muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUN 29, 2005
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle from Downtown Liquors in Sommerville, MA. Very stable, lasting smooth chocolate-mousse head atop a black slightly oily body...mild chocolaty aroma at first, some sharp citrus mixing with licorice on a second nosing, intriging but ultimately a combination that plays against itself rather than joining into something new and beautiful....Cascade grapefruit is much more subdued in the body, which is a bit thin but creamy and chocolate-syrupy with merely a trace of nice warming alcohol, lightly vinous and coffee-accented towards the finish. This would easily be FDís best if not for that misguided heavy hoppiness in the nose...as it is, another shot at mediocrity if a bit more enjoyable to drink than the usual.
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JUN 29, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle - Pours black with a thick milkshake like brown head of several inches. Aroma is very hoppy. Not as much as alpha klaus but a close attempt. Also aromas of caramel and slight chocolate can also be found. Flavor begins with the floral hops up front then comes the nice roasted chocolate flavor and a dry warm alcoholic finish. On the palate this is thick rich and creamy. Mouth-coating and warming on the back of the sip. This was a very unique beer and complex. The best flying dog brew Iíve had to date...
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 29, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2008 2nd Rerate of original batch: Aged 2.5 years in the fridge: More oxidation and plum character showing up with most of the aroma hops gone. Still some mildly grapefruity flavor hops, but nowhere near as much. More smooth bittersweet dark chocolate flavor throughout. Seems to have aged quite well.
Rerate: Aged for a year in the fridge: Not too much change here. A little smoother, but the hop presence is still prominent in the aroma. And the flavor has a good sweet, roasted malty presence. This is truly unique, just like the person it is named after.
Pours a rich dark opaque with a thick, frothy, well-lacing tan head. Aroma has some heavy caramel, lightly roasted malt and lots of cascade hops with hints of dark fruits. Definitely hoppier than most other Baltic porters. Body starts rich, thick, malty and sweet with a nice roasty and hoppy bitterness coming toward the somewhat thinner finish. Hopped too much for the style and probably with the wrong hops which tend to produce the plastic notes others have mentioned, but still an enjoyable, complex big brew.
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - JUN 28, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black. Thick, brown head. Surprisingly hoppy aroma with plenty of malt and a touch of alcohol. Smells serious. Floral, pine, biting hops up front and smooth, roasted malt in the finish with dry, slightly bitter aftertaste. Medium body. Complex. Imperial is right on. Rated at room temp.
SpringsLicker (3119) - Tennessee, USA - JUN 28, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Opaque and black, Gonzo throws up a thick head of light brown. The head color has been seen as the body color on other Porters.
The aroma is inviting, some chocolate and roasted malts. The flavor, while not the best Iíve ever had is not bad. Above average for Flying Dog and a move in the right direction. Smooth and rich, maybe falls behind the aroma a bit, but not a drain pour. Slightly sweet and roasty, the alcohol is well hidden. Worth a try if youíve not had a Flying Dog in a while.
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 28, 2005
3 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poursa deep brown hue with a tan head. Aromas of roasted malts, vanilla, coffee beans, prunes. Flavors of chocolat, coffee, leather with a slight sour note.
DYCSoccer17 (3299) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 27, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Molasses, bitter cocoa aroma with some booziness in the nose as well. I think I smell some west coast hops in this as well. Mostly opque and dark dark brown in color with a brown head and nice lacing. Start is roasty with hints of burnt coffee and chocolates. Turns slightly metallic thereafter with a bit of bitter hoppiness. Finishes roasted. This is better than most of the mediocre flying dog brews.
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - JUN 26, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a very deep brown color with a tan head. Aroma is malty and has hints of chocolate. Flavor is similar to the aroma. also has a nice alcohol bite to it.
Nejhleader (1222) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 24, 2005
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2006 i give this beer a perfect score because it is dedicated to Hunter S. Thompson the great writer. It may not taste the greatest but gosh damnit taste isnít everything. also this beer will kick the hell outta you. Its strong and powerful. Given all this it is perhaps my favorite beer.
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - JUN 24, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours deep brown, tan head. chocolate big hop aroma. Great aroma. Taste is creamy and has a full mouth feel. Average flavor, which was a let down compared to the awesome aroma. Aftertaste has a big alcohol burn to it, which isnít too desirable.