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El Gordo - Good People Brewing Company

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El Gordo
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41 Ratings
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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 4.65
pDev: 6.45%
Wants: 80
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 -3.2%

spycow, Jul 14, 2013
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4.24/5  rDev -8.8%
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 harpus
5/5  rDev +7.5%
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
Photo of woosterbill
4.05/5  rDev -12.9%
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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3.75/5  rDev -19.4%

BlueMoon10, Aug 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

freduardo, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of GPHarris
4.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had some samples of this at the 4th Annual Magic City Brewfest in Birmingham, AL so I'll try to remember as best I can. Poured a heavy, inky black that smelled of dark fruits such as plums and cherries, port wine and chocolate. The taste was similar as the aroma and is one of the best RIS I've ever had. A delicious beer even on a hot Alabama day and I can't wait to try this one again.

GPHarris, Jul 09, 2010
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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

grumpygerman, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of richj1970
4.45/5  rDev -4.3%
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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5/5  rDev +7.5%

Crimsontider22, Oct 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev -14%

slowdaddy, Aug 19, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Brinks, Mar 11, 2014
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4.52/5  rDev -2.8%

Evango, Today at 02:15 AM
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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

tweezer159, Jun 29, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

xxcarpxx, Oct 21, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -8.6%

Jacurdy60, Jun 02, 2013
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

Zachb4au, Jun 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

Eric15, Dec 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

Buff0910, Jun 05, 2013
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4.78/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of the best stouts around. It absolutely hangs in elite company. I previously had small tastes of this at Magic City Brewfest, but an exceptionally rare keg made its way to the Clyde over the weekend. It's huge, deep, booming. Coffee, chocolate, dark fruit, molasses, booze, all kinds of stuff going on here.

It's not THE absolute best imperial stout I have ever put to my lips (thus not a perfect score) but it is damn close. Wish this would go in bottles so I could sock a handful away and see what it does over 5 or 10 years.

Bonhoeffer, Oct 17, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

allenc85, Jun 21, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

CowboyRob, Nov 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

DocAJ, Feb 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

wmc0005, Jun 04, 2012
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

taylocd, Nov 15, 2011
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El Gordo from Good People Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.