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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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622 Ratings

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Ratings: 622
Reviews: 319
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.36%
Wants: 136
Gots: 111 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
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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 -3.6%

01-25-2012 21:54:12 | More by KAF
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3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Blind Beer #1 from DougoftheFuture in Round 6 of the Blind Beer BIF.

Shared w/ Desaparecido on a enjoyable Sunday evening. 12oz bottle split into two tulips. The initial nose after popping the cap is very malt forward with some alcohol intensity, leaning towards imperial stout at this point. After decanting into our glasses we got notes of bourbon, maple, and caramel.

Desaparecido immediately tried to guess the beer, a trend that will continue through a few future reviews. His guess was Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Stout.

Appearance was dark black with a ring of tan head around the edge of the glass. Taste wise the beer was fairly alcohol forward when cold, but mellowed slightly as it warmed. The body is not as strong or robust as the aroma would lead me to belive, at this point I started leaning towards the beer being a barrel aged porter.

The reveal: Flying Dog Wild Dog Barrel Aged Gonzo Imperial Porter. A solid beer and great way to start the BIF.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2012 15:41:08 | More by neorunner
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4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Pizza Port, Ocean Beach in San Diego.

Beer pours a nice dark, rich brown color.

Beer smells very strongly of bourbon with a strong vanilla undercurrent.

The tastes starts off with a sweetness of vanilla, followed by some chocolate and roasty flavor, followed up with a pretty good booze burn at the end.

Beer was thick and pleasant to slow sip.

Nice barrel aged beer to have on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

01-23-2012 12:38:21 | More by Merkur
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Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml Bottle - thanks to pushkinwow

Appearance - Black/brown colour with an average size dark beige coloured head. I can't see much carbonation due the darkness of the beer and there is some fairly good lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for only a few minutes before is dissipated.

Smell - Chocolate, malts, raisins/currants, malts

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste chocolate mixed with malts and some bitter coffee. There is also a bit of a dark fruit flavour mixed with a touch of wood. It ends with a sweet slightly fruity aftertaste.

Overall – I didn't pick up on the barrel aging as much as I thought I would.. but it does have the dark fruit flavour that I've come to expect with baltic porters. The alcohol was well hidden and it went down smooth.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 17:05:51 | More by spinrsx
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

01-20-2012 08:22:36 | More by Harkrank
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District of Columbia

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

01-18-2012 04:07:06 | More by jacewg
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

01-17-2012 06:43:39 | More by nickfl
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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

01-16-2012 06:44:01 | More by ygtbsm94
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

01-15-2012 23:51:54 | More by Brickwall316
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

01-15-2012 01:59:07 | More by NickyDee21
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5/5  rDev +20.5%

01-13-2012 16:18:48 | More by aprilianewman
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New Mexico

4/5  rDev -3.6%

01-13-2012 03:11:06 | More by amcmaho1
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

01-08-2012 19:07:48 | More by imperialking
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5/5  rDev +20.5%

01-06-2012 05:05:35 | More by bespin15
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4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a large snifter. Jet black with no highlights. A very small, less than a finger of tan or cocoa colored head. Lace is minimal.

Smell is wonderful. Bourbon and vanilla has overtaken my senses. Charred wood and smoke. Dark roasted coffee and dark chocolate. Some tart fruit and a big dose of alcohol.

Taste is almost as great as the smell. I think the smell was more along the lines of a BB aged stout and this reminds me more of an Imperial Porter. The same flavor profile is there. Dark roasted malts, vanilla, wood and coffee. The tart fruit is much more prominent in the taste. Cherries and some molasses sweet. Nice!!

Mouth is silky and carbonation is creamy. Body is balanced to full with a long and wet finish.

Overall I think this was fantastic beer. The taste and feel were spot on for the style but with the smell being so big and stout like I think I was over expecting on this one. Great though and a must try.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 10:29:41 | More by azdback
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

01-01-2012 18:03:59 | More by benpopper
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5/5  rDev +20.5%

12-31-2011 01:10:21 | More by christopheraknox
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New York

5/5  rDev +20.5%

12-30-2011 01:52:19 | More by Mikeyboxx
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

12-29-2011 22:19:16 | More by JAHMUR
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District of Columbia

5/5  rDev +20.5%

12-25-2011 20:12:56 | More by pmarlowe
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4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, I started this whole thing with Flying Dog Gonzo as review #1 so I think it's cool to be able to do Wild Dog Barrel Aged Gonzo as #101. This is apparently 2010 vintage, 12oz bottle. Thank you very much ama for these!

Poured into a snifter, the head that rises is a nice dark tan color, foamy, and a bit less than a finger high. Fades rather quickly, but I'd expect that with the barrel aging and high ABV. Leaves a bit of a ring. Lacing is low. Color of the beer is a dark black with some highlights of brown.

The aroma is very nice with a pretty strong showing of bourbon and wood up front. Behind that are some layers of vanilla, a decent amount of toasted coconut, plenty of milk chocolate, roasted malts, espresso, and notes of dark pitted fruits or dark cherries.

The taste is nice, but a little more subdued than I thought I would get from the nose. All the same players are here, though - Bourbon and oaky spice, vanilla, coconut, milk chocolate, espresso, and nice roasted malts, all with a hint of those dark fruits again.

The consistency is a thinly silky smooth, the carbonation is medium (maybe even closer to the low side), the body is medium, and the finish is actually pretty light and fades after a short while (but I wouldn't say it's quick).

Overall this is a pretty darn good barrel aged beer. Definitely one worth trying and definitely a decent candidate for cellaring. If I could get more of this beer, I'd drink it quite a bit more cause, well, it's one of those kinds of beers. One that I'm not completely BLOWN away by, but one that I do quite enjoy and could easily find myself drinking on a weekly basis.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2011 06:23:45 | More by matttttYCE
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -3.6%

12-13-2011 21:54:21 | More by djrn2
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5/5  rDev +20.5%

12-13-2011 06:34:15 | More by leprakhan
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5/5  rDev +20.5%

12-12-2011 03:18:47 | More by Shango42


5/5  rDev +20.5%

12-10-2011 17:07:09 | More by ROBSTARR
Barrel Aged Gonzo Imperial Porter from Flying Dog Brewery
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