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Gonzo Imperial Porter - Flying Dog Brewery

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Gonzo Imperial PorterGonzo Imperial Porter

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

2,425 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 2,425
Reviews: 1,404
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.92%
Wants: 83
Gots: 132 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
ABV varies.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-04-2005)
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ryantho00

Michigan

4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep black with a coffee roasted 1 finger head that laces the glass nicely.

I smell coffee, chocolate, some musty dark fruits with slight pines hop aroma.

Instantly after sipping this, I get that mocha coffee chocolate maltiness that leads way to small bitterness of hops and pines floral and hints of fig or dark cherry. Alcohol is masked well for the potency of the beer. There's a small warming as it smoothly goes down.

Its a full bodied porter that has a slight smokiness to it and for the high gravity is well balanced and nicely constructed with multiple flavors blended well, that leads to a smooth full beer that you'd better be careful with!

I would recommend this to anyone who likes porters, comparable to Founders porter (which I prefer slightly more-no disrespect to this gonzo).

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2011 18:02:33 | More by ryantho00
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Gonzo Imperial Porter from Flying Dog Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 2,425 ratings.