505 (271) - Echo Park, California, USA - MAY 22, 2006
Dark brown body, with nice, light brown, long lasting head, and excellent lacing. Aroma was caramel, mocha, with a hing of pine. Taste was burnt, nutty, choclate, espresso, and sweet, with a lasting mildly bitter finish. Mild alcohol, but did a great job of hiding the 9%. Texture was creamy with soft, but fitting carbonation. Delightful, tasty beer, which definitely is worth buying again. IrishBoy (4228) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAY 22, 2006
Opaque walnut black with a big brown head, that thickly laces the glass. Aroma combines roasty malts, chocolate mocha, and a bunch of hops. Very complex! Flavor shows coffee, chocolate malts, and nice hop bitterness. Sammy (12596) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 22, 2006
Black with a minimal attractive head and lace. Coffee syrup, medium mouthfeel and not all that thick.Chocolate and other malts, cascade and other hops.The one-off best flying dog of them all, courtesy of Jan Biergeman casper78 (21) - bakersfield, California, USA - MAY 21, 2006
Bottle 12oz. Pour a dark black, with dark haed. Smells of hoppy chocolate coffee beans. A bitter taste of hops and coffe and alittle cocco in there to. The character of this beer ranks amoung the best of them. GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - MAY 20, 2006
Pours black with a shallow tan froth. Aroma of cocoa, and leather. Full nectar with residual effers. Flavors are deep, dark black chocolate with espresso, old boot leather, black cherries, brown sugar, iodine. Finishes with a nice hop. I caught a hint of celery (only downfall). Overall: big, bold, earthy, and complex with a slight sweetness similar to a Baltic style. Highly recommended.
ElPresidente1984 (173) - Maine, USA - MAY 20, 2006
bottle, pours black, with minimal head. aroma is strong, roasted malts, caramel, mocha, yeast, and some hoppy spicyness. flavors, caramel and strong esspresso, some ripend fruit, and a very nice bitter hop finnish. jercraigs (10731) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 18, 2006
Bottle. Black body with a moderate creamy brown head. Initial hop bag aroma gives way to acidic chocolate malt aroma. Sweet quick chocolate is swamped by dry bitter cocoa and bitter dark chocolate malt. Moderate bitterness feels like its from the roast malt but is likely more from the hops, less bitter than expected from the aroma, the hops show themselves more in the finish and aftertaste with a green hoppiness making a return long after you finish. Medium to full bodied palate. Roast in the finish increases as the glass warms, as does the acidity. Unconventional porter, this is quite nice. Thanks Harry! Headbanger (4020) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 17, 2006
12oz bottle ’06A-A dark black with a brown head and an aroma of coffee and burnt malt. A lot of hop flavor through out the mouthful. A slight roasted malt and coffe on the back end. Not what I thought an imperial porter would taste like. If I remember correctly Road Dog was originally a scottish ale so I don’t know when it switched to a Porter. Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 14, 2006
Bottle acquired in a trade with Hogtown Harry. Nice very dark brown, small beige head. Lovely unique aroma, lots of roast, coffee, and a nice malt sweetness - lovely! Very very unique strong sweet porter taste. Very nice and dry afterwards. A little sharp. A perfect example of a porter kicked up a bit - lovely! alaskanwarren (286) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 13, 2006
Black color with brownish head. Aroma is very green, like a brewery. Over time some dark malty aromas. Flavor is quite hoppy, bitter. At first I couldn’t get over the bittering hops. That was all I was tasting. It felt like it didn’t leave much room for the porter flavors. Over time though my tongue became accustomed to the hops and I got some more of the porter flavors. All in all, though, I felt like it needs more time to mellow out, maybe 6mos in the cellar would be good for the Gonzo.