Gonzo Imperial Porter - Flying Dog Brewery
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Reviews by findlayfan:
3.13/5 rDev -22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5
Second of my basement beers. Vintage 05 on label.
First "foamer" I've had in quite a while. After losing an ounce or so (on the floor and in the sink), a very gentle pour still produced a huge light brown 3" head - couldn't get it all in a pint glass.
The body was TRULY opaque - absolutely NO light came through, even from my 60W clear bulb! I don't know if I've ever seen a darker, denser brew.
Roasty malt on the nose but not much indication of sweetness.
Alcohol was well-hidden, but there was a lot of bitterness and considerable aftertaste (which hung around for quite some time).
Mouthfeel was surprisingly good - with all the initial foam I expected a lot of fizz, but it actually worked quite well: reasonable carbonation but not Coca-Cola fizz.
I still have another one of these in the cellar, so I'll be interested to see if it, too, is a "foamer" (and I'll be better prepared in case it is). Perhaps next weekend.
An interesting beer, but not a sessionable one - nor one I'll really seek out.
Serving type: bottle
02-11-2008 02:35:49 | More by findlayfan
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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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