Barrel Aged Gonzo Imperial Porter - Flying Dog Brewery
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District of Columbia
4.01/5 rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Beer poured dark amber brown with thin bubbles collecting at the side, with little to no lacing. Smell hits you with whiskey barrels accompanied by cherries and a small hint of dark fruit.
The taste was no surprise given the nose. The woodiness of the aging comes through more in the taste. There is a subdued chocolatey sweetness that yields to an alcohol sting that is likely a combination of the ABV and the whiskey flavor. This beer would probably get a half a notch higher with just a little more body.
Solid offering for the style. I would get this again, but caution to myself as well as others to let it warm to a proper temp - drinking this "cold" will not give you the best impression of this beer.
Serving type: on-tap
03-26-2014 22:58:54 | More by cjgiant
4.5/5 rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Extremely dark with a light brown head that settles down rather quickly. American whiskey on the nose but this is subtle compared to the heavy oak notes that come through.
For being a flying dog beer and a style thats normally a but messy, this beer is not as all over the place as you expect and actually kind of restrained in a really nice way. A little smokey and definitely oaky throughout. The beer avoids some of the unpleasant dark fruit notes that in my opinion don't really work with the style. Notes of vanilla and black pepper, very light notes of roast, coffee and bitter black chocolate. Bourbon is restrained really nicely, pulled back to the back end of the tongue as a nice notes that makes some of the other flavors pop.
A nice change of pace that lets the original beer come through enough while accenting it with notes of oak and using a bit of whiskey for balance and flare. Nicely done.
Serving type: bottle
03-26-2014 13:38:31 | More by jtierney89
Barrel Aged Gonzo Imperial Porter from Flying Dog Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 628 ratings.