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Gonzo Imperial Porter - Flying Dog Brewery

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Gonzo Imperial PorterGonzo Imperial Porter

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

2,523 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 2,523
Reviews: 1,414
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.92%
Wants: 89
Gots: 162 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
ABV varies.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-04-2005)
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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Very dark brown, fine coffee head, no carbonation visible through the inkiness. Constellations of lacing.

S: Dark chocolate, roasted almost burnt malt, a hint of alcohol.

T: Bitter, dark malts, chocolate nibs, some hop-provided pine residue on the finish, also contributing to the lasting bitterness. Dark, heavy, lasting, but not overpowering.

M: A little filmy, but pretty fluid. Only slight carbonation, enough to keep it from flatness.

O: Powerful dark flavors, significant hops (for a dark beer), yet easily drinkable. Really impressed, this is my go-to when I need a dark beer in the summer months.

1000lbgrizzly, Sep 19, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

moshea, Yesterday at 01:20 PM
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4.16/5  rDev +3.2%

Angelom42, Yesterday at 09:07 AM
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3.88/5  rDev -3.7%

JimmyT82, Sunday at 07:19 PM
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4.24/5  rDev +5.2%

vaughtex, Sunday at 06:56 PM
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Thirstygoat, Sunday at 04:54 AM
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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

buzzedup, Saturday at 07:38 PM
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3.88/5  rDev -3.7%

Basoos1, Friday at 05:49 AM
Photo of paresis
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%

paresis, Oct 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

FarmerTed, Oct 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

TheSleepyMonkey, Oct 12, 2014
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4.28/5  rDev +6.2%

ConanSachler, Oct 11, 2014
Photo of ChicagoNick
4/5  rDev -0.7%

ChicagoNick, Oct 11, 2014
Photo of barnzy78
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, vintage 13NN printed in label. Wow, looking at a previous review (now deleted), it's been 6 years since I had this last! Way overdue!
A 4.5 - thick, dense, creamy tan head holds incredible retention atop a black colored body
S 4.5 - boozy nose with caramel, dark fruit, earth, chocolate, faint tobacco leaf
T 4.5 - bold and rich, boozy, dark fruity esters, roasty and chocolaty, caramel, toffee, smoke, tea leaf, tobacco perhaps
M 5 - thick and full bodied, very creamy and smooth, roast lingers with some booze, but it's still easy to drink even with the high ABV.
O 4.5 - this was exceptional! Always was world class in my opinion, but it's even better than I remember. In a style I've grown to love, this fits in with some of the best.

barnzy78, Oct 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Jstonerock24, Oct 09, 2014
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3/5  rDev -25.6%

pwdiamond, Oct 07, 2014
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3.9/5  rDev -3.2%

JMUbrewz, Oct 07, 2014
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4.28/5  rDev +6.2%

Nuclearx, Oct 07, 2014
Photo of Jeffmerm
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

On tap Flavorful balanced bourbon flavored strong and excellent

Jeffmerm, Oct 05, 2014
Photo of Bone53
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%

Poured from a bottle into a snifter at around 45°F

Appearance (4.5): Black with a thick mocha head; A ton of lacing

Smell (4): Roasted malts, chocolate, leather, hops

Taste (4.25): More roasted malt presence in the taste, although still quite hoppy

Mouthfeel(4): Medium body; Somewhat smooth with a moderate bitterness

Overall (4): i was expecting something different when grabbing this beer, i wanted in your face roasted malts. smokey, and extra smooth. This reminds me more of a black ale and wouldve rated higher if it were rated as such. Too hoppy for me to hail it as a great imperial porter. The aromas and taste are good, if a bit subtle, but not as a imperial porter. Solid beer overall nonetheless

Bone53, Oct 04, 2014
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3.84/5  rDev -4.7%

Stater, Oct 03, 2014
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3.8/5  rDev -5.7%

x0darap, Oct 02, 2014
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3.92/5  rDev -2.7%

misternebbie, Sep 30, 2014
Photo of seedyone
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

07/03/12 From a nitro tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. This is a substantial brew. Thick nitro head notwithstanding, there is a serious amount of flavor here without much of a nose. Slight burn behind the rich maltiness. A serious beverage.

Does this stuff have an underlying purpose? It's not quite a thirst quencher, not very refreshing, but it has found a spot to hit. Subtly memorable.

Why do feeling I've just had a date with someone I'll remember but probably won't marry? Probable because I've been outclassed. Thanks for the lesson. I now know myself better.

seedyone, Sep 30, 2014
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Gonzo Imperial Porter from Flying Dog Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 2,523 ratings.