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
Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sour bourbon, edgy, big bourbon aroma. Nice imperial porter. 'bout time I rated it. Buffalo BA gathering. A sipper, smoother mouthfeel than the last time I had it, aided by understated carbonation.Deep brown colour. Must have something soothing after it.

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Photo of dogfishandi
5/5  rDev +24.4%

Photo of jsulko
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a snifter

Very dark black color. Dark brown chocolate looking head that fades quickly.

Smell is very heavy with the whiskey with a sweet maltyness as well.

Taste is very sweet with the whiskey dominating. Finish has a slight alcohol finish. Some vanilla notes in the flavor.

A very unique beer with a powerful taste.

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Photo of greg4579
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of barnzy78
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of mconz
5/5  rDev +24.4%

Photo of therobot
5/5  rDev +24.4%

Photo of Bogforce
5/5  rDev +24.4%

Photo of mmcnaughton
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of jlb502
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of thetomG
5/5  rDev +24.4%

Photo of raymo55
5/5  rDev +24.4%

Photo of Arvo
5/5  rDev +24.4%

Photo of JDizzle
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of dlello2
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pitch black. No light getting through the glass. Some red tinges to the corners. Some head but it faded quickly.

S - Chocolate AND bourbon bourbon bourbon. Smells REALLY sweet, almost overwhelmingly so. Just balanced enough that I'm excited to drink it though.

T - Mouthfeel is thick! - Taste is very sweet and major coffee notes shine through. Now I'm getting lots of chocolate. Bourbon smells wonderfully after drinking. Initial aftertaste of coffee/chocolate fades to a less pleasant bitterness. Coffee is lingering as well.

O - This is good. I don't know how drinkable it is... 12oz is a lot as it is so thick and sweet. The aftertaste doesn't exactly make you want to drink and drink.

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Photo of Gatordaddy
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of MarcatGSB
4.44/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into Founders Snifter. Can't believe there is only one review for this beer...Purchased from Binny's for $5.69 or so a bottle.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with a creamy khaki colored frothy, two finger head that dissipates quickly, leaving behind minimal lacing and a ring with a few internal bubbles.

Nose: Real crisp big oak nose, with some whiskey and dark malt coming through. A really beautiful smelling Imperial Porter.

Taste: The malt and mild vanilla oakiness really work well together. Some big whiskey notes finish with some real nice oak.

Mouth: The oak has quite a drying effect on the mouth, with really makes this beer enjoyable. Very complex, I'm impressed. Not a HUGE fan of the Gonzo Porter, but the extra time in the whiskey barrels really helps this thing shine.

Drink and overall: Wow, I grabbed a small hand full of these and wish I would have grabbed a few more. They were a bit pricey, but well worth it.

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Photo of nanobrew
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of endincolorado
4.72/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque black with a crema-like, foamy tan head and lots of lacing. Aroma is rich and roasty with sweet molasses, dark fruit, vanilla and wood. Black coffee and burn toast up front in flavor, followed by strong, dark-chocolate and a real vanilla-caramel sweetness that reminds me of some kind of baked-good. A complex medley of flavors lingers on the palate long after each sip. A full, creamy body and perfect carbonation make up the mouthfeel, followed by an alcoholic warmth from the whiskey barrel.

For the style, I feel that this is a nuanced, welcome escape from the norm, and a bit sweeter than most.

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Barrel-Aged Gonzo Imperial Porter from Flying Dog Brewery
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