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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

2,427 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 2,427
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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kevinm2342

New Jersey

1.5/5  rDev -62.8%

05-13-2014 01:36:38 | More by kevinm2342
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Mitchster

Michigan

1.73/5  rDev -57.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

$2.70 for a 12oz bottle @ Jacks. Brewed with G.W. 120L Crystal, Chocolate, Black patent malts. Hopped with Warrior, Northern Brewer, Cascade. 9.2% ABV per the website, but this bottle says 7.8%. 85 IBU's, OG=22 p.

Pours out to a clear deep black, forming a good sized very dark brown head with poor retention and good lacing. Moderately carbonated. No sediment in bottle. The aroma is a mix of dark fruits like raisins, prunes, burnt marshmallow, black molasses, dark bitter chocolate, and copious green piney hops. The mouthfeel is harsh with a dense body. The taste....hrmmm....peculiar. It opens with a funky soapy, almost fish-like taste then is replaced by the dark fruits for just a flash before being replaced by burnt marshmallows, charcoal, and ash. Big wave of fusels in the middle. Heavily burnt, then followed by very aggressive green grass in the finish.

Eeeech. Man, I did not like this beer one bit...I'll go so far as to say it's probably the worst beer I've had in the last year. Fish, charcoal, obnoxious fusels, grass, soap....ugh. A total disaster of a beer. I'm gonna have to pour this one down the drain. Not recommended at all.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2010 02:15:28 | More by Mitchster
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SpAiReArGsEonNE

New Jersey

1.75/5  rDev -56.6%

05-20-2013 02:20:50 | More by SpAiReArGsEonNE
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charlzm

California

1.83/5  rDev -54.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

consumed at 3rd Stop Los Angeles, 03/13/08.

Good looking dark brown pour with a thin, fast-disappearing brown head.

Aroma is way off, with lacquer notes competing with glue or plastic. Some dark roasted maltiness did peek through, however.

Flavor is much like the aroma: weird and unpleasing solvent flavor is the dominant note, drowning out the dark roasted malts and the accompanying bitterness. Some coffee and/or mocha flavor in there, too, but I'll never be totally sure. I sent this pint back as it was undrinkable.

The mouthfeel was a little creamy, at least...

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2008 02:23:03 | More by charlzm
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Jesse13713

Ohio

1.95/5  rDev -51.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance - A fairly black porter with slight hints of purple. A slight purple hue to it. No lacing capabilities whatsoever.

Smell - Strong hints of coffee. A slighty toasted malt smell with oats in the background. Smells more like a stout than a porter.

Taste - Tastes like a very toned down stout as opposed to a porter. Watery with a quiet coffee zing. This was VERY disappointing. Very watered down.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - A very silky smooth taste. Goes down easy. Sort of an unpleasant taste, however. I'm glad I got this on tap rather than buying it bottled. I was very, very disappointed with this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2011 02:53:51 | More by Jesse13713
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Yodo

Colorado

2/5  rDev -50.4%

09-23-2012 07:51:53 | More by Yodo
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scm2787

Texas

2/5  rDev -50.4%

08-24-2012 05:03:03 | More by scm2787
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DCav


2/5  rDev -50.4%

11-16-2012 01:56:32 | More by DCav
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kstoltz

Virginia

2.08/5  rDev -48.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass, little to no head, a nice dark brown with a noticeable coffee aroma. Taste was decent to start, tended to be fairly watery in terms of feel, not too heavy on the coffee, but about mid-way through the alcohol kicked in, and not in a pleasant way. This was more of an Everclear taste that got in the way of the positives. This could've been a bad batch, but I was very put off by this.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2011 14:03:57 | More by kstoltz
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ADR

Pennsylvania

2.1/5  rDev -47.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thick black pour out of the bottle, generates a nice creamy brown head that leaves attractive dense lacing. Aroma of prunes and nutmeg, odd hops that remind me distinctly of milkweed of all things. The mouthfeel is thinner than an Imperial Stout and many ordinary Porters -- with higher than average carbonation. What a weird flavor, the aroma impression is all over the tastebuds, bitter weeds and stale coffee grounds, I assume from an over hopping gone wrong (for me, at least). Not very coating in body either. Chalky, astringent and overly sharp at the swallow. Plenty of alcohol. Maybe an "Imperial" Porter (whatever the hell that means) in alcohol and rampant nasty bitterness, a mess of a Baltic or Robust Porter. Thin, overcarbonated, green, weedy -- maybe this might age OK, but as is, I am NOT a fan of this one. Cartoon of a beer, IMO, close to a disaster. If this beer didn't look good, it would be a total loser and its amazing how people "follow the leader" in praising this bilge -- in my opinion, of course, LOL.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2005 17:46:18 | More by ADR
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GrizzleFist

New York

2.18/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.25

Bought a bottled 6-Pack from the local Beer store.

Appearance: Very black, very little carbonation. Slight foam on top, dissipated after a minute or so.

Smell: Popped open the cap, smell of something fruity the first two minutes and then it went away, with only the malt and hop smell remaining.

Taste: Overall a medium bitter taste with a very slight sweetness that hits the back of your tongue for just a moment. Once swallowed the bitter taste will last for a few seconds.

Mouthfeel: On the thick side, couldn't feel much carbonation on the tongue.

Overall: For a porter it is nothing special. The taste isn't horrible but its just so.. meh that I really don't care to even taste it again. I still have some left as I'm typing this review and heavily debating if I even want to drink the rest. I had high expectations after reading the bottle and Flying Dogs claiming they put their heart and soul into this beer. If this is all they have to offer, I'd suggest they just shut down their brewery right now.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 22:44:01 | More by GrizzleFist
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ESimmons

Virginia

2.25/5  rDev -44.2%

04-02-2014 11:21:41 | More by ESimmons
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mwar

Kentucky

2.25/5  rDev -44.2%

11-27-2012 16:27:56 | More by mwar
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pentathlete

Virginia

2.25/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Purply dark chocolate color with a small tan head. Moderately carbonated. Smell is green oily hops, very raw pine odor. A bit too "cleanser" smelling. Taste is rough, raw piney hops again, not very enjoyable. Mouthfeel is ok, the finish is too long for the harsh tastes. I don't find this one very drinkable at all.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2006 02:00:10 | More by pentathlete
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necoadam

Connecticut

2.28/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Interesting artwork. Poured out a dark black color with a tannish head. Looked good so far, but onto the smell. Smell was mostly boozy at first, with some hoppy tones. Where's the roasted malts or the coffee aromas? This seems to be headed down hill very quickly. Taste wasn't any better. Grainy and a load of hops start out and end the same way. How about having a ton of roasted malts and coffee beans with an underlying of piney hops? That would seem to make more sense. Finished a little oily as well. Mouthfeel was overcarbonated and finished with hardly no taste. Almost seltzer like aftertaste. This one was really off the mark. I understand thinking outside the box, but they were nowhere close to the box on this one. Sorry, but this is a dud.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2005 13:15:14 | More by necoadam
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JWFokker

New York

2.38/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served from a bottle into a beer stein, it's a solid, rather average looking beer, with about a half an inch of medium brown head. Lacing is nice, nothing out of the ordinary. It has an odd nose to it that's not necessarily pleasant and not representative of the flavor of the beer, which was disappointing. I'm not tasting coffee like some drinkers are. In fact, it doesn't have that much flavor on the palate, but a lot of hoppy flavor on the aftertaste which I don't like. It's a smooth beer, the mouthfeel is pretty good though nothing out of the ordinary for a reasonable quality beer. It looks and feels like it should be a good beer, but the lack of flavor and sour aftertaste are not what I'm looking for in a beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2006 05:29:45 | More by JWFokker
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PEBKAC

New York

2.4/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

The label art sets too high a plateau for the beer, but you might as well open up the bottle before it gets too warm.

Greasy tar; very fluid for the style. A tiny brown head develops about 20 seconds after the pour is done. Black as asphalt, & just as noxious. Penetrating coffee grounds & pungent hops, a bit of a cigar stench; fumy alcohol. My head hurts.

Invigorating carbonation, & a thin body. Hops are in everything. This is a dirty IPA with too much missing, too much of what you don't want. Burnt compost, & stale jerky; just lovely. :(

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2007 03:27:46 | More by PEBKAC
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danreitz

New York

2.4/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served from a bottle at my friend's place during a session that also involved The Kraken rum. It pours deep, beautiful opaque nearly-black brown. Hoppy, faint aroma that does not give away what is in store for your tongue. Taste is all over the place: aggressive and bitter, with several flavors competing for your attention including burnt iron, cleaning supplies, dirt and liquorice. The predominant flavor is alcohol. Finishes with a bitter, lingering alcoholic aftertaste.

A very memorable beer. Aggressive to a fault. This beer lets you know you're drinking it the entire time you're drinking it and haunts your dreams once you pass out. I notice most of the reviews talk about this like it's an easy drinking beer. This was not an easy drinking beer. This was a nightmare. Did I get a bad bottle?

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2012 19:54:00 | More by danreitz
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CaptJackHarkness

New York

2.48/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I was hoping to like this, anything with a cowboy skull on the label and a Thompson Hunter quote should be good, right?
The main problem with this beer is the bitter lingering aftertaste! The color is nicely dark, the aroma not overpowering; but as usual: it all comes down to taste!

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 01:16:14 | More by CaptJackHarkness
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IPAchris

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -38%

07-06-2012 21:22:12 | More by IPAchris
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AC-Mivsek

Ohio

2.5/5  rDev -38%

11-30-2012 23:06:14 | More by AC-Mivsek
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pinkysup

New York

2.5/5  rDev -38%

11-07-2013 02:23:06 | More by pinkysup
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tipofthetongue

New York

2.5/5  rDev -38%

09-28-2013 05:56:43 | More by tipofthetongue
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PJF12866

New York

2.5/5  rDev -38%

08-05-2012 04:14:50 | More by PJF12866
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klewis

Ohio

2.55/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle - "Vintage 06A"

A: Pours dark brown with a big tan head that erupted late into the pour. Lots of thick lacing and a head retention.

S: Nice chocolately aromas, but a strong alcoholic/kerosene smell prevents me from wanting to smell this stuff too much.

T: Earthy and tannic with flavors of black coffee, oak, and alcohol. The flavor departs quickly, leaving a harsh astringent taste in the mouth.

M: Fairly light-bodied for a beer of its ABV. There is barely any carbonation in this beer, giving it a flat texture.

D: I was really looking foward to this one, but after a few sips am not impressed. Its biggest issue seems to be that the alcohol is not balanced with the other ingredients. Perhaps worth a try, but I won't be drinking this one again.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2006 19:38:19 | More by klewis
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Gonzo Imperial Porter from Flying Dog Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 2,427 ratings.