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El Gordo | Good People Brewing Company

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4.52/5
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110 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by GPHarris on 07-09-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#482
Reviews:
28
Ratings:
110
pDev:
9.07%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
229
Gots:
18
Trade:
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

Photo of mothman
4.44/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tan head. Black in color.

This one is very thick. Molasses and chocolate. Raisins and toffee with caramel. Light roast and coffee.

Full bodied. Thick and rich.

This one is very well done. Great imperial stout.

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chippo33
2.8/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Raisin. Almost like the base to Black Tuesday. Wonderful for some, not for others.

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Photo of thatoneguymike
4.44/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rolltide8425
4.6/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MasterSki
4.23/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to a mysterious source for the hookup. Served in a snifter.

A - Dark tan foam settles to a partial cap, thick collar, and splotchy lace. Very dark brown, opaque body that verges on black. Impressive considering the ABV.

S - Big notes of molasses, anise, roasted malts, dark chocolate, and espresso. There's some alcohol that distracts a bit unfortunately, but otherwise this is a satisfying mix of roast and sweet flavors.

T - The flavor is better, as the alcohol is more restrained here. Dark breads, molasses, anise, semisweet chocolate, light raisin and dark fruits, and lingering roast bitterness. Nice depth and flavor balance here, although it verges a bit too much towards black licorice for my palate.

M - Chewy, full bodied, sticky, with sufficient heft for the listed 13.9%. Pleasant medium-low carbonation, and a mild amount of alcohol warming on the back of the throat.

D - I liked this quite a bit, although it proved somewhat polarizing at the tasting to which I brought it. I've heard this batch was unusually boozy, so I'd love to try it again on-tap next time I'm in Alabama.

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4.94/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The aroma hits of roasted malt, a touch of umami and soy, sweet toffee, caramel, raisins, cherries, intense dark chocolate.

The flavor hits of sweet brown sugar up front, a prickle of heat, almost as if the beer was barrel aged. Milk chocolate throughout, residual sweetness on the back end along with dates and raisins.

The beer is sweet, yet balanced with the alcohol, chocolate, and dark fruit cutting away from the sweetness' intensity. For it's ABV, this beer does what one would hope Dark Lord would do.

One of the best non-barrel imperial stouts.

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Photo of fthegiants
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.92/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Raziel313
4.18/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of harpus
5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had this beer at the Birmingham Brewfest hosted by Free the Hops

Appearance - very black with a brown head

Smell - Dark fruits and Chocolate

Taste - Dark fruits, Chocolate, and a little portish

Drinkablility - Drank this on a hot Alabama day and it was still good. It would be great to have on a cold day.

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Photo of mattreitz49
4.71/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Zazzi82
4.24/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MDDMD
3.99/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bunuelian
4.56/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of woosterbill
4.05/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewery, at an incredibly reasonable $5 for a 12oz pour.

A: Midnight black body, one-inch head of dense brown foam. Great retention and good lacing for the style and (especially) strength.

S: Huge. Nail polish, dark chocolate, molasses, and port. Spicy alcohol underneath it all. Quite good for this type of extreme RIS, but definitely over the top.

T: Follows the nose - solventy alcohol up front, followed by rich dark fruit, spiciness, and some dark chocolate. Hot and bitter finish, with the bitterness providing some nice balance to the major sweetness. As it warms, the heat mellows a bit and the brownie-batter malt comes more to the fore. Very good.

M: Thick, viscous, and lively. Enough creamy carbonation to prevent stickiness.

O: I made the mistake of ordering two of these while pregaming a Barons game with my wife and her parents, and I was sloppy for all 9 innings. Serious, serious beer. It kind of reminded me of a hybrid between Bell's Expedition and DFH World Wide, and while it was clearly better than the latter I didn't find it quite coherent enough to rival the former. I'd LOVE to see what it would be like on the other side of a year-long stay in a barrel, though...

Cheers!

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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SimcoeKid
4.29/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of richj1970
4.44/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 32 oz growler into a snifter.

A: Midnight black with two finger chocolate brown head that settles to a nice ring around the edge. A small bit of lacing but consistent with something this high ABV.

S: Big bourbon dominates the nose. Some coffee, bitter chocolate, and vanilla.

T: Follows the nose fairly closely. Bourbon, dark espresso, chocolate, vanilla, dates, and raisins. Alcohol is still fairly dominate but not as much as the nose would suggest.

M: Thick without being syrupy. Coats the tongue nicely, and the alcohol warms you as you drink.

O: Enjoyable imperial stout. I really wish they would bottle this one. I would love the opportunity to age this bad boy for a while.

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Photo of CraigTravor
4.25/5  rDev -6%

Photo of Volsdawg10
3.75/5  rDev -17%

Photo of Narthax
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of T_Hass
4.52/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the magic city brewer brew fest. I hyped this one up for myself and it didnt disappoint. Beautiful pour with a big khaki head. Smells sweet and chocolaty. Taste is the same with hints of vanilla and roast. The mouth feel is thick and viscous. One of the best non barrel aged imperial stouts out there

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El Gordo from Good People Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.52 out of 5 with 110 ratings
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