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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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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

687 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 687
Reviews: 323
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.9%
Wants: 152
Gots: 116 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: DogFood11 on 04-14-2007

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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

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Barrel Aged Gonzo Imperial Porter from Flying Dog Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 687 ratings.