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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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BA SCORE
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257 Ratings
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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
 http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/68/36342 

(Beer added by: endincolorado on 11-18-2011)
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jmarsh123

Indiana

3.73/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a minimal mocha head fading almost immediately. Some lacing down the glass.

Just a touch of the roasted malt and quite a bit of the chocolate remains from the base beer aroma. The booze is subtle, but the barrel characteristics dominates. Loads of sweet vanilla and some oak are present.

Chocolate up front in the flavor. Some vanilla (though not as much as the nose), oak and leather come into play and it finishes with a roasted malt taste backed with a subtle hint of booze. Flavors are integrated well.

Smooth and creamy mouthfeel with medium carbonation levels. Would prefer a touch less carbonation.

Good solid beer, but nothing spectacular and I think I prefer the base beer. The booze is subtle on it, but it still gets a bit too sweet at times.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 20:04:43 | More by jmarsh123
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C2H5

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

02-10-2012 17:18:43 | More by C2H5
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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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pirmannt1

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

02-03-2012 05:50:53 | More by pirmannt1
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klipper

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

02-02-2012 22:32:01 | More by klipper
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Exiled

Texas

4/5  rDev -4.1%

01-30-2012 11:47:47 | More by Exiled
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Eriktheipaman

California

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

01-29-2012 23:32:03 | More by Eriktheipaman
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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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WankelEngine

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter

A: As I pour there is hardly any head at all. Near the end of the pour, I pull the bottle away to try to stimulate some head. Even with this vigorous pour, there is only a one-finger dark tan head which fades quickly to a ring of foam around the edge of the glass leaving no lacing.

S: The nose leads with sweet brown sugar and molasses. There are also notes of dark chocolate and coffee. Raisin and fig meld well with the sugars and complement the bitterness. Whiskey is present and adds a little bit of heat.

T: Dark chocolate and raisins are the first thing I taste. As I savor, the chocolate flavor transforms into more of a coffee flavor. There is a little bit of spicy oak. Molasses and caramel sweeten everything up. The whiskey flavor is actually relatively mild and smooth, but still notable. The finish lingering and dry, but not overly bitter.

M: Not as thick as I would have expected. I wouldn't call it watery but it's definitely easier to drink that your typical whiskey barrel aged anything. Ever so slightly sticky and a playful effervescence.

O: A relatively easy drinking porter. Dark but smooth without an overwhelming whiskey presence.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2012 07:18:46 | More by WankelEngine
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2dogbrew

Virginia

4/5  rDev -4.1%

01-23-2012 00:54:03 | More by 2dogbrew
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

01-16-2012 06:38:59 | More by ygtbsm94
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sidetracked

Illinois

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.

9/15/2011

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 05:48:35 | More by sidetracked
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Brickwall316

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

01-15-2012 23:39:24 | More by Brickwall316
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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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aprilianewman

Maryland

5/5  rDev +19.9%

01-13-2012 19:10:28 | More by aprilianewman
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mjmadsen21

Indiana

5/5  rDev +19.9%

01-13-2012 06:04:06 | More by mjmadsen21
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nucmedmario

Illinois

4/5  rDev -4.1%

01-13-2012 00:47:34 | More by nucmedmario
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stbo101

Illinois

4/5  rDev -4.1%

01-11-2012 03:00:27 | More by stbo101
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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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imperialking

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

01-08-2012 19:08:05 | More by imperialking
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InebriatedJoker

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

01-08-2012 14:44:04 | More by InebriatedJoker
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benart

Delaware

5/5  rDev +19.9%

01-08-2012 01:21:56 | More by benart
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jmfc8237

Delaware

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

01-07-2012 22:29:48 | More by jmfc8237
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IdrinkGas

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -4.1%

01-05-2012 02:28:14 | More by IdrinkGas
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BJRHOMEBREW

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

01-02-2012 12:48:06 | More by BJRHOMEBREW
Barrel-Aged Gonzo Imperial Porter from Flying Dog Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 257 ratings.