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Gonzo Imperial Porter | Flying Dog Brewery

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4.02/5
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Gonzo Imperial PorterGonzo Imperial Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States
flyingdogbrewery.com

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Gonzo is big, bold, and beautiful like the man it was brewed in honor of – Dr. Hunter S. Thompson. Roasted chocolate, coffee, and vanilla malt flavors are balanced with a unique hop bite. Buy the ticket and take the ride by pairing it with blue cheeses, smoked meats, BBQ, chili, chocolate and coffee desserts.

ABV varies.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#7,577
Reviews:
1,494
Ratings:
2,984
pDev:
10.95%
 
 
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Ratings: 2,984 |  Reviews: 1,494
Photo of JoelSr
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ChazBoner
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of desint
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dafla67
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Mickt465
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Cep
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of eldoctorador
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cambabeer
3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of EMH73
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very dark brown with a very large, fluffy tan head that left excellent lacing. Smells of coffee, roasted malts and a bit of hops. Tastes of dark chocolate, coffee, sweet malts, molasses, toffee, vanilla, a bit of smoke and some piney hops. Medium to full bodied, moderate to high carbonation for the style, creamy mouth feel.

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Photo of Noelito76
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of anthony-s
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 98green
3.72/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rudiecantfail
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass.

L---Opaque brown. Giant head with great retention. Excellent lacing. This is what a beer should look like.

S---Fairly light aroma. Sweet roasted malts. Coffee.

T---Much more going on than in the smell. Roasted coffee. Bitter chocolate. A bit of hops in the background for balance. Nice, flavors are subtle, not giant and in your face..

F---Full bodied. Well carbonated. A bit creamy.

O---Very nice. Wifey, who loves dark beer, especially with coffee, really liked it. I'll definitely pick this up again if I see it.

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Photo of JMills52
4.63/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of StretchZep
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dr_Gonzo
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tall clear pint glass. Has an opaque midnight black appearance, very fluffy and creamy beige colored head, great retention and lacing, and moderately high carbonation.

Smells of roasted coffee beans (espresso and mocha) and piney hops, other roasted malts. Notes of vanilla, brown sugar, molasses, dark chocolate, and cream.

Much like the aroma. Has a bold, hoppy flavor. Roasted coffee beans, pine, resin, roasted malts. Notes of black licorice, smoke, bitter dark chocolate, cream, vanilla beans, molasses, and brown sugar. Well-balanced between the hops and malts, although the hops slightly prevail. Feels creamy smooth.

Cheers, this beer is too weird to live, too rare to die!

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Photo of Fettpopps
2.5/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of goblue30
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Speartron
3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Tastes hoppy with hints of dark rich espresso and caramel. Lingering taste of vanilla and dark chocolate. Too hoppy of a Porter for my tastes. The hoppiness masks otherwise rich flavours that I'd prefer to be . High ABV is masked by the deep rich taste. Mouthfeel is excellent, a bit oily and full.

6pk of 12oz cost $14.99. In my opinion it's worth a try, but theirs better Porters out there for less.

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Photo of C21998
4.64/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Exceptional. Perfect fall/winter companion to pot roast, beef stew etc.

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Photo of Dlijoi
3.06/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of BarrelchesterHamfist
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The balance between rounded malt darkness and sharp green hops is complimented by a combination of fruity yeast strains.
A refreshing, well crafted porter that drinks smooth... and fast. It pours thin, the bitterness and 9.2% abv are present on the nose, but the flavor is clean and finish is crisp.
Beautifully blended by a few months on the shelf, this beer is a must have that will fit nicely into your standard rotation.

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Photo of chiefz1
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into glass. Label has 'FOR OPTIMAL FRESHNESS ENJOY BY: VINTAGE1700'.
Black colored body, with brown edges highlighted by light. Expansive, frothy tan head slowly settles. Leaves behind weavings of lacing.
Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, and vanilla.
Taste expands the smells and brings forth roasted malt, dark and milk chocolate, coffee, and airy vanilla. There is quite a hop bite also. Alcohol is present throughout.
Medium mouth feel, rather coating. Alcohol effervescence is present.
This is a serious porter with its higher ABV%, but the flavors are well balanced and expressive. The vanilla lightens the experience somewhat and allows the darker notes to really be present, and not overwhelming.

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Photo of Amors
4.89/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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Gonzo Imperial Porter from Flying Dog Brewery
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 2,984 ratings