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 (3712) - 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. DragonStout (1418) - Groveport, Ohio, USA - JUL 4, 2005
opened this and had heavy smell of dirt and hops.Poured rich black color with a nice khaki head.Hugh hops taste but istill cant get rid of that dirt taste.The finish also was like dirt. Drew (2470) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JUL 4, 2005
Super dark brownish black, tan head, good lacing. Aroma is strong with sweet chocolate and roasty espresso. Body is very creamy, thick and smooth. Chocolate toffee coffee with a thin roast coffee finish, very dry. Very nice sipping beer.
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. MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - JUL 7, 2005
I’m not a porter drinker usually but I enjoyed this beer. It was much better once it warmed up.
Bottle. Very dark brown, rich light brown head. Roasty chocolatey apple aroma. Big thick palate, with roasty chocolate and coffee flavors. Some apples. I pick up the alcohol in the flavor and aroma. This I think will come together a bit with some time, for this is a huge beer. matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 8, 2005
This was a pretty freaking big beer! YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JUL 18, 2005
Poured a big black buck of a body and a lofty tan cap of froth. The aroma was huge with chocolate malt and a heavy shovel of practical hops. The first sip was a smack of oily black coffee with a blast of pine and coco on the tail end. This was rather bitter and chary, I found some bittering bakers chocolate working it’s way across my palate... some date on the side. It seemed to be a relatively nice porter but with a light bourbon like kick to it. I can guarantee that 6 months in the bottle will do a lot in toning down that massive hop bag floating in there. Needs some time in the cellar, IMO…. But a nice beer! It’s a freaking black IPA is what it comes across as right now.
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. jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JUL 20, 2005
12oz. bottle. ’05. Dark brown, almost black in color with a small tan head. Strong piney hop aroma along with dark roasted malts and some chocolate. Flavor is both sweet and bitter, with the hops and roasted malts alternating on my tongue. Nice beer.