Gonzo Imperial Porter - Flying Dog Brewery
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Reviews by Gambrinus1184:
4.45/5 rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
Poured from a 12-ounce bottle marked Vintage 08FA, 7.8% ABV, 85 IBU, into a tulip-shaped Duvel glass:
A: Poured a very rich and dark opaque brown color and raspberry highlights sporting a one-finger head of medium-brown foam. Some carbonation gathers at the bottom, and great, sticky tan lace clings to the glass.
S: Lavishly scented with hints of cocoa, toasted bread and cereal malts, layered with the subtleties of burnt chocolate, weak coffee, cherry and oak. Some nice spicy, herbal hops are noticeable as well.
T: Taste is semisweet, yet bitter at first, with a full hop flavor combined with deep charred malts. The malts let of the flavor of smoked wood, dark chocolate, creamy hot cocoa and a bit of raisin come through. The finish is bittersweet and warming.
M: Mouthfeel is full bodied, slightly bitter, yet smooth and rather tasty.
D: A high quality quaffing porter. You could session it easily, but it's probably better appreciated if you let it warm a bit and take it down slowly. Outstanding drinkability on this porter.
A delightful porter from Flying Dog. Rich and bold, of course, but smooth and very likable. Sort of reminds me of Hunter S. Thompson himself in some ways. This one will satisfy maltier porter lovers as well as hopheads, because it keeps it balanced and firing from both ends. One of the best indulgent porters I've ever had. Great!
Serving type: bottle
12-06-2008 01:18:04 | More by Gambrinus1184
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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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