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 (10886) - 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 (4021) - 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. Doppelganger (1389) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - MAY 12, 2006
Serious deep black pour with a small dense cap of tawny bubbles--a nice chocolate frosting on a chocolate cake look. Lots of volatile fusel alcohol up front that really detracts from the rest of the aroma. Focused thought and sniffing reveal some pleasant coffee and a touch of caramel buried underneath the fumey burn. Smokey chocolate flavor mingles with a resiny hop character. Softly carbonated. The chewy sticky quality of the hops in the finish is distracting and off-putting to me. This beer tastes rushed: like something that was made with solid craft, but then wasn’t given the time to get over being green and rough. I’d like to try it again with some age. talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 9, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2010 Vintage 2006B. Pours nearly black with a fairly small, light brown, pillowy head with decent longevity. Nose was a little subdued, but pleasant; earthy/cedar hops up front, with significant dark chocolate and burnt caramels backing with a slight coffee roast character and hints of smoke and currant. Again same flavors as the nose but much more powerful, almost like a mocha coffee flavor to go along with some anise and an excellent cedar wood tinge (strange, but enticing) with again some smoke and faint currant. The bittersweetness finally gives way to a decent bitter cedar and coffee finish with a light dryness. The palate really helps the beer tremendously; medium to full body with a soft to lively, smooth, chewy, silky feeling that is excellent. At first I thought the hops were inappropriate, but they really gave the beer a unique character that is matched by a great chocolate and slight roast malt backbone. Beautiful, somewhat complex, and unparalleled by any other porter I’ve tried. hammenlind (737) - Sundbyberg, SWEDEN - MAY 9, 2006
Pure black with a tan head. Roasted, spicy, burnt nose with hints of coffee and almond. Flavour is quite burnt and acidic. Some notes of dark fruits. Thick mouthfeel. Great bitterness. Warming alco-feel in finish. bager (2120) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - MAY 9, 2006
Bottle. Black coloured with medium brown head. Slight aroma of soap and liquorice. Hiigh carbonated. Flavour is very malty and slightly spicy. Also a faint scent vanilla.