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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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Ratings: 687
Reviews: 323
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.9%
Wants: 152
Gots: 116 | FT: 6
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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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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of charlzm
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The bottle is labeled "BAG Barrel-Aged Gonzo Imperial Porter" and the artwork does not match any of the variations listed here on BA. Huh.

Poured into a Bruery tulip, the liquid is just one shade of brown lighter than black. Opaque . A two-finger dark tan head forms during the pour and settles down soon into a think skin and a slightly sticky crown. Some sheeting.

Aroma is all bourbon. Well, there might be a hint of vanilla and chocolate.

Flavor is salty bourbon with a chocolate malt base. Not especially bitter, but what there is reminds me of coffee. Again, tiny hints of vanilla and chocolate. Not very complex, disappointingly.

Mouthfeel is a little smooth and a little creamy but thinner than anticipated.

This is a step up from the standard Gonzo, to be sure, but only a small one. Not the complex bourbon bomb I was expecting.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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5/5  rDev +20.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of crnipeter
3.77/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Although labeled as Flying Dog Barrel-Aged Gonzo Imperial Porter I'm reviewing it here, assuming it is an alias.

Pours opaque dark brown with deep tan finger-thick head that sets to stable collar.

Dominant ester-aroma of cherries, plums and prunes mingles with obvious bourbon and darker malt reminiscent of unrefined sugar, chocolate and roast.

The flavor starts sweet with loads of dark fruits,however, the mandatory Schwarzbier-like roastiness quickly shows up persisting through the finish with notes of coffee. Malt foundation exhibits molasse-quality and coats the lips with sticky film. Bourbon barrel is evident providing significant alcohol warmth. Aftertaste is mild roast while hops are virtually non-existent. Seems that barrel aging has taken away lots of hop-character the beer might once possessed.

Body is medium with fine perhaps a bit understated carbonation.

In short, a Baltic Porter with pronounced dark-fruit and bourbon character (330 ml,Best Before reads (in that order) 17.11.13, into tulip).

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of mdaschaf
3.41/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at PPP, review from notes.

A: The beer is dark brown with a small mocha colored head on top that reduces to a thin cap on top. Some sheets of lacing.

S: A good bit of roasted malt with a bunch of alcohol. A lot of the nice aromas that exist with the base beer were covered up by the barrel.

T: Some dark stone fruit, roasted malt, and again a bunch of alcohol. It is a little on the sweet side as well.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Definite alcohol presence.

O: Had high hopes for this one, I like the base beer very much, but this one was too boozy for me.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of AgentMunky
3.7/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet. A sticker on the bottom 019 13. Consumed along side a regular Gonzo, vintage 11KK.

A: Two fingers of tannish head erupts and has decent retention. Thick and tight. The beer is a shade away from black.

S: Boozy. Yeah, maybe it's only 9.5% but it smells much stronger. Berries, booze, and a touch of chocolate. Smells like a cupcake.

T: Hrm. Interesting. A bit thin -- but so is the original -- with an odd fruity bitterness. No follow-through. The lack of a substantial maintaste severely hampers the quality of the beer. A round, robust sweetness pervades the body and is presumably a product of the barrel aging.

M: Smooth and dull.

O: It improves as it warms, gaining spicy oakiness and other subtly enhanced qualities. I probably wouldn't recommend it or purchase it, but I'd recommend a few sips and I'd pick it up if it happened to be the same price per volume as standard Gonzo.

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to shadesofgray for a pair of these guys, and for completely squashing me in the bif.

2010 poured into a bruery tulip. Had side by side with the regular version.

A- looks awesome! This guy is very dark and the thin head and look give a good sign the barrel left its mark. Very different than the regular which had a huge head. Reminds me a lot ccb's milk porter, makes me wonder if they used stranahan barrels here too.

S- this is where this beer really shines! Huge chocolate and awesome whiskey upfront. Great sweetness and vanilla. A little bit of the base comes thru near the back.

T- The whiskey and chocolate are there but not over bearing. The base robust porter really shines thru tho and it's very nice. Alcohol non existent.

M- smooth and velvety. Not harsh at all. Either this was done right or the two years in the cellar did its job.

O- awesome beer! A real different beer than the base. I like them both for different reasons. If I had this guy available to me I'd be buying a lot of it! It's not in the same realm as kbs and ba ptf. But as far as ba porters go this guy is top of it's game.

Also I know people knock them for it but I love the presentation of these guys, the ba and regular version, but I am a big hunter thompson fan

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

355 ML poured into a Lost Abbey snifter
Thanks to Lukie for the bottle
4/22/12 BB

A-- Pours a dark cola color and settled jet black in the glass. Half finger of dark mocha colored head that fades to a decent ringed collar and a bit of film. Decent retention on swirling. Just a few bits of spotty lacing on the sides and some ABV legs. Attractive enough.

S-- Good notes of Oak and bourbon followed by a good amount of dark, stewed fruits. Quite earthy oak and bourbon. Well integrated. Barrel notes pick up more as the beer gets air.

T-- Earthy bourbon and oak followed by milk chocolate, caramel and vanilla. Still carries bits of heat from the ABV and bourbon is quite obvious.

M-- Rich and luscious in the front but smooths out to a bit of a astringent bourbon in the back that is quite dry and very ovious. Dairy milk mixed with bourbon is what I thought. Still carries a lot of punch for it's age.

O-- Nicely done beer. Not too over the top and still has some qualities of the base beer. Better BA beers out there but can not complain with this at all.

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3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the brewery after my tour. Awesome group of guys there and the beer was better than I had anticipated as I had only had their standard beers we get in Florida. This time I got to try the local release stuff.

A: interesting look to this one. It poured with no head but as it sat a single finger tan head slowly formed.

S: pretty much all whiskey here. some tangy dark fruit notes and roasted malts.

T: mostly bourbon/whiskey. some roasted malts. the base beer seems to contribute little.

M: full body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: the base beer is definitly lost but that being said the whiskey isnt overpowering. overall a nice brew.

Barrel Aged Gonzo Imperial Porter from Flying Dog Brewery
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