greenleaf (90) - Florida, USA - MAY 31, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle 12 oz. Pours a dark and deep brown with a light brown head. Nose is chocolate and nutty. Flavor is explosive with creamy chocolate goodness, with a alchol finish that is semi-dry. The beer is full of flavor and very well balanced.
jimmythechippy (90) - , AUSTRALIA - OCT 12, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
nice flavours, not too strong on the alc. really nice interpretation of the style...
stunetii (90) - Bergen, NORWAY, NORWAY - AUG 8, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Overall, this was a very good beer Ė aromatic, tasty, good body. Pours with a deep black color, producing a dense and well retained tan head. Lacing was tight and sticky. The nose is roasted malts, coffee, some hops and a hint of alcohol: simply wonderful. The taste is predominantly bitter and lacks a balance that Iíve found in many porters: burnt malts, coffee and a distinct alcohol bite. Very nice, but would be better if the alcohol taste was tamed a bit.
IDunno19 (89) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 29, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hey Idunno, welcome back! Very impressive beer. Nose full of malt, hops, smoke, dark chocolate, and cedar. Malty sweet palate with notes of dark chocolate, licorice, hops, and Sumatran coffee. Jet black with a toffee colored head.
koekiesbakker (89) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 24, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hops and coffee, body not too light, not too heavy. Very drinkable. Readily available and a regular of mine.
steadyj (87) - Kentucky, USA - JUN 9, 2011
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer has an intense blackish brown color. A nice one finger tan head fades to leave some webbed lacing. Aroma is chocolate, toasty malt and grassy hops. Taste has some chocolate malt and coffee with a subtle sweetness and big bitter finish. A great beer. Once again, Flying Dog comes through.
Indy (87) - Hopkins, Minnesota, USA - SEP 2, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dark brown oily head atop an abyss of inky darkness. You can almost smell tomorrowís hangover, but the chocolate malts overpower that. Full bodied and very malty, yet not sweet. Nice crisp finish leads to a roasty aftertaste.
And, damn...that is a great label. And the cause is good too ^.^
ChetLemmons (87) - orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 27, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
thick looking, dark brown chocolate milk head. deep chocolate aroma. chocolate, coffee, smokey flavor. not as thick as the pour implied and def. not as alcohol tasting as i would expect. tastes good, but was somewhat unimpressed. killer art, as always for flying dog, seasonal, 9.5, hunter s thompson all insprie overall rating....
DenisLD (87) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 16, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 US fl.oz bottle poured into a small snifter...
Dark, opaque brown body with a bubbly brown head. Some lacing and decent head retention.
The nose is full of over-roasted malts, with hints of bitter chocolate. At the same time, there is a very pronounced Cascade hop aroma, with piny notes.
This beer first tastes like over-roasted coffee beans or burnt toast, with some sweetness to it. Then you get a good hop bite, with resinous and floral notes. The finish is definitely bitter, as a result of both the roasted malts and the dry-hopping. I liked that unusual hoppiness in it a lot.
Medium-bodied and quite highly carbonated. No booziness at first, but after a few moments it starts to show, only getting stronger as you drink it.
Overall this is good for what it is. Itís not a hassle to drink, and it is also an enjoyable beer overall. I do prefer the traditional European Baltic porters, though...
Dr_Butty (87) - SCOTLAND - JUN 2, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From the bottle. Pours dark opaque, tan head gone fast. Roasty aromas, hints of coffee and liquorice. Very big flavours, slightly acidic with distinct liquorice flavour. Something fruity, sort of prune-like in there as well. Dry finish, which lasts. Canít argue with this, much the best thing Iíve had from Flying Dog.