GuilTTy (735) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JUL 20, 2006
Bottle from the Foodery in Philadelphia. Very dark brown, clear pour with a meduim sized but tight dusky sandstone head. Plenty of coffee and semi-sweet chocolate along with roasted malt, vanilla and alcohol in the aroma. Very much the same flavors but with a healthy hop bitterness which balanced the chocolate sweetness quite well. Silky mouthfeel and a long, sweet finish with touches of alcohol, caramel and coffee. GregClow (3402) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 19, 2006
Bottle - via trade with jerc. Pours a deep, dark brown with a nice tan head. Aroma has a huge amount of chocolate, with some smokiness in the background, and a warm booziness. Flavour - well, the alcohol comes through a bit more than I would like, but aside from that, it’s pretty damn good. Lots of chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, molasses - just really big and tasty. Nice soft mouthfeel as well. A bit of aging might mellow it out a bit - but then again, when you’re making a tribute to HST, you’re probably not aiming for mellow. skoisirius (1909) - Earth, Washington, USA - JUL 19, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2007 12 oz bottle into an Enlgish Pint glass. Aroma is heavy on chocolate, roastiness, and alcohol. The flavor is almost to that point of being overly robust while lacking something I couldn’t put my finger on...with notes of roasted malt, coffee, smokey fire, and dark fruits. The palate kicks into a heavy hop kick towards the end. Much props for the dedication to HST though! IPAndy (120) - minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 18, 2006
This is quite harsh in a lot of ways. The aroma is sweet chocolate alcohol. Appearance is jet black with tan head. Flavor is smokey and roasted, licorice, chocolate. Some orange. This is nice, but then alcohol and aggressive hops hit hard towards the end and I can’t concentrate on the good parts. Quite acidic, somewhat oily. Maybe it needs more age to get rid of the overbearing alcohol. PaulC (1) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUL 16, 2006 does not count
This is the one of the best beers ever made. Not only does it taste magnificent, but it’ll leave you floored after two, count them, two beers. Don’t be surprised if you can’t count to three.
Miksu (5053) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - JUL 15, 2006
Bottled. Black color with dark, creamy and long lasting head. Clean roastiness, coffee and fresh birch leaves in the aroma. Soft flavor with coffee, charcoal and dark fruits. Long sweet finish with charcoal, birch and salty licorice. Not the most complex porter/stout but still highly enjoyable. The gonzo labels of flying dog bottles are also great! TheOrange (479) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JUL 15, 2006
Again, on tap at Riverside. Nice black body, with a think off-tan head. Nice Malty aroma, maybe some chocalate and pine in there. This beer has a big flavor, the malts hit you pretty heavy. there are traces of the chocalate from the aroma and a bit a caramalize falvor Also, the alcohol is very noticable, this is not a beer that will sneak up on you. Good beer. hopdog (12816) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 10, 2006
12oz bottle. Poured a dark black with reddish/brown edges and an averaged sized light brown head. Aromas of roast, light chocolate, light caramel, and pine. Tastes of roast, coffee, caramel, and pine. Should this be that piney - where am I picking up all the pine from. Alcohol content well hidden. wnp22 (698) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 3, 2006
Tasted in Toronto. Obtained on a trip to Boulder Colorado. tasted in dimple mug. Deep black opaque appearance with creamy head (although slightly on the thin side) which is a tan / tobacco colour. Aroma is somewhat strange, all I can pick up is celery or vegitables. Wow, flavour is pretty nice, rich complex roasted malt, coffee cream, espresso and some toffe like caramel to finish - creme brulee. Alcohol is well hidden. abb73 (27) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 2, 2006
The aroma is of caramelled malt. Pours a completely opaque deep, dark brownish-black with a dense chocolatey head that leaves a nice lacing. Flavors of smooth caramel, bitter sweet German chocolate, and espresso end with a burnt caramel aftertaste. It’s only been a year, but it is much smoother in ’06 than it was in ’05. I’ve got one bottle left...I wonder how long I should wait before drinking it?