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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: 257
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 24
Gots: 85 | FT: 4
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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Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2011 00:57:22 | More by Sammy
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

03-31-2013 04:11:24 | More by djrn2
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District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

12-05-2011 01:26:52 | More by nmann08
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -4.1%

03-31-2013 04:08:43 | More by acurtis
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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

01-16-2012 06:38:59 | More by ygtbsm94
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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

06-26-2012 23:18:09 | More by kjkinsey
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

05-02-2012 09:31:09 | More by Texasfan549
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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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4/5  rDev -4.1%

11-18-2013 04:31:34 | More by beernads
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

01-08-2012 19:08:05 | More by imperialking
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5/5  rDev +19.9%

11-22-2011 03:35:52 | More by corby112
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

12-16-2013 03:01:10 | More by BillRoth
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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 John_M
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3.63/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I realised I had this review in the wrong place, this makes more sense now that I can see the bottle pic. Originally reviewed May 30th.

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass. Vintage 11BB.

Very similar to it's on tap brother, creamy large milk chocolate brown/tan head settles nicely to a good whispy top, classic dark walnut body and hints around the edges of red. Looks real nice.

Nose is spicy milk chocolate, and yes banana. Choco banana, and even some salt.

Taste seems kind of lacking. Mild licorice, not much of a big sweetness but some residual charring and roast. Slightly silky but also some weak wetness also and a hint of fizz.

Overall I forgot I had this before (didn't), but boy that was sometime ago and getting the bottom of a keg. THis is more enjoyable slightly a bit out of the bottle, it seems to have more roast character and not as sweet as I remember.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2012 21:10:41 | More by smakawhat
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

11-01-2012 15:07:54 | More by sendbeer
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

12-04-2012 03:41:47 | More by Zaphog
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

03-25-2012 14:31:49 | More by xnicknj
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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

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -4.1%

07-15-2013 01:22:37 | More by WOLFGANG
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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

07-08-2014 02:45:39 | More by wrightst
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

12-05-2011 04:14:46 | More by barnzy78
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

07-14-2013 00:08:54 | More by pathman
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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.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2013 00:56:10 | More by FosterJM
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

04-01-2013 01:10:21 | More by Lare453
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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

08-12-2012 18:11:46 | More by enelson
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Barrel-Aged Gonzo Imperial Porter from Flying Dog Brewery
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