El Gordo (Barrel Aged)
Good People Brewing Company

El Gordo (Barrel Aged)El Gordo (Barrel Aged)
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Style:
Russian Imperial Stout
Ranked #163
ABV:
13.9%
Score:
92
Ranked #3,919
Avg:
4.35 | pDev: 5.98%
Reviews:
13
Ratings:
33
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Good People Brewing Company
 
Alabama, United States
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Fall
Wants
  22
Gots
  5
SCORE
92
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El Gordo (Barrel Aged)El Gordo (Barrel Aged)
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4.06/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2017 vintage. 750ml bottled served in a Spiegelau tulip. Pours an inky black with a dizzy, half-inch, mocha-colored head that sizzles and pops as it slowly recedes. Nose hits with vinous notes, followed by roast and cocoa, in that order. Taste consistent with nose - flavor profile is bold and sharp with rich dark chocolate and char lingering at the finish. Vinous notes are more expressive towards the middle but persist. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with an assertive carbonation that quickly drops off and a creamy/silky texture. Overall, a solid RIS - not sure if it might be past its prime as attributed to the massive vinous quality. Not much of the barrel-aging is present, perhaps some ethanol heat.

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Jwale73 from Rhode Island, Mar 30, 2020
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3.85/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to David H. for this bottle, the last of the three El Gordo series. Split with my wife after an excruciatingly dull two hour scholarship ceremony for our daughter.

Black beer brings dark foam begets a nose of bitter chocolate, light oak & bourbon, with a sweet maltiness. Not bad.

El Gordo – Barrel Aged is basically El Gordo with an added .4% barrel. Chocolate, bitter, vanilla, with even more roast than the base beer. Marshal Zkukov-level roast. Middle is all black licorice. Nice touch of oak, with the bourbon showing faintly on the finish. Rich & dry, with only the bourbon echo lending any indication that this is an alcoholic beverage. Just like its base & cousin, not tough to put down.

We here in the den of maximum12 can say for sure that the El Gordo line are all very good, but not remarkable (though my wife likes this one much less, for some reason).

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maximum12 from Minnesota, Apr 18, 2019
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4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter. An opaque dark chocolate color with a medium sized tan head. Aroma was primarily bourbon and oak with some roasted grain and chocolate. The taste was rich fudge and chocolate mixed with the barrel. Not overly boozy and well balanced for the ABV. Overall a great beer. Highly recommended.

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Buck89 from Tennessee, Dec 02, 2018
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4.13/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to JLindros for sharing this bottle.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark brown almost black with a two finger mocha head that fades slowly to leave nice lacing and a thin blanket.

S - Aromas of oak barrels, smokey base beer, raw cacao nibs, there is huge almost vegetative vanilla notes. Not much alcohol, some light spice notes.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with a very very bitter finish. Dark bitter chocolate, decent roast, light barrel notes and more big vanilla.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, nice body, the alcohol is hidden very nicely.

O - Overall this was a rather decent beer but the bitterness really clashes with the other elements. Very unfortunate.

Serving Type: bottle

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rudzud from Massachusetts, May 26, 2018
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4.13/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Received in a trade, shared with rudzud

Pours a huge thick cocoa colored fluffy creamy rich head that retains well, nice lacing, pitch black beer

Nose tons of raw cocoa beans and loads of vanilla like so almost vegetal thing, very pungent, tons of oak barrel, woody esters and raw oak, also plenty of smoke in the base beer, a bit of roasted coffee and char notes, loads of different dark chocolate and cocoa, also a bit of a spice like a nutmeg clove cinnamon thing

Taste is pretty nice, loads of cocoa and dark chocolate, like 95% dark chocolate cocoa, little fudgey with loads of vanilla and bitter spicy hops as well, plenty of oak woody esters and raw oak, more spice like cinnamon nutmeg thing, baking spices and barrel spices, a bit of smoke and fudgey caramel with a bit of char, bitterness really kicks in later, spicy hops and bitter roasted char, sticky finish lingering super dark chocolate and spicy hops

Mouth is med to fuller bod, a bit thicker chewy but not much, nice fizzy carb, just a touch of alcohol

Overall OK, way too bitter spicy hop and spices were a little over the top, nice dark chocolate, vanilla was better on the nose, OK

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jlindros from Massachusetts, May 26, 2018
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4.08/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stark shiny black with a thick mocha head settling to a creamy luscious collar leaving creamy, thin rounded mounds of lace.

Smell is dark molasses, charred oak and cocoa with a cedar humidor and a hint of smoked maple.

Oh my, the barrel aging really enhances this particular beer without question. The hoppiness is still there, but there is a rich, deep dark roast that is able to surface, which is enabled by the dark charred oak that enhances the dark molasses and dark cocoa notes. There is still a woody, cedary hop presence maintaining an overall bitter constitution, but after it fully warms, I get an amaretto almond aftertaste.

There's not necessarily a strong bourbon presence--while it's there, I'm getting no more heat than the base. It does have a slick, moderate body, a moderate thick fizz, and a dry finish.

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Sabtos from Ohio, Feb 19, 2018
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4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2017 release, 750mL bottle purchased at the second annual El Gordo Day. Pours black with a 1” tan head. Nose is very different than the 2016 realease...much more oak, peat, burnt char. It’s good, just different and a little more harsh than last year. Taste is very similar, a little more oak than 2016. Very little bourbon, but I’m not sure what type of barrels this beer was aged in. It might not have been bourbon. This is a good beer, I prefer the 2016 BA or the original El Gordo.

2016 release, 750mL bottle purchased at the first annual El Gordo Day. Pours a deep black with a 1" tan head. Nose a fantastic! Caramel, cocoa, vanilla, oak, bourbon. Taste is equally wonderful. I could sip on this all night. Alcohol is so very well hidden. I hope this is offered again in 2017!

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b79turner from Alabama, Jan 09, 2018
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4.94/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dated 2017... Enjoyed 12/31/17

A very black/ dark brown pour yields a beautiful mocha foam head. Lacing etches the glass with each sip and aromas of cocoa, vanilla and bourbon delight the nose. Great flavors of oak wood, molasses, and dark chocolate coat the palate and the alcohol warms the throat. The feel is thick and the experience is quite wonderful. This may be quite possibly Alabama's best kept craft beer secret! Well done and enjoy!

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dpgoblejr from New Hampshire, Jan 01, 2018
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4.81/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Holy shit is this amazing, smells of oak bourbon bakers chocolate and tobacco. The flavor is awesome, the barrel isn't overpowering and it leaves that beautiful roasty bitterness. It's the most well balanced BA stout I've ever had.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 ml bottle. 2016 vintage.

A: Pitch black with one finger dense mocha head. Lasting retention settling to a thin cap and leaving light lacing.

S: Oak, bourbon, baking chocolate, and a little tobacco. Coffee and nuts becoming more apparent as it warms.

T: Rich dark chocolate and bourbon. Roasted malts for days with subtle hints of espresso and walnuts. Some alcohol heat is apparent but I suspect will fade with age.

M: Fulll bodied but not thick. Appropriate carbonation for the style.

O: El Gordo is already a favorite of mine and this takes it up a notch. Hoping they continue to do this one next year.

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richj1970 from Alabama, Dec 25, 2016
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4.39/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Alabama's best kept secret. Take regular el gordo which is already a masterpiece and times that by two. Once beer snobs discover this stout, it will be a challenge to get your hands on a bottle.

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JapaneseZombie from Washington, Dec 15, 2016
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4.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Pitch black with a minimal ring of khaki-leaning beige colored head, decent/mild lacing
S: Deep and rich notes of chocolate immediately, along with a smooth, nutty, roasty character, coffee note comes out more as the beer settles, the nose can be a bit dry in a very pleasant way
T: The bitter chocolate and bourbon sweetness are really at the forefront here with the nutty (eight o'clock) coffee notes bringing up the rear, then it is immediately followed by a not overbearing roasted malt character, while the boozy note is definitely present, it is not overbearing, as the beer settles the whiskey (given some time; out of the bottle I mean, this beer brings a more visual sense of bourbon) sweetness and subtle tones of wood do start to come out more in a way that really makes you think of the barrels it was in (hard to put into words in that sense)
M: I wish it was thicker, though it does have a very pleasant effervescence that the mole and standard lack
O: I don't give 5s, and I'm not about to start, I also don't really like stouts all that much because I get bored with them very easily. That being said, trying to understand this beer, and this family of beers in particular has made me a more perceptive drinker and opened (or should I say re-opened) my eyes. There is something visual about this beer, it is experiential in a way that other stouts are not. It; like it's cousins (the mole version and the original) is truly special and I'm really not that much of a locovore, I'll buy what I want and you wont shame me into something just because it's made in Alabama but I love this beer, love it to the extent that I would wait in line for it and it's counterparts for seven hours just to make sure I got a taste and some to take with me. I know for some people (looking at you darklord day and pliny the younger) that's not much but for Birmingham and Alabama in particular that's a big damn deal. You should find this beer right now while it's not at the price of your first born because when the word truly gets out, there wont be a bottle to spare. A votre Sante!

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4.55/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Overall a great representation of the beer. Though the barrel aging leaned a little heavy on the oak side. Most likely spent a little extra time in the barrel than needed. But still very good

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nedvalton from Alabama, Dec 11, 2016
El Gordo (Barrel Aged) from Good People Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 33 ratings