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Gonzo Imperial Porter | Flying Dog Brewery

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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:
#3,222
Reviews:
1,479
Ratings:
2,933
pDev:
10.95%
Bros Score:
3.7
 
 
Wants:
154
Gots:
364
Trade:
5
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Ratings: 2,933 |  Reviews: 1,479
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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Photo of BucBasil
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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3.19/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of HamdenHector
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: opaque; very dark brown in color; 1+ finger dark brown head that receded to a wispy cap; nice lacing;

S: milk chocolate, a little spice, deeply roasted grains;

T: coffee, dark chocolate, and tobacco; mild to moderate bitterness on the finish;

M: medium to full bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish; alcohol is slightly warming;

O: nice complexity in the flavor;

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Photo of Spoda1983
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours jet black leaving a half inch white foamy head that fades fairly quickly to a film covering the top of the body inside my nonic. Minimal lacing is left. The smell has some coffee, chocolate, alcohol and light malts up front. The taste is bitter and boozy with the coffee and alcohol coming in strong. It leaves a dry aftertaste and has a bitter finish. The palate is about a medium with nothing harsh on the tongue. Overall, I like this as a Baltic Porter. I’d have this again.

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured to a tumbler glass.

A: The body is pitch black. The head is light brown having a one finger thickness, showing some good retention and minor lacing.
S: The aroma is strong of coffee, for a Porter, however, an Imperial Porter, this is very cool to have a more prominent aroma instead of the light and minimal hints that a good Porter usually shows. In the back, just a small hint of alcohol.
T: The taste beings with roasty touch, somewhat sweet somewhat bitter, having a good connection towards the not-to-prominent hops. It's balanced. The coffee flavour is present everywhere but it tastes more like a Nescafe, instant coffee, which is funny but not fantastic.
M: Body is medium. Carbonation is good. Bitterness is low, as it's supposed to, alcohol is just a bit high.
O: Interesting and good Imperial Porter. Would just love if the coffee flavour could be more true to coffee instead of instant coffee.

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Photo of Vader444
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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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Gonzo Imperial Porter from Flying Dog Brewery
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 2,933 ratings
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