Barrel-Aged Gonzo Imperial Porter - Flying Dog Brewery
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Reviews by TheHoppiest:
4.43/5 rDev +6.2%
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Pours a deep, dark, inpenetrable brown, with a 1/4" tan head that slowly reduces to a thin skim of foam.
The smell is powerfully malty, with rich vanilla, cream, kahlua, maple syrup, and warm alcohol. It's so rich, just taking a sniff is like biting into a finger of tiramisu. There's no question that the barrel aging is having a huge impact upon this ale's aroma.
Boozy, the whiskey barrel aging is dominant, as if a half-shot of whiskey was dropped into this porter prior to serving. Malty and sweet, with honey, cream, bits of vanilla, and dark chocolate, there's a ton going on in this brew. So rich as to border on overwhelming, this is a slllooow sipper of a porter, more like a rich stout. Finishes with a slight bitter that's more coffee or dark chocolate than hop.
Full bodied, a true "fork and knife" mouthfeel brew. Smooth and creamy to start, the whiskey aging does begin to tire the tongue a bit as you get further into the beer, leaving it dry and almost chalky.
A real big brew, this beer in some ways is quintessentially American. Bold, complex, over the top and unapologetic, this imperial porter not only laughs disdainfully at other porter, it scoffs at most other stouts as well. It stands atop the food pyramid of porters, an alpha predator that will school other more timid ales. Pour one if you dare!
07-04-2012 19:39:32 | More by TheHoppiest
More User Reviews:
3.68/5 rDev -11.8%
From a bottle
A - Very dark brown, almost black. Poured with no head and only had a small edge of foam on the edges. Much darker than the original Gonzo
S - Dark chocolate, vanilla sweetness and a strong whisky presence as well. Get hints of oak from the barrel and hints of plum as well.. Actually a bit surprised by how much barrel you get in the nose give its only aged a few months
T - Chocolate, hints of brandied dark fruits and a hint of oak. Near the end of the beer, there are hints of vanilla and bitter coffee and hops. You do get a slight kick from the alcohol as well.
MF - Medium body with a light syrupiness to it. Has a decent amount of carbonation as well. Leaves a slight oak tingle on the tongue that lingers in the aftertaste
O - Good BA porter from Flying Dog. The barrel adds a new layer of complexity to the normal Gonzo. Worth trying if you find one.
04-15-2012 05:31:44 | More by jeonseh
3.85/5 rDev -7.7%
Sour bourbon, edgy, big bourbon aroma. Nice imperial porter. 'bout time I rated it. Buffalo BA gathering. A sipper, smoother mouthfeel than the last time I had it, aided by understated carbonation.Deep brown colour. Must have something soothing after it.
12-13-2011 00:57:22 | More by Sammy
3.65/5 rDev -12.5%
It's a fantastic looking beer. Dark brown color with a massive soft espresso colored head that's persistent.
Strong vanilla and wood bourbon notes with burnt malt.
The wood is overdone in the taste and drowns out anything the malt tries to contribute. It's extremely hot, even for a BA.
Mouthfeel has too much carbonation and is prickly.
Overall, an average at best BA beer and the price tag makes this a huge miss for me.
07-25-2012 00:12:25 | More by Vonerichs
4.55/5 rDev +9.1%
Wowsers... I've had gonzo before but this was my first time with the barrel aged variant... they weren't kidding about it being weird turned pro... granted I wouldn't say it was weird... it was a pretty normal imperial porter... now is where it gets weird... a porter with that kind of oak whisky taste. This beer tastes and smells like whiskey... no 2 ways about it. It has an amazing reddish brown head that quickly dissipates despite bubbling out of the top of the glass. Taste is like dark chocolate and coffee beans. This beer is amazing.
05-07-2012 03:17:24 | More by hdofu
3.79/5 rDev -9.1%
Pours a near black color with brownish highlights at the edges. The creamy head is smallish and settles into a thick ring with some lacing on the glass.
The aroma is a bit faint for a whiskey barrel brew. I pick up some smooth caramel and vanilla with a hint of oak. Not much else.
The taste is of a light pumpernickle base with nice vanilla flavor and some caramel. A bit of oak and the whiskey pop through. Some roasty bitterness in the end, perhaps some dark chocolate. The whiskey doesn't really pop.
The feel is moderate with softish carbonation. Sweet on the palate and finishes with a slight bitter edge and dryness. Drinks very easy for a barrel aged brew, abv well hidden.
Falls a bit short for a barrel aged brew but it does have nice flavors and is quite easy to drink.
03-03-2013 04:44:24 | More by Gmann
Barrel-Aged Gonzo Imperial Porter from Flying Dog Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 262 ratings.