BeerBaronLS (85) - Grove City, Ohio, USA - JAN 17, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a great beer. Other than by the "imperial" name, youíd not know this was so high in alcohol; its very pleasantly hidden behind a complex balance of chocolate malts and subtle hops. I really like the flying dog Iíve had, and this is the best. One of the better porters Iíve had.
MtStateBeer (84) - Hurricane, West Virginia, USA - APR 20, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2008 12 oz. bottle. Pours dark brown/black. Smells sweet and malty, a bit of hops. Good long-lasting heavy sweet flavor. You can definitely taste roasted malts, chocolate, and some coffee.
spacemonster (84) - Igo, California, USA - APR 29, 2013
4.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Look, I donít like Porters. This isnít an acquired taste, Itís rich dank and chewy. Very thick and foreboding. That said? You need to drink a couple to get your palate acclimated to this odd-ball monster. Thereís little in the way of hops in the traditional sense, but wait? after the 3rd of these Iím getting the hang of whatís up here. Chocolate (dark) and an anise flavor (liquorice) and more. Has a very nuanced cognac flavor. Iím liking this more and more as the night wears on. Damn good stuff.
JugOPunch (83) - Nashua, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 1, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle: A nice aroma hops coffee and roast. Taste much the same with good balance between the coffee bitterness and the malty sweetness. No alcohol presence on the palate. A medium to full body with a smooth silky mouth feel. This is very tasty. Certainly the best Flying Dog has to offer. Iíll definitely pick this up again.
Eladerman (82) - Newburgh, Indiana, USA - DEC 28, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2006 This beer is REAL rich and GOOOD!! Itís unusual in that it has a distinct "hoppy " smell at first sniff. But it is toned down a little in the taste, but for a Porter it has a bit more than the "norm"..but, now let me state that in and of itself isnít a bad thing in this beer. It just tastes more like a dark IPA!!. It has a kind-of Hebrew Jewbulation like taste. A really good balanced Dark ale.that is super drinkable and has the most unique wonderful flavor not found in any beer
have yet tried! A Very addictiveI beer!
suchen (81) - , Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow. This beer truly surprised me with its uniqueness. A very dark, essentially black pour with a dense light brown head which leaves moderate lacing. The aroma in bottle is all hops, but in glass is a beautiful balance of roasted coffee malts and pungent floral/citrusy hops. The taste is again surprisingly complex hitting all the right taste buds, again with bitter hops and delicious coffee malts leaving a great dry coffee aftertaste. Not as strong a body as Iíd like considering the 7.8%, and with just a touch less hops it would be (in my mind) perfect.
BeerBaby (81) - , Florida, USA - MAY 5, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Minimal head that leaves a solid but thin lacing. Aroma is a roasted malt. Flavor is the coffee/chocolate espresso type. A bit more bitter than sweet which throws the balance off a bit for me, but still tasty. Finish was a dark, malty bitter with alcohol warmth. Good for a cold afternoon.
barbarino2000 (81) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - MAR 10, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I didnít expect a lot from this, since I hadnít seen any ratings before purchase. Or before my first sip. But Iím liking it. Looks great in the glass, with tan lacing clinging to the sides. Lively. A beer you need to pace yourself with, because it goes down very easily.
Smeade (80) - Illinois, USA - FEB 15, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
S: pitch black, thick, chocolate head
A: roasty, bittersweet chocolate, a little boozy
T: coffee like bitterness, toasty, slightly unbalanced alcohol burn
O: this is a good beer, but unbalanced flavors; itís worth trying, but then you should upgrade to the bourbon barrel aged version; the aging balances out the beer and makes it spectacular!
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vadersnightcap (80) - SCOTLAND - DEC 24, 2007
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow this rocks!!!
Amazing Imperial Stout - the only dry hopped imperial stout I have had and it is immense.
Very unusual to get the hops flavours coming through initially and biy do they come through. A smooth barragement of cascade flavours with the chocolate and coffee of the stout bubbling below the srfice. Palate then melows out as the more traditional stout flavours takes over. Very well balanced and amazing flavours and unique use of hops. Try it!