LinusStick (3506) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2007
Nice and smoky Baltic Porter from Flying Dog. The aroma was alcohol and malt. The pour was a thick black goodness with cherry brown 1 finger head that laced the whole way down the glass. The taste was dark and wintery. Smoke and roasted malt with a slight hopped finish that is both bitter and delicious. Perfectly rounded with a little too much alcohol taste (but at 9.5% what can I expect?) slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 22, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2007 2006 bottle. Pours dark as hell with a thick broawn head and beautiful lacing. nice alcoholic sweet nose. SMOKY and scotch-like with oak notes and balanced sweetness. soft and bitter palate. best thing flying dog has ever touched. patrick767 (4163) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 21, 2007
bottle - Pours black with a one finger tan head. This one has lots of dark roast malt aroma that may be enough to make the mouth water. The intense, dark roast malt flavor is accented by coffee and chocolate notes. It tastes well balanced and to keep up with that huge malt flavor, the hops must have been used quite liberally. It works. The body is pleasantly full and the roast flavors linger in the finish. This robust porter will stand tall with many good imperial stouts. It lacks the complexity of the best imperials, but nevertheless, it’s very well done. loseratheart (110) - USA - JAN 19, 2007
Citrusy, flowery hops, alcohol, coffee, ripe fruit, and caramel in the aroma. Pretty close to black with a thin tan head. Rich chocolate and coffee flavors balanced with pronounced resiny hops, solid hop bitterness, moderate roast character. Full-bodied and creamy with fine carbonation.
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - JAN 19, 2007
UPDATED: APR 8, 2007 Dark brown/black opaque pour is adorned with a creamy, dense tan head. Good retention, fairly generous lacing. I’m surprised to find aromatic traits I associate with American imperial stouts. Redolent with heavily roasted malt, resiny and punchy hops, tar, molasses, some hints at alcohol and lusty chocolate cream, licorice, maybe a little lactic at times. Flavor expands on this concept, brimming over with hop oil, roasted and toasted malts, licorice, some scorched grain husks, much more chocolate and a little more alcohol. The alcohol really isn’t masked at all in this but there was enough else keeping my attention to keep that from becoming bothersome. Palate is warming and smooth at first, but finishes with a merciless call to attention from the fresh hops. To me this is very heavily hopped, too much so, but put together in such a fashion that it just works well anyway, sometimes a lot of spice is nice. Flying Dog’s standard porter is overly hoppy as well, so at least Eric is consistent. Palate was full, viscous and hot/spicy on the backside, but again not too much to really detract from the enjoyment of the whole experience. Pretty delicious, very robust, this should’ve adorned the Wild Dog label. Complexity is noteworthy as well. Good job.
robertjm (898) - Albany, California, USA - JAN 18, 2007
Thick as sin! Absolutely ZERO light passes through this stuff. I held it up to my TV set and usually I get some light through so I can enjoy the color. Not this stuff. Very small head after pouring the full bottle. You can see the thickness of this beer. Sort of like lightweight motor oil. As to tasted? Well, the first thing I notice is the heavy flavor of roasted grain, almost a roasted barley flavor. Almost to a point of being fishy-like though the fishyness doesn’t last very long. Zero aroma to speak of. When I think of an imperial porter I think of a Baltic Porter with some sweetness to it. To me I’d rather call this an imperial stout. Even Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout has more sweetness to it than this. After letting the glass warm up a bit there is a little more sweetness and the fish taste dimishes. Probably let it get a little too cold for this style? (three more bottles to tell!). All-in-all I’d rather have a Rasputin. I’ll modify my review if things are different enough after a resampling. BeerBaronLS (85) - Grove City, Ohio, USA - JAN 17, 2007
This is a great beer. Other than by the "imperial" name, you’d not know this was so high in alcohol; its very pleasantly hidden behind a complex balance of chocolate malts and subtle hops. I really like the flying dog I’ve had, and this is the best. One of the better porters I’ve had. ogglethorp (919) - Ohio, USA - JAN 16, 2007
Bottle. Pours almost black with a decent sized tan colored head. Aroma is sweet roasted malts, coffee, chocolate. Flavor is chocolate, coffee, dried fruit, slight hops. Palate is medium bodied, medium carbonation, bitter-sweet finish. The best offering I’ve had from FD. thomat (4140) - Gï¿½teborg, SWEDEN - JAN 16, 2007
Very dark, almost black color with a thick brown head. Rosted with notes of soya and coffee. Medium to full body with a nice bitter finish. Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 15, 2007
Black body with a generous tan head. Filling body with lots of dark malts and a hint of smoke. Taste is very fruity (figs, dates, grapes) and other flavours include Tobelrone chocolate, black forest cake, nougat and black coffee. Hops presence is only felt through the medium bitterness. Rich and intricate taste. Very nice beer. I found other products from this brewery to be less than stellar but this one was great. This Gonzo Porter is a very serious porter, this ain’t a Bozo Porter.