Gonzo Imperial Porter - Flying Dog Brewery
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Reviews by jucifer1818:
4.33/5 rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Note: this beer is partially bottle conditioned, and has live yeast in it. As such, conditioning over time may improve it further
A: very, very, very dark. Its not quite completely solid black, but between 37-39 SRM, coming to a very nice color for a imperial stout. Its also a very clear beer with no cloudiness or suspended yeast in it, which also give it good marks for appearance.
Its head leaves a lot to be desired tho, with only maybe a 1/4th of a finger of head, that quickly disapates
not surprising for a beer that's over 9% abv, but it is a issue
s: this beers smell is very restrained. It smells mostly of fruity alcohols, almost like fruit loops but combined with a good bit of caramel roastyness in it as well
no hop aromas are present
I like it, but would prefer some more roasty chocolaty smells present
T: Ohh my, where did all that roastyness come from? it certainly was not in the smell!
this one tastes of deep, dark, roasted coffee beans and dry espresso beans. it tastes like chomping on raw espresso beans, and its beautifully nutty and dry (most likely also from its high ABV).
peat smoked malt is also present, but it is well balanced and does not overpower your mouth like others might.
the also gives it a slight sweetness but its well balanced, and can easily improve from ageing.
Hops are very biter on the after taste, but come in so close with the brews roasted barley and black malt that its very hard to pick them out from the roasty bitterness
overall I like this a lot
mouthfeel: grainy, dark, but not very syrupy at all. the beers dryness sees to that
Overall: to put it short, this beer is a very good stout, but its not the best...really you have to play it to style
its a dry stout. a VERY dry stout. their is no cloying sweetness in this brew. this is dark, grainy, dry, and bitter, but never overly so.
If you like that sort of thing this IS the beer for you
however I personally prefer a sweeter stout, but still can enjoy this one
I give it a decent 4.5/5
Cellar it, and see how it changes over time!
It might be a 5 brew in a year or two
Serving type: bottle
01-07-2013 00:57:25 | More by jucifer1818
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4.43/5 rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
A - 4 - Nice dark brown/black beer with a big mocha head on it, leaves nice lacing.
S - 4.25 - Roasty coffee, espresso, chocolate, oatmeal.
T - 4.5 - Chocolate, coffee, espresso, cafe mocha, vanilla, cream, oatmeal. Very wholesome and smooth. Reminds me of Bell's Expedition Stout.
M - 4.5 - very nice thick mouthfeel, like a chocolate milkshake, alc is completely covered. Aftertaste is roasty malts, coffee, and milk chocolate.
O - 4.5 - Great imperial porter! I think what some other people said about the alcohol taste may be changed due to this being the 2013 vintage. But then again maybe not. It's a great imperial porter, with no harsh bitter or alcohol flavors whatsoever.
Serving type: bottle
04-05-2014 23:26:36 | More by ISmith87
4.15/5 rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Vintage from 2010. 12oz poured into an oversized tulip.
A - Black but not opaque. Small cap of tan head from a strong pour. Spotty lacing.
S - Rich with an alcohol nose. Vanilla, graham cracker, toffee, caramel, oak, licorice, dark chocolate. Wonderfully bright. No big roasty qualities.
T - Tremendous vanilla and light caramel flavors upfront. Some graham cracker-like sweetness midway and finishes with an astringent flavor. Aftertaste is reminiscent of Brandy.
M - Medium-full body, medium-light carbonation, semi-dry.
O - The aroma hinted at more than the listed ABV but the flavor was warm yet easy to drink. Wildly complex at a relatively low ABV from Imperial status.
Recommendation - Buy a couple 6-packs to store and drink long after you've forgotten about them.
Serving type: bottle
03-25-2014 02:47:00 | More by Jparker37
Gonzo Imperial Porter from Flying Dog Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 2,322 ratings.