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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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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine June 2007.

What happens when you age Gonzo Imperial Porter for three months in Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey barrels? This beer.

To call this "opaque black" would be an understat- ment. Its crown is a massive foam head that rises three to four fingers in height and takes an eternity to settle; but as it does, traces are left behind. Aroma is roasty, with layers of wood, chocolate, burnt raisin, vanilla and an oaky sourness. "Smooth" would be an understatement, too--this beer is silky and fluffy on the palate, but what lies beneath is not: an acrid roastiness that sharpens the deeper you quaff. Flavors or coffee, brownie, wood, juicy ripened raisins and earth also come into play. Nice back note of caramel, too. Oak flavors blend with the roasted characters, exaggerating the sharpness a bit more and giving it a raw and green twang. Notes of whiskey only become detectable as the beer warms, residing for the most part within the retro-olfaction alcoholic fumes and the lingering semi-boozy and spicy finish.

Personally, the fact that the whiskey is subtle is nice, but Wild Dog seems to be a bit over-carbonated--which tends to lift and displace many of the beer's po- tential nuances off the palate. Overall, though, this is a tasty treat from the wood meant for a snifter at room temperature, which is when this beer really opens up.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2010 18:41:48 | More by BeerAdvocate
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Barrel Aged Gonzo Imperial Porter from Flying Dog Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 624 ratings.