Gonzo - Barrel-Aged
Flying Dog Brewery

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Porter - Imperial
Ranked #61
Ranked #2,825
4.15 | pDev: 9.64%
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States
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Notes: Aged for months in oak whiskey barrels from A. Smith Bowman, our deep and dark Gonzo gets even more mysterious with notes of vanilla and whiskey warmth.

Malts: Caramel, Black, Chocolate
Hops: Northern Brewer, Cascade
Yeast: American Ale and English Ale
85 IBU
Reviews: 380 | Ratings: 995 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by skiking70:
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skiking70 from Maryland

4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jun 19, 2018
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Absolut from California

4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black with a brownish head. Smells of chocolate, malt, oats and molasses. Same taste. Barrel and booze comes through. Very tasty.

Jun 14, 2015
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dtivp from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.6%

Aug 26, 2013
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dhep16 from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.6%

Apr 11, 2012
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Schlais from Minnesota

4/5  rDev -3.6%

Jun 05, 2012
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madelf66 from Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Mar 24, 2017
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imperialking from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Jan 08, 2012
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ThickNStout from Georgia

3.61/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Vintage 11BB, so I assume bottled in 2011. Served in a Burnt Hickory snifter.

Pours a deep dark brown, almost black with a finger and a half capucinno head.

I'm getting scents of whisky, lightly charred malts, cocoa powder and wet wood.

Strong whisky, richly sour dates, cocoa, burnt carmel and a hint of smoke. Very little noticeable booze.

Soft, smooth medium feel with light carbonation.

One of the best I've tried from Flying Dog. Nothing ground breaking however this is quite solid.

Jun 11, 2013
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raymo55 from Michigan

5/5  rDev +20.5%

Nov 19, 2011
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Jstonerock24 from Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Nov 04, 2014
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DOCRW from Washington

3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oct 04, 2020
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4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

A dark brown with a thin light brown head. Nice webbing and sticky lacing down the glass.

The nose is really this beer's best characteristic. There's a lot of chocolate, sweet caramel, roasted malt, and a warm bourbon presence.

The flavor is very similar to the nose but I think the alcohol is just a touch too hot and holds a little too much presence. The sweet caramel, toffee, and sweet malts are all still delicious, though they're hidden a touch by the barrel aging process.

Medium bodied.

A really delicious and interesting sipper. An interesting beer. Nothing something I could drink huge quantities of, but a really good bourbon barrel aged porter.

Jun 19, 2011
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Nitrogenx from Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.6%

Dec 02, 2011
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MeowMixz from New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Mar 31, 2013
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Markbienvenu from Maryland

4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mar 19, 2015
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sisterofba from Maryland

4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apr 22, 2020
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tr4nc3d from Kansas

4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle says "June, 2005, limited edition"

1 Pint 9.4fl oz corked and caged bottle poured into my snifter

Pours an opaque like color with a massive five inch mocha colored head. The head is dense and has great head retention that subsides very slowly. Minimal lacing is left clinging to the sides of my glass.

Smells slightly sweet with dried fruit. Get hints of molasses, chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, candi sugar, and black licorice.

Taste is slight sweet upfront with candi sugar and dried fruit, some chocolate, cherries, coffee, oak and roasted malts.

Mouthfeel is full bodied with medium carbonation.

Great porter that I look forward to trying again and would definitely recommend.

Feb 18, 2010
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RuckusDu from Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Jun 23, 2013
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bigeyedfish89 from Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Dec 17, 2012
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foundersfan1 from Missouri

4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not a common event for me to write a rview for a beer, but since I happened upon a 2011 Vintage I figured it would be interesting to see the results after 4 years.

Oak and bourbon have really had their way with the aroma. Some chocolate in the background, but it is near imperceptible in comparison to the main flavors.

Suprisingly the roast and chocolate are the most gripping portions of the flavor. The bourbon still plays a pert but is not featured in anywhere the same way as the nose would indicate.

Overall, this has far surpassed my expectations for a Flying Dog beer, but can't help but feel the optimal aging is 2 1/2 to 3 years to retain all relevant flavors

Sep 01, 2015
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TonyT from Pennsylvania

4.8/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It was mid-day and I took the blackbeast for a ride...Destination the South American's.
Eduardo was outside....

We had to pick up his car, which was need of serious detailing...removal of all bug/tracking devices....any sort of direct intersection with his/our coordinates....
Pick up was easy....now for some back woods pizza.

I pulled the blackbeast into the end of the cliff. Let's hang on shall we.
Eduardo was on my right.

We walked into a myriad of tasteful treats...this that and the other...There was only one that I was concerned with....And there you are, oh keeper of good times.

...Back to the front....We watched the Gonzo Documentary and poured a growler of some barrel aged Imperial Porter...You can't repeat times like these.

Thank you Hunter...
Thank you Flying Dog....

May 25, 2009
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Harkrank from Sweden

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Jan 20, 2012
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bbrown12 from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Jun 03, 2013
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dgilks from Australia

3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep black colour with a tiny tan head. Poor head retention.

Rich and chocolatey with lots of vanilla notes. A bit one dimensional but still good.

A nice, spicy and rich alcohol complements coffee and chocolate notes.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Decent.

A good beer but it's nothing special and there are better beers out there.

Dec 16, 2010
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Loveyourbeer from Virginia

4/5  rDev -3.6%

Mar 24, 2014
Gonzo - Barrel-Aged from Flying Dog Brewery
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