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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

2,655 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 2,655
Reviews: 1,432
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 109
Gots: 207 | 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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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

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

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

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

Photo of Foley67
4.54/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Borrego805
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of enelson
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Pameren
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WckdVbz
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RedTarmac
3.67/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2011 edition, 12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, pitch-black color with a quarter of a finger of caramel/chocolate-chocolate head that quickly dissolved into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Strong aromas of roasted malt, imparting notes of toasted pumpernickel bread and a touch of coffee and smoke.

Taste: Wow! Massive malt bomb up front, with notes of the aforementioned toasted dark bread, a touch of smoke and coffee, followed by some dark chocolate, a touch of brown sugar, molasses, a touch of licorice and finally some nicely balanced hops. Delicious!

Mouthfeel: Chewy and smooth as silk, as there is no carbonation whatsoever. With an ABV of 9.2%, there’s a nice, pleasant touch of alcohol warmth on the palate.

Overall: Damn, this is an excellent beer! I love the malt and the dark chocolate which blended perfectly with the coffee and hops. Outstanding!

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4.85/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I will def pick this one up again.

Photo of GreenMind
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of charlesjwinkler
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

(code: Vintage14HH - poured into a Chouffe tulip)

L: seemed to pour out clear... liquid close to black in color... coffee w/ cream colored foam that starts tall and manages to maintain messy cap... messy splotches of somewhat thick lacing

S: a little dark chocolate, moderate amount of ashy roast, and a lot of piney hops... undercurrent of zante currant... in combo with the other aromas, the alcohol aids in creating an overtone of lip balm or some other mildly mentholated skin care product... overall, nice intensity and relatively inviting

T: smooth malts up front, with an unanticipated subtle, glassy sugar-sweetness... bold blend of sweet espresso and bitter dark chocolate with an aggressive yet mellowly-balanced bitter leafy and citrus peel hop character... aftertaste is menthol and a hint of tobacco... summary: a West-Coast imperial porter (easily could be called a stout - some of Stone's strong stouts come to mind)... if anything, they could hold back a bit of the hops and let the character of the malts shine through some more, perhaps opening up some complexity

F: thicker mouthfeel, though short of viscous... security-blanket fluffy soft - perhaps cushioned by the carbonation, though it lacks sizzle... the alcohol doesn't approach burn, instead giving only a whisper of warm seconds into the finish

O: much better than I remember it (which was medicinal near fusel) and the last time I had this I'm pretty sure they were still in CO... at the price, I would definitely get this again... been surprised and pleased with the improvement in quality coming back to trying this brand after a good 7-8 years

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Gonzo Imperial Porter from Flying Dog Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 2,655 ratings.