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Barrel Aged Gonzo Imperial Porter - Flying Dog Brewery

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Barrel Aged Gonzo Imperial Porter
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668 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 668
Reviews: 321
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 144
Gots: 116 | 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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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Futhark21, Sep 29, 2014
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4.3/5  rDev +3.9%

spw109, Sep 24, 2014
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3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a wine glass. 2011 vintage, methinks.

Appearance: Pours a nearly pitch black color. The head, unsurprisingly, is over two fingers high and tan in shade. Retention is quite good, but perhaps not amazing. A large amount of lacing is left on the glass. (4)

Smell: Whoa. This is REALLY bringing both the whiskey and the oak barrel. It's also as vanilla-laden as any bourbon barrel aged imperial stout I've encountered. A subtle remnant of this beer's powerful hoppiness still remains, hiding behind lesser notes of chocolate, sherry, and dark fruits. No doubts here, this has the perfect amount of age on it - ergo, it smells as enchantingly decadent as the best in the field. (4.5)

Taste: It's not really surprising given its relative age, but the main flavor is big on sherry-soaked dark fruits. Still, a subtle whiskey flavor is the first note to hit the palate. A mild hoppy kiss enters the midtaste, while it finishes with some chocolaty roast. Lot of stuff going on here. Maybe the dark fruits are too intense, but this is a very good barrel-aged beer otherwise. (3.75)

Mouthfeel: Slightly thin, but with a mouthfeel similar to liquid velvet. The lightness means it's pretty drinkable (despite the lingering sweet aftertaste), but about 10% more body would make it feel positively orgasmic. Still, with the gentlest warming sensation going down the esophagus, it has a wonderful feel regardless. (4)

Overall: There are a few niggles that keep it from properly challenging the barrel-aged elite (BCBS, this year's Parabola) - and one of those might be the fact it has TOO much age on it. Given the relative oxidation this brew shows, I could imagine a 2012 vintage right now would be absolutely phenomenal. Still, it's drinking very well right now. (4)

3.99/5: Does everything a proper barrel-aged beer should accomplish

ThisWangsChung, Sep 20, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

killcore, Sep 20, 2014
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3/5  rDev -27.5%

EB1, Sep 14, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

King_KongDCO93, Sep 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Vintage 11AA, whatever that means.

Appearance - Black body. Medium khaki head. Thin collar.

Smell - Sharp spicy oak. Bourbon. Booze. Some chocolate and molasses.

Taste - The oak is just as strong. Seasoned wood flavor. Bourbon dominates the flavor of the beer. Sweet chocolate once the tingle of bourbon dies off. A little bit of a tart twang from the wood. Cola-like flavor. Roasty and sweet finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Very boozy. Medium carbonation.

Overall - It's intense on the barrel, which in some ways is good, because bourbon tastes great. But it also makes this a little rough to drink.

Alieniloquium, Sep 08, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

osuskin, Sep 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Unchi, Sep 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

masterofsparks, Aug 31, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Mack, Aug 25, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

zimm421, Aug 23, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

-NESTO-, Aug 20, 2014
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4.01/5  rDev -3.1%

th3d1ck, Aug 12, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

GRG1313, Aug 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

zestar, Aug 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

IPAchris, Jul 31, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

oldvines, Jul 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

AlvinLin, Jul 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

HRamz3, Jul 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

megamass, Jul 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

bleedsblu, Jul 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Rihup, Jul 11, 2014
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3.86/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Ozzylizard, Jul 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

tclipse, Jul 08, 2014
Barrel Aged Gonzo Imperial Porter from Flying Dog Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 668 ratings.