Gonzo Imperial Porter | Flying Dog Brewery

BA SCORE
90
outstanding
2,914 Ratings
THE BROS
84
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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
Ratings:
2,914
Reviews:
1,473
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
10.95%
 
 
Wants:
148
Gots:
355
For Trade:
5
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Photo of socon67
3.86/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pat61
4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: bright dark brown producing a small tan cap with poor retention.

S: fruit, floral, light coffee with some cocoa. The hop aromas are medium to medium low,l the malt aromas are medium low and the yeast aromas are low.

T: The flavors start clean and smooth with a hint of fruit quickly followed by a wave of chocolate. It starts lightly sweet and then it dries out with chocolate and coffee notes and a little grainy astingency. The bitter from the grains and the hops pleasantly lingers. the mild sweetness provides balance. There is nothing harsh or burnt.

F: It has a medium to medium full body with medium carbonation and very faint warming.

O: This is a very drinkable beer that is high in flavor and easy to drink.

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Photo of BJB13
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip style pint glass.

Awesome head on this one! Two fingers of tan, heavy foam sits above a blackish body that lets very little light through the root beer colored edges. The head eventually settles to a half inch, leaves sticky lacing all over the place and hangs around for the duration. Unfortunately the nose is rather weak, offering only slight hop and roasted malt aromas and a touch of alcohol. The taste is good but straight forward, good bitterness from hops and roasted malts front to back with a little heat through the finish. Nothing too complex. The body is medium and the carbonation is medium to high, just enough to give a little bit of tongue bite.

Not bad but I expecting it to be more robust.

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Photo of generallee
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SGR1220
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of EmeraldMist
2.26/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

Look - Pours dark brown with two fingers of tan head, good retention, no lacing.
Aroma - Coffee, perfumey hops, alcohol, caramel
Taste - Roasted malt, oily leafy hops followed by a huge wave of bitterness, hop forward, tangy, sweet alcohol, sugary chocolate.
Feel - Medium to full bodied, fizzy carbonation, oily, alcohol warmth from start to finish.

Overall - Not what I look for in a porter.

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Photo of Jim_Benz
2.81/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

This is okay at best. Alcohol dominates taste and smell to the point that it's difficult to discern more subtle flavors typical in a porter. As such, this beer is way overpriced and disappointing. But I imagine you could get hammered drinking a six pack. Will not be buying this one again.

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Photo of daveinthed
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Ahypercube
4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Procured from a local Vons, looking for new stouts to try.

L: Pours a little thin, but very dark. Charcoal black with amber edges. Lightly carbonated, only a half centimeter of head rose from a moderate pour, but the lacing is widely arched and elegant, and a cinnamon-tan ring lingers on the glass.

S: Mmm... faint roast coffee, milk chocolate, and caramel laced with tendrils of sour lemon and cherry that cling to the nose and linger, a little bit of floral character flaring-up on the finish along with the roast. Hoppy for a porter. Some may find the level of sourness off-putting. Personally, I like the sour (although most porters do fine with much less).

T: Yum. Roast (as it should be) is center stage throughout with the chocolate and caramel sweetening the middle, then pear, plum, lime and grapefruit pull it into a sour finish. It's rather tough to distinguish the fruity character of the hops with all that roast coffee. It almost makes it seem pointless to make such a hoppy porter at all, as most people may not notice, and those who do may even find it conflicting. But I digress.

F: Feels as thin as it looks, but it's clean and has a refreshing level of dryness, so B+.

O: A very good porter. Complex, and though not as well-balanced as some, its heart is in the right place.

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Photo of StevenH
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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

Photo of breardon1776
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Benish
3.57/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Curt3
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of moodyxc9
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RichieRich1812
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of antman27
3.86/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Bartleby91
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Urk1127
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Roelleke1986123inkijk
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oh man, wonderful beer by Flying Dog.
The aroma and taste, you immidiatly get the coffee and the chocolate.

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Photo of Benl7217
4.65/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of km02600
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Marzen_Fan
3.69/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Adam1993
3.21/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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Gonzo Imperial Porter from Flying Dog Brewery
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