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El Gordo - Good People Brewing Company

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40 Ratings
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Ratings: 40
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 4.66
pDev: 6.44%
Wants: 78
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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4.5/5  rDev -3.4%

macon337, Oct 08, 2014
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5/5  rDev +7.3%

auwade03, Aug 10, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +1.9%

WarEagleJeep, Jul 17, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +1.9%

jstone80, Jul 11, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Brinks, Mar 11, 2014
Photo of Eric15
4.5/5  rDev -3.4%

Eric15, Dec 26, 2013
Photo of richj1970
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%

_-CARP-_, Dec 08, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +1.9%

CowboyRob, Nov 02, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +1.9%

grumpygerman, Sep 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -19.5%

BlueMoon10, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of woosterbill
4.05/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewery, at an incredibly reasonable $5 for a 12oz pour.

A: Midnight black body, one-inch head of dense brown foam. Great retention and good lacing for the style and (especially) strength.

S: Huge. Nail polish, dark chocolate, molasses, and port. Spicy alcohol underneath it all. Quite good for this type of extreme RIS, but definitely over the top.

T: Follows the nose - solventy alcohol up front, followed by rich dark fruit, spiciness, and some dark chocolate. Hot and bitter finish, with the bitterness providing some nice balance to the major sweetness. As it warms, the heat mellows a bit and the brownie-batter malt comes more to the fore. Very good.

M: Thick, viscous, and lively. Enough creamy carbonation to prevent stickiness.

O: I made the mistake of ordering two of these while pregaming a Barons game with my wife and her parents, and I was sloppy for all 9 innings. Serious, serious beer. It kind of reminded me of a hybrid between Bell's Expedition and DFH World Wide, and while it was clearly better than the latter I didn't find it quite coherent enough to rival the former. I'd LOVE to see what it would be like on the other side of a year-long stay in a barrel, though...

Cheers!

woosterbill, Aug 17, 2013
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4.24/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to a mysterious source for the hookup. Served in a snifter.

A - Dark tan foam settles to a partial cap, thick collar, and splotchy lace. Very dark brown, opaque body that verges on black. Impressive considering the ABV.

S - Big notes of molasses, anise, roasted malts, dark chocolate, and espresso. There's some alcohol that distracts a bit unfortunately, but otherwise this is a satisfying mix of roast and sweet flavors.

T - The flavor is better, as the alcohol is more restrained here. Dark breads, molasses, anise, semisweet chocolate, light raisin and dark fruits, and lingering roast bitterness. Nice depth and flavor balance here, although it verges a bit too much towards black licorice for my palate.

M - Chewy, full bodied, sticky, with sufficient heft for the listed 13.9%. Pleasant medium-low carbonation, and a mild amount of alcohol warming on the back of the throat.

D - I liked this quite a bit, although it proved somewhat polarizing at the tasting to which I brought it. I've heard this batch was unusually boozy, so I'd love to try it again on-tap next time I'm in Alabama.

MasterSki, Aug 14, 2013
Photo of bjwilson
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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4.5/5  rDev -3.4%

spycow, Jul 14, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +1.9%

tweezer159, Jun 29, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +1.9%

allenc85, Jun 21, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -3.4%

Buff0910, Jun 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -8.8%

Jacurdy60, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of hopjake
4.76/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had this three times at beer festivals in Birmingham. 13.9% ABV - not coincidentally the legal limit in AL.

Black motor oil with a dark tan head. Even during a humid 85 deg day it looks inviting. Smells of dark roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, and a hint of booziness. In addition to the coffee and chocolate, you get some vanilla and dark fruit. More booze in the taste compared to the aroma. Strong malt backbone. Thick, chewy, and satisfying. Hope to have a full pint instead of the 3 oz festival servings sometime.

I agree with some other reviewers - its up there with Ten Fidy and the best RIS's around.

hopjake, Mar 19, 2013
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5/5  rDev +7.3%

jczn, Dec 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -3.4%

xxcarpxx, Oct 21, 2012
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5/5  rDev +7.3%

Crimsontider22, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of Maddmartagan
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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4/5  rDev -14.2%

slowdaddy, Aug 19, 2012
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El Gordo from Good People Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.