Gonzo Imperial Porter | Flying Dog Brewery

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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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-04-2005

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#7,065
Reviews:
1,492
Ratings:
2,975
pDev:
10.95%
 
 
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157
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Ratings: 2,975 |  Reviews: 1,492
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

Photo of Jacobier10
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from Badlands in Bethesda, MD. Dated "VINTAGE18DD."

Jet black pour with a huge, thick, dark tan head. Great head retention as well. Aroma was somewhat mild at first, but possibly because the beer was too cold. Once it warms a bit, its loaded with big piney hops and roasted malt. Some coffee thrown into the mix to boot. Assertive bitter flavor thanks to the strong roasted malt and pine. No doubt it's a bold and hoppy imperial dark ale, but there is definitely balance between the malt and hops. Full bodied and slightly warming thanks to the alcohol. An impressive brew that's made to be sipped and savored.

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Photo of josanguapo
4.26/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

From estucerveza. In Teku glass. Playing Avernun 3. 2 months after bbf. I find it more close to a black ipa than a porter, with strong piney hops notes. Very drinkable

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Photo of VABA
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a very dark color with slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has roasty hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a roasty flavor
M-A medium bodied decently carbonated beer
O-A decent take on the porter style

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Photo of 2market
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

One of my favorite Imperial Porters

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

Photo of Franziskaner
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Black in color and impenetrable to light. There's an inch of creamy brown head resting on top. It dissipated in 5 minutes to a fingernail. Moderate lacing. I smell dark caramelized malt with notes of toffee. I'm tasting dark and bitter roasted malt with a touch of piney hops and coffee in the back of the palate. The mouth is thick and lightly creamy.

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Photo of drkiwibird
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Czequershuus
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a deep black with a large rich brown head. The aroma is deep and rich with semi sweet chocolate, brown sugar, sourdough, licorice, toast, and a little raisin. The flavor is rich and sweet, with loads of burnt and brown sugar, licorice, browned toast, roast meet, dark chocolate, maple sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. The mouthfeel is full and soft with foaming carbonation. Overall this is an excellent beer -big sweet flavors, but great balances, and a strong, lingering finish.

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Photo of pizzabutt
4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 12oz bottle into a stout glass.

appearance: practically pitch black, but shows some brown when held to the light. roughly 1-inch tan head, great lacing.

smell: caramel, molasses. hops.

taste: hoppy, molasses. i don't get much caramel as in the nose, but the hops are pretty forward.

feel: enough carbonation to be noticeable but the primary sensation is smooth. fuller-bodied, and slightly oily.

overall: definitely my favorite porter. great feel, great flavor, looks excellent. not too boozy, despite being a 9%, and although it doesnt have the best smell of all time it definitely doesn't prepare you for the overall excellency of this beer. i'd recommend this to anyone who likes strong porters.

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Photo of bobstockwell
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Gonzo Imperial Porter from Flying Dog Brewery
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 2,975 ratings