Barrel Aged Gonzo Imperial Porter - Flying Dog Brewery
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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
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