Gonzo Imperial Porter - Flying Dog Brewery
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Reviews by BeardedRiker:
4/5 rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
The artwork on the label is cool, with a sort of cowboy that has a skull as a face saying, "Ok! Let's party!"
I poured the beer into my Old Rasputin glass and got a large bubbly caramel/toffee colored head. The beer itself was the color of black coffee.
It smelled very sweet right off and slightly smokey like roasted coffee.
When I first tasted the porter I wasn't too impressed. It was very smooth and the 8.5% ABV was very strong. There was a slight coffee taste and some spiciness from hops but other than that it tasted kind of weak in body. However, I let it sit for awhile, as I do with a lot of beers sometimes, until it was not as cold and enjoyed it much more. I've found that cold beers often mask underlying flavors in beers. This is especially true of hoppy beers. When they are cold the hops are very strong and the rest is often masked but if you let the beer sit out to warm up a but - not too warm - then the rest of the flavors will be unveiled and waiting to be enjoyed. The same was true for the Gonzo. After kicking some ass in Call of Duty 4 I began to drink it again and tasted a much more full-bodied and enjoyable beer. There was much more coffee and toffee flavors that gave the middle and finish to the beer a sort of sweet-smokey flavor.
So remember, if you're not liking a beer you might want to let it warm up a bit. That's my beer tasting advice for the day.
Serving type: bottle
02-25-2011 21:20:57 | More by BeardedRiker
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4.34/5 rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a bottle into a Gulden Draak snifter.
A: Jet black. Pours a creamy tan brown head that lasts the entire glass. Lacing throughout as well.
S: Not giving off any extreme scents. Picking up the malt with a little bit of the chocolate and sweet caramel. Reminiscent of an Oyster Stout. Also picking up some fresh citrusy hops.
T: Very hop forward with a wave of initial bitterness. Mellows out to a perfect balance of maltiness and chocolate. At the end you're left with a smokey malty finish that makes you want more.
M: About as thick as a Porter can get without encroaching into Stout territory. I usually don't like the thinness of Porters but this one has enough flavor to back it up.
O: Very surprised with this beer, perfectly balanced. Will purchase many, many more times.
Serving type: bottle
03-02-2014 23:58:32 | More by alexk307
Gonzo Imperial Porter from Flying Dog Brewery
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