Tasting: May 7, 2013
Style: Imperial Stout
Beer #: 461
Flying Dog Green Tea Stout. It’s been some time since I’ve written about a Flying Dog beer and the story behind the brewery is certainly interesting enough to repeat from an earlier post.
George Stranahan is the heir of the Champion Spark Plug fortune and probably didn’t need to work a day in his life but he is described on the brewery’s website as an astrophysicist, photographer, rancher, writer, philanthropist, and an educator. He has interest in explosives, high-powered weapons, football, politics, whiskey and beer. Sounds like an interesting character.
In 1983, Stranahan and a band of what he called “twelve innocents” climbed the second highest peak in the world – K2. After a bender at the hotel bar in Pakistan, Stranahan spots an oil painting of a dog that had “left the ground“ it was in his mind a “Flying Dog”. A theme that stuck with a couple of Stranahan’s business ventures. In 1990, Stranahan opens Flying Dog brewpub in Aspen, Colorado and ultimately opens a full-time brewery with longtime friend Richard MacIntyre. The current brewery resides in Fredricksburg, Maryland. Since then, Stranahan passed a majority share of his brewery onto his six kids and has begun to simplify his estate shedding assets.
This one is part of their Brewhouse Rarities Collection, which is a brew one and done. It comes in a cork and cage bottle and checks in at 10% ABV. Initial impression is of smokey, roasted grains with a vegetal undertone. Does show some dark chocolate. On the plus side it’s elegantly complex. On the negative side it’s thin/medium and the booze peaks out a bit too much. This is a one and done for me as well, but I did find enjoyable enough to put it at 87 points.