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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

2,423 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 2,423
Reviews: 1,404
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.92%
Wants: 83
Gots: 132 | 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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Reviews by BamaViper1:
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BamaViper1

Alabama

4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

The Gonzo pours opaque chocolate brown into the glass forming a mocha-brown colored head. The head dissipates rather quickly leaving little whisps of lacing, and swirling causes a 'soap bubble' ring to form.

This beer has a moment of hoppy aroma that's followed by a strong malt backbone with hints of espresso and chocolate. There is also a woodiness or earthiness mixed possibly with currant lending a supporting role. Its overall aroma is quite rich.

This beer opens with a strong malt character with the rich chocolate and light coffee flavors previewed in the smell. This fades into a hoppy bitterness that forms the basis of the end notes and finish along with a marked but nice presence of alcohol, and that bitterness is supported and balanced with all of those flavors first experienced on the nose.

This beer is pretty full bodied with nice carbonation. The finish mouthfeel is quite clean as well.

I like this beer a lot and could probably drink a good bit of it. Overall, this is one of, if not my favorite, Flying Dog beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2010 06:11:55 | More by BamaViper1
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Taste - Great malty taste of a porter. Reminds be of a dark chocolate with the slight bitterness or a very dark roasted coffee. Very well roasted and no burnt taste. (3.75/5)

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Gonzo Imperial Porter from Flying Dog Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 2,423 ratings.