Barrel-Aged Gonzo Imperial Porter - Flying Dog Brewery
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Reviews by argock:
4.43/5 rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Poured from 750ml corked brown bottle into a clear glass snifter. No freshness date but from the 2012 bottling. Purchased at WIne Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $16.49.
A: Musty brown with impressive cola-like, beige 2-3 finger head that quickly receded to a thin rim of lace but only rare spots of lacing.
S: Great aroma, even 5 months after purchase. WHiskey is definitely evident with plenty of wood to go araound as well. There are nice dashes of vanilla and roast aromas to blend with the fig and rum raisin. There is still a bit of steely alcohol scent as well.
T: Really a great mix of dark malt fruit with fig, raisin, and grape flavors, molasses, mild anise, and the nicely accenting whiskey component. I wish I had been able to get two bottles to have one fresh. The oak is less flavorful but still adds some vanilla and woody qualities but more prominently provides a lot of drying. There are some woody, earthy qualities at first, maybe from the alcohol, maybe from hops, maybe from the barrel, but they recede after it sits out of the bottle for a little while. The alcohol is definitely not overbearing but there for certain, but whether it's from the whiskey barrel or the base beer is hard to say. The finish has a really nice roast aspect without the ashiness of some BA stouts -- maybe this is an advantage of BA porters? A really interesting flavored beer, I just wish it had a little more porter character.
M: Medium-bodied which was surprising for a 9.5% ABV beer. Plenty of dextrins but far from syrupy. Very active carbonation which I think could be toned down somewhat. THe drying of the oak tannins is pretty strong and give the beer a vinous finish.
O: A really nice beer from Flying Dog, and I hope they decide to keep offering this annually. It is a very unique beer on both aroma and flavor fronts at this stage. I will try my next bottle fresh though. I did enjoy this brew a lot though.
Serving type: bottle
10-24-2012 02:49:56 | More by argock
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4.11/5 rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Received in trade from MeadMe, thanks for the opportunity!
Pours a solid black with a good sized long lasting khaki head. Smells of chocolate and caramel with bits of dark pitted fruit, vanilla, oak, and bits of wood and bourbon. Smooth sweet chocolate with bits of dark fruit drizzled with vanilla and bourbon. The finish leaves a bit of bitter chocolate and roast with smokey ash on the palette that lingers long after each sip. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet creamy and syrupy mouthfeel. Wow I really liked this one!
Serving type: bottle
08-28-2013 23:21:50 | More by johnnnniee
Barrel-Aged Gonzo Imperial Porter from Flying Dog Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 257 ratings.