Gonzo Imperial Porter - Flying Dog Brewery
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Reviews by ThePorterSorter:
4/5 rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
The beer I bought my first 4-pack of, now revisited 2 years later for a proper review. Just as good as I remember before...there is a reason I like porters so much and I need not look much further than this for a reproducibly good brew.
Super dark, will literally let no light pass. As dark and obscure as Hunter himself. A faint bronze head forms and disappears within seconds, not a lot of carbonation. It looks thick, smoky, and invitingly tall, dark&handsome. I will meet my daily kCal requirements with one beer (100% from carbs); a loaf in a glass.
Hoppy with sweet caramel maltiness. It's almost the midnight sugar snack, soft pillow, and trip to the bathroom in the same cup (smell has a strong link to memories...). I would say that the smell reminds me of coffee and chocolate.
Wonderful taste, almost didn't have enough to taste before starting to write this section. The hops are there, but not too overwhelming to let the dark porter to come through. For having an IBU of 85 and ABV of 7.8% the beer is surprisingly balanced and I would not have guessed such extremities.
Smooth and, like a good liquor, I would sip casually. Thick without a lot of carbonation to break up its heaviness. Strong sweet and bitter flavors, keeps me interested and my mouth happy. The large EtOH content is no cause for complaint, compliments the heartiness of the porter well.
Gone by the end of the review. Time for the next.
Serving type: bottle
10-24-2010 04:29:55 | More by ThePorterSorter
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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
90 out of 100 based on 2,288 ratings.