El Gordo (Barrel Aged) | Good People Brewing Company

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El Gordo (Barrel Aged)El Gordo (Barrel Aged)
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El Gordo (Barrel Aged)El Gordo (Barrel Aged)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Good People Brewing Company
Alabama, United States
goodpeoplebrewing.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.90%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,754
Reviews:
11
Ratings:
29
pDev:
5.92%
 
 
Wants:
23
Gots:
6
Trade:
3
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Ratings: 29 |  Reviews: 11
Photo of Jason_cs
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Buck89
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
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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Photo of t2grogan
3.75/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
4.02/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MTKATL
4.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rudzud
4.13/5  rDev -5.9%
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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Photo of jlindros
4.13/5  rDev -5.9%
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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Photo of mattreitz49
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NolaHopHead
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sabtos
4.08/5  rDev -7.1%
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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Photo of b79turner
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
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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Photo of dpgoblejr
4.94/5  rDev +12.5%
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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Photo of thomasarose
4.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of wcurry89
4.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of T_Hass
4.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bigdoc91
4.52/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Scott17Taylor
4.81/5  rDev +9.6%
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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Photo of Pearlstreetbrewingco
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.21/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bunuelian
4.24/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fthegiants
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lance_Hathorn
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of richj1970
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
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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Photo of Zazzi82
4.21/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Truck67
4.66/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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El Gordo (Barrel Aged) from Good People Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.39 out of 5 with 29 ratings