Barrel-Aged Gonzo Imperial Porter | Flying Dog Brewery

Barrel-Aged Gonzo Imperial PorterBarrel-Aged Gonzo Imperial Porter
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Barrel-Aged Gonzo Imperial PorterBarrel-Aged Gonzo Imperial Porter

Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States

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

Added by endincolorado on 11-18-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 270 |  Reviews: 49
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Photo of sidetracked
2.9/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours black with a nice foamy light brown head.

Aroma has a moderate bourbon presence, wood, some bitter roasted malts. Slightly sweet. Light alcohol heat as it warms.

Upfront taste is bitter baking chocolate, light bourbon and wood, and roasted malts. Finish is sweeter with some molasses and light bourbon, roastyness, and chocolate. Flavor isn't that strong. Some alcohol at the finish as it warms.

Medium to full bodied with a medium carbonation. Crisp and dry. Could be more substantial.

Falls short of what I expected. Aroma is great, but the taste and body don't match it. Seems kind of watery. Disappointing.


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Photo of Brickwall316
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Snagged a few of these in a trade with ruizjoe!

The beer pours a jet black with a thick tan head that fades. The reason I'm giving this beer a slightly higher appearance score than usual is because of how damn rich it looks for an american porter...although I have my suspicions about this being an american porter vs a baltic.
There is very little lacing, but an oily residue is left behind in its place.
When the light hits the beer, the edges glisten a color that is purely sunset.

A touch of yummy whiskey followed by a rich, chocolaty sweetness. The vanilla from the wood offers another candy element to this beer's nose. This smells very rich and smooth.

Tastes like it smells with gorgeous wood barrel, caramelized sugars, chocolate, and roastiness pulled together by syrupy sweetness and high octane alcohol. The fruitiness that lingers after each sip reminds me of figs, raisins, and tobacco (not a fruit...).
It's one of the best barrel aged beers I've had ever, and almost reminds me of how I felt drinking BCBS for the first time.

Thick, medium-full bodied beer with more carbonation than expected and heavy, heavy flavors that sit on your palate and linger. This is definitely a sipping beer and should be consumed at a slightly warmer temperature to experience its full potential. Kind of like biting into a whiskey, fudge brownie.

Super impressed with this beer and I think it's the best FD beer available. The bottles cost $6-7 for a 12oz, which is quite reasonable and worth the cost. I also shared this beer at a recent bottle sharing event and most people were as impressed as I was with this beer.

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Photo of aprilianewman
5/5  rDev +19.9%

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of BB1313
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2011 vintage. 12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a light black, light getting through, not too much head, lacing, retention, but still looks nice. Lots of rich milk chocolate blended with oak and whiskey. The whiskey is noticeable, but not completely dominant. More wood in the flavors and alot more chocolate. I can also pick up a nice amount of vanilla. More milk chocolate, roasted chocolate, chocolate. Chocolate is the star, followed by the oak. Bittersweet flavors. Mouthfeel is nice, light, and well carbonated. Maybe not as velvety as I expected, but there's still not much to complain about. This is a very easy drinking beer and the alcohol goes unnoticed.

This might not be a mind blower, but it's very well done. Great beer! Very tasty..

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Photo of imperialking
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of benart
5/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of jmfc8237
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of IdrinkGas
4/5  rDev -4.1%

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Photo of buckyp
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of doughanson78
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Super black pour, pretty thick also. Pretty much no head save for a couple of bubbles.

S: Big oak and whiskey hit you in the face. Maybe a touch of chocolate.

T: Touch of chocolate upfront. Then big oak and whiskey hit your mouth. Some slight roasty notes. The whiskey is actually fairly smooth, with a mild bite in the throat.

M: Medium body. Almost no carbonation. Very light creaminess.

O: Not real impressed with this. I've heard how good it is, but it just doesn't do it for me. There wasn't anything wrong with it, but I like my porters with more porter qualities.

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Photo of RPMazzi
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of MexicanSkittel
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark black with no light making it through. A dark brown, slight ashy grey colored fluffy head sat gentlly on top about 3/8 inch high. Left nice lacing rings in the tulip after each sip.
Hints of espresso, caramel, chocolate, oak, vanilla, honey, we're all present, but there was an intense bourbon bath for all the other smells. A stinging alc pierced the nose like smelling a snifter of bourbon.

The pallet was a little over run by the bourbon at first, but gentlly opened over the next 15 then 30 45 mins. The alc died, leaving the choch and espresso leading the way dragging along with it an oak aged vanilla bean. Pretty tasty.

Again hot on the pallet at first with surprising gentle viscosity. Sipping and patients allowed a long finish to hang on the pallet. Very drinkable, giving you good flavors and a buzz after two, without being too heavy.

Overall I like this beer, would love more. Glad to know that not only the art work by Steadman was good but the beer as well.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

Barrel-Aged Gonzo Imperial Porter from Flying Dog Brewery
Beer rating: 88.1% out of 100 with 270 ratings
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