Barrel Aged Gonzo Imperial Porter - Flying Dog Brewery
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4.43/5 rDev +7%
2011 refrigerated bottle. Poured into a MacAndrew's thistle glass. Pours a very dark, nearly opaque red brown. One finger fine, light tan head with good retention and lacing. Delicious aroma of roasted malt and whisky, some dark fruit. Flavor is roasted malt, oak, dark dried fruit, middle turns a bit vinous and dry. Finishes with complex light oaky wine, dark malt, oak, hint of cherries and a slight hop kick. Medium bodied with some creaminess. This is a nice complex baltic porter with an interesting flavor progression. I'm very sorry that Flying Dog no longer distributes to Washington state.
03-23-2012 04:17:07 | More by LiquidAmber
4/5 rDev -3.4%
Served on tap at Mugs Alehouse in Brooklyn, NY
A: Pours jet black in color with a finger tall tan head. The head reduces to a thin layer over the entire surface of the beer with a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant lacing is observed.
S: Lots of sweetness, dark fruit, and a slight vinous/vinegar like tartness.
T: Starts off with some sweet dark roasted malts, then dark fruit, followed by the vinous/vinegar like tartness, and the finish is lingering bitterness.
M: Medium bodied with light amounts of carbonation.
O: Exactly what you expect in the flavor and aroma of a baltic porter. Very enjoyable but too intense to be an easy drinker. Very much a sipping beer.
03-12-2012 02:52:19 | More by dbrauneis
3.95/5 rDev -4.6%
I believe this is a 2010 vintage but I don't see anything on the bottle to confirm that. Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Portsmouth tulip. It poured black in color with a thin, frothy, tan colored head to it.
The aroma shows a good amount of the oak wood and vanilla flavors to it, but the bourbon is pretty modest. I get some of the chocolaty notes notes of Gonzo coming through. Pretty nice aroma overall.
The taste also has a good amount of the woody barrel character to it throughout. The chocolaty, Gonzo flavors are complimented pretty well with the oak and some vanilla. Again, the bourbon is pretty reserved in it though.
The mouthfeel is a little light for the style with carbonation being high. Overall it was a good beer but I don't think it comes together well enough to compete with the best of the style.
03-04-2012 02:41:50 | More by billab914
4/5 rDev -3.4%
A - Pours a dark cola brown with a tinge of glowing burnt sienna. Thin mocha head dissolves into nothing but a ring around the glass with minimal lacing.
S - Sweet, boozy goodness. The whiskey and a little of the wood really come through at the forefront. Some milk chocolate and toffee step forward once the alcohol is done burning crop circles in my nostril hairs.
T - A 50/50 blend of whiskey and coffee is the first flavor to hit, followed by brown sugar and molasses on the mid-palate. The whiskey/coffee combo punch hold their ground through almost to the end, where a somewhat watery finish showcases a little more roasty coffee bitterness and peppery bite of hops.
M - Lighter than I expected for a barrel-aged porter, and dare I say lighter than even its own base beer, Gonzo. Doesn't really coat the mouth in any noticeable way and the watery finish is a downer. The carbonation seems low but with the unexectedly thin body it actually seems fizzier than it really is.
0 - Picked this up in one of my first big trades a few months ago after remembering how much I enjoyed it at Churchkey in DC, though if I recall correctly, the first time I had it was on cask. Gonzo is one of my favorite porters and the barrel-aged version is an improvement flavor-wise, but the body could use a bit more structure.
02-10-2012 20:29:53 | More by xpdrinker
3.53/5 rDev -14.7%
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.
01-24-2012 15:41:08 | More by neorunner
4.1/5 rDev -1%
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.
01-23-2012 12:38:21 | More by Merkur
3.93/5 rDev -5.1%
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.
01-20-2012 17:05:51 | More by spinrsx
Barrel Aged Gonzo Imperial Porter from Flying Dog Brewery
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