whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 10, 2005
Dense, oily pour from a sludgy bottle. Opaque black body like soily mud with a silky brown head. A young sample has a very hop-centered citrusy aroma. Smells like mandarin oranges and chocolate with a hint of burnt raisins. Flavor continues the Cascade theme on top of a fruit-infused chocolate bar with rum-raisin, light roasty cigar and oaky notes. Fairly sweet and sticky with moderate bitterness and light acidity. Roast builds and the beer becomes very stout-like with time. Mouthfeel seems a bit slick and less full than anticipated. Shares some distinct qualities with Old Rasputin. Could be drier, but unlike previous raters, I thought this was pretty good. That makes two in a row from Flying Dog for me (Flying Dog Wild Dog Double Pale Ale being the first). It would be well-worth laying down a bottle or two. I anticipate this improving significantly as the hops fade. Flying Dog should have just held onto this one for a few more months.
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - JUN 26, 2005
Pours a very deep brown color with a tan head. Aroma is malty and has hints of chocolate. Flavor is similar to the aroma. also has a nice alcohol bite to it. DYCSoccer17 (3705) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 27, 2005
Bottle. Molasses, bitter cocoa aroma with some booziness in the nose as well. I think I smell some west coast hops in this as well. Mostly opque and dark dark brown in color with a brown head and nice lacing. Start is roasty with hints of burnt coffee and chocolates. Turns slightly metallic thereafter with a bit of bitter hoppiness. Finishes roasted. This is better than most of the mediocre flying dog brews. deadguy (42) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 6, 2005
Pretty hoppy for a porter. Smells of burnt coffee/caramel. Hoppy start, earthy finish. Jet black in color, very little head with moderate lacing.
I’m not a porter drinker usually but I enjoyed this beer. It was much better once it warmed up. YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JUL 18, 2005
From the bottle at a beer tasting and then on tap at The Blind Pig in Champaign, IL. Little difference between the two. The color was opaque black with a frothy tan head. There was a lot going on here. The aroma had chocolate, anise, malty, coffee highlights, some spiciness. Nice thick feel in the mouth. Oily. Coats the tongue and lets the flavor linger. The flavor echoed the nose: chocolate, spice, coffee, hops. This was a surprisingly good effort from Flying Dog. Probably the best thing they’ve done.
ClarkVV (6825) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 29, 2005
UPDATED: APR 12, 2007 2005 bottle (actually have had a number of bottles at a variety of temperatures). Smells of light caramel and fresh, floral, wintergreen-like hops that seem to be modestly bitter. Blackish-brown color with the liquid being thick, viscous and a lot like light motor oil. Right on! Nothing wrong with that. Not too much in the way of a head, a bit of bubbles cling to each other on the surface, but when swirling the glass, I am able to coax a tan head out of it. Very opaque and unfiltered. Once the head is created, though, it lasts quite a long time, curiously enough. Still smelling some herbal/floral notes, some cut grass, very green and wet. Flavor begins with some dried flowers and leaves, earthy brown malts and then a big explosion of juicy alpha hops bitterness. Very odd peanut-brittle-like finish. Hops acid lingers on. Very thick mouthfeel, rich and velvety. I must admit, though I’m not a fan of high-alpha American hops, these are quite nicely done and very juicy tasting. The hops linger with a strong alcohol warmth, but it’s not a sharp/pervasive ethanol character, just a strong warming sensation. Bitter, black roast and minty hops, milk chocolate are all flavors that are swirling in my mouth before I swallow. Quite sticky, very dry on the end. Acidity lingers on, I don’t find any metal, as others have found. Very low carbonation is pleasing. Lacing is left in clumps down the glass. BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - AUG 4, 2005
Slow pour produces a viscous black body with a thick creamy tan head, looking more like an Imperial Stout. Huge Cascade hop aroma dominates along with some bread like yeast and roasted chocolate malts. Body is medium to full and lightly syrupy. Very stout like in flavor with an extreme hop bitterness and a puckering bitter and slightly dry finish. This one sticks to your mouth. Flavor is ganged up on by loads of hops yet the roasted malt with hints of coffee and cocoa do appear. Overall, an interesting brew if nothing else. JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - AUG 6, 2005
Coffee colored with a thin tan head, this is an interesting brew. The fllavor is complex: notes of bittersweet chocolate, dark cherries and a few other goodies. it’s medium bodied & tasty. IMtheOptimator (1170) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - AUG 9, 2005
Poured black with a large creamy tan head. Surprising aroma of strong grassy hops with a touch of chocolate and alcohol. Taste is raisins, a small amount of roasted chocolate, grass, grapefruits, and alcohol. Very bitter warming finish. Good body. Not sure what to think of this one. It has more complexity than I’m used to in Flying Dog, but the hops feel way too dominant here. Granted, it’s far closer to world class than they usually create, but some parts of it feel way overdone, while others feel neglected. A good beer, but I don’t think it’s a showstopper. TheBeerGod (6241) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - AUG 13, 2005
Bottle. Opaque blackness with mocha colored froth resting upon it. Nose is nicely hopped and coffee laden. Bits of alcohol wafting through as well. Mild roasty notes. The hops seem to be in the forefront on this much like Alpha Klaus. Taste is roasted malt, coffee and cream, light alcohol, and licorice notes. Put simply, this is like coffee, cream, and sugar with a splash of liquor added to it(Irish coffee?). Light chocolate sweetness in this as well. Body is smooth and creamy with moderate carbonation. Lots of resident hop bitterness and light alcohol warmth. Finish is more coffee, roasted malts, chocolate, light licorice, hops and sweet malts. Alcohol is there but not overdone. Good beer! ***Update - lots of plums and tangerine notes during the finish. Lingering fruitiness throughout the finish. Nice!