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
More User Reviews:
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.