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Barrel-Aged Gonzo Imperial Porter - Flying Dog Brewery

Barrel-Aged Gonzo Imperial PorterBarrel-Aged Gonzo Imperial Porter

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253 Ratings
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Ratings: 253
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.07%


Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Aged and seasoned for three months in whiskey barrels.

Duplicate of this beer
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(Beer added by: endincolorado on 11-18-2011)
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endincolorado

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque black with a crema-like, foamy tan head and lots of lacing. Aroma is rich and roasty with sweet molasses, dark fruit, vanilla and wood. Black coffee and burn toast up front in flavor, followed by strong, dark-chocolate and a real vanilla-caramel sweetness that reminds me of some kind of baked-good. A complex medley of flavors lingers on the palate long after each sip. A full, creamy body and perfect carbonation make up the mouthfeel, followed by an alcoholic warmth from the whiskey barrel.

For the style, I feel that this is a nuanced, welcome escape from the norm, and a bit sweeter than most.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2011 01:18:45 | More by endincolorado
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hdofu

Maryland

4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2012 03:17:24 | More by hdofu
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MarcatGSB

Michigan

4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into Founders Snifter. Can't believe there is only one review for this beer...Purchased from Binny's for $5.69 or so a bottle.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with a creamy khaki colored frothy, two finger head that dissipates quickly, leaving behind minimal lacing and a ring with a few internal bubbles.

Nose: Real crisp big oak nose, with some whiskey and dark malt coming through. A really beautiful smelling Imperial Porter.

Taste: The malt and mild vanilla oakiness really work well together. Some big whiskey notes finish with some real nice oak.

Mouth: The oak has quite a drying effect on the mouth, with really makes this beer enjoyable. Very complex, I'm impressed. Not a HUGE fan of the Gonzo Porter, but the extra time in the whiskey barrels really helps this thing shine.

Drink and overall: Wow, I grabbed a small hand full of these and wish I would have grabbed a few more. They were a bit pricey, but well worth it.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2011 22:36:44 | More by MarcatGSB
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Snagged a few of these in a trade with ruizjoe!

Appearance:
The beer pours a jet black with a thick tan head that fades. The reason I'm giving this beer a slightly higher appearance score than usual is because of how damn rich it looks for an american porter...although I have my suspicions about this being an american porter vs a baltic.
There is very little lacing, but an oily residue is left behind in its place.
When the light hits the beer, the edges glisten a color that is purely sunset.

Smell:
A touch of yummy whiskey followed by a rich, chocolaty sweetness. The vanilla from the wood offers another candy element to this beer's nose. This smells very rich and smooth.

Taste:
Tastes like it smells with gorgeous wood barrel, caramelized sugars, chocolate, and roastiness pulled together by syrupy sweetness and high octane alcohol. The fruitiness that lingers after each sip reminds me of figs, raisins, and tobacco (not a fruit...).
It's one of the best barrel aged beers I've had ever, and almost reminds me of how I felt drinking BCBS for the first time.

Mouthfeel:
Thick, medium-full bodied beer with more carbonation than expected and heavy, heavy flavors that sit on your palate and linger. This is definitely a sipping beer and should be consumed at a slightly warmer temperature to experience its full potential. Kind of like biting into a whiskey, fudge brownie.

Overall:
Super impressed with this beer and I think it's the best FD beer available. The bottles cost $6-7 for a 12oz, which is quite reasonable and worth the cost. I also shared this beer at a recent bottle sharing event and most people were as impressed as I was with this beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 04:50:54 | More by ThePorterSorter
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TheHoppiest

Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2012 19:39:32 | More by TheHoppiest
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argock

Virginia

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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jsulko

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a snifter

Very dark black color. Dark brown chocolate looking head that fades quickly.

Smell is very heavy with the whiskey with a sweet maltyness as well.

Taste is very sweet with the whiskey dominating. Finish has a slight alcohol finish. Some vanilla notes in the flavor.

A very unique beer with a powerful taste.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2011 03:34:51 | More by jsulko
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Justin_Neff

Ohio

4.39/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz Bottle labeled 11AA. Poured into a CCB Snifter.

A: Pours a very dark brown body. Aggressive pour yields a fizzy 1 finger head. Head dissipates quickly with little lacing, but settles to a nice silky rim.

S: Bourbon forward, dark figgy-like fruits, vanilla sweetness, caramel, chocolate, a strong molasses waft. As it opens up and warms, the bourbon smell fades a bit and the molasses and fig smells becomes more prominent.

T: Wow, this one is complex. The sweetness of the dark fruit and vanilla character balance and mellow out the bourbon well. At the finish, there is a ton of chocolate and oak.

M: medium-full body. Nice and creamy. Booze is hidden well. Low-moderate carbonation.

O: After a couple years in the cellar, this one has aged very well. The complexity of this is really wonderful. It definitely improved as it warmed. I love the balance of sweetness with the bourbon.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2013 01:01:33 | More by Justin_Neff
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Greywulfken

New York

4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Barrel-aging can really work wonders, eh? The standard Gonzo Imperial porter was okay - nothing revolutionary, right, but I really enjoyed this barrel-aged version...

A: pitch black in my flute glass - decent finger of dark tan head slimmed quickly leaving but traces of lace

S: chocolatey malts and roastiness overlaid by sweet, smooth whiskey oak notes

T: a real classy drink - rich and full, bittersweet and roasty, with airs of whiskey and oak; some espresso stayed relatively subdued in the backgrund, allowing the dark malst and barrel-aging flavors to take center-stage.

M: smooth, light (for an imperial porter), mellow, great balance of bitter and sweet; great finish, too - nothing coating or sticky, just a dry, semi-sweet cocoa vibe

O: wonderful drink, highly recommended

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2013 01:43:38 | More by Greywulfken
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AdamBear

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-black with a pretty dark tan head

S-salty? grassy and creamy. not a strong scent. smells like a raw, strong stout really, almost menacing. overall, a let down for the nose

T-comes in with a really strong oak aged taste of dark bitter chocolate covered coffee beans. to be honest, a belgian rawness really lingers for awhile before the token cocoa and coffee come in. i'm really impressed with this. its much better than the regular version. has a nice lingering after-taste.

M-heavy carbonation with a watery finish

O-so this is amazing. and i'll tell you what i think sets it apart from other barrel aged stouts/porters. it has a certain belgian quality. it doesn't have the belgian grains, the spices, or those bubblegum sugars. it has that beglian rawness that i really enjoy from the true belgian ales. also, it has that carbonation that just fills the mouth with suds. i love that. i love this. by far, my favorite from Flying Dog.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2012 03:58:38 | More by AdamBear
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Gosox8787

New Hampshire

4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle chilled and poured into a Russian River tulip glass. Bottle is labelled Vintage 11B.

Appearance: Dark brown in color. Pours a nice one finger, beige head that holds a nice thick lacing all around.

Aroma: Molasses, figs, raisans, vanilla, whiskey and cocoa powder all stand out upfront. Really unique aroma as more of the dark fruit and molasses notes stand out than in a normal barrel aged dark beer. Surprisingly nice balance of the barrel and base beer. The alcohol is certainly there but not overbearing.

Taste: Much like the aroma, big fig and dark fruit character. The barrel definitely contributes a ton of different flavors. Really nice chocolate and caramel tones round out the base beer. Whiskey, oak, and vanilla all contribute a really nice barrel character. Great improvement on the base beer. Very nice balance.

Mouthfeel: Lighter in body than an average porter. Nice, solid carbonation.

Overall, a really nice take on a barrel aged porter. A huge improvement over the base beer. Improves significantly as it warms. Really unique character from the base beer and a really solid barrel character. Really nice balance. A pleasant surprise I would definitely have again.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2013 02:03:32 | More by Gosox8787
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BB1313

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2011 vintage. 12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a light black, light getting through, not too much head, lacing, retention, but still looks nice. Lots of rich milk chocolate blended with oak and whiskey. The whiskey is noticeable, but not completely dominant. More wood in the flavors and alot more chocolate. I can also pick up a nice amount of vanilla. More milk chocolate, roasted chocolate, chocolate. Chocolate is the star, followed by the oak. Bittersweet flavors. Mouthfeel is nice, light, and well carbonated. Maybe not as velvety as I expected, but there's still not much to complain about. This is a very easy drinking beer and the alcohol goes unnoticed.

This might not be a mind blower, but it's very well done. Great beer! Very tasty..

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 20:50:08 | More by BB1313
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CuriousMonk

Virginia

4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was a fan of their regular porter and definitely had to try their barrel-aged version. This brew was aged and seasoned for three months in wood barrels from the brewery’s neighbors at Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey. Poured from bomber into a tulip glass. Pours brown with a foamy, tan head. Bit of dark malts in the nose, some mild roast, some toasty caramel. Big sweet bourbon flavor, roasted malts, and dark sugars. Medium to full bodied with fine carbonation. Mild warmth in the finish, some light roast, wood, dark sugar, and some dark fruits as well. Very nice imperial porter!

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2012 21:01:17 | More by CuriousMonk
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DapperGrowler

District of Columbia

4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I tried this beer on tap at Meridian Pint in Washington DC. THis beer was served in a pint glass.

A: A black beer with a small head and not that much lacing around the glass.

S: When I brought the glass to my nose i was pleasantly happy to smell vanilla, a general sweetness and a slight smell of alcohol.

T: I though that this beer was quite complex with a lot of various flavors. On the front of the pallet I detected a sweet malt taste while on the back was a feeling of alcohol along with a vanilla aftertaste.

M: this was a full bodied beer and very smooth to drink.

O: this was a good barrel aged porter. It is not the best, but i really enjoyed it.

Serving type: on-tap

02-11-2012 04:11:08 | More by DapperGrowler
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at Max's today during their rare beerfest. This is the barrel aged version, but with vanilla nibs and chipolte.

The beer pours blackish brown color with fairly good head retention and decent lacing. The nose is just great on this stuff, as I pick up considerable dark chocolate, vanilla, nestle's quick and light coffee. The flavor profile is even better, as I pick up some heat from the chili's, a touch of bourbon, along with everything I got in the nose. The beer is fairly sweet, but the bourbon tones that down nicely in this fine beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, with a soft, almost creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol is noticeable, but is not over the top or overdone.

Just an all around well made, well crafted beer from Flying Dog. Impressive stuff.

Serving type: cask

04-27-2012 19:21:41 | More by johnmichaelsen
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russwbeck

Virginia

4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Black pour with a huge brown head. Very large bubbles build up and create a beautiful looking beer. Retention is great, and a lot of lacing sticks to the sides of my Deschutes Tulip.

S: Whiskey forward aroma for sure. Chocolate and roast remain from the base Gonzo Imperial Porter. I'm not surprised some of the roast remains from Gonzo, and thankfully it plays well with the whiskey.

T: Stranahans Whiskey is simply delicious. Not intrusive, this whiskey adds a nice character to the beer. Oak, vanilla, and whiskey come together with chocolate and roast to create a nicely balanced, albeit whiskey focused, taste. You start off with some whiskey and chocolate, graduate to stronger whiskey and perhaps a hint of booze, and finish with a big roast and lingering whiskey.

MF: My only wish is that the base beer of Gonzo imparted more body to this beer. It seems a bit thin. Low carbonation as I would expect, I just wanted this to be a bit more rich. Insanely drinkable.

O: This was $20 for a 750ml bottle, which I say was worth it once, but not again. The bottle shop I picked it up from only got 6 bottles and I was lucky enough to grab one. It's pretty good, but not mind blowing.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 20:44:50 | More by russwbeck
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black upon the pour into the snifter glass. Two fingers of light brown head crowns the brew nicely. Looks rich and full-on.

Nice tone from the whiskey in the nose. Still has that Baltic Porter savory-like aroma. Notes of dark chocolate, dark roasty grain, vanilla liqueur, and earthy dark roast coffee layer like a cake. No imposing sweetness. Has that beery firmness.

Gonzo with a dose of whiskey barrel. This is recognizable, intense, and amazing. Whiskey has a great presence here; a little corn mash, a little buttery vanilla. The porter has transformed a bit. More of that dark chocolate with added notes of licorice, heavy roast, earthy hop bitterness, and slight seawater salinity. Alcohol swells late with a bright spiciness. Pairs well with the light hop presence in this beer. Still comes off smooth; not a big wallop of a stout. Carbonation gives the body some chew. With this body, there's a lot to chew on. Not saying that it's full-bodied, but it has some great whoosh in the mouthfeel.

An impressive and fantastic beer. I'll sit back and enjoy this treat. It's late, and I'm many beers down already, so it might take an hour or so. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 05:05:13 | More by thecheapies
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

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
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Yeahnatenelson for this one. Vintage 11AA

Appearance. Pours black with a thin, espresso foam head.

Smell. Chocolate and roasty malts with a little oaky vanilla and booze. Just a slight sourness too.

Taste. Sweet bourbon, some roasty malts, a bit of semi-sweet chocolate and vanilla.

Mouthfeel. Medium-full body with medium-low carboantion.

Overall. Drinks pretty easy considering abv and tastes good.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2012 00:36:51 | More by Rutager
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DustinSmall

Maryland

4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Flying Dog brewery, also had the cask version with cherry, but this review is from the growler of it i picked up

A- A dark reddish brown on the curve, the beer over all is a dark dark mahogany almost black, little carbonation, half finger head, nice alcohol legs on this

S- Bourbon right up front, sweet malts, caramel, dark fruits coming through, and im getting some wood on this

T- A hit of bourbon up front, then sweet malts and a huge woody flavor come out, the after taste is slightly bitter and coffee like

M- This thing is great heavy/medium coats the mouth nicely

O- wonderful wonderful

Serving type: growler

03-03-2012 23:48:54 | More by DustinSmall
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NoLeafClover44

Delaware

4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into goblet. Vintage 12AA.

A - Pours very dark brown with a camel colored head. The one finger of suds linger and leave a complete lacing.

S - Whiskey is apparent from the start. Lots of dark fruits sweeten the deal alongside some oak. Some red wine characteristics as well.

T - The malts are toasted and sweet. Molasses, tart cherry, and oak contribute a sweet, rich flavor. Finish is of whiskey and the first sip burns the back of my tongue. As my palate acclimates, the alcohol is less noticeable and the flavors become more intricate.

M - Carbonation is nearly perfect giving it a bubbly, but smooth feel. Medium bodied.

O - I was surprised to see that this one is now retired on BA because I just came across it this week in my local shop. The whiskey and oak flavors are prominent throughout and it drinks a bit hot. The mouthfeel is impressive. It grew on me as I drank more and I would consider paying $5 for another one, although that is a bit steep for a single.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2012 02:15:21 | More by NoLeafClover44
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This review is a tribute to my boy Clay. They don’t come any better than he does. This beer is listed as retired... he kept one for me for almost a year,. Gotta love this guy.

Thin less than finger of head. A lot of sticky lace. Deep dark brown.

Aroma is fantastic. Bourbon, wood, vanilla, sweet dark malt

Lots of wood up front,.. A bit of vanilla and some dark fruits. It’s right here that you can detect the issue with the beer. THe body is a little thin for the flavor. Fades a bot too fast.

Not thin.. Not at all. bit a little too thin for the flavors included. I wish I could chew on it.

Still a very nice beer.

Clay... you DA man,...

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2012 01:16:56 | More by Reagan1984
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mdfb79

New York

4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 01/07/12 notes. Had at the last RB tasting. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip.

a - Pours a dark mahogany brown color with two inches of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of roasted malts, chocolate, bourbon, oakm vanilla, and light coffee. Bourbon isn't overpowering, pretty nice nose.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, bourbon, chocolate, coffee, oak, vanilla, and dark fruits. More bourbon than the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a very nice beer. Bourbon isn't too strong, but definitely there. Would like to have it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 02:32:36 | More by mdfb79
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chanokokoro

Illinois

4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter

Pours an opaque black with a beige one and a half finger head with dissipates into a thin foam ring bordering the inside of the glass. A aroma of chocolate, oak, roasted malt, and a bit of whiskey booziness rises from the glass. Initially chocolate and a bit of dark fruit, transtions into slight sweet roasted malt which eventually finishes with oak and whiskey and a bit of alcohol heat. Very pleasant mouthfeel. Perfect level of carbonation with a heavier medium body. Very smooth from start to finish. A very solid barrel-aged porter and an overall tasty brew. Recommended and worth revisiting.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2012 04:15:59 | More by chanokokoro
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cosmicevan

New York

4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to bbarak for sending this 12oz'er my way. enjoyed from a duck rabbit snifter.

a - brew poured a deep dark ominous black with a finger plus of tan head that fizzled away in a matter of minutes leaving a ring on the surface of the brew.

s - whiskey barrel with nutty chocolate. the wood is definitely present and brings a good amount of peat to the nose. more whiskey than i remember from the wild dog version.

t - lots of char and chocolate with strong woody peat characteristics. more stout than porter.

m - a bit thin for such a big beer, but overall medium bodied. thicker than a typical porter.

o - overall, a nice beer. it is pretty enjoyable. wish i had a regular gonzo to compare it to. memory says that it is similar to the wild dog, but the barrel seems more present than the larger format wild dog series. the wood is fairly present. i am a big fan of whiskey barrels as opposed to bourbon barrels, but certainly doesn't feel like the most top shelf whiskey. none-the-less, enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2012 01:02:46 | More by cosmicevan
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Barrel-Aged Gonzo Imperial Porter from Flying Dog Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 253 ratings.