MrRain (472) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 17, 2005
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 bottle poured into a shaker. Pours a mahogany brown with a thin persistant head. It has a watered down malty smell. It has a taste reminicent of a well-crafted amber with an oatmeally finish. Very parculiar actually. There are very mild fuel tones and itís a little bit sweet. Itís not bad but it would be better if the alcohol content were upped. For some reason I had this beer listed as a K9 Cruiser Attitude beer at 7.3% in my personal notes from last year.
mbeem (104) - New Hope, Alabama, USA - NOV 17, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2006 Poured a deep reddish brown in the pint glass. Malty aroma that is reflected strongly in the roasted flavor (which I like). Lightly hopped. Very tasty and enjoyable.
bethmatt0421 (337) - Covington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 11, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Looks dark amber red. Smells of just a little bit of nuts, and breads. You can almost tell whats coming, just by the smell. Average carbonation, very malty, and smooth & oily palate. I find, maybe a little bit of a chocolate, roastiness. little hops present. I think the english strong ale title refers more to the maltiness than anything. Overall itís really a great winter brew. One of the best FD brews.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - NOV 9, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Flying Dog has shown us that they are capable of making some amazing brews, such as Gonzo Imperial Porter and Wild Dog. Here, Iím afraid, we have a bit of a whupped puppy. Looks great, a deep reddish amber with a creamy tan head. But the aroma is simply a sweet, bready malt. Thereís a bit of nutty bitterness adding some character to the flavor, but little more. Iím not sure how this is an English strong ale. Drinkable.
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lethe (177) - New York, USA - OCT 20, 2005
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Kind of disappointing for a Flying Dog. Both appearance and scent are weak and have a watered-down quallity. The strongest element is the malty tones that are various and rich. It seems like this beer was rushed somewhere in the process.
antzman (315) - Clarksville, Indiana, USA - OCT 2, 2005
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a nice dark amber with a thin tan head. Very little aroma. It has an interesting flavor, that makes it a pretty easy to drink strong ale. Nice malty finish. This gets better as it warms up.
Kevin (2117) - New Mexico, USA - SEP 8, 2005
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
shared with lumpy on bottling day. nice brown pour that has a grey head. cinnamon frosting aroma that is like cinnamon toast and bacon fat. taste is not great, thin body and watery. leaves notes of brown sugar, sweet malt, and bitter tea leaves with vanilla. but it is all watered down. lingering caramel flavor, but i wanted more flavor and pop from this. disappointing. i expect winter seasonals to have more flavor.
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 19, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Non-existent head. Deep Red/Brown, chocolate nose. Taste is a bit thin. Roasted and burnt.
Dorwart (2409) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - AUG 18, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice large beige head of fine bubles. Nice and creamy on top. Caramel, toffee, plenty of malts and some dark fruit. Color is a nice dark mahagony red. Smooth and creamy on the tongue. Light roasted malts with some more caramel and nuts. Lite smokey finish with more nuts. Alcohol is hidden very well and the finish is smooth and creamy but short lived. A very good brew.
jasonp (1556) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - JUL 29, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice dark, clear mahogany with a medium off-white head. Aroma of caramel, cherry and some hops. Very sweet. Flavor has notes of caramel, cola, dark fruits, toffee, toasted and some roasted malt and chocolate. Has a moderate hop presence but I wish it was more prominent to back up the sweetness. Medium body with a smooth texture and subtle carbonation. Not much lacing or head retention.