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Barrel-Aged Gonzo Imperial Porter - Flying Dog Brewery

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Barrel-Aged Gonzo Imperial PorterBarrel-Aged Gonzo Imperial Porter

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Ratings: 264
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 25
Gots: 87 | FT: 5
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

(Beer added by: endincolorado on 11-18-2011)
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2.5/5  rDev -40%

jk3, Mar 23, 2013
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2.83/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours black with a nice foamy light brown head.

Aroma has a moderate bourbon presence, wood, some bitter roasted malts. Slightly sweet. Light alcohol heat as it warms.

Upfront taste is bitter baking chocolate, light bourbon and wood, and roasted malts. Finish is sweeter with some molasses and light bourbon, roastyness, and chocolate. Flavor isn't that strong. Some alcohol at the finish as it warms.

Medium to full bodied with a medium carbonation. Crisp and dry. Could be more substantial.

Falls short of what I expected. Aroma is great, but the taste and body don't match it. Seems kind of watery. Disappointing.


sidetracked, Jan 16, 2012
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3/5  rDev -28.1%

prg1976, Mar 02, 2012
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3/5  rDev -28.1%

juliusseizure, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of justintcoons
3.26/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured into a large wine glass.

Pitch black with a short brown head that dissipates quickly.

Toffee, sugar and prune. Dark chocolate, raisin and a touch of blended whiskey.

Toffee, semi-sweet chocolate and cocoa nibs. Prune juice and raisin. Very sugary with touches of blended whiskey. Very light barrel character.

Medium bodied, smooth, silky and warming.

This one is very sugary sweet. Lots of toffee and prune. Again, this is very light on the barrel character. Not really worth the $8/12oz bottle.

justintcoons, Feb 16, 2013
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3.34/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

1714th Review on BA
Bottle to Hangar 24 taster

Split with the Beer Geek Radio Guys.

App- This was a very dark brown with a dark center and a nice puffy head on it. Filled up the taster glass. Semi decent cling, but looked really nice in the glass. A good looking little taster glass.

Smell- I get the porter notes, but there is a raisiny off flavor behind this one. The aromas are a bit sweet with some of the prickly whiskey coming up to great you. Doesnt smell all that impressive really.

Taste- This just didnt go well for me. The porter notes are a bit thin and what I could day as the raisins from the aroma come in as well. The beer is just a bit better than average and dont do all that much for me.

Mouth- A bit of a lighter medium body with a lighter carbonation. Fairly bubbly and a little creamy. Residual oaky and raisin flavors.

Drink- Just kinda above average for me. Wouldnt say meh. But just okay. Not my favorite profile.

FosterJM, Jan 30, 2013
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3.38/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours black with three fingers of brown head that fades into a thin layer with no lacing.

S: Roasted malts with semi-sweet chocolate, char, and touches of smoke. Hints of vanilla, oak, and whiskey follow, though they're pretty mellow.

T: Roasted malts with bitter chocolate and char dominate here. There is a light smokiness as well. The finish has some oak and whiskey notes along with a light alcohol burn.

M: Medium-thick body with moderately low carbonation, this beer is a little watery and boozy feeling in the mouth.

O: A decent beer overall, though not great. I'd like there to be a bit more presence from the whiskey barrels with less of an alcohol burn and a creamier body.

n2185, Dec 23, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

ninner00, Feb 21, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

ygtbsm94, Jan 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

roodie, Jul 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Shnanign, Feb 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

aslamm75, Mar 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Brickwall316, Jan 15, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

klipper, Feb 02, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

jawneyt, Mar 25, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

wrightst, Jul 08, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Pecan, Feb 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

keanlacrosse, Feb 19, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

M1A2, Jan 02, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Eriktheipaman, Jan 29, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

2beerdogs, Jun 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

thegerm87, Oct 15, 2012
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

BJRHOMEBREW, Jan 02, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

SwG237, Jun 30, 2013
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3.53/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, split 3-ways. No bottle date but I think this is 2012. Poured this into my Boulevard tulip.

A: Pours a really deep brown/black. Really carbonated. About a finger of dark tan head. Nice alcohol feet.

S: Barrel really over takes the porter notes. It's not the normal woodiness or vanilla that I was expecting. It's just booze heat really. I don't get the chocolate or coffee porter hints.

T: I get the woodiness in the flavor though. It's a little over carbonated. Actually takes away from the flavors staying with you. The flavors don't have time to mingle on your palate at all. You get some oak and vanilla, but I wish more.

M: Medium because of the carbo.

inlimbo77, May 11, 2012
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Barrel-Aged Gonzo Imperial Porter from Flying Dog Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 264 ratings.