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Gonzo Imperial Porter - Flying Dog Brewery

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Gonzo Imperial PorterGonzo Imperial Porter

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2,659 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,659
Reviews: 1,433
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 109
Gots: 209 | 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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4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very black beer with a good sized brown head, fair retention, good lacing. Aroma is strong with roast and chocolate notes. A little char, a little coffee, some molasses and alcohol fumes in there as well.

Taste is very big and rich. Lots of chocolate and molasses, light roast, noticeable booze, undertones of black coffee and burnt sugar. Not much in the way of hops, just a lightly lingering bitterness in the finish.

Full bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and modest carbonation. Feels very, very much like an Imperial Stout…bringing up the old debate about how the porter and stout styles are defined. This is a big tasty beer but not exactly what I think of when I think porter, even “Imperial” or “Baltic.” Has the booze, sweetness and sticky full body of an Imperial Stout. Nothing light about this one. Powerful.

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4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased at International Beverage in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Pours an opaque black hue with two fingers of mocha-coloured head and sheets of lacing on the pint glass.

Smell is burnt grains, freshly roasted coffee, vinous dark fruit aromas, black licorice, piney American hops, and molasses.

Taste is roasted malt, dark chocolate, rum, coffee grounds, caramel and vanilla sweetness, black licorice, and a balanced hop bitterness with espresso and cocoa powder on the cough. The 85 IBUs are not as prominent as I expected.

Mouthfeel is lush, full-bodied, silky middle, medium hop bitterness precedes an ashy-chalky finish with some warmth going down.

Overall, Gonzo is a rich and flavourful strong porter with an impressive degree of complexity. I enjoyed sipping my pint over the course of an hour and I would gladly buy this beer again.

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4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010 Flying Dog Gonzo Imperial Porter consumed on Nov 2, 2011. Poured from bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: A few shades darker than most porters, the head is khaki in color. The lacing is very nice.

Aroma: A good amount of burnt malt, hops, and a ton of chocolate as well as an alcohol presence.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium body.

Tatse: Chocolate, burnt malt, hop bitterness, a good amount of booze, and a nice coffee finish.

Overall: This beer is special to me; it was the cause of my obsession with craft beer. Although I’ve had many great beers since the first time I had this beer it is still very delicious!

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

First had: bottle from Pinocchio's beer garden, Media, PA

Interesting. I have had the Wild Dog barrel-aged version of this beer on tap, and it's quite a different monster I must say. I also liked that one much better than this one, though this one is not without its charm.

I shared this beer with the wife, pouring it into a pint glass. Blackish-brown color with a well-retaining tan head. Aroma of dark roasted malts, coffee, and strangely, quite a pronounced hop profile. Taste was not what I expected. The wife took the first sip and recoiled a bit, claiming it seemed more like a Cascadian dark ale (aka black IPA, as she put it, but it's a term I hate to use). In a bit of disbelief, I took a sip, bearing the aroma in mind. Definitely a piney hop kick right off the bat, with notes of rum raisin, but mid-to-end-palate, the hoppiness mellowed, leaving space for the cocoa-coffee duet to enter. Finished dry and roasty, and not that bad at all. Medium body. Not quite what I expected, but still good.

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4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally got a chance to pop this one open. I've been holding onto it for 3 months, just never got around to it until now. Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Deschutes tulip...

A - Pours black with a very foamy 1 1/2 finger light tan head. It's leaving a nice lacing as it slowly fades.

S - Smells rich and slight smokey pete. Very malty as well.

T/M - This one is a malt bomb. Thick and rich, with some dark chocolate notes, and a hint of espresso. Then a dry kinda bitterness that clings to the sides of your tongue. Very faint alcohol flavor. Semi thick mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation.

O - The label claims this beer to be as complex as the man it's celebrating. This is very true! Drinking like a great stout, Gonzo is amazing, and get's better as it sits. I'd definately seek this one out again!

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4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very nice dark brown with a great dark tan, light brown bubbly head, which leaves good lacing.
The smell announces coffee, dark chocolate and roasted malt.
The taste is remarkable and starts with a nice mellow chocolate flavor, being combined immediately with distinct expresso. In the middle the roasted malts bitter the beer into balance and the finish has a slight burned cigar flavor to it. Very nicely balanced and smooth. A great Porter

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4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at X Change in DC.

A - Pours smoke coffin black with nice mocha head.

S - Expresso coffee and dark semi sweet chocolate, malt Oak and Vanilla.

T - Roasted dark malts, slick bitter sweet chocolate, around 85 percent cocoa, dark espresso bean bitterness, burnt oak barrel resin, cigar ash and vanilla bean

M - Low carbonation, slick and creamy cold mouthfeel, much on par with a Oatmeal stout in thickness and cocoa taste. The bitter burnt oak offering with a sweet wet paste mouthfeel.

O - A surprisingly damn good porter. Flying Dog has been iffy with it's selection but this one was nice, dark espresso deep cocoa slick burnt cigar offering.

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3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with beautiful mocha/espresso/tan head. Nose reveals caramel, coffee, fruitcake, and some sour, astringent notes lurking around somewhere. Flavor has a sour-ish dimension, too. Mostly I get slightly burnt coffee, caramelized fruit, pine resins, and cocoa. All in all good, but did not meet my expectations, mostly due to the lingering burnt/sour flavors on the aftertaste. Alcohol is warming, but not overdone. Mouthfeel smooth but unremarkable. This is one I'd like to try on draft before I give my final verdict. But, not sure if I can find it that way.

Gonzo Imperial Porter from Flying Dog Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 2,659 ratings.