Gonzo Imperial Porter - Flying Dog Brewery
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Reviews by DrDoitchbig:
3.4/5 rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4
I thought this review was lost during the most recent site crash, but I check the cache on Google today and it magically appeared! Just a note I actually reviewed this out of the bottle before I reviewed it on-tap. Originally reviewed November 14th, 2009.
Appearance: Poured a bottomless crude oil black that turns to a deep mahogany around the edges when held to light. Developed about one fingers worth of dark brown head that dissipated into a thin cap within a couple of minutes.
Smell: Strong roasted malts. Reminds me very much of a freshly brewed espresso.
Taste: Seems to follow the smell. Very much like a strong brew of coffee. A micron of chocolate-esque sweetness comes through on the finish. The bitter, lingering aftertaste has me flashing back to my morning coffee.
Mouthfeel: I'm a bit letdown here. This stuff is thin, especially for a porter.
Drinkability: It definitely goes down easy and hides it's decently high alcohol content. I could put a couple back before I even knew what hit me. That being said I wouldn't call it a session beer as one could wind up with quite a buzz if they weren't keeping a close eye on their intake.
Overall I liked this beer and I could see myself having it again. I certainly didn't find it as complex as the label claims. I just found it to be a little one-sided I suppose.
Serving type: bottle
01-13-2010 08:31:18 | More by DrDoitchbig
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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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