TyRip (40) - Canton, Ohio, USA - JAN 4, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours very very dark brown with a modest brown head that dissappears. Aroma is malty and hoppy. When just poured, you get mostly hops in the nose, then as you are drinking, more malt sweetness. The taste was almost too balanced and neutral to me at first, with the alcohol very well hidden for a 9.2 (as marked on my bottle). In fact, the alcohol is more hidden than in any beer I have had at this high of an ABV. I really can’t put my finger on the flavors here, but I can tell you this, it tastes good. Maybe a caramel, toffee like sweetness up front, then a rush of fresh hops to balance everything out, then just the tiniest hint of warming alcohol in with the late hops in the finish. Definitely will have again. Recommended.
Yeggo (38) - USA - JUL 1, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
PITCH Black... foam may STILL be on the glass. Really good. Had one with a friend who knows these things, and says it’s the best porter he’s had. Guess that means its’ good.
hoppymeal (38) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - APR 17, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The beer pours black with a tight light brown head. Sweet malty smells are mixed with sharp roasty aromas. The malts are also present in the taste along with a sour-ish dairy finish. This may not sound the best but it tastes quite good. As the beer warms the sweet aromas become slightly more prevalent. I can feel the alcohol having its effect, but it is very well balanced not overpowering on the palate. The beer is medium to heavy bodied and a very fine porter.
topher40409 (38) - gainesville, Florida, USA - MAY 8, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2008 bottle, 2 years old: tons of yeast sediment left behind in the bottle. Pours an opaque dark brown with a light brown not quite tan head that starts out about on finger and quikly disapates to a small layer on the surface. laces the whole way down. The aroma is strong of licorice with plenty of weet malt and dark fruits mixed into the surprisingly subtle roastyness. FULL bodies brew that leaves a chewy finish. A lot of sweet malt on the palate, almost fruity. The sweet malt is followed by that licorice in the aroma mixed with planety of roasted malt and a little chocolate. The finish warms the throat ever so slightly, bbut leaves a not so pleasent salty roasty coating to the mouth.
Zbong (38) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - AUG 14, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thick black beer, coffee, oak, smokey taste. Very good beer, easy to drink after the first few drinks.
amp811 (38) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - MAR 18, 2009
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Easily my favorite Flying Dog, this thick nectar hits the hoppy/malty balance right on the mark. You can sit there and roll the flavors around your tongue for a full minute or two before you take another sip. From the great artwork on the package to the last drop of beer you can squeeze out of the bottle, this is one fantastic brew.
ervan (37) - Redwood City, California, USA - OCT 27, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Black thickness and dark dark head. Extremely hoppy aroma and aftertaste (just after swallowing). Nice balance and flavor otherwise.
mrmojo (37) - Edmond, Oklahoma, USA - OCT 20, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great!! Dark black pour with hints of ruby. Aroma of chocolate, citrus, roasted malt and nuts. Taste is complex and smooth with chocolate, orange, cherry and a good hop undertone.
Laegraid (37) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 12, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is a mix of roasted malt (almost coffelike aroma) and some citrusy hops. The flavor is very complex, but some key notes is burnt, bitter chocolate, tobacco (the good kind), and a lot more.
tkimbrought05 (37) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 30, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big imperial fan so naturally I was excited to get my hands on this beer. Pours thick with a tan head, nice chocolate overtones with a little bit of smoke added. Second was a bit more alcoholic than the first for some reason.