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Barrel Aged Gonzo Imperial Porter - Flying Dog Brewery

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Barrel Aged Gonzo Imperial PorterBarrel Aged Gonzo Imperial Porter

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

624 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 624
Reviews: 319
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.36%
Wants: 137
Gots: 112 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: DogFood11 on 04-14-2007)
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Reviews by TKempe:
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TKempe

Netherlands

3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This one is pitch black all the way through, with a big brown head on top and little lace.

The nose is incredibly rich, full of cherry-like fruity smells, hoppy notes (noble style, but also somewhat oily and citric) and a good dose of chocolatey and coffee-like roasted malt. Only a little oak charatcer and a gentle whiff of vanilla.

The taste is very powerfull and starts of sweet. It then gets roasted/bitter, salty and much drier, with enough room for the hops. In the meantime, alcohol is burning in the stomach. When the finish settles, lots of woody oak character starts to appear alongside enjoyable roasty flavors. This whisky-like quality produces more overall complexity, but it also puts the beer in danger of becoming overly astringent (which in my opinion is what happens).

A thick and oily mouthfeel, heavy-bodied with surprisingly strong carbonation. Lips are sticky.

I have never tried the original Gonzo, but I am guessing this porter is better off without the barrel-aging. It would also benefit from toning down the alcohol level considerably.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2009 21:57:44 | More by TKempe
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Head small (<1 cm), light brown, rocky, mostly lasting
Lacing good – many small islands and reefs with small bubbles
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Barrel Aged Gonzo Imperial Porter from Flying Dog Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 624 ratings.