ChrisJ (100) - Warrenton, Virginia, USA - MAY 10, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poursa a dark brown with a light brown head , producesgood lacing on the glass. Aroma is roasted malts, coffee, hops, smokey yet sweet. The flavor is smokey chocolate malts, some toffee, rich and slightly sweet with some hop bitterness. This is a well built and well balanced porter, complex and very drinkable. Very nice.
iNBe (100) - USA - OCT 21, 2010
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I am biased towards porters so my ratings may be a bit off. This one was pretty good...but as with all imperial porters you have to pace yourself.
CObiased (100) - - NOV 18, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2014 Aroma is chocolate, big roasty malts, burnt toast and anise. A mouthful is creamy dark chocolate with a touch of black licorice, followed by subtle hop notes to round it out. A bit of booziness comes through but it is well hidden amongst the complexities and layers.
gferd (99) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 21, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Gonzo journalism meets gonzo beer...I loved it A++++++++. Bitter and Dark, just like hunter. The only downside, is the price, close to $10/bottle.
Wolfenstein (96) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - OCT 15, 2005
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2005 A great beer. When I poured it I tried to look through it with some light. No way. This one is thick, Rich brown head and a roasty taste. Flavorful and rich on the palate. Aftesrtaste was a smoothe sweet coffee. Drunk all 4 and got drunk!
TopherDrinks (96) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 18, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours out black with a thick brown head. Nose is of medicinal and metallic hops, currants, coffee, and a lot of roasted malt. Flavors are very green. Medicinal and Piney hops upfront, hop bite, roasted notes, and a certain malty sweetness that is very nice. Medium bodied and hides the alcohol extremely well. This would be a great beer to age.
BeerMePodcast (96) - Palm Desert, California, USA - NOV 18, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Slight head, not long-lasting. Prominent roasted aroma, with touches of molasses, coffee and chocolate. Taste is similar with a medium bitter, but not long-lasting, finish. Reminds me of a campfire in a way. A decent nightcap beer.
califbeer69 (96) - California, USA - APR 5, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a black color with a cream color head and nice lacing. Aroma is chocolate, carmel, and vanilla. Taste is roasted coffee, chocolate and some sweet caramel malts in the back ground. Mouthfeel is on the thick side.
subcell (96) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - JUN 28, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow. I opened this thing up and when I started poring I could not believe my eyes. This stuff makes Guinness look like a light beer. The aroma was very pleasing. I usually find Flying Dog to be a little too bitter but this is a very well balanced brew. Highly recommended for porter or stout fans and hop heads alike!
patty26 (95) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 28, 2007
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This beer freaks me out. Pours a dark black motor oil color with a thin caramel head. So I was expecting to take a good whiff and catch some coffee and chocolate, but that is not what came. I got smacked in the face with a bag full of hops! Subtle aromas of coffee and chocolate are present but the hops are really in yout face. Tastes like a bizarre IPA/Porter. Malty chocolateness to start and then a pounding from the hops. I like this beer but its definitely an acquired taste and tough to drink more than 1.