Gonzo Imperial Porter | Flying Dog Brewery

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Gonzo Imperial PorterGonzo Imperial Porter

Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
ABV varies.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-04-2005

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of mvanaskie13
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip shaped pint glass, color is black, head presented quite thick (>1") then dissipated but clinged nicely.

Smell is a little boozy at first (nice.) but some more roast and chocolate notes as it warms, not much caramel in the nose, a hint of bitterness lingers.

Taste is a mixture of chocalate, light caramel, hints of biscuit some mixed esters and booziness with even some hints towards rum and even light smoke. Very nice hop presence, light in flavors but there to combat the strength of this brew.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly creamy upfront and even throughout, some biting ester tones but balanced by sweetness and biscuity/breadiness. Some nicely lingering roasted flavors in there as well.

Overall, very nice brew, I like the estery presence with the roasted malt and light sweetness... just a very tasty brew.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of InfernoBoss
4.46/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of tdm168
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with half of an inch of frothy, dense, brown head that has great retention. The nose is rather hoppy with underlying roasty, chocolaty notes. The taste is big and chocolaty with a light, roastiness mixed in. There is a very noticeable hop character that meshes well with the chocolaty malt bill. The full body is smooth and rich with a nice, warm alcohol presence and decent carbonation.

This is nice beer. It's complex, rich, hoppy, chocolaty, smooth, drinkable, enjoyable. I will definitely have this again.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of draheim
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (vintage 11FF) into a snifter. Pours a rich brown w/ a thick crackly mocha head that settles slowly to a dense pillow on the surface and never completely goes away.

Aroma is faint chocolate malt and booze, a little nutty fruitiness as it warms. Aroma is pretty subdued though.

Taste is rich smooth dark roasted malt balanced by bitter hops. Pretty straightforward.

Mouthfeel is creamy, velvety w/ a dry finish. It's the best thing about this beer.

Overall I liked this imperial porter a lot, but it was kind of unbalanced, maybe a little schizo. Aroma was somewhat lacking, taste was good, appearance and mouthfeel were really good. Would I drink it again? Sure I would.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Gonzo Imperial Porter from Flying Dog Brewery
4.02 out of 5 based on 2,925 ratings.
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