Gonzo Imperial Porter | Flying Dog Brewery

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4.02/5
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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
Ranking:
#3,687
Reviews:
1,484
Ratings:
2,958
pDev:
10.95%
Bros Score:
3.7
 
 
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153
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Ratings: 2,958 |  Reviews: 1,484
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
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Procured from a local Vons, while searching for a new stout to try. An IP is close enough.

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, fudge, and molasses 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 fudge and molasses 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 and chocolate. 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 smooth, light, 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: much like the late Dr. Thompson.

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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 Dutchcraftbeergeek
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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Gonzo Imperial Porter from Flying Dog Brewery
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 2,958 ratings