Gonzo Imperial Porter | Flying Dog Brewery

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90
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2,919 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:
2,919
Reviews:
1,476
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
10.95%
 
 
Wants:
151
Gots:
357
For Trade:
5
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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

Photo of brpendergast85
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Ryan4120
4.76/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

* This review is based off the nitro draught version
L - Deep black with a foamy, creamy light tan head with a good amount of lacing- obviously the nitro helps a lot with the look of this beer
S- very earthy, with deep malt and oak aromas but the smell isn't overpowering
T - Bold. Very earthy with a lot of hop flavor. A good amount of malt. There's also a nice bittersweet chocolate flavor in the mid palate. Maybe a slight amount of coffee flavor. Oak is present throughout the taste and adds a nice complexity. Some notes of alcohol but nothing unpleseant.
F - Perfect but again this is most likely due to the nitro. Fully body with minimal carbonation but incredibly smooth and creamy
O - This is an incredible imperial porter. Nice and bold with a strong earth and hop profile with a nice amount of malt and bittersweet chocolate to balance out the earth/hop bitterness. Obviously the nitro contributed a nice amount of depth to the overall feel and look of the beer.
- Of Note, I've had the non-nitro version of this beer and overall I'd rate it similarly - maybe 0.25 lower on the look and feel of the beer in each category respectively, but overall each version is a very, very good porter.

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Photo of Hip_Hop_Hooray
4.98/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of BigSmooth12
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of q33jeff
3.16/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

**
13/29/2016

Bottle to snifter.

LOOK: dark black, beige head. Above average head, but fades to lacing.

AROMA: barley like a dry stout; hops, oak, pine. Bit of a clash.

TASTE: bitter malt, acidic coffee, almost a touch of vinegar. Touch of molasses and chocolate.

FEEL: bubbly, dry,

Doesn't really do it for me.

Comparison of 4 porters: 1. Kane Morning Bell; 2. Ballast Point Victory at Sea; 3. Evil Twin Lil B; 4. Flying Dog Gonzo.


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Photo of Dalv
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Benjolovesbeer
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

It's a very boozy out of balanced imperial. One sip you love it, next sip you hate it. Some coffee, alcohol, malty, licorice notes. A little hoppy but really a beer to get wasted on, not so much enjoyable for simply enjoying. But it has a bit of uniqueness to it.

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

Photo of mjgsilva
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rammed96
4.51/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Space_Flight_Navigator
4.57/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of travelguy
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Klister
4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

33cl bottle. Pitch black pour with a medium height tan head with good retention. Smells like licorice, cocoa, roasted malts, chocolate and a bit of coffee. The taste follows the same notes, with an emphasis on roasted coffee, roasted malts and dark chocolate. Medium to full bodied, low carbonation and a roasty bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of Euroglot
2.75/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of HermitDan
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jmaskell33
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Buck89
3.54/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a shaker pint glass. An opaque dark brown color with a modest light tan head. Decent lacing. Interesting and restrained nose, with a slight turpentine note quickly followed by roasty malt, chocolate, and dark cherries. On the first sip, I immediately tasted bitterness, followed by a dry, roasty malt presence. Some cigar ash. Not much chocolate. Medium-bodied. A mediocre imperial porter in my opinion.

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Gonzo Imperial Porter from Flying Dog Brewery
4.02 out of 5 based on 2,919 ratings.
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