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
’05 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 man’s query as to the taste of the Imperial Porter in my hand, saying "It’s 85 percent Owl Farm soil, 10 percent gunpowder, and 5 percent of Hunter’s ashes. Oh, and some hopped-up water." -Rick McKinney, Jigglebox.com
omhper (20689) - Tyresö, 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 (11688) - 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 (387) - 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.
Dorwart (2424) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - AUG 17, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2006 Thick rich dark brown head of fine bubbles. Long lasting. Dark roasted malt aroma with a big helping of sprucy hops. Little bit of dark chocolate also. Amazing hops character for a porter. Color is a vary dark brownish black. Flavor is really amazing. Again BIG hops character for such a dark heavy beer. Tons of roasted malts, light coffee, molasses, a bit nutty and sprucy hops a-plenty. Finish is creamy and roasty and long lasting. Little bit of sweetness to offset the dry roastyness. This is a fantastic brew. A perfect balance between the heavy roastyness and the abundant hops. Hides its alcohol extreamly well. Big thanks to etowneraser for this one.
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - AUG 16, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle. dark brown with a ruby edge, a one finger tan head that settles down to a ring of lace. nicely balanced ( it must be cause its going down pretty quick ). nose of chocolate and a similiar flavor but with some hop presence on the finish. a little thin but not to distraction. for the most part the alcohol is well hidden except for an occassional whiff from my snifte and as it warms me as I work my way to the bottom of the glass! Nice Beer!
jsquire (3691) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - AUG 15, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2008 Dark beer with a foamy brown head that left nice lace. Dark roast grain nose. Lots of roast grains, coffee, molasses, raisen and dark dusty chocolate. The finish is sweetened coffee bitterness. The sweetness turns into white sugar as it warms.
TheBeerGod (5497) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - AUG 13, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Opaque blackness with mocha colored froth resting upon it. Nose is nicely hopped and coffee laden. Bits of alcohol wafting through as well. Mild roasty notes. The hops seem to be in the forefront on this much like Alpha Klaus. Taste is roasted malt, coffee and cream, light alcohol, and licorice notes. Put simply, this is like coffee, cream, and sugar with a splash of liquor added to it(Irish coffee?). Light chocolate sweetness in this as well. Body is smooth and creamy with moderate carbonation. Lots of resident hop bitterness and light alcohol warmth. Finish is more coffee, roasted malts, chocolate, light licorice, hops and sweet malts. Alcohol is there but not overdone. Good beer! ***Update - lots of plums and tangerine notes during the finish. Lingering fruitiness throughout the finish. Nice!