Gonzo Imperial Porter - Flying Dog Brewery

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Ratings: 2,715
Reviews: 1,440
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 121
Gots: 245 | FT: 4
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-04-2005

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

No useful information on the label other than "Vintage '05".

Appearance: Pours inky black and viscous. A perfect two-finger tan head develops.

Smell: My nose is greeted by a wonderful hop aroma. Very citrusy and slightly musty. Cool. As the beer warms it starts to pick up some roastiness (a touch of cocoa) but the hops seem prevalent to me.

Taste: Wow! What a wonderful balance of citrus hops, chocolate, creamed coffee, oranges, and a pleasantly bitter hop finish. Dang! I'm just digging all the twists and turns this beer takes. Is it hoppy? Yes. Is it roasty? Yes. Very "Storm King Stout"-like in terms of the flavor profile. Very stout like in terms of it's over all flavor, appearance, etc. Very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied and creamy. Leaves a dry and pleasantly bittering hop finish clinging to the palate.

Drinkability: What a great balance of hops and roast. This is a great beer. I could see this being a regular occurence for me. With Edmund Fitzgerald and a ton of stouts right in my backyard, it takes a lot for me to be impressed. This one has done the trick for me. I've always been a little skeptical of Flying Dog products but I'll be back for more of this gem.

Photo of Higravity
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Dark Brown Black with large fluff of a tan head that leaves a great chunky lacing behind.

S- Roasty, slight alcohol with caramel malt and beautiful noble hop bouquet.

T- A slight bit salty that meddles well with the roasty sweetness of the malt, the hops spread before and after as a floral garden that tickles of spice.

M- Dense body, very full nice lasting presence in the mouth after a swallow.

Overall this is a very drinkable beer that goes down easy.

Strange memories on this nervous night in Las Vegas. Five years later? Six? It seems like a lifetime, or at least a main era - -the kind of peak that never comes again. San Francisco in the middle sixties was a very special time and place to be a part of. Maybe it meant something. Maybe not, in the long run, but no explanation, no mix of words or music or memories can touch that sense of knowing that you were there and alive in that corner of time and the world. Whatever it meant. There was madness in any direction, at any hour. If not across the Bay, then up the Golden Gate or down 101 to Los Altos or La Honda. You could strike sparks anywhere. There was a fantastic universal sense that whatever we were doing was right, that we were winning. And that, I think, was the handle - -that sense of inevitable victory over the forces of Old and Evil. Not in any mean or military sense; we didn't need that. Our energy would simply prevail. There was no point in fighting - -on our side or theirs. We had all the momentum; we were riding the crest of a high and beautiful wave. So now, less than five years later, you can go up on a steep hill in Las Vegas and look West, and with the right kind of eyes you can almost see the high-water mark - -the place where the wave finally broke and rolled back.

Photo of PatYoda
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours near black with hardly any head after a minute. Upon first smelling it, the hops stick out. Very citrusy and piney! This is unexpected. There is definitely quite a bit of roasted malt and coffee as well. Also chocolate. Taste is creamy chocolaty malt at first, then the hops kick in. Unlike what other reviewers experienced, I thought the hops were restrained very well, despite being unusual for the style. The hops in the taste come in the form mainly of piney, bittering hops, which linger in the finish, along with some coffee taste for a couple seconds. If anything, my only complaint about the taste is that the finish is a little weak. This probably isn't helped by the relatively thin mouthfeel either. The alcohol never makes an appearance though and drinkability is off the charts. I can't remember a beer so high in alcohol that is so easily quaffed.

Photo of BierManVA
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I normally do not drink Flying Dog products and received two bottles of this as a gift from a friend.

This is definately a top-notch bier. Although I find it leans towards an Imperial Stout more than a Porter (I would call this a close clone of Victory Storm King Stout), that does not distract from its quality.

Dark thick and viscous. Aroma is sweet and sugary. Strong caramel, chicory, coffe tones throught the draught. Only a slight burnt 'porter' flavor is present.

Extremely drinkable and delicious. I have to wonder if Hunter S would like this?!?!? It seems to smooth for him!

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ralph Steadman's bottle rockets and is a must have for any collector but will the beer inside prove to be more than just a gimcrack and worthy of the $9.50 a four-pack price? Let's see.

As it pours into a poboy's pint glass, my nose is instantly pounded by roasted, no burnt, chocolate malts. There's not much else going on so I let it warm a bit.

There it is: a hint of berries and some tobacco leaf. Still, the overwhelming portion of the aroma, upwards of 95%, is sweet, burnt chocolate malts.

The taste largely matches the nose only chocolatier but it is quickly overshadowed by the powerful mouthfeel.

This Gonzo rips your mouth wide open like an old Batman Comic fraught with: "POWS," "BLAMS," and "SLAPS."

It's so dry that it begins to resemble a Super Tuscan or some other big red in terms of mouthfeel. I'm not sure whether I love it or hate it but I'm sure impressed by it.

Very drinkable, dangerously drinkable even, every sip leaves my mouth thirsty for more. I'm drinking this way too fast.

All in all this beer lives up to the hype and the price, although not by much. Personally, I would like a little more for my cheddar.

Note: I'm currently drinking a bottle purchased on 9-26-05.
I thought that this was a one-off in honor of HST's death so I horded a ton of the first release. Today is 3-6-08. This beer is better than I remembered it. Lots of smoke, plenty of fruit, still well balanced, carbonated, with a great body. Overall, lots more smoke than I remember... Very nice. Oddly...this beer wasn't cellared. It has been in my fridge for over two and a half years...

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

Inky black with no highlights, the dark brown head left a fair bit of lace on the glass off the pour and remained throughout. Fresh, grassy hops hit your nose first, with malt and coffee notes following behind along with faint alcohol. Sweet and roasted malt kick off the flavour profile, but the grassy hop character appears soon behind and becomes a major part of the flavour through to the finish. Bitterness is moderate and builds with some citrusy hops into the finish. Chocolate and coffee makes themselves known as well. Hop flavours linger for quite some time, with a tiny bit of alcohol warmth. Full, round body with low, well integrated carbonation that gives it a slightly creamy texture. Slightly dry, roasted finish, but the hops seem to keep this in check. This is a very interesting combination of flavours, certainly not expected. Highly recommended.

Photo of kingjames1
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours thick and black, as a porter should (I think I saw a couple of chunks splash in during the pour). Wonderful, alluring tan head, dense and bubbly. Consistent lacing throughout...

Smells of dark chocolate, coffee, and of course, roasted malt-goodness.

Taste includes a pronounced hops-bitterness, bringing some orange and grapefruit citrus, as well as chocolate and roasted coffee beans.

Mouthfeel is great. Yes, its a bit syrupy, but that is the nature of baltic portors, isn't it? But the carbonation is great, even crisp.

Overall, a solid and bold beer. This is, in my opinion, Flying Dog's most impressive offering (Though I've not yet had their Wild Dog, nor thier dogtoberfest for that matter). Very enjoyable. However, being a heavier-than-average baltic portor, one is enough, thank you very much.

Photo of KoG
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep dark black licorice liquid with a nice tidy tan head that stays around a bit and fades off with a bit of lacing along the way.

Smell is a bit fruity with some roasted malt character. Light caramely sweetness and something else that I jsut can't pick out. No trace of alcohol.

Taste is a lightly sweet palate giving off fruity hints along with some wood like characteristics. A little coffee and chocolate with some caramel can also be found. Nice bitter nees on the finish.

A damn fine brew and definately one of my 2 favorite from Flying Dog. The sweetness is a bit pronounced but there is absolutely no trace of alcohol anywhere, until you finish the bottle.

Photo of WetCoaster
4.52/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A deep, nearly opaque brown -- I wasn't able to get any light to shine through. Nice dense coffee brown head with pretty good retention. Surprisingly active carbonation.

Smell: Very nice; among the best porters I've sampled. Starts with a bracing jolt of hops, followed by dark, ripe fruit, chocolate and a cakey sweetness. A touch of sulphur. Very complex and balanced.

Taste/Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is dense, but not oppressive -- it's surprisingly crisp. The taste is, in a word, terrific. Chicory bitterness, hoppy spice, but balanced nicely against a chocolate and fig sweetness. A hint of smoke as well. Works for me.

Drinkability: Well... good. It tastes great, but it's almost 10% ABV and not cheap, so that limits what you can do. Still, this is one seriously well-crafted brew -- the man would be proud. Get it while you can.

Photo of chOAKbarrell
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to a friend in Kentucky for mailing me this 12oz bottle, since there are none to be found in my area of Maryland.

The first thing I noticed about this thick, black beer is that it has the most beautiful, thick, creamy head on it. It dies down to a manageable height after a few moments. A lovely strong hop aroma greets you, and the taste! Oh my.

It seems there are about 5 different levels to this beer. There's the blast of hops, and the subtle roasty chocolate finish, and inbetween the two are all sorts of things going on that I cant even begin to identify.

The only reservation I have about imperial porters is their very noticeable alcohol scent & taste. But that's a personal opinion and not a reflection on any shortcomings of this beer.

The character illustration on the Gonza Imperial Porter bottle exclaims "Ok! Let's Party!!" And I agree. Pick of a 4-pack of this beer before they're gone.

Photo of germaniac
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black with a creamy, frothy chocolate head.

The oily scent of hops blends well with the huge dark chocolate coffee bean aroma. Nice alcohol kick in there, too.

Taste starts out rich and sweet from the chocolate, progresses into a tangy, biting, hoppiness, then slides back down to malty sweetness. A wild ride, to say the least.

Photo of blitheringidiot
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an onyx crepuscular used motor oil hue topped with a scant khaki collar sticking to the corners of the glass.

Superlative scents of imperial porter along the lines of roasted malt deep into a tobacco leaf. Some fig and berry sugestions.

First swigs: Toasted malts. Syrupy thick espresso and tobacco leaf. Invisible ABV. Brown sugar twinge with burnt pumpernickel bread.

Restrained feel that finds a middle ground of narrow chewiness. Astringent tongue coater.

Last swigs: A one and done tasty one trick pony. No Perkunos Hammer. $3.50 a 12 oz'er from Case & Keg World in Boca.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

Photo of jakester
4.7/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this as a single at Union Jack's on the Manatawny. Marked with "Vintage 05" on the extremely bizarre Ralph Steadman label.

Pours very slowly, like Olde Engine Oil from Harveytowne. Looks like used motor oil with a tannish brown head of tight foam. The head eventually drops to islands and a ring, but there is good lacing on the glass.

Aroma is strong grassy hops with pine needles, kinda weird but fantastic. Big black roasty malts with notes of mocha. I have never smelled a beer quite like this. As it warms, you can pick up alcohol, though it's pretty well muted.

Flavor at first is big and fruity sweet coffee and chocolate. Then a huge hop bitterness hits your throat, followed by grassy and piney hop flavor. This beer is tough to describe. There is a huge hop presence to go along with the huge dark roasted malt presence. Lots of residual sugar, but not cloying. The grassiness in this beer goes very well with the sweet dark malts. Aftertaste is sweet dark chocolate and grassy hops and alcohol.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy with a big, full, dark sweetness, and a big bitter grab at your throat. Finish is sweet and dark, with a thick resiny coat in your mouth.

This is a truly wonderful beer, so chock full of flavor you would probably give a different review every time you drank it. Deeply rich and complex, this is one for the ages.

Photo of ElGordo
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presented in a 12oz bottle with a wonderful Ralph Steadman rendition of Hunter S. Thompson (RIP, my man). Hands down my favorite ever offering from Flying Dog.
A viscous liquid of the deepest black hue pours intot the glass without any particular urgency, leaving just a whisp of a coffee-colored head. Big aroma of rich, roasted malt and espresso is evident as soon as the cap comes off the bottle. Nosing it in the glass, the aroma becomes a bit earthier and kind of oily. The considerable presence of bittering hops becomes evident on the palate. Malt is actually a bit understated and takes a back seat to the huge hoppiness from tip of the tongue to the back of the mouth, leaving a lupulin-laced aftertaste. In the midst of it, however, notes of coffee, grass, and a hint of lactose shine through. Body is nice, thick, and slightly oily, and successfully masks the considerable alcohol presence.
Very interesting, and not at all like what I expected. I fitting tribute to the Good Doctor.

Photo of beerluvr
4.62/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours with a magnificent towering deep tannish/brown head, settling out over ultra dark brownish black liquid. The nose is a good blend of sweet roasty malt, coffee, chocolate and fruit and lastly, hops...all the things I like in a great dark strong ale. The taste is very good, all the flavors decribed in the nose turned up a few notches, with rich and luxurious mouthfeel. This is a very complex brew with hop bitterness and some alcohol rounding out the very long, tasty finish. A world class Imperial Porter worth seeking out.

Photo of ppoitras
4.82/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle purchased as a single somewhere in NoVA, either WF/Vienna, WF/Annadale, Norm's, or Rick's.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 3/4" of dark tan head above the opaque dark brown/black. Head fades slowly, but remains substantial, and lacing is very nice for the style. Aroma assaults you with fields of grassy, piney hops amongst burnt yet sweet grain, all drowning in a pool of somewhat obscured alcohol. Taste starts with sweet chocolate upfront, hits its hops groove in the middle, and smoooths again with more dark malts at the close. Alcohol is felt more than tasted. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth (as previously noted), and drinkability is excellent for the style. This one's a hit: Has all the ingredients to hit the style, yet still finds a way to be deliciously different.

Photo of merlin48
4.36/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally found some of these in a 4 pack, at the Vintage Cellar, in Blacksburg, Virginia, where they were literally flying off the shelf.
Pours a dark, dark, ebony flow(bats swarming out of a cavern) that produces an opaque body, topped by two fingers of cocoa shaded head. Ruby geometric shapes emanate from the body when backlit. Must be a pharmaceutical flashback. Excellent head retention and an abundance of clingy patch lace completes the exceptional presentation.

A stark assault of grassy hops surprises the nose, before traditional porter aromas of roasty dark malts slides in. Plenty of chocolate and cheap diner coffee here.

Mouthfeel begins with a nearly full body, but thins into extreme drinkability as it warms. Whew! A hop zing is unusual for a porter, but it's a nice addition to the ideal low medium carbonation.

Taste begins with scalded dark malty notes of burnt coffee and bakers chocolate. Those grassy hops add an interesting dimension. Well balanced! Wet and juicy finish, with an occasional dry touch from the roasted dark malts and grassy hops. As noted, the body thins considerably near the finish, making this a very dangerous sipper. Alcohol is nonexistent on the palate, but at 9.5%, must go straight to the brain. Nah....

Drinkability is excellent, but exercise due caution. Some of you older folks might get some flashbacks from this fitting tribute to the Master of the Gonzo. Best offering that Flying Dog has produced to date. Tis a shame that the untimely death of an excellent writer and noted eccentric had to be the inspiration for this brewery to get off its arse and produce a world class brew.

Photo of bruachan
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured syrupily into my pint glass and sat there staring at me, with pitch black eyes. no light gets through. a rising peanut butter-colored head tops it off, though settles with time, leaving streaks of brown lacing

no smoke, but big hop flavor and a deep roasty aroma. there's a roasted bitterness, too, fades as the hop bitterness kicks in. floral hop aroma

Photo of santoslhalper
4.31/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearence: Pours a nice dark black with a thick, creamy chocolate head that dies down a little but leaves stunning lacing.

Smell: The alcohol content is a bit noticable, but the other smells (chocolate, coffee, nuts, roasted malts, etc...) are well balanced and pleasent.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Very strong, powerful coffee and chocolate notes hit your mouth at first, playing with each other on the tounge. Following that is a bittersweet flavor, ending into an almost grassy, hay flavor with a touch of garlic. Garlic? Yes garlic. It tastes good. Smooth, well balanced, and creamy as hell. The alcohol is still kind of strong, but acceptable for a beer of 9.5% and one being this young. The mouthfeel is rich, full, and creamy.

Drinkability and Overall: A very nice Baltic Porter, and a very good tribute to Hunter Thompson. I think he would have whole heartedly approved of this beer bearing the "gonzo" name. Full of life and energy, both this beer and Hunter proved that being outgoing and independent is not only fun, but a very interesting journey, not for the weak of heart. And, so, I raise this chalice to a fallen soldier, a man who plunged deep into the world of the weird and never looked back. This one's for you, comrad.

Photo of lou91
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured perfectly into a Guinness glass and looked and smelled like the old Guinness - dark, black but not opaque with scents of hops, chocolate and espresso. The taste matched the nose well at first tasting like a milk stout with its sweet silkiness and then morphing into a red ale. This is very good porter with an alcohol umph, rich depth of flavors and oh so drinkable. Matched up well with my Fuente short story cigar.

Photo of tavernjef
4.48/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Portly dark black with nary a sliver of light getting through. Medium muffin batter thick cap of cocoa brown laps at the top. Breaks down fairly quickly though, eventually revealing a slight oily residue and splotchy lacing.

Aroma is calm and clean of slick melted chocolate from darker suited candy bars and a small roasted grain underbelly with evident hints of dark rum soaked dates and raisins.

Flavors are great. Nice chocolatey realm with all sorts of fun subtlities within making for a very dark enticing treat. Sensual chocolate coats deep and lasts long with a darker sense of the cocoa bean being leaned into. Slick and quickly chewy with a brownie-like dryness. Finish brings out lots of interestingly fun stuff with coffee roast and light burnt grains and cinnamon-raisin toast. A touch of hop spice and licorice dipped in nougat takes a late return after some of the roast leaves. Then more chocolate creeps back across the palate. A delightful and finely fanatastic finisher. Totally worth every sip just to get to it.

Feel is well textured in the porter realm of things. Bold, thick, lavish, and remarkably clean with a broad medium, sensible body. And the carbonation seems right on for a big chocolatey porter such as this. Quite nice. The 9.5% barely shows itself. Smooth and majorly drinkable. The 12oz'er isn't close to enough to satisfying as you'll want and need more of this, one time, finally kick ass, brew, by Flying Dog. By far, my first very impressionable beer by them. Kudos for trying something beyond their normal stuff that I tend to find too simple and boring.

Also, kudos to lostbearbrew for the samples!

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Served from the tap at the Farmhouse, Emmaus, PA during at trip there with BA Erica. This sample was actually Erica’s but I ended stealing most of her glass as it happens…my Bad.

Appearance: Dark beguiling brown-black body with a minimal initial head that disappeared completely to reveal distilled raisin colored fluid in the Goblet. Held to the light is has a gorgeous ruby hue. Minimal carbonation but enough to stop you thinking that this is prune juice.

Nose: Wow, very different to what Porters usually offer. Smoky malts with brunt brown paper aromas. Damp wood, medicinal peat and smokey bacon. Hints of dark chocolate and coffee.

Taste: Very solid taste profile. Bold flavors which are not shy at all. Roasty malts, dark chocolates and hint of rum & raisin throughout. Flashes of cocoa powder, roasted coffee beans and some smoked meats. Lovely.

Mouthfeel: Massive feel, the 9.5% is full front and square and it pulls no punches at all. Enjoyable alone, with a meal…..or as a meal.

Drinkability: This is one of those brews that would get the better of me and most certainly “take me out” before I get bored with it. Oh, it also gets better as it warms too…..bloody dangerous stuff.

Overall: I’ve tried this one a couple of times now, but never reviewed it, which seemed rather tragic as its so damn good. Haven’t seen this in bottles anywhere near me yet, but when I do I’m picking up a 6-Pack of this stuff. Tasty and Recommended, don’t let other negative Flying Dog experiences put you off trying this one (as it nearly did with me). Nice Job.

Photo of battlekow
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big black beer with a small chocolate head. Definitely looks like a souped up porter; it's opaque, completely lacking the usual ruby highlights. Smells like one too; there's some roasted, coffee, and chocolate notes, typical for a porter, but also a big alcoholic smack in the face, with some hops thrown in as well. Taste is wildly hoppy and alcoholic, but there's some sweet chocolate thrown in as a life preserver. Mouthfeel is nice and dense. Overall, a little too intense for me, but not unpleasant. Let it warm up a bit to bring out some balancing sweetness.

I think it's a miscategorization to call this a Baltic porter; while it's strong enough to be a Baltic, it's definitely American in its other characters, being roasty and chocolatey and lacking the prune/raisin tastes that I associate with Baltics. Why is there no "Imperial Porter" category?

Photo of neonbrown82
4.52/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

After much anticipation, I am now the proud owner of 24 of these wonderful little bastards... well, make that 23 now...

The beer looks magnificent. Jet black with little chocolate jet streams that cling all the way up the side of the glass feeding the thin film-like head. You could shine a flashlight against the opposite end of the glass and still not be able to see through.

The smell is unparalleled. A huge burst of of hops dominate the nose. Smells very bubblegummy, like amarillo and perhaps even a bit of cascade. The malt aroma is virtually undetectable, though some chocolate does seep through into the nose.

The taste shows off the hops up front and then fades into a chocolate roasty malt. Still some hop flavor in the finish, but mainly just roast. It is definitely a one-of-a-kind taste, and I like it.

The mouthfeel is thick and chewy. As it coats the mouth, thin films of flavor burst from tastebuds I didn't even know existed. The more I drink, the more I enjoy. I should probably stop here before I end up giving away a 5.

Dangerously drinkable for such a rich and roasty brew. I'll have to toss back a few more in honor of the late doctor. Moderation is not what Dr. Gonzo was best known for, afterall.

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

"Don't stop here, this is bat country!"

A wonderful brew for a wonderful Doctor of Journalism. I made sure that I didn't miss out on this limited opportunity to try a beer dedicated to one of my favorite authors.

Pours out a deep black with a mocha head that disapated into a thin film rather quickly. The aroma has strong tones of dark fruit and bakers cocoa. Caramel and toffee sweetness made you realize that this is a perfect desert beer.

The taste was rather sweet the entire way through. There was not a lot of nutty, coffee characteristics that I would have loved to see. If this had a more expressive espresso kick, this would be a phenomenal beer. The nice hop bitterness made presence on the tongue very nicely and helped to round out the sweetness.

This is a very nice, high-powered porter with wonderful traits. Maybe a little off the mark in a few areas, but still very enjoyable.

R.I.P. You sick, magnificent bastard.

Gonzo Imperial Porter from Flying Dog Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 2,715 ratings.