Gonzo Imperial Porter - Flying Dog Brewery
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Reviews by kkipple:
4.72/5 rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Got this on the recommendation of Mike Brawley of Brawley's Beverage in Charlotte. Thanks Mike!
Gonzo Porter is one heckuva beer. Where to begin... color is a hazy deep brown, reminded me of Turkish coffee. A huge, toasted marshmallow head floats on top and slowly subsides.
The smell is truly first-class. Amazing complexity! I smell rich roasted malts, toffee, espresso, brown sugar, chocolate, alcohol, and spruce tinged hops. When you consider that my sense of smell is pretty poor, well, let me just say it peaked my interest.
The taste doesn't disappoint in the least. It delivers exactly what the smell foretells -- an explosion of malt, cocoa and hops. Everything I smelled, I tasted in the beer. There's so much going on here... again, the complexity is superb. It reminded me of a much smoother, balanced Storm King. High praise indeed! In fact I prefer this to the venerable Storm King, the Gonzo is less hoppy and sweeter, with loads more complexity.
The mouthfeel is smooth and warm. Slides right down your gullet and finishes bittersweet and wet. Also leaves you craving more.
This is a superb beer, a real surprise to me and one that I hope becomes a mainstay in Flying Dog's lineup. If you see this on the shelves, do yourself a favor and buy without hesitation. One of the best beers I've had in a long time.
Serving type: bottle
03-09-2006 05:36:26 | More by kkipple
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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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