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Gonzo Imperial Porter - Flying Dog Brewery

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

2,424 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 2,424
Reviews: 1,404
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.92%
Wants: 83
Gots: 132 | 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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Drew966

Florida

4.83/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours from a twelve ounce bottle an opaque black with a thick brown head. You can smell the roasted malts and the taste is magnificent, you really get the coffee type taste from the roasted malt. I think this is really an exceptional beer, I'm going to try to get my hands on the 750ml corked bottle. This beer has a creamy taste and is really among some of the best beers in the porter or stout category that I have tried (and I've tried quite a few). Highly recommended, worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2006 00:49:11 | More by Drew966
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danielharper

Michigan

3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from Strong Bros. Liquor Store, Fayetteville, TN.

Pours a dark black opaque body with a thick mocha head. Very nice for a porter or stout -- no reddish hues anywhere in the glass.

Highly complex aroma of cherries, licorice, coffee, raisins (of course), and a slight astringency due to alcohol.

Flavor is similar, but with a strong astringent up-front, and a strong dose of hops (not really present in nose) to the aftertaste. Slight drying quality.

Thick mouthfeel, great for a high-gravity porter.

This beer isn't really good enough to get a high drinkability (despite the high numbers, I didn't much care for it personally) but it's decent. If porters are your speed, give it a shot -- it's not bad at all.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2006 16:57:40 | More by danielharper
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benito

Oregon

4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This may be one of the finer porters (baltic or otherwise) available on the American market. It is a tar black with a creamy, coffee-colored head that laces the glass with a java like drizzle. The bouquet is full of currant and very raisiny, distinct aromas which point to the beers strength.

And yet, it is the flavor's balance between traditional porter flavors--java and burnt wood--and a fruity, almost syrupy, malt wallop that makes the beer memorable, complex, and distinct. There's a light hop presence that finishes the palate and adds a deeper, dryer complexity. The mouthfeel is incredibly smooth, and for something so strong this goes down way too easily.

Released initially as a one-off, the reception to Gonzo has been so great that Flying Dog is going to put it out full time in four packs...and for good reason. This is a wonderful, must-find brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2006 01:54:11 | More by benito
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wcudwight

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a pitch black with a chocolate, co-co colored head that rises 1/4" and falls to a spotty lace on the beer. Chocolate, tropical fruit, and roasted malts in the nose. Also hint of the alcohol in the smell. Smells good! Wow this taste stout. Very deep heavy chocolate taste and the alcohol is noticable. The fruits that are in the smell are not in the taste. Finishes with a lasting roasted malt and coffee taste. This beer starts off wow, and finishes mmm. This is a thick and filling beer. Chewy and the sweetness makes my teeth sticky. This is a good beer, but I can't imagine drinking more than one.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2006 23:08:02 | More by wcudwight
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mentor

Colorado

4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aged in my cellar for about 6 months. Loud pfft when opened. Two-finger brown head over a pitch liquid. head slowly descends in cavernous style. Smells of clean alcohol and roast grains. Some grapefruit pith and oranges. Dry chocolatey. Tastes potently roasted with a clean and strong alcohol bite. Roasty dry in the mouth. Chocolate is buried and some grassy hop co-humulone is present. Not much hop flavor (which is a stark contrast to a glass I had fresh at the brewery about 6 months ago). At this point, the citrusy hops have settled, but the alcohol now needs time to cool down. Md-thick body with a bit too mcuh carbonation. The carb detracts from the beer, IMO. Minimal lacing on the inside of the glass.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2006 03:18:13 | More by mentor
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dawg

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served from the tap into a wine glass. The Gonzo was put together very well and I have had plenty of porters along the way for comparison. Reminded me of one of my first home brews. Not overly complex. Just very defined roasted malt (light and heavy dark roasts) balanced with a modest amount hops. Mouthfeel was light but just what I expected. I judge that this one is very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

01-24-2006 23:53:34 | More by dawg
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Enola

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a worty tribute to Hunter.
This beer is a deep black. It had a tan colored head that did not last long. The smell is rich. It smells very malty. The taste reminds me of a high ABV oatmeal stout. I just wish the alcohol was a bit more subtle. the mouthfeel is diminished a smell amount due to this but not enought to prevent me from buying again. I could drink these but certainly it is not a session beer. Unless your sessions tend to be short.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2006 20:52:21 | More by Enola
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coasterfreak75

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The pour was pitch black with a three finger beige head that slowly dissapated and left a very thin beige lace on the sides of the glass throughout the drink.

The smell was heavy in sweet coffee tones with an unexpected sour, fruity undertone. Dare I say a mix of raisons and citrus with a heavy alchohol note in the rear of the nose. All and all very complex compaired to other porters I had tried before.

The drink started like any other porter, quite sweet and coffee like but the middle was where it took off. The hops that were hidden by the fruit smell showed up and kicked my mouth and the finish was a sharp alchohol bite followed by a mellow lingering hop bitter.

This is one of the most complex beers I've ever tried. A great choice for an after dinner sip. Find it if you can.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2006 03:38:16 | More by coasterfreak75
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EPseja

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass at just under cellar temperature.

A - Pours a thick, syrupy dark mocha brown color with no bravado at all... but wait! The cocoa colored head rises from out of nowhere -- pillowy, soft and three full fingers in thickness. Very appetizing. The head settles to only a thin film after a few minutes (the only detriment), but the lacing is chunky, sticky and consistent.

S - What a fantastic bouquet of hoppy flowers and sweet baking chocolate. Very clean and inviting. Also has notes of sweet molasses, chocolate chip cookies, and sugared prunes. I also detect a hint of clean, new leather, as mentioned in Jredner's review.

T - Begins with a sweet roasted malt taste that is perfectly blended with coffee and chocolate notes. The middle brings forth a dark fruitiness along with notes of... cola? Yes, I think I get a slight cola taste in there. The finish is where the broad spectrum hoppiness is felt in all its glory. The aftertaste is perfectly bittersweet and medium dry. The flavors in this beer are well rounded and well presented.

M - Smooth and creamy, as if you're drinking milk. Carbonation is nice and low, keeping this big flavored beer very mellow in all aspects of mouthfeel. Excellent.

D - For a beer of this stature, I'm quite impressed at its drinkability. This beer is the perfect end of evening sipper.

If any one taste somehow got out of whack, this beer would become a mess. Congratulations to flying dog for pulling off a delicious treat.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2006 04:35:49 | More by EPseja
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Jredner

Florida

4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I went and bought tons of this and every subsequent tasting just confirms the beauty of this beer. That blast of hops in the fore melds so nicely with the huge chocolate/coffee blast that follows. it is such a great sipping beer and I need to get a lot more of it.

This has that new car smell. Literally. Smells like a mix of vinyl and new leather. It’s actually not a bad smell though just unexpected. Beautiful looking. Poured black like a stout rather than dark brown like a true Baltic porter. Wow. This may be the best Flying Dog beer I have ever had. Very coffe tasting on first sip then fading into a mild bittersweet choclate flavor. More an Imperial Stout than a Baltic Porter flavor wise. I really like this. Very good mouthfeel and great sippabilty. Yes it is definitely the Best Flying Dog beer I have had by far.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2006 17:29:58 | More by Jredner
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spoots

Minnesota

4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been looking forward to trying this beer and was delighted to find it reasonably priced at a local store.

A - Flat black pour with a dense, cocoa-colored, two-finger head. "Voluptuous" is the word that immediately comes to mind. Head slowly settles into a thick, whipped batter with substantial lacing.

S - Strong roasted malt tones. Some coffee, a little fresh hay, and loads of chocolate. Lovely, chewy aroma.

T - All of the flavors mentioned above come in wave after wave. Strong espresso aftertaste--delightful.

M - Filmy and dense.

D - Too dense for extended drinking. This might be a perfect beer for AFTER the meal. Definitely want to pair it with some good vanilla ice cream or flourless chocolate cake.

Another 2005/2006 winter gem. I don't doubt that this beer would benefit from some aging. I'm going to cellar a couple of bottles and see how it fares after awhile.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2006 02:48:08 | More by spoots
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Naes

New York

3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This porter pours out black with a tall chocolate colored head. Retention is good, but it provides minimal lacing.
The aroma is sweet and a bit chocolaty.
The flavor is roasty with chocolate and coffee tones.
Mouth feel is full bodied and moderately carbonated.
Although this is a good beer, I must say that I am somewhat disappointed as I do not feel that this beer lives up to all the hype surrounding it.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2006 06:58:28 | More by Naes
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

R.I.P. Hunter S. Thompson Appearance: Dark chocolate ruby practically opaque but manages to let some light through dark tany frothy head slow bubbles gurgling carbonation. Aroma: Heavy on alcohol soaked fruit notes along with dark cocoa and coffee tones evident herbal hops with a creamy edge to it all. Taste: Creamy flowing flavor dark chocolate powder milky tone fruit soaked in alcohol mild bittering hop flavor and dark roasts balance the sweetness of it. Mouthfeel: Creamy texture medium to bigger bodied baltic porter, but definitely lighter than my standard Baltic porter Perkuno's. Drinkability: Not bad at all definitely the best Flying Dog beer I've tried good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2006 18:21:00 | More by WVbeergeek
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tempest

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The easiest way to describe this is that its lighter version of an RIS. Many similar flavors and whatnot, but more drinkable and a little milder.

Pours black with a tan head that wont quit. Smells a touch roasty and sweet behind big coffee/expresso/chocolate flavors. The taste is closest to Middle Ages Dragonslayer, but like I said, turned down one notch. Like the aroma, the flavor is a balanced mix of coffee/expresso/chocolate.

Relatively easy drinking for a 9.5% beer, Not as big on flavors as a RIS, but for a Baltic Porter, this one can hold its own. Ok, let's party.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2006 16:16:02 | More by tempest
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assurbanipaul

Texas

4.7/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep brown with a thin khaki head that disappears quickly. Aroma is a little dry malt, prunes and a trace of alcohol.

Flavors are good porter standards, just a hair stronger: black patent malt, chocolate malt, red grapes, prune juice, a nice pinot noir quality. A dry, dusty sweetness, if that makes any sense. No alcohol in the taste despite its high content, very balanced flavors.

Mouthfeel is medium, a little sticky on the lips but not heavy at all, very drinkable. I like this, one of the most clearly defined porters I've come across. Other than the aroma being off slightly, it's perfect. I could drink a case, I hope they make more.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2006 02:33:06 | More by assurbanipaul
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TheBlackMallard

Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Smuggled back from NY.

Pours black with quite a large head. Smells of figs and sweet, dark fruits. Tastes like acidic coffee, caramel, chocolatte, and slight pine and citrus notes (more roasted barley than black patent, maybe it's just me). Creamy and full mouthfeel. I find it as drinkable as any other porter which probably means trouble.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2006 08:11:35 | More by TheBlackMallard
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pentathlete

Virginia

2.25/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Purply dark chocolate color with a small tan head. Moderately carbonated. Smell is green oily hops, very raw pine odor. A bit too "cleanser" smelling. Taste is rough, raw piney hops again, not very enjoyable. Mouthfeel is ok, the finish is too long for the harsh tastes. I don't find this one very drinkable at all.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2006 02:00:10 | More by pentathlete
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kmcnair

California

4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, looking at ebay... perhaps I should have kept this one sealed... just kidding, this is beer not baseball cards.

Pours a deep brown to black color, quite opaque, and makes a thick dark tan head that resembles the surface of the moon. Head retention and lace are both very exception, I hope this tastes as good as it looks! Aroma is burnt toffee, butterscotch, roasted malts, coffee. Flavor is very good, smoked malt, espresso, rich chocolate milk, tart bitter cocoa finish. The 9.5% ABV is hardly noticable. Medium bodied, thick, creamy carbonation and has a milky chocolate finish that leaves a soft coating on the palate. I am quite impressed with this offering, I have tried a few Flying Dog brews, but this is above and beyond my expectations. Well done, very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2006 07:15:31 | More by kmcnair
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JISurfer

South Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I've not been too impressed with Flying Dog brews before, so I had this one with a little reluctance. I did notice that it had a Hunter S. Thompson reference on the bottle, so that made it neato. On to the beer!

A - Starts out with a super solid/thick head, but soon the head dies out and turns into a thick laceing. After that, there's no evidence of any head what so ever, except for the stickey residue around the glass. Body is so dark, you can't see anything through it.
S - Very bold smell of dark chocolate, some fruity undertones, some faint hops, and an underlying smell of alcohol. Kind of like a warning flag, that you're going to encounter a strong beer.
T - Simply dazzling taste. Alomst syrupy it's so thick. The tastes that were the strongest were the bittersweet chocolate, hops, and alcohol. The good thing though, was that the alcohol wasn't too overbearing and it went well with the other tastes.
D - All in all a great beer that far exceeded my expectations. Easily the best beer from this brewery that I've had to date. Get some!

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2006 05:07:27 | More by JISurfer
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carln26

Missouri

3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark brown with some mild amber highlights and topped by a thick, long-lasting tan head. The nose has a ton of citrus grapefruit, wow from a porter? A little chocolate on the finish. The taste is a nice balance of chocolate malt, and hops. This is really the most hop forward I’ve had since Alpha-Klaus. Nice mixture of milk chocolate, espresso, and the sharp bitterness of the hop bill. The mouth feel is smooth, a little thin and astringent, but this is a very drinkable beer. A good beer, and a great tribute to Hunter S.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2006 21:27:17 | More by carln26
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bditty187

Nebraska

4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first Flying Dog beer of any sorts in years…

Black in hue; it is Darth Vader in a glass. Beige head, at the apex the foam was one finger tall. The bubbles quickly faded to a thin, soapy cap. The darkness of the liquid is beautiful. I was pleased a soapy collar lasted a long while. There was some subsequent lacing; it was spotty but fairly extensive. In general, I really enjoy the appearance of this beer.

The nose is boastful and aggressive. There are huge roasted coffee notes, bits of chocolate as well; I really like the maltiness. Dark fruits are sprinkled throughout, plums and raisins mainly. The alcohol and hops battle for the remainder of the nose. Sadly, I am the loser. I don’t care much for the solvent-alcohol heat aroma. This smell doesn’t blend well with the woody/piney notes from the hops. Thankfully the malt is strong enough to curb this unpleasant aroma. Overall, the nose shows some promise and I think it will taste better then it smells. I like the direction the bouquet is going, I can tell this will not be a middling beer, taste-wise.

The palate is surprisingly dry. Roasted malts dominate the palate. Coffee flavors, semi-sweet chocolate, faint kisses of caramel and vanilla. I am impressed at the depth of the malt. By the middle the fruit emerges, dates, plums, and raisins… very lovely. The alcohol is restrained, heat-wise, but there is a solvent taste I don’t like. Unlike the nose it is not much of a distraction. Piney, citrusy hops at the back. The hops are not thunderous but they are firm enough to balance the finish. Two-thirds of this beer is roasty, dry, and astringent but the last third is juicy and bitter. The aftertaste is long… with coffee, char, cocoa, pine, and wood, fruit (citrus and raisin) all in the mix. This is a very impressive Americanized Baltic Porter. By far this is the best Flying Dog beer I have had.

Medium/medium full in body, the palate deserves more bulk but, as is, the mouthfeel fits this beer fairly well. More heft would have been great. Still, it is filling enough. The low carbonation is relaxing and I am happy to sip and savor.

Wow. I’ve had this beer in my DBF for a few months. I was worried this beer would disappoint me. Flying Dog educes yawns… until now. I applaud this beer, thoroughly. It is plenty arrogant and yet is shows great craftsmanship. I am impressed. What a tasty beer. Needless to say, this is a very drinkable beer. I purchased a four-pack in Fort Collins, CO. Try some if you can, this dog is not a mutt!

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2005 15:54:59 | More by bditty187
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

2.8/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

"No man is so foolish but he may sometimes give another good counsel, and no man so wise that he may not easily err if he takes no other counsel than his own. He that is taught only by himself has a fool for a master."

--Hunter S. Thompson


Vintage '05. Thanks in advance to bditty187 for the last beer that I'll drink in 2005. Lightless obsidian topped by a cascading head of dark golden sandstone. This is the darkest porter that I ever remember pouring and is darker than many stouts. The cap has the consistency of waterlogged sponge, deflates slowly and looks great while doing so. It's also no slacker in the lace department since a moderately thick, periodically pocked sheet covers most of the glassy surface area.

The nose struck me as potentially very good when I first cracked the crown. However, now that I'm focusing on it for real, it's merely above average. I can't quite put my finger on it, but something seems slightly askew. It isn't as mega-malty as I expected (or as it looks). Heavily roasted, espresso-tinged black malt is present, but is far from aggressive. It's met with equal, if not greater force by a green, fresh pine needle-like, sticky hop cone essence that gives me a clue what to expect on the palate.

The flavor is odd and unexpected. The malt side of the equation is reminiscent of saccharine sweetened diet chocolate bars soaked in dark Karo syrup, sour molasses and stale coffee grounds. The pine sappy hoppiness fails to blend in, and, as a result, the flavor profile has a disjointed, muddled quality. It's hard to figure out exactly what's going on. As I continue to sip, it's becoming increasingly obvious that the answer is: not much.

One reason my taste buds are having a hard time getting traction is that the flavor is so flat. By that I mean that it lacks that three dimensional quality that all good beer has, that allows one to delve into its various nooks and crannies and discover all sorts of interesting flavors, layers of flavor and flavor combinations. This one is broad and boldly flavored, but it's also stunningly shallow.

Part of the reason for the above is a curious lack of carbonation. It's curious because there was a normal release of gas on bottle opening and tremendous head formation on the pour. In the actual drinking, though, the near total lack of leavening hurts both the flavor and the mouthfeel. The mouthfeel is full and slighty slick, but feels too inert to be pleasurable.

Hunter S. Thompson defined gonzo as 'with total committment, total concentration and a mad sort of panache'. After hearing the buzz about Gonzo Imperial Porter, I thought Flying Dog had done those words justice by brewing a beer that is a fitting tribute to the larger than life character who wrote them. I was wrong.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2005 01:16:06 | More by BuckeyeNation
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czechsaaz

Washington

4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Giant roasty aroma. Lots of complex yeast esters too, dried fruit, caramel, chocolate and smoke.

Black colored with a tan head that starts big and fades quickly but leaves a small ring of lace around the edge throughout the glass.

Great roast malt flavor. The bitter/smokey roast flavor lingers for a long time in the aftertaste. Fairly bitter but It's hard to say if that hop bitter or the effects of so much dark malt. Deep ripe fruit esters from the yeast too.

Big bodied with nice light carbonation. Too big to be a baltic porter but body is too light for an Imp.Stout so Imperial Porter is a good description.

Definitely a sipper. This is an end of the night or lingering over one type of beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-22-2005 18:12:24 | More by czechsaaz
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danielocean03

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a four pack of the Gonzo Imperial Porter on a tip from a friend at work, and I must say this is one of my absolute favorite beers all-around, and would surely do Hunter S. Thompson proud. I don't see much room for improvement in this articular brew. This porter pours a deep, rich brown, the captivating chocolate-espresso malt aroma filling the nostrils immediately. Although one of the thickest beers I've had the pleasure of sampling, this beer has an exquisitely complex taste. Starts hoppy and chocolaty rounds out with a bitter espresso combined with the now more noticable hints of the alcohol, and finishes with a appreciatively bitter aftertaste. Excellent mouthfeel, incredibly smooth and creamy on the tongue. If dark beers are your fancy, try this beer, you'll love it.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2005 00:33:32 | More by danielocean03
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SaCkErZ9

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass with a little bulge at the top of the glass. An opaque beer resembling and imperial stout escapes the bottle, leaving a very nice, one full finger, creamy, light mocha colored head.

Lots of citrusy and piney hops in the aroma. Also some chocolate malt in the aroma. A very balanced aroma that is very pleasing to the nose. Notes of coffee as well.

At first, coffee is tasted, followed by some hop bitterness. The hops are citrusy in flavor. Also, a sort of oatmeal, bready sweetness is present. This is a different tasting and interesting beer. My taste buds are alive with anticipation. Now I detect some chocolate in the very last seconds of the sampling. Taste keeps evolving. I never even notice the 9.5 abv. So smooth and balanced.

A very smooth mouthfeel. A nice bitterness is there and teh sweetness is there to balance the beer out. This is a great beer. I was pleasantly surprised by this offering.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2005 03:40:57 | More by SaCkErZ9
Gonzo Imperial Porter from Flying Dog Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 2,424 ratings.