops, raisin, candi sugar, raw roasted malts, grapefruit, mocha, awesome bitterness, charcoal, and a very nice dirty earth note. Not an overyly exceptional beer, bit a nice yummy fun beer nonethe less. Very sticky mouthfeel. A great tribute to a great man. To you, Dr. Gonzo, I say to you: "there he goes. One of Godís own prototypes. Some kind of high powered mutant never even considered for mass production. Too weird to live, and too rare to die. "
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - AUG 26, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark brown with a dark tan 1/2 inch head. A surprisingly hoppy aroma of pine, but also some chocolate in there. Similar aroma to Alpha Klaus. Initial flavor is dark roasted malt but the back end has a lot of piney hop flavor and some yeast present. Good job to keep this a unique beer and not just another "follow the leader" project.
BBB63 (6343) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 26, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml corked bottle found in Kentucky of all places, served in my new Stone RIS snifter I bought at the same Liqour Barn, enjoyed in the comfort of my hotel room:
Nearly opaque with an initial huge fizzy tan head that fades to a small ring and produced very good lace. The aroma has a surprising aroma of heavy piney, spicy, and juicy hops which dominated the nose. Light earthy esters, some faint smoke, and some chocolate notes as well. First an astrengent and bitter hop smack supported by lots of bready and dark malts. Twangy grapefruit acidic quality leads to a earthy and peppery/anise finish. The feel does not match the intensity of the aroma or flavors. It is lush but seems to be this brews weak point. Metallic aftertaste is moderate minus but theer is an equally positive hiding of the 9.5% alcohol.
A wonderful brew along the lines of Alpha Klaus and other hopped-up porters. This is one big beer you should not age much, keep the hops fresh. Get ya some! ...Disclaimer: This is NOT a baltic porter IMO, not even close except for the ABV.
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 25, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
What does this have to do with a Baltic Porter?!? What a great beer! The cascade hops just slap you in the face. Grapefruit, Resin, Pine, Floral, Orange...The roasted malts are sweet, and rich...Chocolate, Mocha, Coffee, espresso, etc...Complex dried fruitiness and toffee as well. What a great beer! The alcohol was exceptionally well hidden, until I had to drive home. May I have another?
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 (1959) - 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 (3341) - 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.