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Beer Review: Flying Dog Coffee Stout (Batch 2)

June 18, 2011

Now I love beer, obviously, but I love coffee as well. This is probably why I so greatly enjoy stouts and porters. So when a coffee stout comes along, I am doubly excited! I came home one day to an unexpected package, always a great day, and it was Flying Dog‘s Coffee Stout (Batch 2). This coffee stout, made with English Ale yeast and Black Dog Coffee, weighs in at 8.9% ABV. Let’s see how it tastes, and if it keeps me up all night, shall we?

The Pour
A vigorous pour resulted in a burnt orange tinged caramel colored head, about 1 1/2 fingers thick, resting atop a thick dark beer. It looks like melted dark chocolate in a glass, thick and viscous and making promises of rich deep flavors. More: Beer Review: Flying Dog Coffee Stout (Batch 2)

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Beer Review: Flying Dog’s Raging Bitch Belgian-style IPA

April 28, 2011

Flying Dog was the first brewery to send me samples for reviewing purposes, back when I never imagined anyone doing that.  They sent me their Raging Bitch Belgian-style IPA some time ago and I did tasting notes and thought I had posted the review, but it appears I never got it posted.  So I am posting it now, and hope you’ll enjoy.

According to the Flying Dog website, this is an American IPA augmented with Belgian yeast.  It also weighs in at 8.3% ABV, so beware the wrath of the Raging Bitch! More: Beer Review: Flying Dog’s Raging Bitch Belgian-style IPA

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Flying Dog’s Raging Bitch hits shelves January 2010

December 10, 2009

Direct from Flying Dog comes word of Raging Bitch hitting shelves in January of 2010.  Brewed to celebrate Flying Dog’s twentieth anniversary, Raging Bitch is “…an American IPA fermented with Belgian yeast” and “is beautifully balanced between the Belgian fruity and citrus hop characteristics at the relatively high alcohol at 8.3% ABV.”

Aside from celebrating with the release of this Belgian-style IPA, Flying Dog will also be “… hosting a 20th Anniversary party at the Brewery and events in major markets across the country throughout 2010.”

Below is the press release in it’s entirety. You can visit Flying Dog on the Web at http://www.flyingdogales.com or on twitter at http://www.twitter.com/flyingdog.

FLYING DOG BREWERY RELEASES RAGING BITCH, A BELGIAN-STYLE IPA TO CELEBRATE ITS 20TH ANNIVERSARY

RAGING BITCH WILL BE AVAILBLE IN JANUARY 2010

FREDERICK, MD, December 10th—Flying Dog Brewery proudly announces the launch of RAGING BITCH, a Belgian-style IPA, to celebrate its 20th Anniversary in 2010. Raging Bitch, both the beer and the art that graces its label, prove that even after 20 years Flying Dog is as edgy and provocative as ever.

The cutting edge art on the Raging Bitch label is yet another contribution from Ralph Steadman, who has created original art for all of Flying Dog’s beers. “The Raging Bitch label is my personal favorite”, said Stephanie Kerchner, Director of Marketing for Flying Dog. “This package reflects everything that Flying Dog stands for and the women of Flying Dog absolutely love it”, she added.

The beer itself, an American IPA fermented with Belgian yeast, is beautifully balanced between the Belgian fruity and citrus hop characteristics at the relatively high alcohol at 8.3% ABV. Raging Bitch comes on the heels of Flying Dog being honored as Mid Sized Brewing Company of the Year at this year’s Great American Beer Festival Flying Dog and after winning a string of medals and honors across Europe and Asia. “This has truly been a milestone year for Flying Dog. It is very exciting to be celebrating our 20th Anniversary and Brewery of the Year going into 2010 with Raging Bitch,” said Kerchner.

The decision to celebrate its 20th Anniversary with the Belgian IPA became apparent after multiple successful batches and great consumer, distributor and retailer feedback. “Raging Bitch represents what is fun about the recipe creation process and what goes into creating high-quality craft beer. The brewers of Flying Dog are very excited to have a beer like this to celebrate our 20th anniversary,” says Matt Brophy, Sr. VP of Brewing Operations.

Flying Dog will be hosting a 20th Anniversary party at the Brewery and events in major markets across the country throughout 2010. “Details are still in the process of being finalized but I can assure you the events will all be true Flying Dog celebrations full of Raging Bitch and Gonzo spirit,” says Kerchner.

Raging Bitch will begin shipping on December 8th and will be available in 6-packs and draft in January of 2010. Raging Bitch 750 ml limited edition hand-corked champagne bottles, which include a numbered poster are available for purchase at the Frederick, MD brewery on Saturdays during tours.

About Flying Dog
Flying Dog was founded in Aspen, CO in 1990, relocated to Frederick, MD in 2008, and is currently Maryland’s largest brewery. The Flying Dog Brewery is located at 4607 Wedgewood Blvd., in Frederick, MD and its world-class “litter of ales” is available in 48 states and 29 countries Flying Dog’s core values of “purposeful, provocative and irreverence” flow through the veins of the brewery’s founding owners George Stranahan and Richard McIntyre. George and Richard were good friends with the “Gonzo Journalist” Hunter S. Thompson, who coined the brand’s tagline “Good People Drink Good Beer,” and also with the “Gonzo Artist” Ralph Steadman, who illustrates the brand’s packaging. For more information please visit www.flyingdogales.com.

Contact:
Stephanie Kerchner
2401 Blake St., Denver, CO 80205
303.250.1888

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Beer Review: Flying Dog Garde Dog Biere De Garde

June 30, 2008

Flying Dog sent me this brew a while ago. I tried it but lost my tasting notes. Well, tonight I decided to get some beer to do a new review and saw this beer. Thought I’d finally review this for my blog. So here goes…

The Pour
This poured with a two-finger head that dissipated quickly with a decent amount of lacing. It pours, in a pilsner glass, to a burnt yellow-orange color. It’s quite clear and looks to be a crisp brew.

The Nose
The first thing you notice is the nice citrusy hops. Since it’s summer, the hops are quite appealing. Then some toasty malty notes come through, with hints of caramel sweetness. Kind of like a nice toasty biscuit but with caramel on the side.

The Taste
This is a medium bodied brew with light to medium carbonation. The first thing you notice is the citrusy grassy hops, but this fades and the malty sweetness takes over at the back of the tongue. The finish coats the mouth with nice caramel and citrus flavors.

Overall
I think this is a good transition beer. It is best in the spring, where it transitions you from the malty stouts and porters of fall and winter to the hoppy IPAs and pale ales of summer.

Recommended: Sure….this is a good beer to prepare for the mouth-puckering summer brews.

Price: $8.49 a six-pack

ABV: 5.5%

IBU: 27

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Beer Review: Flying Dog Kerberos Tripel

May 14, 2008

So despite the fact that I’ve had a hard time posting reviews of the beers Flying Dog has sent me lately, they sent me another sample: Kerberos Tripel. This arrived on a good day as I was in need of a good beer but wasn’t planning on buying any until Friday.

Along with the bottle, they also sent a pretty handy chart (printed on both sides) showing their various beers and breaking down the malts and hops used in each, their awards, flavor characteristics, food pairings, etc. It’s available for download here.

Here is what Flying Dog has to say about this beer:

Kerberos is a bottle conditioned Belgian-style Strong Ale that weighs in at 8.5% ABV. It’s brewed with Pilsner and Aromatic malts and Golding and Saaz hops, yielding a deep golden to light copper in color. We recommend pairing Kerberos with poultry, creamy cheeses, fruit pastries or creme brulee.

Here’s what I had to say…

The Pour
Poured into a nice big pilsner glass, this showed an average, somewhat loose head that dissipated quickly, and leaving no real lacing on the glass. This brew was a bright golden copper color and definitely looked unfiltered. It looks like it will be a heavy, very slightly carbonated brew.

The Nose
This has a slightly sweet, slightly hoppy floral aroma. It smells like it will be a solid bodied beer that you’ll want to chew. You can pick up hints of bread or wheat in the nose as well.

The Taste
The body is indeed thick. It’s somewhat cloying and has an oily mouthfeel and does feel like something you could chew. None of this is really a bad thing, as it’s balanced out by the alcohol and hops, which are more noticeable at first. There’s also almost a wheaty flavor noticed after a few sips. After a few drinks the hops and alcohol become less pronounced, but you get the warmth of the alcohol all the way through. The mouthfeel doesn’t really change but it’s a somewhat pleasant presence.

Overall
This is like a thick, heavy pilsner. It seems to maintain a good subtle hoppiness, interspersed with wheat flavor making the occasional cameo. For a beer that is 8.5% ABV, the alcohol is slight noticeable at first, though very mellow, and just gets better as it warms your palate. All in all, this is great for those times you just want a good solid heavy beer to almost chew on. Very warm and tasty.

Recommended: Sure, but don’t buy it expecting beer to chug as you watch the game or hang out on the deck.

Price: Unknown

ABV: 8.5%

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Try Flying Dog!

May 13, 2008

As you know, Flying Dog sends me beers to try every now and then. Lately I’ve been really bad at getting reviews of those posted because I’ve been in school as well as working, and taking thermodynamics and dynamics at that as I study to be an engineer. Well, I was recently sent their Garde Dog: Biere de Garde. It’s a spring French classic with an American twist. Unfortunately, I lost my tasting notes, so I can’t post a review. They did, however, just send me their Kerberos Tripel, which I reviewed tonight and will be posting tomorrow. Come back tomorrow for that. In the meantime, make your next beer purchase Flying Dog. They’ve been doing great things lately. And visit their Web site!

Incidentally, ever since reviewing Land Shark Lager, I’ve had a lot of people disagree with my opinion of the brew, which is fine and understandable. But some folks have wanted to know what I would recommend instead. I hope to put together a list soon and post them here. So stay tuned!

Oh, and one more thing about Land Shark Lager….if you like it, by all means drink it! Drink what you like. I know there are beers I like that others don’t, but as long as I’m enjoying them that’s all that matters

Cheers!

The Beer Snob

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Beer Review: Flying Dog’s Wild Dog Barrel-Aged Horndog Barleywine

December 1, 2007

horndogbarrelaged.jpgFlying Dog seems to be a forward thinking brewery, as they send sample to reviewers such as myself, in order to generate publicity for their products. This time, instead of sending us one bottle, they sent three different beers for us to try. This is the first of three I’ll be trying. This is a whiskey barrel-aged version of their Horn Dog Barleywine.

The Pour
This poured out of the bottle very thick looking. It pours to a dark brown, and is somewhat cloudy. I’ve only had one barleywine before this, so I tried pouring it like I do any other beer (the first half with the glass at a 45 degree angle, the other half vigorously poured to generate a nice head), but there was no head. Looking at it against the light, you can see cloudiness around the edges where a little light actually penetrates.

The Nose
The nose has definite coffee and chocolate notes, though I could be mistaking the oak and whiskey from the barrels for coffee and chocolate. The nose is very nice and rich. I feel warmed just smelling this brew.

The Taste
This, as the pour shows, is a very full bodied brew. The alcohol warmth in the beer is noticed immediately, and looking past it one finds some chocolate notes and a definite resemblance to whiskey. The warmth from the alcohol is interesting, as it’s subtle to start, but as the beer warms the warmth first becomes more consistent throughout, then moves to the back of the throat at the finish. This beer is very thick and chewy as well. As the beer warms, you also get hints of tart fruit, most likely sour cherry.

Overall
First, let me say that high alcohol beers and barleywines are not my thing. But this is an interesting beer and a nice change. If you like high alcohol beer and/or barleywine, or just want to broaden your horizons, give this a try. It might be hard to find since you can only buy it at the brewery, as they only bottled something like 725 bottles. And it’s $8 a 12-oz bottle.

Recommended: If you like barley wine or high alcohol beer….or even whiskey…sure

Price: $8.00 for a 12-oz bottle

ABV: 10%

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Flying Dog Brewery — Beer Dinners

August 23, 2007

beerdinners.jpgIf you’ve read my review of Flying Dog’s Woody Creek White, you know they sent me a free sample to review for this site. I’ve recently been contacted by them again and have been shipped a bottle of their Dogtoberfest brew, which I’ll be reviewing very soon.

But they also e-mailed me about a new Web site they started, at http://www.beerdinners.com. According to their site:

A Beer Dinner is typically a four to eight course meal where a different style of beer is served with each course. Each beer is specifically paired with that course by the chef because the taste and flavors of the food and beer compliment each other.

They say these are usually held at breweries or high end restaurants, but this site is designed to help you host your very own beer dinner at your home! They offer full menus, tips and ideas and more. It sounds like this would be a fun thing to do, although I’ve never been one to pair a specific beer to a specific meal. (Basically because I wouldn’t know what to pair with what food).

Check out their site and host your own beer dinner! They make it easy, with recipes and pairing suggestions.

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Beer Review: Flying Dog’s Woody Creek White Belgian Style Wit Beer

June 29, 2007

wcw.jpgThis is a recently released Summer seasonal offering from Flying Dog, based out of Denver, CO. They sent me a sample bottle to try and review, so that is what I am doing.

Here is what they say on their Web site about this beer:

Woody Creek White is a traditional Belgian-style Wit Beer, brewed with unique ingredients like orange peel and coriander, resulting in a refreshing and slightly citrus flavor…

I cracked the bottle open and poured it into one of my pint glasses. It was a nice golden yellow color and was quite cloudy, showing off its unfiltered goodness. One whiff and you know you’re drinking a Belgian-style white. The wheat, citrus and spice notes in the nose bring to mind Blue Moon, just a bit.

Taking the first taste, you know you’re drinking a solid white. The citrus and spice notes are present in the mouth as well as the nose, and it’s got a good wheatiness. This brew is medium to full bodied and is almost like drinking a glass of wheat bread, but it still manages to stay crisp and clean on the finish, not thick and heavy.

That finish makes it a good Summer seasonal indeed. Overall this is a good solid witbier. I still prefer my Blue Moon, though!

Recommended: I’m not a huge witbier guy but if you like wheat in your glass, this is a good example of a Belgian style wit beer
Price: Unknown, it was a free sample
ABV: 4.7%

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