Gonzo Imperial Porter | Flying Dog Brewery

BA SCORE
90
outstanding
2,914 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:
2,914
Reviews:
1,473
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
10.95%
 
 
Wants:
148
Gots:
355
For Trade:
5
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Ratings: 2,914 |  Reviews: 1,473
Photo of kdivers
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cjohns73
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Chackman151
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Shade1951
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours almost pitch black with little head and decent lacing (for those to whom that's important). Smells rich with dark chocolate and leather. Taste is very, very nice, with aforementioned flavors of dark bitter chocolate and... leather. Carbonation is mild, which is fine - but it doesn't taste flat the way some porters and stouts do (Guinness). Feels creamy on the tongue. Very nice and very enjoyable. More suited for cold weather than for this time of year (August), but tasty nonetheless. A sipper, for sure.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.67/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Turns in those dark brown notes with a cherry coke head at a full inch. Aroma has roast and some smoke.

Plenty of noticeable alcohol, some chocolate malt, some brown malt, keeps the heavy dark fruit notes subdued, isn't as bitter as some in style. They're still there, but not as much of a style bummer hallmark as some others. There is enough roast and smoke do dummy that dark fruit shit up.

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Photo of Categart
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of pda22
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SD_Transplant
3.49/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Commandophile
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GentleKnight1
3.54/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bendover80
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of azretan
4.62/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TheSchwartz
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Growler Grlz in Durham. Nitro, even!

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Photo of rjd722
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kinggimp
3.4/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of EmperorBevis
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled
Pitch black body with huge foaming thick tan coloured head
Aromas of good fresh ground coffee, treacle & cocoa
Flavour like a boozed up espresso with a heavy cocoa dusting
Huge heavy flavour but the mf is quite easy going
Most Excellent

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Photo of jordanian2
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dag1991
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tgatort
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hayley_86
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bruno74200
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hop forward porter. It's blod and I like that. I was, at first, very surprised with the taste. It's very bitter and a bit astringent. Too bad it's a bit out of balance, the hops are too heavy compare to the roasted malts. Pine, coffee and burnt malt. Boozy

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Photo of Rogerlb
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours black. Aroma is dark fruit and some burnt malt. Taste is a relatively heavy-feeling porter, with malt, roast coffee, char, cola, licorice, creamy goodness all work well together. A little chocolate too. Lager and yeast in the finish, along with burnt toffee overtones.

Lots going on, and I like all of it. Some hoppy bitterness in the second half, barely. Complex for a porter, almost in stout territory. Good job, dog that flies. Not bad at all. The 9.2 % is almost completely hidden. As a stout, not quite; as a porter, more than most.

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Photo of Narthax
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Gonzo Imperial Porter from Flying Dog Brewery
4.02 out of 5 based on 2,914 ratings.
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