El Gordo - Good People Brewing Company
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Ratings: 39 | Reviews: 13 | Display Reviews Only:
4.78/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
10-17-2011 19:49:08 | More by Bonhoeffer
4.9/5 rDev +5.2%
Had on-tap at 2011 Magic City Brewfest on 6-4-11
Appearance - Thick and very black with a nice brown head
Aroma - dark fruits, chocolate, and espresso
Taste - I got espresso and chocolate right off, with a hint of that 13.9% and i love it
Mouthfeel - thick and heavy, just how i like my stouts
Drinkability - When it is very drinkable on a sunny, 90 degree or so day, it would be perfect on a nice winter day.
Best RIS i have ever had, and i wait till they can it so i can buy it all.
06-09-2011 09:09:33 | More by jblair9471
4.9/5 rDev +5.2%
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.
06-06-2011 22:19:39 | More by sepharious
4.6/5 rDev -1.3%
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.
06-06-2011 16:57:09 | More by CaskBeerouac
5/5 rDev +7.3%
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.
08-14-2010 04:03:18 | More by harpus
4.85/5 rDev +4.1%
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.
07-09-2010 15:52:16 | More by StuartCarter
4.85/5 rDev +4.1%
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.
07-09-2010 15:04:22 | More by GPHarris
El Gordo from Good People Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.