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:
ABV varies.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-04-2005

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,340
Reviews:
1,480
Ratings:
2,945
pDev:
10.95%
Bros Score:
3.7
 
 
Wants:
154
Gots:
364
Trade:
4
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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark black-brown body, tan head, lots of lacing. A very fine looking porter, without a doubt.

S - A strong dark toasted malt note, with a powerful pine and hop hit, slightly herbal.

T - Following the nose, with a coffee and toast hit mingling with a powerful hop hit, reminding me of a hop-forward black IPA.

M - Brisk hops and powerful dry close.

O - Lush and full, this is a strong hop-forward porter, and one I'd grab again.

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Photo of Runofthemiller
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stofko1992
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mjw2808
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of 1971bernat
2.5/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of BenHoppy
3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FrancisM12
3.86/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of OtisCampbell007
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerGlassesCollector
4.71/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TheCrowsEye
4.34/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gsquared12
4.14/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of PaulSlazinger
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Barleycorn
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of jzeilinger
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On nitro.

A - Nitro is always a sexy looking pour with a big, creamy, one finger thick layer of creamy off-white silky/creamy head. Looks pretty awesome.

S - Light smokey caramel and chocolate with some cream. The aroma is pretty disappointing, actually (at least on Nitro).

T - Toasted chocolate and caramel, piney bitter finish that lingers.

M - Full bodied and thick, silky and creamy thanks to the nitro pull when it was poured, chewy.

O - Nitro can be hit or miss with me and this one isn't really doing it for me. Probably would enjoy CO2 much more but the beautiful thing about nitro and/or cask, the beer has no where to run or hide when it comes to the flavor profile.

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4.14/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 330mL bottle into a tulip glass at the Blue Marlin in Shanghai China.

A: The beer is a pure black color with a small, compact, dark tan head with amazing retention.

S: Roasted coffee, bittersweet chocolate, anise, tobacco, booze underneath.

T: Very strong flavor, very boozy. Also smoky char, black coffee, leather, dark chocolate, wood.

F: Smooth with a bit of a carbonation bite.

Overall: God beer, if a bit heavy and strong on the alcohol character. The barreled version of this addresses this problem. One is good, but I will revisit this one for sure.

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

Photo of GSturges
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of migleskun
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wilhelmr3
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zylod
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JonnyCastle
4.39/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of gwydno
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of rickklein9
3/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of claminat420
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz. bottle dated vintage 17CC

Appearance- from a hardy pour it's the typical porter/stout color with a light brown frothy head. leaves decent lacing.

Aroma- chocolate coffee. maybe some slight caramel mixed with molasses. has a slight soft bubblegum note kicking from the yeast. really good.

Taste- just like the smell. abv is well hidden.

Mouthfeel- medium/ heavy bodied. good carbonation. has a weird dryness.

Drinkability- will gladly drink this again down the road.

Overall- solid beer for the style. the only negative thing I can say about this brew is the weird dryness. if it's from the bitterness it's a funky bitterness.

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Gonzo Imperial Porter from Flying Dog Brewery
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 2,945 ratings
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