12 oz bottle I got out of a Flying Dog Mixed 12 I got at Grub Mart in Jacksonville. Poured into a pint tumbler.
A: Pours a clear, brown. Not as dark as I would expect. You can see through it and it does have some amber hues when held to light. The redeeming factor to this beer is it has a nice off white head that has pretty good retention.
S: Smells like malt, caramel, earthy hops and a touch of coffee. Nothing spectacular.
T: Taste is a bit smokey malt, earthy hops,caramel, grains and yet again a touch of coffee. This beer (along with all Flying Dog brews I have had) has a strange metallic taste. This is the most tolerable beer they have that I have tried.
M: A bit thin and more watery than expected from a porter. Light to medium in body. Aftertaste is metallic and hangs around too long.
D: I guess people like this beer. I don't. The Flying Dog metallic MO really turns me off. This beer is somewhat drinkable but only if I am forced to drink it with nothing else around. I am a beer snob when it comes to Flying Dog. Sorry.
Served In: Bottle
Why did the dog cross the road? The appearance is a dark brown color with a clear appearance. Dark for a scottish and light for a porter. The head is a slight white color but quickly fades altogether. Same with lacing, feint at first and disappears over time.
The smell overall is good. A mix of sweet malt and astringent roasted malt almost to the point of coffee aromas. Lighter notes of chocolate are in the background as well.
The taste is lighter then I would have expected. There is a watery or wispy taste (especially for style, scottich and porter). The malt has a tangy cocoa and caramel flavor that comes out after the initial taste but then fades quickly for a boring malt aftertaste. Some hop tones are mellow but adds a sour aftertaste.
The body is light and a deterrent for the beer. Carbonation is average. Overall there could be improvements on taste and body. Maybe that is why the dog crossed the road, to get a better beer.
Served In: Bottle
Poured into a Tyranena nonic glass.
Purchased from HyVee Wine and Spirits on the east side of Ames.
Date on bottle: 243FX09
Pours one half inch head that is white in color. Very little of the lacing is sticking to the side of the glass. Letting it sit for a few minutes the head fell and now doesn't cover much of the beer. The color is deep brown and has a slight red tint at the edges. You can see through the beer when you hold it up to a computer screen.
The beer smells slightly sour with some slightly burnt smells. There is also some slight sweetness to it in the background, but it's mostly an almost smokey burnt flavor with a funny sour flavor.
The beer touches the tip of my tongue first and I taste a sweet almost caramel flavor followed by a slight burnt flavor that's finished off with the sour/burnt combination in the back of my throat.
The mouthfeel of the beer is a light medium bodied with a little burn of carbonation on the tip of the tongue and follows to the middle of the tongue.
The drinkability of this beer is good if you just want to hang out and have a few beers straight from the bottle, I mean it is 6%. If you want a nice sipping porter that will keep you company for an hour the drinkability goes down as the sour flavors are something you have to get over. I believe the sour flavors come from mishandling by state distributors and a lighter beer with burnt notes can easily become sour.
Overall, I love this beer when it is fresh and handled properly, but will probably not purchase it again until it's odds of losing the sour flavors have improved.
Served In: Pint Glass
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