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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: 267
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 25
Gots: 88 | 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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Ratings: 267 | Reviews: 49 | Display Reviews Only:
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5/5  rDev +19.9%

mjmadsen21, Jan 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

nucmedmario, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of stbo101
4/5  rDev -4.1%

stbo101, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of BB1313
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
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..

BB1313, Jan 09, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

imperialking, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of InebriatedJoker
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

InebriatedJoker, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of benart
5/5  rDev +19.9%

benart, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of jmfc8237
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

jmfc8237, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of IdrinkGas
4/5  rDev -4.1%

IdrinkGas, Jan 05, 2012
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

BJRHOMEBREW, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of christopheraknox
5/5  rDev +19.9%

christopheraknox, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of buckyp
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

buckyp, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of doughanson78
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Super black pour, pretty thick also. Pretty much no head save for a couple of bubbles.

S: Big oak and whiskey hit you in the face. Maybe a touch of chocolate.

T: Touch of chocolate upfront. Then big oak and whiskey hit your mouth. Some slight roasty notes. The whiskey is actually fairly smooth, with a mild bite in the throat.

M: Medium body. Almost no carbonation. Very light creaminess.

O: Not real impressed with this. I've heard how good it is, but it just doesn't do it for me. There wasn't anything wrong with it, but I like my porters with more porter qualities.

doughanson78, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of RPMazzi
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

RPMazzi, Dec 23, 2011
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5/5  rDev +19.9%

jz989, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of davidbowers13
4/5  rDev -4.1%

davidbowers13, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of sacullen
4/5  rDev -4.1%

sacullen, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of MexicanSkittel
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark black with no light making it through. A dark brown, slight ashy grey colored fluffy head sat gentlly on top about 3/8 inch high. Left nice lacing rings in the tulip after each sip.
Hints of espresso, caramel, chocolate, oak, vanilla, honey, we're all present, but there was an intense bourbon bath for all the other smells. A stinging alc pierced the nose like smelling a snifter of bourbon.

The pallet was a little over run by the bourbon at first, but gentlly opened over the next 15 then 30 45 mins. The alc died, leaving the choch and espresso leading the way dragging along with it an oak aged vanilla bean. Pretty tasty.

Again hot on the pallet at first with surprising gentle viscosity. Sipping and patients allowed a long finish to hang on the pallet. Very drinkable, giving you good flavors and a buzz after two, without being too heavy.

Overall I like this beer, would love more. Glad to know that not only the art work by Steadman was good but the beer as well.

MexicanSkittel, Dec 19, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

duff247, Dec 18, 2011
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5/5  rDev +19.9%

Mag00n, Dec 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +19.9%

leprakhan, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of Sammy
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.

Sammy, Dec 13, 2011
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5/5  rDev +19.9%

dogfishandi, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of jsulko
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.

jsulko, Dec 09, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

greg4579, Dec 09, 2011
Barrel-Aged Gonzo Imperial Porter from Flying Dog Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 267 ratings.