natejgood (530) - Bozeman, Montana, USA - FEB 8, 2007
It pours jet black with very little head. I mean this beer is dark. It makes other porters look like light lagers. The head is a dark bronz color and has some staying power. It has a nice carmel, malt and coffee smell to it that is noticeable but not overpowering. This beer has a lot of flavor. After smelling it I was worried that it would be sweet, but it isn’t. It has a good coffee flavor with a clean finish that has a little bit of a bitter bite. The flavor is very concentrated. This is a medium bodied beer with light carbination. rudolf (2360) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 4, 2007
Aged bottle. Black, thin tan head. Nose is caramel & black malt, dark fruitiness and some clay-like notes. Flavor is burnt malt, dark cherries and chocolate. Rich cocoa & coffee w. some smoke in the finish. TheKegergator (241) - California, USA - FEB 3, 2007
Finly tracked this dude down. GB hunter Thompson, I might save one of these bottles just because.
Pours a nice dark ass brown. Smell is a little weaker than in like, but it does the job. Taste is near perfect, and border line stout, in my opinion, with the chololate and malt overtones. Very drinkable and will have a permanent place in my fridge. smashteroid (262) - Alabama, USA - FEB 2, 2007
purchased four-pack, served cold. the aroma was a combination of roasted malts and chocolate. maybe a slight hint of coffee? it poured a thick, muddy, dark brown with a lasting tan/brown head. the flavor wasn’t as smooth as i’d hoped for. tasted notes of coffee, chocolate, and a decent alcohol presence. it’s the best flying dog i’ve tasted, but there are better porters/imperial porters. ghostmonkey (204) - budd lake, New Jersey, USA - FEB 2, 2007
bottle . . pours, BLACK . . darkest beer ive seen, with a brown/grey head . . aroma is hop, spicy, earthy, coffee, burning pine . . best way to describe it . . taste is unsweetened chocolate, pine, smoke, malt, bitter and alcohol . . not bad . . kind of makes you pucker up . . its a bitter and strong beer, but nice . . try and get through 4 of these i dare you haha . . well worth its rating . . this shit is medicinal!
sersdf (1020) - chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 1, 2007
pours pretty thick. pitch black, nice head. aroma is very chocolatey, not as smoky as big porters i’ve been trying recently. minute alcohol in aroma, not surprise at 9.5%. way too cold at the moment, but initial impression is bready, somewhat smoky, some coffee and a little thin. a bit later... what i mistook for thin earlier is more a chalkish astringency at the back end of the profile. could use more sweet malt. goes remarkably well with food. the hops come out and the flavor is more round. MikeHernandez (50) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 30, 2007
The aroma is a wonderful variety of smells. I think I picked up hints of dark bread, roasted malts, chocolate, and maybe mild coffee. There is also an alcohol presence in the aroma as this is a 9.0% ABV beer.
It pours an average sized, creamy, light-brown head that is mostly diminishing. The body clarity is best described as muddy. There is no possible way to see through it. The body hue is dark black.
The initial flavor is a like a kick in the face (in a good way). You get lively carbonation, sweet chocolate and heavy roasted malt taste followed by a long lasting bitter hop and finish.
This beer is full-bodied and deliciously creamy, especially when not too cold.
This is a real gem. Great to drink slowly and appreciatively. jake65 (4000) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - JAN 29, 2007
Bottle: Dark brown, near black pour with a large brown head and great lacing. Appearance is definitely a five here. Nose is mostly roasted malt hints of coffee as well. The aroma loses points for being a bit one dimensional. Taste is dominated by roasted malt with heavy coffee tones. The chocolate comes off lighter in the taste, hints of fruitiness, and some light hops. Alcohol content is detectable. Full, thick body lingers on the tongue. Thanks to Bert for this great porter! AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 28, 2007
Pours black with a brown lasting head. Aromas of roasted malt, maple syrup, and alcohol. Flavor is sweet, with lot’s of alcohol and roast malt. Full body. Good bitter finish. Well done. andyhite (308) - Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA - JAN 28, 2007
12oz bottle. pours w/a light brown, perhaps khaki head and looks to be an extremely thick dark brown, if not jet black in colour. its aromas or of molasses and a touch of spice. there may also be vanilla and chocolate in there, but they are well disguised in the overall creaminess of the aroma. the one aspect of flying dog that i enjoy is the fact that most of their beers’ aromas mirror their flavors. this follows suit. its taste is overall pleasant, with a mellow bitterness for a finish. this beer seems to coat my palate with dark fruit flavors ranging from currant to borderline-overripe black cherries. the slightest hint of hops give a character that is unsurpassed in the porter world. truly an enjoyable beer, but after a few, the gonzo is beginning to show its true strength.