Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 25, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Near black, dark brown pour with a tan head. Aroma is chocolate malt, with roast and a slight grassy hop presence. Feels thin in the mouth, but still smooth -- not over carbonated or two thin like Road Dog. Flavor is completely dominated by the chocolate malt, but there is coffee and roastiness in the finish. Hop presence only balances -- little flavor. Probably the best I’ve had from Flying Dog. Not excellent, but I don’t mind Thompson’s fist getting the money.
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - JUL 23, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours an oil black with a blackish-tan head. Smells malt and coffee and roasted barley with a slight hoppiness as well. Mouthfeel is thin and not very viscous (not a bad thing) for a higher alcohol beer. Taste enters with a clean roastiness and ends with some hopiness. The malt dominates the hops here. A very good brew, and the best Flying Dog product I’ve had.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 21, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours with a billowing brown head, body is a dark crimson. Aroma is loads of bitter hops, with vanilla in the background. Taste is dark malts, heaps of roast, and a TON of hops! Very earthy, bitter hoppyness lasts through to the finish. Balanced alcohol and caramel sweetness. I like my stouts/porters hoppy, so this was a pleasent suprise from Flying Dog.
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - JUL 20, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours very dark with a light tan head. I was very surprised at how hoppy it smelled. Tastes of strong hops with a slight taste of chocolate. Also has a bitter kick at the end. Pretty good porter plus the bottle is cool.
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JUL 20, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz. bottle. ’05. Dark brown, almost black in color with a small tan head. Strong piney hop aroma along with dark roasted malts and some chocolate. Flavor is both sweet and bitter, with the hops and roasted malts alternating on my tongue. Nice beer.
noelcb (271) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - JUL 20, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
It was as black as midnight, so devoid of light as to make the bravest soul weep. There was little head, but what there was was tan, and quite headish, and left lace behind. The cogent mind searched for uncommon aromas and tried not to succomb to the dark soul of the she-beast. There was malt, and rust, and alcohol to be found and dark sweet fruit was there too. I was seduced by this potent assemblage. I drank. Deep and long I quaffed the bitter liquid, basking in the heady dusk of this fearless brew, revelling in the malt smokiness, yeasty ’shrooms, and the herbal headiness imparted by the noble hop. I swallowed. I sighed. I knew happiness.
crazyvin (1977) - New York, USA - JUL 19, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
poured a obaque blackish borwn color with a tan head. Really sweet aroma with cooca and caramel notes. Sweet flavor with a lingiring coffee note. Really smooth with a nice alcohol presence.
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - JUL 18, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep black with lasting foamy tan head that leaves a full lace in the glass. Aroma is fairly large. Strong distinct roasted and coffee malts and a piney hop backbone and a creamy nose. Flavor is fairly complex and it has a smooth and creamy presence. Coffee malts give a roasted flavor that is nicely ballanced by a piney hop with considerable strength. Nice beer, I like it.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JUL 18, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From the bottle at a beer tasting and then on tap at The Blind Pig in Champaign, IL. Little difference between the two. The color was opaque black with a frothy tan head. There was a lot going on here. The aroma had chocolate, anise, malty, coffee highlights, some spiciness. Nice thick feel in the mouth. Oily. Coats the tongue and lets the flavor linger. The flavor echoed the nose: chocolate, spice, coffee, hops. This was a surprisingly good effort from Flying Dog. Probably the best thing they’ve done.
jaymobrown (1686) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 18, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Roasted bitter coffee flavor. Thin feel. Bitter finish, but more candy bar-like throughout. Fairly good offering from these people. Sort of reminds me of a Turkish coffee, but not quite as sweet.