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:
Gonzo is big, bold, and beautiful like the man it was brewed in honor of – Dr. Hunter S. Thompson. Roasted chocolate, coffee, and vanilla malt flavors are balanced with a unique hop bite. Buy the ticket and take the ride by pairing it with blue cheeses, smoked meats, BBQ, chili, chocolate and coffee desserts.

ABV varies.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-04-2005

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#6,730
Reviews:
1,491
Ratings:
2,972
pDev:
10.95%
 
 
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Ratings: 2,972 |  Reviews: 1,491
Photo of jonbozz
4.51/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Nosquatch
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wizzle32
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
4.49/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | 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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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 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

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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
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Gonzo Imperial Porter from Flying Dog Brewery
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 2,972 ratings