Barrel-Aged Gonzo Imperial Porter - Flying Dog Brewery
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4.39/5 rDev +5.3%
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.
04-05-2013 01:01:33 | More by Justin_Neff
4.28/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
04-04-2013 02:03:32 | More by Gosox8787
Barrel-Aged Gonzo Imperial Porter from Flying Dog Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 263 ratings.