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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

2,670 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 2,670
Reviews: 1,435
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 114
Gots: 215 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-04-2005

ABV varies.
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Ratings: 2,670 | Reviews: 1,435
Photo of DaveMiller
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of grahamboudreaux
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Drift
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of devin305
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Immortale25
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. Label says Vintage 14CC.

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with a 1/4 inch light brown head that retains well before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a broken ring behind.

S- Heavy dark roast with a punctuated sweetness that brings to mind brown sugar, molasses and raisin. Moderate booze fume. There's also a solid dose of hops.

T- Sweet at first but then the hop bitterness comes in followed by the heavy dark roasted malt which is quite intense. Charry aftertaste. As the palate acclimates, that charry aftertaste gets to be enjoyable as it exhibits some dark fruit and raisin notes. The big alcohol presence brings a sherry-like quality to the table. Subtle caramel and vanilla notes mingle with the rest of the extreme flavors. Interesting hop/roast burps.

M- Thick and chewy with medium carbonation and the fullest of bodies.

O- The complexity of the flavor profile combined with high drinkability make this a nice imperial porter. It's a little abrasive but manages to somehow work within the realm of what I consider good beer. Sip it slow and you'll have a great time.

Photo of mbeerdino21
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Savarese85
3.59/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of 31Sam13
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RyanK252
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours dark brown, almost black, with a frothy rich deep brown head that hangs around and laces well.

S: Dark roasted malt, some coffee, a little bittersweet chocolate, some dark fruity notes, and a bit of toffee sweetness.

T: Roasted malt, dark and bittersweet chocolate, coffee, brown sugar, maybe a bit of dark fruit, pine and earthy hops, and maybe even a touch spicy with a little alcohol coming out on the finish.

M: Medium to full body, moderate carbonation, quite smooth,

O: I think I like this one more as it warms. The flavors really come out and blend together well.

Photo of NickPiezzo
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kevinpitts
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ArkyVaughan
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BAsbill
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jason2782
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ckollias
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tillmac62
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Outstanding head characteristics. Classic porter nose. Heavy medium body with a rich smooth texture. A chocolate onslaught with a rich underlying sweetness over a mild roast bitterness.

Photo of LightnerLiquorKS
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zelman
4.63/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Taby
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of crob3888
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MacMalt
4.31/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into snifter. Color was much as expected: opaque, black, with a nice tan/caramel head. A very attractive beer. I was a little disappointed by the smell (or lack thereof) but the taste more than makes up for it. Very malty but with a nice combination of coffee, chocolate, caramel, and molasses. It's a little sweeter than other baltic porters I've had. It has a very nice mouth feel. Overall, an excellent porter, which I will enjoy again.

Photo of BigBuddy89
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JKV96
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PinkiesUp
2.59/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

not the greatest after taste

Photo of sd123
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Gonzo Imperial Porter from Flying Dog Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 2,670 ratings.