Gonzo Imperial Porter - Flying Dog Brewery

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Gonzo Imperial PorterGonzo Imperial Porter

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

2,612 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 2,612
Reviews: 1,426
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 100
Gots: 185 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of chillin
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Lodisgrisen
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%

Photo of WheelsPSU
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%

Very good porter. A bit too carbonated though, almost takes away from the mouthfeel. I got roasted malts, dark chocolate, and a little something sweet, perhaps vanilla or even maybe a sweet fig. Very very tasty but the mouthfeel was strange due to the carbonation

Photo of KFrank729
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Dreamer
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of krome
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of jgunther71
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of SFNC
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Poured a deep brown with reddish highlights around the edges. A mile high head with some rather large bubbles interspersed in the tan foam. This left a pronounced lacing on the glass and thin islan of the tan foam remained for the duration. The smell is darkly roasted malt, bitter chocolate and prominent alcohol. I had this at just under room temprature and it tasted aggresively bitter, but in a good way. Alchohol hits pretty hard, not really hidden at all. The rosty taste of this reminds me of a good stout, but the mouthfeel is thinner and quite effervescent. This one is good, but lacking in subtlety.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.44/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this for the for time last night at the Cloverleaf, which was a fitting beer for how cold and raw it was outside. Although this was just a tad too burnt for me, I really enjoyed this and how complex it was while remaining true to form. This was a slow sipper and had enough going for it that I could enjoy this as it warmed up, at the same time that it was warming me up as well. This packed a punch but it wasn't over-the-top and was clearly one of the best Porters of any type that I've ever had.

Nice pour to this, with a dark hue, creamy head, and a somewhat decent amount of lacing as I worked my way through this. I couldn't see any lacing at all and the smoothness of the appearance was also apparent in the taste, despite the range of the flavors that were present here. Lots of malt, a thick mouthfeel, and a good smoky undertone were there from the get-go, as this had the roasted characteristic of a Porter and the burnt, bitter properties of a good coffee Stout to go along with them. Everything meshed well together and that included the faint hop notes that came through in the back, which packed even more of a punch when all was said and done.

This was certainly strong but it did not feel strong as the alcohol was well-recessed. For something the looked like vanilla extract, this had a lot going on since the vanilla was only a small aspect of what was found here. As so many have alluded to on here, this is by far Flying Dog's best beer! Most of their other offerings tasted similar to each other but like the Smuttynose Robust Porter, this one's a standout that's not to be missed. Part Porter, Part Stout, Part Scotch Ale, this was a beer that's unlike anything else on the shelf and deserves to be a winter staple in anyone's stash.

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4.11/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Brewben_James321
3.4/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of samtrillo
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Tan head with a fair share of lacing.

Nose composed of rich roasted malt. Dark bitter cocoa and espresso.

Taste is surprisingly bitter coffee for me. As I drink more I'm getting more of a mocha chocolate thing going on. However, the bitter coffee persists. So much so I would believe it if the bottle said it was a coffee stout. I am getting some wood qualities to the bitterness, as well.

The mouthfeel is bizarre based off what I was reading. Lots of carbonation to me! Too much in fact. The alcohol is indeed hid well. Medium bodied.

Overall this was quite different from the reviews I read. Coffee, carbonated and crisp. Still very enjoyable, though.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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Gonzo Imperial Porter from Flying Dog Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 2,612 ratings.