El Gordo (Barrel Aged)
Good People Brewing Company

El Gordo (Barrel Aged)El Gordo (Barrel Aged)
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Style:
Stout - Russian Imperial
Ranked #171
ABV:
13.9%
Score:
92
Ranked #3,846
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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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  22
Gots
  5
SCORE
92
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El Gordo (Barrel Aged)El Gordo (Barrel Aged)
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Reviews by JackRWatkins:
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JackRWatkins from Alabama

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!

Dec 15, 2016
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richj1970 from Alabama

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.

Dec 25, 2016
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Bunuelian from Minnesota

4.24/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

May 12, 2017
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Pearlstreetbrewingco from Florida

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jun 18, 2017
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Scott17Taylor from Iowa

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.

Aug 03, 2017
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StoutAtTheDevil from Alabama

4.21/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dec 11, 2016
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fthegiants from California

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

May 08, 2017
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T_Hass from Georgia

4.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dec 27, 2017
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dpgoblejr from New Hampshire

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!

Jan 01, 2018
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NolaHopHead from Louisiana

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

Mar 25, 2018
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t2grogan from Arizona

3.75/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nov 21, 2018
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Bigdoc91 from Texas

4.52/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dec 19, 2017
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Jason_cs from Florida

4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Jan 22, 2019
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Buck89 from Tennessee

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.

Dec 02, 2018
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Zazzi82 from Tennessee

4.21/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dec 22, 2016
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MTKATL from Georgia

4.23/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Jun 14, 2018
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Lance_Hathorn from Alabama

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

Apr 21, 2017
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Sabtos from Ohio

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.

Feb 19, 2018
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Truck67 from Tennessee

4.66/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dec 18, 2016
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JapaneseZombie from Washington

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.

Dec 15, 2016
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Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

4.02/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sep 19, 2018
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wcurry89 from Mississippi

4.63/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Dec 29, 2017
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ruzzal from Texas

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jan 01, 2020
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Kmkapalka from Delaware

4.41/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nov 09, 2019
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

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.

Mar 30, 2020
El Gordo (Barrel Aged) from Good People Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 33 ratings