walter (359) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - SEP 10, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Wowzers! Gonzo brewing? Works for me. Deep black color with impressive brown head-- looks luscious. Very balanced aromas of dark fruits, roasted barley, toffee, dark chocolate, some stoutlike sourness, and a great deal of hoppiness. Flavors of all of the above with a nice sweet/sour tang all the way through. Incrediby smooth mouthfeel, nice and creamy, but not oily. Chocolate aftertaste sticks on the tongue and coats the mouth. Really impressed with the balance of the hop flavor and aroma with everything else. A fine brew. I offer a salute with my fist full of beer raised high in the air. Rest in peace, my good man; you are remembered.
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - SEP 10, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
almost like a light imperial stout, pretty damn nice and at $31 on ebay for 4 pack, itís a much better buy the SA Utopias. Nice roasty taste along with chocolate and cream. body is black, with a nice tan head. Body is unimpressive, but the beer sure is.
Gurst (338) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - SEP 9, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great chocolate character with layers of coffee, mellow hops, licorice, smoke, and alcohol to give it good complexity. Some fruitiness in the finish, but it was hard for me to recognize as it was so faint. The body is very creamy, very rich...simply amazing. If this is a "turbo charged" Road Dog, then this is what that beer should have been in the first place.
dwyerpg (4918) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 8, 2005
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Far and away the best flying dog beer Iíve had. Very stout in aroma - chocolate and coffee. A jet black appearance w/dark tan head. Sweet, but heavy. It almost reminds me of Imperial Stouts.
multibeast (13) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - SEP 8, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I loved this beer. Although I can only do one of these in a session, I could definitely include it in every session. Very dark porter with a nice chocolaty brown head that sticks around. Kind of a piney flavor which is probably hop related, but makes for a great flavor nonetheless. For me this is a slow drinker, but well worth the wait.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 7, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark, slightly cloudy brown, with a thin, fluffy latte colored head. Piney, roasted aroma with plenty of sweet malts (caramel, raisin, vanilla, brown sugar), coffee, pine, alcohol and some burnt grains. Creamy carbonation mixes with the malt-laden body to produce a creamy, supple mouthfeel. More interplay between malt and hops occur with the beer in the mouth. The piney hops are really surprising to me here, as it is pretty unique in my experience of the style. In fact, Baltic Porter may not be the right designation here. This is truly a big Porter, not really a Baltic Porter. But itís all good. The beer is tasty, smooth and enjoyable. The malts are fairly assertive and certainly complex, offering sweetness, bitterness and fruitiness to the flavor and heft to the body. The hops are intense and piney, offering a counterbalance to the sweet malts. The alcohol comes out more as the beer warms and adds bits of licorice and warmth. If I were rating to style, it would be significantly lower than it is, but as it stands, this is a tasty beer.
PorterPounder (6529) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 6, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tallahassee, Fl. Market Square Liquors, 750 ml corked bottle. Pours black as tar, with a thick, mocha colored head, decently thick lacing. Aroma is sweet, with hints of coffee, licorice and a touch of fruit, but not as pronounced as expected. Flavor has elements of licorice, some burnt marshmallow, a bit of wine and underlying fruitiness. Alcohol is hidden well. Very thick, creamy mouthfeel. Overall, very decent.
JoshuaB (476) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - SEP 6, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dont know what makes this imperial, but it is damn good. Murky black with some slight tan head. Aroma is roastiness, cocoa, anise, and maybe some coffee. Taste is a perfect blend of roast and cocoa that finishes drier than Oscar Wilde. Nice hop presence at the end. Medium-thick body with low carbonation. So silky smooth on the tongue. Good stuff.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - SEP 5, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2007 Bottle from HopsOrDie. Pours black with a dense and compact brown head which leaves good lacing behind. Aroma is very roasted grain, chocolate and perhaps a bit of licorice. Medium to full bodied with a nice medium level of carbonation. Very coating on the palate. Flavors follow suit to aroma with over-roasted grain and chocolate being predominant. Very nice hop bitterness sneaks out in the finish but doesnít overpower. Quite well done.
Have had several bottles since original rating, most were infected. Gushers on opening, full of phenolic/bandaid aroma and in taste. Wonít support the brewery any longer. This rating is from the no-infected sample.
Fish (440) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 4, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Opaque black color with a thin brown head. Wonderful hoppy, tangy flavor (especially at the finish) malts most prominently of coffee. Smokey flavor overll. Really nice beer.