Barrel Aged Gonzo Imperial Porter - Flying Dog Brewery
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Reviews by littleshamrocks:
4.35/5 rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
First pour from a growler. Served in a snifter.
Pours nearly an opaque very dark brown with about one finger of tan head. Head settles quickly, leaving traces of lacing. The aroma is of roasted malts, dark fruity esters (raisin, plums, and overripe cherries), with notes of smoke, wood, nuts, alcohol, and licorice as well. Very complex. Flavor is rich, malty, and sweet up front, followed by some dark fruit and wood in the middle, and finishes with roasted malts and hints of black licorice at the end. Mouthfeel is full bodied with a moderately heavy, oily texture and considerable carbonation. Finishes with a light alcohol warming, but for the most part pretty clean.
What a treat. I love a good, complex, strong, robust porter and this hits the mark across the board. The aromas and flavors are multi-layered and all work very well together. Although the alcohol does not overpower or even get in the way of any of the beer's character, I can tell after this first glass that I could be in for a heady night. Great brew to sip during a cold winter's weekend.
Serving type: growler
01-12-2008 22:47:10 | More by littleshamrocks
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3.86/5 rDev -7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Undated bottle at 45 degrees into imperial pint glass
Aroma of roasted malt, oak
Head small (<1 cm), light brown, rocky, mostly lasting
Lacing good – many small islands and reefs with small bubbles
Body dark brown, opaque
Flavor begins with a light sweetness with vanillin and tannin coming through, as well as roasted malt.
No alcohol, no hops, no diacetyl.
Palate medium to full, creamy, soft carbonation.
Overall, a pleasant experience. This is better than the already great Gonzo IP – barrel aging seems to improve most beers.
Serving type: bottle
07-08-2014 12:50:02 | More by Ozzylizard
4.19/5 rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
355ml 2011 bottle poured into tulip 4/7/14, cheers schnarr84 for the bottle
A nearing black, deep cola edge, large foam makes lots of noise as it fizzes out in seconds, perhaps a dirty glass, leaves some color behind after a swirl
S chocolate syrup, charred oak, vanilla, licorice, some booze, bourbon and rye, sour plums and sugar coated raisins
T just a hint of coffee and sour cherry to go with what I smell, lots of barrel considering it only spent 3 months aging on wood, no complaints
M not as thick as the color would indicate, some carbonation, some tannins, a little heat, sticky on the lips, charred wood and whiskey on the finish
O dark roast works well with the barrel, a little sour dark fruit plays a part, a little booze popping up here and there but it suits the beer
I'm a big fan of HST and Ralph Steadman and I kinda just wanted the label for my collection, the fact that the beers great was just an added bonus
Serving type: bottle
07-05-2014 03:01:08 | More by wordemupg
Barrel Aged Gonzo Imperial Porter from Flying Dog Brewery
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