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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

644 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 644
Reviews: 321
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 139
Gots: 112 | FT: 6
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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Photo of beersands
1.85/5  rDev -55.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Paid $38 for a 12oz-ish sized bottle at Queens Head in Stockholm, Sweden. Smelled like madeira/port, very similar smell to Utopias but a little less smooth. Poured very dark, but it had absolutely no carbonation and no head. Not a single bubble. I wonder if the bottle had maybe been previously opened and then resealed when the purchaser found out it was so expensive because the other reviewers claim there is normally carbonation. I invited 7 differen people to sample it, to make sure I wasn't crazy. NOBODY could drink this. it was like a ruined glass of port-type wine. DISGUSTING.

beersands, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of Bighuge
2.3/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Thick black body. Mousse like dark brown head. Thick and rocky. Moderate amounts of patchy lace are left behind as I drink.

Aroma: Dark chocolates, anise oil and roasted malts.

Flavor: Bitter roastd malt tones with black licorice and a little char thrown in for good measure. I like that part of the equation. But there's also a husky astringency and tannic bite to this beer that makes is somewhat unpleasant. Alcohol is also quite evident.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Light to light-medium in body. Too light IMHO. Airy and gaseous as well. Not a good feel to this beer. Too much carbonation. Not velvety or creamy or lush. Gaseous beers bother me and this is just that. The sum of all the parts to this beer does not equal a good beer. The astingency/tannic/alcoholic character mixed with a disagreeable mouthfeel makes for a disappointing experience.

This makes me appreciate all the more what works of art the barrel aged beers from the Town Hall really are.

Bighuge, Oct 31, 2007
Photo of jsanford
2.75/5  rDev -33.6%

jsanford, Apr 26, 2013
Photo of ThatsThatDude
2.75/5  rDev -33.6%

ThatsThatDude, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of PhxHorn
2.78/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Got this one at Sun Devil in Mesa, AZ. Pours a dark brown, but with no head. Completely flat. Tasted of bourbon and coffee and some chocolate, but I could hardly take more than a few sips before tossing this one. The regular Gonzo Porter is great stuff, but this ain't happenin' at all.

PhxHorn, Feb 24, 2010
Photo of Jmamay22
2.88/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: With a pop and a pour an extremely creamy looking coffee head develops atop a pitch black brew. The head refuses to disappear. Some sticky lacing.

S: The huge head pushes up a roasted almost burnt smell of malt and coffee with a possible hint of chocolate. Hops make themselves well known as well.

T: Hops jump out at you and then finishes with burnt malts and alcohol. Some chocolate creeps in, but the taste never really develops into something great.

M/D: Overly carbonated, but unfortunately the mouthfeel is too thin. I expected a smoother feel with the introduction of barrel aging 25% of it, but it doesn't really come through.

The beer looks great, but it seems as if it could do so much more. Porters aren't my top style, but this disappoints, escpecially at such a high price. I've never had the regular Gonzo, but this might put me off of it. I expected better.

Jmamay22, Jul 02, 2007
Photo of FtownThrowDown
2.9/5  rDev -30%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark brown with a respectable frothy head. Smell is of a roasty bourbon. The taste is huge. A very good underlying porter with a large amount of bourbon flavoring. The mouthfeel is big and creamy. However, there was way too much carbonation for my liking. The same comment was made by all, and that was, this is good, but doesn’t compare to Founders KBS. Still a very good beer, but not as complex or as good as several others.

FtownThrowDown, May 04, 2007
Photo of ppoitras
2.95/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

750ml bottle purchased at Julio's, Westboro, MA. Corked and caged.

Poured in a heavy glass chalice, formed a 3" dark brown head over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head slowly fades, leaving tons of rocky lace in its wake. Aroma is dark maltiness with lots of bourbon and alcohol, all of which has its corners rounded a bit by the vanilla. Taste is a peek of dark sweetness, which is quickly tempered by slightly sour fruitiness. Vanilla comes next, with lastin bourbon and alcohol at the close. Mouthfeel is way thin, and drinkability is just not that great for me. For $19/btl, I expect more.

ppoitras, Dec 11, 2007
Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.98/5  rDev -28%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Thanks to bum732 for sending me this one!

The cork on this bottle did not pop or make any noise for that matter. Not a good sign.

Pours a pitch black color with absolutely zero head and zero lacing. Smells of roasted coffee, toasted coconut, vanilla, wood, and some bourbon notes. Taste is exactly like the nose but the coffee taste is subdued and there are some soy sauce flavors. Slight alcohol taste and burn in the back of the throat after each sip. Ok, this beer has ZERO carbonation. It is super flat, super thick, and a chore to even take a swallow. Horrible, horrible feel. Overall, this beer is obviously off in the carbonation department. I am not sure what happened here since the other reviews I am reading don't have this issue. I bet this would be pretty awesome if the carbonation and mouthfeel issues were normal.

UCLABrewN84, Jun 03, 2011
Photo of ohiobeer29
3/5  rDev -27.5%

ohiobeer29, Apr 28, 2014
Photo of sneth019
3/5  rDev -27.5%

sneth019, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of MVP09
3/5  rDev -27.5%

MVP09, Nov 12, 2013
Photo of nkeckhar
3/5  rDev -27.5%

nkeckhar, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of EB1
3/5  rDev -27.5%

EB1, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -27.5%

ejimhof, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.03/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Many thanks to John for this birthday treat. Aged in my cellar for about 5 months before consumption.

Appearance: Nearly black-brown body with cherry hues and a brown head.

Aroma: Dark chocolate, some boozy woody notes, a decent amount of piney hops, and pinches of vanilla and rum.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Boozy. Astringent. Thick. Well, strike that, aggressively carbonated. Needs more time to mellow but still offers some booze soaked chocolate covered cherry sort of notes and some whiskey flavor that I don’t mind too much. Molasses and charcoal. Lacks cohesiveness.

Drinkability: Low. I couldn’t finish more than a half bottle by myself if I tried. With time, I think this would improve a bit.

DaPeculierDane, Jan 08, 2008
Photo of sweemzander
3.13/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Vintage 2011. Thank to Chris for sharing!

(A)- Pours a thick pitch black color. Produced some brown froth that dissipated quickly.

(S)- Loads of rich coca and molasses/raisin with bits of bourbon soaked oak. Simple, but rich and very inviting.

(T)- Surprisingly kinda thin; not as rich as the smell or chocolatey, but definitely carries a predominately oaky whiskey flavor. . not much detected in regards to the style; obviously barrel aged since it has taken over the entire beer.

(M)- A mellow carbonation level. A bit thin and slick with the predominate almost salty whiskey flavor. Very straightforward.

(D)- Not bad, but kind of a disappointment. Started out solid, but the taste and feel quickly told me otherwise. I am glad to have tried it, but there are better beers out there. Maybe this needs time.

sweemzander, Jul 29, 2011
Photo of zimm421
3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

zimm421, Aug 23, 2014
Photo of Wetpaperbag
3.25/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Well this poured out pretty flat. No head at all and well flat. The beer itself is very dark brown with a dark read hue.

S- Smells great, bourbon, butter, cherry, figs, and vanilla. Pretty complex.

T- The taste itself is very flat so the flavors take a long time to develop. A lot of smells show up in the taste. It is complex, but not very long lasting. The lack of carbonation really kills this beer.

M- Meh, the lack of C02 just doesn't allow this medium to thick body beer to really shine.

D- Same statement as mouthfeel.

Wetpaperbag, Mar 22, 2011
Photo of jethrodium
3.25/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pours a dark brown with a one finger head that has good retention and good lacing. Aroma is huge vanilla and bourbon with a bit of alcohol and not much else. The taste is sweet with vanilla and bourbon with hints of dark chocolate and light coffee. More vanilla on the finish. Medium body. Medium carbonation. Definitely on the sweet side. A very one dimensional beer. I got pretty much all barrel from it and not much else. I prefer the regular gonzo to this.

jethrodium, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of mps
3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

mps, Feb 21, 2014
Photo of BeerBelcher
3.25/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Strange, I didn't really find that the barrel-aging greatly enhanced this beer. While my sampling of the non-aged Gonzo was some time ago, I recall preferring the non-barrel aged version. Nonetheless, this beer was quite rich and good.

Beer poured black with a pretty rich head which lingered and offered good lacing. Roasty aroma with some chocolate but also some off-notes that seemed to me to be cardboard-y and oxidized. Flavor was more rich roastiness (and was good!)t, but also had some oxidized and papery character. Mouthfeel was as expected.

I would recommend this beer, but was hardly blown-away by it. I had this on-tap at Roman's Pub in Milwaukee.

BeerBelcher, May 01, 2008
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3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

djre4orm, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of JohnQVegas
3.25/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle into Bruery tulip. Another pick-up from Bruisin' Ales in Asheville.

Pours pitch black from top to bottom. Thinnish light-brown head quickly fades to nothing. Decent legs, and a bit of short-lived lacing.

Nose is very nice - bourbon comes through clearly with notes of oak and coconut, bit of vanilla; booziness is quite reserved, with the alcohol taking on a light, spicy character. A barely discernible earthy hop character in there as well, as well as some dry, sharply roasted malt and a bit of chocolate as the beer warms.

Taste is an about face from the nose - dry up front, roasty, with an overly aggressive bourbon character that really dominates the landscape. That said, there are some nice notes in there - big, bold oaky coconut, vanilla and an almost minty character that's quite pleasant, light roastiness, and a light, dry hop bitterness sticking its head out towards the finish. Still, very much a one-note pony, and that one note isn't done particularly well at all. Taking an already fairly dry beer and throwing in a ton of bourbon doesn't create what I would call a balanced, nuanced beer.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, slick, slightly sharp in the carbonation department. Mouthfeel lacks the creaminess I always hope for in big stouts and porters like this, and the bourbon actually thins out the body just a hair.

Drinkability is fairly meh. Not a bad beer, but not again, fairly one-note and that note is really driven into the ground. The lack of supporting sweetness or richness from the base beer doesn't help either.

JohnQVegas, Nov 16, 2010
Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.28/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: This beer pours black, pitch black with a large rich brown head that stays for quite some time before it dissipates leaving great lacings.

S: Complex smell with heavy roasted malt with some sweetness. Oak and vanilla together with dark dried fruit and faint coconut.

T: Not as well balanced as the smell. Heavy roasted malt togheter with lots of oaky vanilla and some coconut.

M: The aftertaste is mostly sweet but also holds some bitterness. The body is full and the carbonation is light.

D: A bit to unbalanced for my taste. It gets a perfumy feeling. But it's a very full beer.

Evil_Pidde, Oct 23, 2009
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Barrel Aged Gonzo Imperial Porter from Flying Dog Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 644 ratings.