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Gonzo Imperial Porter - Flying Dog Brewery

Gonzo Imperial PorterGonzo Imperial Porter

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

2,322 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 2322
Reviews: 1399
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.92%


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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sprucetip

Alaska

4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle shared with mom in snifters. From notes.

Mom is an aspiring beer geek who has been drinking craft beers mainly over the last 15 years, after a lifetime of macro lagers. She mainly drinks whatever decent porter is on sale, but likes stouts, and when introduced to some Belgians recently, seems to like them as well. She's not a hophead and doesn't like bitterness generally. She doesn't experiment much when I'm not around, but she is open to it. When asked what she thinks about various ales, she often pulls common descriptors off the top of her head. I think she is a bit of a natural, and could make a great reviewer.

Tiny highlights on super dark beer, modest mocha head, some retention and good lacing. Mom wanted to give it a 5, but I dialed back to 4.5, but agreed with her when she said "doesn't it look awesome."

Lightly fruity and roasty with a hint of sweetness. After initial sniff it was very hard to find, hence the low score. It was nice while it lasted. Later sweet and super mild. Mom said the sweetness was "all I get."

Roasted grain and hop bitterness balanced by sweetness of malt, but still a bit on the bitter side. Clean finish. Mom: "coffee, cocoa, roasted malt." "mmm. mmm. mmm." "wonderful." "I better drink yours to save mine." "I want another." "Clean finish."

Slight fiz, low carbonation, creamy, enjoyable, pleasant texture. Smooth, full bodied, clean finish. Mom: "frickin yummy." "5 plus."

Asked if she could have another, mom said "yeah I could." Agreed. This is a very solid beer that I highly recommend.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2008 05:56:25 | More by sprucetip
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Gonzo Imperial Porter from Flying Dog Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 2,322 ratings.