sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - DEC 16, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Poured a dark ruddy brown with a substantial frothy light beige head. Aroma of pine and orange hops above dark caramel/toffee malts, with some butterscotch coming up after a bit. Toasty caramel to toffee malt flavor backed up by earthy and piney hops with a bit of a citrusy zing. Full bodied. Definitely enjoyable winter specialty, though I’m intrigued by the label listing the S.P. Brewery as being founded in Bozeman, MT, with an address of Lacrosse, WI, but listed here under the aegis of Flying Dog of Denver, CO. Sounds like a contract brewing clusterf--k.
SSSteve (3557) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 14, 2007
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
deep garnet with a small beige/tan head. aroma of flowery hops, alcohol, and some oranges. flavor has some dry dark chocolat,bitter coffee, and graham crackers, with plenty of hops. surprisingly nice.
DerBiermeister (586) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - DEC 14, 2007
2.7 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Good, actually surprised it’s by flying dog, but with the slightly stronger ABV. Good, though not as good as the other Black Dog or the raspberry one.
Pailhead (4242) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - DEC 12, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle: The aroma has some light roastiness, faint citrus hops, and caramel. It pours a dark garnet and has transparency when held to the light. The beige head is small and quickly fades to a thin film very quickly leaving behind minimal spotty lacing. The flavor starts roasty with a moderate grain presence. There is some faint caramel in the background. It finishes with a burnt grain, herbal bitterness, and faint spice. Light-medium bodied with lively carbonation.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - DEC 10, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
In the bottle at the 2007 Crescent Moon Holiday Beer Tasting. Has a HUGE nutty aroma of grape nuts! Some hoppy pine aromas. Thin in body with a mild tartness. A lingering bitterness remains on the tongue.
JonnyC22 (164) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - NOV 30, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can’t believe this one snuck past the Alabama ABC at 6.3%. Nice roasty malt flavor with some fruity overtones. Bitter aftertaste. Got to keep drinking before you get to the baking powder, fat tongue level at about two minutes.
biggmike (480) - Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA - NOV 29, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark brown color with a nice frothy off-white head. Aroma is quite spicy and hoppy. Taste is hoppy and malty; a bit like a watered-down English IPA. Mouthfeel is a bit thin. Nice lacing on glass. Overall, not a bad beer, very drinkable, but it just seems like the characteristics are lacking some cohesiveness.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 28, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown color with hints of garnet and topaz when held to the light. Moderate cream colored head with a few isles of tiny bubbled lace. Aromas of lightly toasted bread, sweet tobacco, and floral/herbal hops. There is also a light graininess to the nose, which I catch in quite a few ambers. Toasted and lightly roasted malt flavors dominate. A light spiciness in the in the middle and finish with white pepper and pine, nothing to exciting, but it does give it a little kick. A mix of amber, strong and brown ales.
vulgarparasite (10) - catasauqua, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 22, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Got the case for free. Free beer generally tastes better. What a bargain. Delicious. First one I slugged down straight from the bottle. No problem. Delicious. Poured the next one into my favorite vessel. Even better. I will have no problem polishing off this case. Great hop taste for a winter beer.
jb (1951) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 21, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Chocolate, raspberry nose. Very handsome looking dark with reddish highlights and a thick well-laced head. Chocolaty palate that is a bit hoppy too, but nice.