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.
kumite56 (468) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - JUN 18, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2005 I was a little disapointed in this beer. It had great appearance and aroma. The flavor was a little harsh with the nice roasty malts giving way to a harsh, even sour bitterness in the finish. Did not finish this beer as its flaws were too evident
hopscotch (8458) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 17, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle... Pitch black ale with a small, creamy, well-tanned head. Excellent retention. The nose is chocolatey, woodsy and lightly smokey. Well-balanced flavor is lightly sweet and chocolatey up front. Tangy, burnt and lightly bitter with a pinch of salt on the backside. Medium to full-bodied and silky with lively carbonation. Lengthy, lightly bitter, chocolatey finish. Nice brew from a brewery specializing in less-than-brilliant crossover beers... a diamond in the rough this one.
Bockyhorsey (2609) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUN 17, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma of pine and alcohol. Body was black with a chocolate head and decent lacing. Flavor of pine, citrus with a pine, alcohol bite to it. Somewhat of a dry finish to it. A good tribute to Hunter S. Thompson.
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUN 16, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was way rockin. marshmellow, smoked chocolate, and some chocolate malts like in the milkshakes. MAlts and chocolate over a campfire in this one, like the smore s without the graham cracker. Jeremy Piven is a weird ass who has hair fibers. I know because I have some. anyways, this is way smoked and is probably the best porter i have ever had. word. do it.
novedyarg (56) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUN 16, 2005
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2005 A dark and thick muddy brown body with a frothy dark tan head. Very hoppy aroma with a nice hint of dark chocolates. A thick malty and chocolate flavor with roasted tones that fade into a light spice hop ting at the end. What a beer for what a man.
21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - JUN 15, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black with a dark muddy thick brown head. A really nice hoppy aroma, way more hoppy than i thought, the hops way overdominate the dark chocolate malts and that is bad ass. A really nice thick feel to it, lots of heavy chocolate malts, i can not understate the thickness. And then all of the sudden a big assault of hops occurs. This is an excellent beer, im very impressed. I usually dont dig flying dog, but this was fucking awesome. If i knew the proceeds were going to a hunter thompson tribute statue, i would have bought a few more.
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUN 13, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2005 Near black with dark tan head. Thick. Heavy aroma of citrus and grapefruit. Hop aroma is almost overwhelming. Dark and malty as it can be, the balance between hops and malt is a bit off. Flavor of caramel, burnt chocolate, and toffee. This beer is overwhelming. Finish is heavy hops with roasted malts. I would like to sample one of these after a year to see if brew is more in balance. Still enjoyable fresh, but there are some rough edges. RIP Hunter.
rajendra82 (927) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - JUN 13, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Never read a word from the late Hunter S. Thompson, but if the art of this label is any indication, it’d be some really weird reading. The pitch black and opaque pour was only interrupted by a little bit of dark brown highlights. The head was khaki and ¾ inch thick at first, but that did not last long.
The aroma was laden with dark chocolate covered coffee beans, and laced with a noticeable amount of hops which is very unusual for the style. The taste was that of chocolate, burnt toast, dark coffee, and a sour grapefruit note. Mid palette the taste turned a bit grainier with sweetish brown sugar finish.
While not terribly complex the taste was very pleasant indeed. Even at this age the beer was not too hot, and hid the 9.5% ABV very well. I think some improvements are due with additional aging.
egajdzis (5152) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 13, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2007 Poured a dark brown, with faint red on the edges with a medium sized light tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of roast, milk chocolate, pine, and citrusy cascade hops. Taste is muddled, chocolate, roast, and nuts, lots of piney hoppiness, and medicinal alcohol. On second tasting, I don’t think its a great porter, it’s ok though.