RATINGS: 1014   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21/5   IBU: 34   EST. CALORIES: 222   ABV: 7.4%
English Strong Ale with a malty taste, unique and different, a true Flying Dog original.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
anders37 (24429) - Malm, SWEDEN - AUG 9, 2006
Bottle. Dark ruby colour with a small tan head. Malty slightly hoppy aroma with hints of raisins. Sweet malty fruity flavor. Hints of grapes and raisins. Has a fruity aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
frankenkitty (2007) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - AUG 9, 2006
Deep, dark, reddish color with a small-yet-creamy tan head that lingers on as a thick film. Dark fruits, citrus and raspberry in the aroma with dark chocolate, cereal and light esters. Solid body with a dry creaminess in the mouth. Flavor finds a fruity, bittersweet conglomeration of malts and hops with all the goodies wed found in the aroma based atop a heap of DME and finishing with both a juicy kiss of citrus and a bitter lick of java. I just cant stop liking this one.

<font size=-4>From a small liquor store in Burbank that carries a few micros and imports but isnt worth adding to the RB database.<font size=-1>

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MiP (15378) - Snderborg, DENMARK - AUG 2, 2006
Bottle. Clear, very dark brown colour. Small light brown head. Nicely roasted flavour, like a sweet dunkel. Quite malty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
pintocb (654) - Hoon, Georgia, USA - JUL 23, 2006
Translucent brown color, not much head. Aroma included toffee, and some notes of wheat. Caramel, toffee and a hint of burned bread in the flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Miksu (5046) - Jyvskyl, FINLAND - JUL 15, 2006
Bottle. Reddish brown color with decent head. Lightly citrusy and floral aroma with notes of toffee and melon. Mellow and rounded flavor with coffee, toffee, licorice, light fruityness, light bitterness and some floral-citrusy hop flavor. Good finish with coffee, sweetness and floral-citrusy hops. Pleasant and mellow, interesting mix of mild roastedness and hops.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
thebeertourist (5188) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 7, 2006
Bottle at The White Horse, Parsons Green. Chestnut brown with a very small head, that is nonetheless quite stable. Sweet aroma of raisins and dried fruits. Flavours are cellar-like and surprisingly dry finish; raisins and dark fruit throughout, yet also very good bitterness. Full-bodied and rather soft. An explosion of flavours, yet still harmonious. A masterpiece of a beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jetzler (622) - oklahoma city, Oklahoma, USA - JUL 5, 2006
Bottle 44F Pint Glass. Very sweet aroma, roasty and malty, no notice of hops. It is dark in color with a very small beige head that disappeared very quickly. The taste is sweet and very malty pretty much what I expected from the winter ale lable. Not bad but I have I dont think I could spot if out of a line up, even among other dark colorado ales.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
DarkElf (3061) - La Jolla, California, USA - JUN 18, 2006
(12 oz bottle: Obtained 06-May-06 in trade with Otter, thanks Jeremy!) Freshness code of "070A06", which I believe means this beer "expired" on 11-Mar-06. Oh well, three months late. Honestly, for a darker beer, the nose is unexpectedly grainy, husky and uninteresting, though there is a modest earthiness and a hint of sweet caramel to add at least a little excitement. But based on the nose, I cant say Im excited to drink this beer. And tasting the beer, my suspicions have been confirmed. This is a dry, toasty, moderately roasty, lightly earthy beer with a fairly grainy maltiness, and to a lesser extent, a husky underbelly. Hops contributes little to the overall flavor. Body is nice though, medium-full on my palate, and carbonation is about average. Medium brown with a general ruddy hueand good clarity. The small, beige head quickly dissipates, leaving no lacing and not even a ring around the top edge of the beer. I guess a pretty typical Flying Dog beer here, not bad, but not great either, just something decent to drink when you arent in the mood to pay much attention.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (8358) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 8, 2006
Deep amber color with thin white head. Smells like a porter with the requisite amount of black patent roasted malts. Taste like a porter but with the addition of caramel notes. Very nice. There is also some smooth hop flavor in there too. Pretty good brew. Being a winter beer I might expect a bit more gravity.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 29, 2006
Distinctly malt nose,with a touch of molasses and anise,very light however,slighly sweet spicey almost cinnamon like holiday taste,nice enough but not distinguishable enough to be much different then all the others

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