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El Gordo - Good People Brewing Company

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El Gordo
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39 Ratings
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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 4.66
pDev: 6.44%
Wants: 77
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Good People Brewing Company visit their website
Alabama, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  13.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: GPHarris on 07-09-2010)
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Reviews by bjwilson:
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4.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a 12 ounce tulip glass at the good people brewing company in Birmingham. Wow. Instantly all I taste is dark, sweet, and a hint of alcohol. This is a beast of a beer and well worth a try if you ever make it to the brewery. Definitely up there as one of the best imperial stouts I've ever tasted

bjwilson, Jul 17, 2013
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5/5  rDev +7.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +1.9%

tweezer159, Jun 29, 2013
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4.45/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 32 oz growler into a snifter.

A: Midnight black with two finger chocolate brown head that settles to a nice ring around the edge. A small bit of lacing but consistent with something this high ABV.

S: Big bourbon dominates the nose. Some coffee, bitter chocolate, and vanilla.

T: Follows the nose fairly closely. Bourbon, dark espresso, chocolate, vanilla, dates, and raisins. Alcohol is still fairly dominate but not as much as the nose would suggest.

M: Thick without being syrupy. Coats the tongue nicely, and the alcohol warms you as you drink.

O: Enjoyable imperial stout. I really wish they would bottle this one. I would love the opportunity to age this bad boy for a while.

richj1970, Dec 08, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -3.4%

xxcarpxx, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of StuartCarter
4.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at the Magic city Brewfest.

Appearance: black, black, black. No light coming through this one. Creamy brown head.

Smell: dark fruits - think plums, cherries, raisins.

Taste: follows through on the promise from the smell.

Mouthfeel: thick, viscous, but not syrupy.

Drinkability: even on a hot Alabama summer day, temp and humidity in the high 90s, I wanted more!

If you like big, chewy Imperial Stouts, El Gordo will put a big smile on your face.

StuartCarter, Jul 09, 2010
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4.68/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A great beer. Had it on tap at the Good People taproom in a snifter.

Beautiful pour. Pitch black with tan/coffee color head. Head dissipated into a thin ring and left some great legs, like wine.

Rich chocolate, vanilla, stone fruits, coffee, booze, with just a hint of raspberry in the nose.

Full-flavored. All the chocolate, fruits, and raspberry are present with a little licorice. A little too much booze, but hey, it's almost 14%. Overall, very well incorporated.

Nice, big bodied stout. Sticks to the tongue.

Really tasty beer. Wish it was available in bottles so I could sit on one. Or maybe some special versions like Vanilla, Coffee, or Bourbon-aged.

Maddmartagan, Oct 19, 2012
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4.6/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had the "Fat Man" on tap at Magic City Brewfest.

Pours pitch black with nice, dark brown head. The head dissipated quickly, leaving behind some sticky oily residue, but not much lacing. Basically this beer is motor oil.

Great aroma. Raspberry, chocolate, coffee, hints of caramel and vanilla. Even though this is a big abv (just under 14%), the complex aroma all but hides the booze.

Very similar to the nose, with chocolate and coffee being the most dominant players. The raspberry so prevalent in the nose is a little more subdued and plays more of a support role with the vanilla. The booze isn't as incorporated quite as perfectly as in the nose. It rears its head a little in the finish, but still not overpowering.

This beer is as thick and full as they come. It feels very akin to Ten Fidy.

Love this brew. Even in the sun and 100 degree Alabama heat, this drinks pretty good.

CaskBeerouac, Jun 06, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -19.5%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.4%

freduardo, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +7.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.9/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

If ever a more amazing beer were served at a more inappropriate time of year then I know not of it. El Gordo is a massive RIS which debuted at the 2010 Magic City Brewfest and came back in the sweltering heat for 2011's. While kolshes and saisons might be better suited for the weather, El Gordo *insists* that you pay attention to it and come back for seconds...and thirds. A dark fluid emanates from the tap coating the sides of the tasting glass like some Texas tea. The heady aromas of coffee, chocolate, and dark fruits exude forth. A taste reveals the unctuous, thick richness of a dark chocolate covered raspberry. One can almost grasp a glimpse of Nirvana and there are whispers of a heavenly chorus as the experience washes over your tastes buds and tickles your brain. Jason Malone needs to attempt to contain this dangerously quaffable beverage in some select barrels and sequester it away till winter time... I can only imagine how that could usher this beer to its true zenith.

sepharious, Jun 06, 2011
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5/5  rDev +7.3%

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5/5  rDev +7.3%

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5/5  rDev +7.3%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +1.9%

grumpygerman, Sep 14, 2013
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5/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had this beer at the Birmingham Brewfest hosted by Free the Hops

Appearance - very black with a brown head

Smell - Dark fruits and Chocolate

Taste - Dark fruits, Chocolate, and a little portish

Drinkablility - Drank this on a hot Alabama day and it was still good. It would be great to have on a cold day.

harpus, Aug 14, 2010
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El Gordo from Good People Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.