Barrel-Aged Gonzo Imperial Porter | Flying Dog Brewery

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Barrel-Aged Gonzo Imperial PorterBarrel-Aged Gonzo Imperial Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States
flyingdogbrewery.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Aged and seasoned for three months in whiskey barrels.

Duplicate of this beer
http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/68/36342

Added by endincolorado on 11-18-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
270
Reviews:
49
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
10.7%
 
 
Wants:
30
Gots:
82
For Trade:
6
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Ratings: 270 |  Reviews: 49
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of John_M
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at Max's today during their rare beerfest. This is the barrel aged version, but with vanilla nibs and chipolte.

The beer pours blackish brown color with fairly good head retention and decent lacing. The nose is just great on this stuff, as I pick up considerable dark chocolate, vanilla, nestle's quick and light coffee. The flavor profile is even better, as I pick up some heat from the chili's, a touch of bourbon, along with everything I got in the nose. The beer is fairly sweet, but the bourbon tones that down nicely in this fine beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, with a soft, almost creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol is noticeable, but is not over the top or overdone.

Just an all around well made, well crafted beer from Flying Dog. Impressive stuff.

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Photo of JakeDebus
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of jeonseh
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle

A - Very dark brown, almost black. Poured with no head and only had a small edge of foam on the edges. Much darker than the original Gonzo

S - Dark chocolate, vanilla sweetness and a strong whisky presence as well. Get hints of oak from the barrel and hints of plum as well.. Actually a bit surprised by how much barrel you get in the nose give its only aged a few months

T - Chocolate, hints of brandied dark fruits and a hint of oak. Near the end of the beer, there are hints of vanilla and bitter coffee and hops. You do get a slight kick from the alcohol as well.

MF - Medium body with a light syrupiness to it. Has a decent amount of carbonation as well. Leaves a slight oak tingle on the tongue that lingers in the aftertaste

O - Good BA porter from Flying Dog. The barrel adds a new layer of complexity to the normal Gonzo. Worth trying if you find one.

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3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: really dark black porter. head is light to medium brown poring out to 1 full finger of head that dies down to a ring around the top of the beer. good looking dark beer!

Smell: strong whiskey and oak notes that overpower all else. The nose is all business, nuff said.

Taste: upfront some malty sweetness represented by a chocolate bar and a mild roasty coffee. U get a little bit of vanilla mixed with black licorice and oak. Then the whiskey takes over and dominates this beer from midtaste to the aftertaste. Mild boozey kick that works good with the flavors that are present.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied beer with low to carbonation. Appropriate for the beer style, fairly close to where it should be. Oily and fairly viscous for a baltic porter. Still feels a bit thin, but I am used to drinking barrel aged stouts and this is a porter. So that is to be expected.

Overall: really nice barrel aged porter. Had the non-barrel aged version of Gonzo many times before and I prefer the whiskey barrel treatment for this beer... it really does wonders for this porter. I would have to say that this beer is the best offering I have ever drank from flying dog brewery.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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

thanks to bbarak for sending this 12oz'er my way. enjoyed from a duck rabbit snifter.

a - brew poured a deep dark ominous black with a finger plus of tan head that fizzled away in a matter of minutes leaving a ring on the surface of the brew.

s - whiskey barrel with nutty chocolate. the wood is definitely present and brings a good amount of peat to the nose. more whiskey than i remember from the wild dog version.

t - lots of char and chocolate with strong woody peat characteristics. more stout than porter.

m - a bit thin for such a big beer, but overall medium bodied. thicker than a typical porter.

o - overall, a nice beer. it is pretty enjoyable. wish i had a regular gonzo to compare it to. memory says that it is similar to the wild dog, but the barrel seems more present than the larger format wild dog series. the wood is fairly present. i am a big fan of whiskey barrels as opposed to bourbon barrels, but certainly doesn't feel like the most top shelf whiskey. none-the-less, enjoyable.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter

Pours an opaque black with a beige one and a half finger head with dissipates into a thin foam ring bordering the inside of the glass. A aroma of chocolate, oak, roasted malt, and a bit of whiskey booziness rises from the glass. Initially chocolate and a bit of dark fruit, transtions into slight sweet roasted malt which eventually finishes with oak and whiskey and a bit of alcohol heat. Very pleasant mouthfeel. Perfect level of carbonation with a heavier medium body. Very smooth from start to finish. A very solid barrel-aged porter and an overall tasty brew. Recommended and worth revisiting.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of Rutager
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Yeahnatenelson for this one. Vintage 11AA

Appearance. Pours black with a thin, espresso foam head.

Smell. Chocolate and roasty malts with a little oaky vanilla and booze. Just a slight sourness too.

Taste. Sweet bourbon, some roasty malts, a bit of semi-sweet chocolate and vanilla.

Mouthfeel. Medium-full body with medium-low carboantion.

Overall. Drinks pretty easy considering abv and tastes good.

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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Barrel-Aged Gonzo Imperial Porter from Flying Dog Brewery
4.02 out of 5 based on 270 ratings.
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