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Gonzo Imperial Porter - Flying Dog Brewery

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

2,572 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 2,572
Reviews: 1,420
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 96
Gots: 176 | 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:
ABV varies.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

“OK! LET’S PARTY!!” says the Hunter S. Thompson-esque skeleton man on the front of the bottle. This is Flying Dog’s Gonzo Imperial Porter, and, as it was inspired by Mr. Thompson himself, it has quite the attitude. Ralph Steadman’s bottle art is epic. As far as the taste goes, though, Flying Dog has never been one of my favorites. I’ve had a few of their light offerings (Doggie Style, Snake Dog, etc.) and I wasn’t impressed. But I do know that some brewers have their niche, and sometimes pale ales aren’t it. So, after hearing so much about this brew and its badass big brother (Wild Dog Barrel-Aged Gonzo), I decided to give their darker lineup a try. “Good people drink good beer,” as the Thompson quote at the bottom of the label reads. Let’s hope this one makes old Dr. Gonzo proud…

A: A devilish start – it’s black as night. I even brought it outside in the afternoon sun to see its color more clearly. The result: still black. Not a single hint of sunlight shone through. Damn, that’s thick. The head is just as dense; tan like wet beach sand and unrelentingly creamy. It’s assertive, too, coming to a full two-and-a-half fingers before my pour was even finished. Sexy lacing stays around for quite a while, as well. I really like how this beer looks.

S: Milk chocolate and other dark sweets are first on the scene, followed quickly by spicy bourbon. The booze is a good transition to some mellow malted barley notes. A hint of pleasing hops finish out the nose, leaving this one fresh and sweet, like fine chocolate candy.

T: The side of the bottle says “Vintage11CC,” but the palate begs to differ. It tastes aged, at least longer than just this year. Huge malts erupt from the starting sip, bringing earthy sweetness to the tongue first. Chocolate, mocha, licorice, and caramelized sugar make this a sweet-tooth's dream. It’s not long before they fade away, though, because here comes that beloved bitterness that I expected from an 85 IBU monster like this. It hits in waves, getting more complex as you drink: first are lemony pine flavors, then acidic yeasts, then deep smokiness and roasted coffee. Some booze at the end, and we’re doing alright. A great palate that really surprised me; isn’t this the same brewery that screwed up that IPA I had last month?

M: Bubbly enough to keep the experience from being too heavy. This 9.2% beast goes down quick enough to make Hunter S. tipsy. Well, maybe not THAT fast, but enough to make him wish he had a bigger bottle.

O: Flying Dog, you have redeemed yourself! What a fabulous brew. It’s satisfyingly malt-heavy, but bubbly and bitter enough to keep my interest. This is one I’ll be sure to go back to, especially if I’m reading Fear and Loathing.

Hunter S. Thompson may have been a lot of things, but he definitely wasn’t the inspiration for mediocrity here.

BarryMFBurton, Jun 13, 2011
Photo of drowninginhops
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black with dark tan head. 2 finger thick head made of tiny bubbles. Excellent head retention and lacing.

S: Smells of dark fruits, sweet and toasted malts, vanilla.

T: See smell. as my first Baltic porter I liken it to a barlywine.

M: Thin. light carbonation.

D: Oh man this is good, with the light body a few could be put away. I think aging for a year will make it fantastic and maybe a all 5's in my book.

drowninginhops, Jun 08, 2011
Photo of dgugliuzza
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2009 vintage poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Founder's snifter

Pours black with dark tan head. Thick and frothy with many small bubbles. Excellent head retention.

Smells of dark fruits followed by hints of leathery vanilla. Sweet malt is also at the forefront. Some toasted malt at the back end. Very unique combination of aromas makes this quite enticing.

Tastes of dark fruits and vanilla with a heavy backing of toasted malts. Sweet and leathery. Though it's labeled a baltic porter, it tastes much like an infusion between an imperial stout and a barleywine.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin for all the heavy characteristics. However, it is salvaged by a creamy finish. Fairly easy to drink. Soft on the palate with minimal carbonation.

Overall this is an interesting take on a baltic porter. The aromas and flavors were certainly altered due to the beers age. I'll have to try a fresh one to compare, but I loved the way it aged. It's definitely worth putting away in the cellar for a year or two.

dgugliuzza, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours pitch black, almost tar-like. The tall brown head is compact and creamy. Slow dissipation leaves nice lacings.

S: The roast of the malt is heavy. There is some sweetness to it. Lots of dark dried fruits, mainly cherries. Coffee and dark bitter chocolate. Some vanilla in the back.

T: Sweet malt, roasted almost a bit smoked. Rich vanilla flavour. Dark dried fruits. Strong black coffee and dark bitter chocolate.

M: Long bitter aftertaste, bone dry. Body is full and carbonation is moderate. The beer is smooth and there is no trace of the high ABV.

O: A very well crafted Baltic Porter. The smoke gives it an extra flavour. Nice.

Evil_Pidde, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of projectflam86
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a dark brown color with a thick mocha colored head that leaves nice lacing.

S- Deep charred roasty scents with some smoke and chocolate.

T- Very hoppy initially (especially for a porter) with an incredibly roasted finish. Smoke, burnt toast, dark chocolate, and black licorice all come out in the taste as it warms. The alcohol is noticeable but it wouldn't have me guessing that it was over 9%. Drinks closer to 7%.

M- Full bodied with nice carbonation. Oily feel.

O- Overall a really good brew that stands out compared to many others. I've gotta go watch Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas now...

projectflam86, May 31, 2011
Photo of paulozanello
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It pours a pitch black color, very opaque with no light going through. Head is full and fluffy, light brown color. Good retention, it stays on at least one finger for about 10 minutes. Lacing is like spiderwebs on my glass. Amazing looking beer.

Aroma is very fruity for a porter, I get more dark fruits (dark cherries, plums, dates) on this one than malt. Also some alcohol, chocolate, wood and vanilla undertones going on. Overall this beer does not smell as a intense as I expected it to.

Taste is much bolder, starting with sweet dark malts, mollasses, chocolate and lots of alcohol. I let this beer sit out of the fridge for about 30 min before opening it but despite the temperature I still feel the alcohol warmth is too high, not to mention that this has at least one year in the bottle. The finish is long lasting with nice chocolaty and bitter notes (hops + roast) and later some coffee.

Body is heavy with moderato to low carbonation. I like the mouthfeel on this beer. Very smooth and non-agressive. A warm sensation follows every sip.

Overall a very good beer. Period. But it has some flaws that prevent it from being a great world class beer. My main problem is that the alcohol is too apparent at only 9.2%. I've had 13% beers that aren't as warm as this one. Still, I wouldn't pass on a Gonzo.

paulozanello, May 27, 2011
Photo of crewfan16
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 4-pack for under $9 so not a bad deal really right off the bat.

a-poured into a pint glass, the color is deep, deep brown, basically black. cant see through it at all. The thick creamy head rises up and holds for what seems like forever. The light brown head reminds me of a root beer float for some reason. Beautiful lacing as the head finally does recede quite some time later

s-lots of coffee and dark chocolate. some molasses and roasted malt. Seriously smells delicious

t-rich and malty. lots of dark chocolate and coffee. Again I taste molasses or some sort of dark sugar

m-lighter than I might have expected given the taste and smell, but it is really drinkable. very little alcohol taste, even at 9.2 abv. I like the linger of the flavors on the back of my palate. They just sit and hang out and remind me how tasty that last sip was.

Overall, this could be my new go-to affordable dark beer. Tons of flavor and complexity, nice abv and a really good price. This beer is way too drinkable to be 9.2 abv and could get me in trouble, but who cares if it tastes this good.

crewfan16, May 22, 2011
Photo of legalpete19340
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured 60% head into the glass. Matte black. Stuck to everything.

S: Light roasted malt, caramel, molasses, strong hop profile with flowers and grass.

T: Mild roasted malt, butterscotch, caramel. Solid middle bitterness with flowers and grass. Burnt sugar, dark oat bread. Alcohol is present throughout the drink but never comes over the top.

M: Medium with a syrupy tilt. Little to no carbonation.

O: A good beer. Sweeter and more bitter than expected but in a solid dark porter kind of way. I wanted more darkness and roasty flavors. Worth a try.

legalpete19340, May 22, 2011
Photo of ermeis06
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very dark, 1 finger of a dark tan colored head, nice lacing. Not a lot of visible carbonation.

S: Some coffee and dark chocolate, sweet roasted malts. It was slightly smoky

T: Smooth, creamy with a good carmelized/burnt malt flavor. Slight vanilla taste, good hop flavor. This beer has a good complexity and layers of flavor. Get a small amount of the burnt malt/bitterness. It had less coffee flavor than I expected which was nice.

M: It wasn't as heavy as I expected. Medium bodied with a slightly bitter aftertaste. Light level of carbonation.

D: I am a fan of this beer. I hadn't seen it in years until a few weeks ago and had to get some. The depth of flavor is great and it is surpirsingly drinkable, which can be dangerous with the high alcohol content. I would definitely recommend this.

ermeis06, May 20, 2011
Photo of brewcrew76
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep brown, black with ruby highlights and creamy tan head that leaves streaks of lace.

S - Plum, raisins, dried candied fruits, black licorice, hint of smoke. Another smell gives notes of a black ipa with citrus hops. Chocolate, coffee and roasted malt comes out as it warms.

T - Sweet with dark candied fruits and roasted malt. Light smoke, bitter chocolate, coffee grounds, herbal bitter hops mixed with citrus burps leading to a long chocolate, nutty finish.

M - Slightly thin, a lot thinner than I remember it, slightly boozy.

D - Complex yet muddied at the same time. The light body makes this way too easy to drink at 9+%.

brewcrew76, May 19, 2011
Photo of hardy008
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a finger tan cocoa colored head, with good retention and lacing. The aroma has dark chocolate, roasted malt, piney hops and cocoa.

The taste is sweet, and has dark chocolate, roasted malt, piney hops and cocoa. The balance to the sweetness is provided by the bitterness of the roasted malt and piney hops.

Creamy, full bodied, sweet and there is some noticeable alcohol, which does not hinder the drinkability or mouthfeel. Overall a nice Porter.

hardy008, May 15, 2011
Photo of ferrari29
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer served at Bad Apple from bottle into Pint glass

A - Body of this beer is very dark, black/dark brown; 1 finger chocolate colored hear formed; head held very well and beer formed a nice layer of lacing around the side of the glass; not much visible carbonation in the body of the beer, but it does appear very viscous

S - Roasted malts; coffee; chocolate; some subtle hints of smokiness; vanilla and hops

T - Burnt malt flavors are the first tastes that hit the tongue and palate; there is significantly less coffee and chocolate taste to this beer than the smell was initially indicate; some hints of vanilla wash over the middle of the tongue; beer sip finishes off with a punch of hop bitterness

M - Light stout/porter feel on the tongue; slightly effervescent; crisp and refreshing feel; mild bitter aftertaste on the back end of the tongue

D - Great dessert drink; I washed down everything I ate at Bad Apple with this drink; flavors were unique but not overwhelming and left me wanting more; perfect roasted flavor notes; highly recommended

ferrari29, May 13, 2011
Photo of StaveHooks
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours jet black with a beefy 2 finger tan head that takes awhile to sink and settle into a nitro bubbled cap with large collars of lacing.

S - Roasted milk chocolate malt, coffee, smokey, some sourness as well.

T - Roasted dark malt, tangy raspberry chocolate, espresso, has a dairy-like sweetness, some roasty citrus bitterness on the backend. Finishes with a long smokey bitterness.

M - Velvety, creamy, medium to full bodied, soft carbonation.

I love this beer! It's complex, looks, smells, and tastes great. This is a sipper for any occasion.

StaveHooks, May 12, 2011
Photo of DaveHS
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2010 vintage

A-Pours a beautiful chocolate brown with obsidian highlights and over an inch of creamy mocha colored head. Leaves streaky lacing as it reduces, eventually settling to a 1/4 inch cap of foam.

S-Caramel malts, milk chocolate, piney hops. Traces of toffee. The hops cover up most of the sweeter aromas.

T/M-Thin and roasty. Like many other Flying Dog beers, the ABV is right up front, dominating the flavor profile. This is accentuated by dry, bitter hops that feel out of place in a Baltic Porter. Dry, papery booziness steamrolls subtle flavors of caramel and coffee bean. The true potential of this beer reveals itself in the finish, which is simultaneously roasty and sweet, with flavors of burnt sugar and pumpernickel.Medium bodied with moderate, unobtrusive carbonation.

O-There's a good beer in here somewhere. Too thin and light for a Baltic Porter, which brings out the high ABV. Might improve with age.

DaveHS, May 11, 2011
Photo of brewemstrong
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Standard black but no head after a normal pour. I do see some sediment rising although no carbonation. Lacing is good

S: Dark malt and sweetness. Not quite a molasses sweet but sugary. Slight toasty malt but mostly mocha. Touch of herbal hops

T: Not too sweet at all and a roasted, chocolate malt really comes through. There's also a notable bitter finish that I appreciate.

M: Quite light for a porter. A creamy touch helps cover the alcohol and there isn't a sticky finish.

O: A solid imperial porter. Maybe hope for a bit more nose and fruit.

brewemstrong, May 11, 2011
Photo of jayhawk73
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a midnight black with a beautiful one finger chocolate head which quickly vanishes. I can't see even 1 mm into this beer to tell the carbonation. Lacing is average- maybe slightly below.

S- Nose is a malt/hop combo, which is fairly smooth and balanced. Big time chocolate and coffee in there as well. Pine smells in the background of everything else going on. Nice smelling beer.

T- Interesting. Not what I expected. Carbonation seems very high. Definitely a malt/hop combo happening.. just doesn't pull it off as well as the nose. This beer seems confused to me. Almost like it's trying to do too many things at once, and therefore coming up a little short from what it could be. The smells are all there in the taste, just not balanced or smooth. Alcohol is almost absent, you catch a tiny bit of it in the aftertaste as the beer warms. OK... as the beer is almost room temperature it's opening up a little bit. I'll bump it up accordingly.

M- Got the bitter/malt rivalry happening. Not especially balanced, smooth, or satisfying. Confusing is the word I keep thinking as I'm drinking this. It's not bad... just not as well executed as I'm used to from this brewery.

O- Struggling between a 3.5 or a 4 on this one. It's just not quite up to the 4 level for me. Don't get me wrong- I enjoyed drinking this beer, it just doesn't quite reach the level of some of flying dog's better brews. Solid beer, and worth trying though.

jayhawk73, May 10, 2011
Photo of shand
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a chalice.

This is an excellent looking robust beer. It pours black with a fairly large head, at least a finger and a half worth. Fairly quickly recedes to lacing, but still looks great. The aroma is loaded with dark fruits and sweet malts, with some smooth coffee in the background. The taste loads up on the coffee and smooth, sweet malts, kicking the fruits to the back. Some interesting citrus hops also make themselves known, adding a nice taste dimension to this brew.

The mouthfeel is nice, it's fairly full-bodied and has a fairly high level of carbonation. The drinkability is this brew's strong suit, I find this very drinkable for such a robust and alcoholic brew. A strong brew available at very good prices. If this were in 5 dollar bombers instead of 3 dollar 12oz bottles, I think a lot more people would sing it's praises.

shand, May 09, 2011
Photo of Luvzsurfrz
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served on nitro-tap at Ojai Brewing Company in a fluted 12 oz glass.

A: Poured dark with a tannish-brown head that was creamy like a fluffy cloud. An overwhelming amount of bubbles dissipated over a 5 minute period. Great sticky lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Smell is faint of coffee and creamy malt.

T: Nitro-tap did this pour good! SOOOO creamy and delicious! Coffee is strong through, yet with subtle notes of mocha.

M: Thick and creamy, very smooth. Nice carbonation to bubble ratio. Goes down nicely.

O: Overall, i thoroughly enjoyed this porter on nitro-tap. It enhanced the taste, and the overall feeling and experience.

Luvzsurfrz, May 08, 2011
Photo of Kinsman
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An aggressive pour yields a pitch black body with a thick and sticky dark tan colored head. Leaves a decent bit of lace behind as well.

Carmel and fruity sweetness dominate the aroma with slight hints of coffee in the background. Not nearly as robust and roasty as the color would suggest.

Caramel and coffee with bits of chocolate covered fruit sums up all the different flavors pretty well. Coffee flavors are most dominant and the taste is not as sweet as the aroma had suggested. Finishes with a bit of a roasted flavor and slight kick of grassy hop flavor. Alcohol sneaks up on you as it warms.

Mouthfeel is thick and a bit chewy but smooth overall. Overall, quite an enjoyable strong Porter but it's a one and done kind of drink.

Kinsman, May 07, 2011
Photo of Brenden
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Daddy-Oh's yeasterday afternoon.

Gonzo is dark, very nearly if not black, with a tan head that isn't tall but is thick and sits the whole way. It manages to leave spots of thin lacing around.
The nose presents a bit of charcoal, burnt wood, and dark chocolate in a strong malts backbone with a lightly nutty element. Alcohol is barely evident.
The taste presents very much the same profile, throwing in an herbal twang and very mild citric bitterness with a touch of caramel sweetness from middle to end. Alcohol really doesn't make itself known and really hit me later, especially since I knew practically that it must have a high ABV but not really detecting much of it.
I haven't had this in the bottle, but the feel of it on draft is excellent. It's super smooth, not exceptionally thick but certainly thick nonetheless, with a rich, creamy full body. In fact, this beer feels like it's on nitro-tap, but it's not.
Trying this one on tap certainly piqued my interest in purchasing the bottled version.

Brenden, May 04, 2011
Photo of smakawhat
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner like style glass.

Pours a real nice sold two finger creamy off brown sort of tan head. Real nice bubbles and consistency out of the bottle. Body is a classic opaque dark walnut body. Real nice looking here.

Smell is kind of a strange small coffee and malt, sort of instant coffee, and a hint of milk cream. Even a sense of tight hoppyness. I get pricklyness all over this don't ask me why.

Taste is very interesting, kind of almost tight carbonated feeling and a coffee prickly malt sensation. Flavors of cream but with a thick milk stout sweetness. Almost like a thick amped up milk stout.

Drinkability and overall is okay but I think I would go for something else. I was looking to be really surprised and wow-ed by this but just wasn't. It's tasty though I'll give it that.

smakawhat, May 03, 2011
Photo of falloutsnow
3.45/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from Beertopia in Omaha, NE

A hard pour produces a 2cm head of fairly dense, light brown bubbles (with a few larger) that dies back to a small island sitting in the middle of the glass. Major lacing after head collapses. Beer is very dark brown to black, opaque, which obviously makes carbonation levels impossible to see.

Taste and scent really open up when the beer is warm. I thought this was a fairly tepid release before it warmed to about room temperature.

Scent is fairly weak once head descends, even warmed. I pick up mostly malt sweetness with coffee, chocolate, and fragrant hops. Alcohol in nose becomes more obvious with warmth.

Taste is primarily syrupy roasted malts with mocha undertones. Closes with slight alcohol burn; could have used more malt. Finish is slightly sour, with a hint of spicy hops.

Mouthfeel is medium to medium-heavy bodied. Carbonation is moderate. Dry finish. I would have preferred beer to be thicker/heavier with a bit more carbonation, again indicating a slight skimp on grain base.

This isn't a poor quality release, but I vastly prefer the Sinebrychoff over it, both of which are widely available in my area. The Sinebrychoff has more depth to the nose and taste buds, whereas this is more of a one-trick pony with each. Could use a more assertive nose, and a more complex taste package.

falloutsnow, May 02, 2011
Photo of misterbryanc
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: A deep dark color. Like a good Porter should be, with a nice tan head.

S: Sweet smelling with a little bit of hops.

T: Complex. Wonderful malty flavor with a slightly bitter taste. Hints of coffee and carmel. Very smooth.

M: Nice and thick feeling. Wonderful taste remains leaving drinker wanting more.

O: Great beer, will drink again.

misterbryanc, Apr 30, 2011
Photo of scottfrie
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into 25oz snifter. 2010 vintage.

A: Pours an extremely dark brown with a very creamy, frothy, dense light brown head that bubbled up with the pour and took its time to fade into a thick film that left spots of soapy lace.
S: Not especially smelly but I get pleasant notes of coffee with cream, roasted dark malts, and a touch of warm alcohol vapor and smoke.
T: Pretty bitter actually with a good dose of grassy hops that I didn’t pick up on the nose. For the most part I get notes of espresso and a touch of bitter dark chocolate, but I’m getting just a hint of citrus from the hops as well. I also taste a hint of black licorice and sweet caramel. The finish is full of smoke and the aftertaste is reminiscent of chocolate syrup.
M: Airy body with a medium body that has a good chewiness to it. The carbonation is a tad tingly, but it’s not overly distracting. The alcohol is hidden very well, and I’m not picking up any alcohol warm.
O: Definitely a solid brew but not the best of the style I’ve had. Yet another great beer from a great brewery. Cheers!

scottfrie, Apr 30, 2011
Photo of Jdmpolk
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark almost black. A hint of foam caps the top but then dissipates leaving slight cola grey lacing on the side.

S- Warming smell of alcohol. Plum and dried berry aroma, reminiscent of port

T- Coffee bitterness, along with a hint of toast. Berry, and molasses with hints of cinnamon and sweet potato.

M- Light for such a dark beer. Alcohol warmth is present but the persistent carbonation almost makes it refreshing.

O- A lot of good flavor with coffee and fruit notes, however, the body seemed a little weak in the face of the dominant coffee flavor.

Jdmpolk, Apr 28, 2011
Gonzo Imperial Porter from Flying Dog Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 2,572 ratings.