WhiteSoxFan (152) - USA - APR 5, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, from a FD mixed pack. Pours very dark amber. Almost brown, but definitely a good amount of red in there. You can still see it is pretty clear. Thin head dissipates very quickly. Little lacing. Aroma has hints of raisin, chocolate, and roasted malts. Hints of something I’m not refined enough yet to pin what it is, but it seems like a character from the yeast. Flavor is roasty, chocolaty, malty with a bitter hop finish that mellows back to the malts after the swallow. The malt definitely dominates though. Mouthfeel is on the thin side, but not too carbonated. I haven’t had too many english strong ales. From what I could guess this is probably a good one, but not a style I drink very much. Definitely would be a nice winter ale, I’m just a little late.
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 3, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pretty smooth, with some raisiny, caramely flavours, and slight touches of aromatic hops. It does have flavour, but it does lack depth, seems to be sweet and smooth, with nothing else in the finish, to give it that extra oomph.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - APR 1, 2006
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Not bad, not great. Lots of malt, just a hint of hops. Sweet, pretty inoffensive. Not the best thing Flying Dog makes by a long shot.
webjedi (250) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - MAR 19, 2006
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a thn coffee color (dark, slightly transparent), slight chocolate scent from the glass. Minor head (fizz quickly disappates after 1-2cm height). Pretty malty, slightly bitter on the sides of the tongue. Roasted smokiness also hits the mouth as it warms. Medium lacing on the glass. Slightly towards a bitter version of a porter, but not quite as thick on the tongue. Sweet caramel flavorings come in a bit later in your mouth after a few extended sips. (Bottle pour 3/19/2006 - 2005/6 bottle)
dorfrx (21) - Glenmont, New York, USA - MAR 19, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very sweet, smooth. Good for after dinner or with desert. Overall enjoyable.
Lowe1983 (1483) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - MAR 17, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark brown color with a medium tan head. Aroma is sweet, with chocolate and caramel. Flavor is also very sweet and malty. Not my favorite Flying Dog brew, but not bad either.
Capa (2597) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - MAR 15, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2009 Pours a deep ruby with medium tan head. Has an aroma of sweet malts and caramel. Very sweet overall. Flavor is also sweet with chocolate and caramel tones. Hops are not evident in this brew as they are overrun by the malts. Mouth is slightly thick. Pretty good brew over all.
harrisoni (16927) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 14, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Utobeer. Dark ruby colouor with thin beige head. Bit of dark treacle, bit of boiled sweet. Hoppy finish. Some dark malts choc/coffee run throughout. A good English style ESB. Hey I thought of that all by myself and then I come to add it and look at the style and it is down as an English Strong Ale. After 1390 beers, I am finally starting to get the hang of this tasting beers business.
dp (608) - uniontown, Ohio, USA - MAR 5, 2006
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
a sweet syrupy fruity taste, sweet aroma, deep color, tiny sour/tart at end, overall very drinkable/enjoyable ale
jcr (2527) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - MAR 4, 2006
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown translucent pour with no head to speak of. Aroma of malts with almost a sweet syrupy odor. The flavor was malty and I detected very little hop — sweet fruits, a bit of caramel, prune. The finish presented a slight tartness and a hint of bitterness. Thin to medium body and comfortable palate.