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Average Review High Score Low Score Reviews Tried Consumed
84 88 78 5 30 15
Gonzo Imperial Porter by Flying Dog Brewery
Baltic Porter
9.50 % ABV


 
Review by everetends on 05/29/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
78 3 8 16 4 8 2010
Old Review
12 oz bottle from Five Points Bottle Shop in Athens, GA. Last of the mixed four pack. Poured into a nonic.

A: Pours a somewhat thick, BLACK brew. Vigorous pour yields only a finger of tan head. The head has littel retention, falling to only a small ring. Lacing is weak. Leaves a bit of a dark yellow film on the glass. This beer is very black though, and that makes me happy.

S: Smell is easy. Roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate. Thats all we got. Smells appetizing but we need more.

T: Taste is good. Gotta give it up here. Deeply roasted malt, heavy in the first sip. You get some nice chocolate and coffee going on. Fruit. Dark fruits such as fig, raisins and subtle cherries. There is also some really nice notes of a good bourbon going on in this beer. Booze is there but not stupid. Nice balance and pleasing.

M: Medium side of full bodied, but still has some rich thickness to it. Really coats the mouth. Roasted malt resonates on the palate at all times. Alcohol burn on the throat, but pleasing. Carbonation is a bit too high, but whatever.

D: Good beer. For once, Flying Dog proves they can make a beer you can drink more than once or actually finish. Not the best porter in the world, but good. Drink it and enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 09-23-2008 05:42:18

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Lum on 11/04/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 10 18 4 9 0
Pours a very dark, rich looking black-ever so faint amber highlights here and there. one finger dark- nut brown head, receding quickly, leaving behind a nice crown and lacing.

Aromas of dark chocolate, molasses and licorice-wonderfully toasted malts, and accompanied pleasantly by that familiar hop scent.

At fist taste-sweet chocolate and licorice, turning more so into a coffee taste, then ending in a very enjoyable toasted/burnt grain taste, with a slight hoppy bitterness adding to the long lasting finish.

Body is medium to full, with the mouthfeel being slick and almost creamy. A bit dry throughout, slightly more noticeable in the finish-very nice. Carbonation is excellent.

I like this "Imperial Porter". This is more Stout- like than some Stouts out there. This one is always on my buy list do to it's enjoyability factor for me. Call it craving...
Highly Recommended!!

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by seaoflament on 04/03/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 8 18 4 9 2005
This is a vintage 05F bottle.

Pours an impenetrable dark color with two inches of mocha colored foam. Very good retention; the foam literally comes to a stand-still close to an inch and leaves a bit of coating on the way down. Eventually the foam reduces to a thin layer but it sure took about a good 5min.

Aromas of cherries, dark fruits, chocolate, roasted grains, grapes and hints of citrus. There are some hints of grains and vinous characteristics as well. Some charcoal and sandalwood.

Tastes of dark chocolate, toast and has an odd sweet flavor as well. Raisins and dates come through in the middle and finishes with cocoa, hints of vanilla, and malted milk. Also has some flavors of grapes, various dark fruits I, very tasty actually. After a while I begin to taste some of those peanut butter flavored cookies and oatmeal cookies.

Very smooth mouth-feel, near perfect.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Tip Top on 12/29/07  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 8 18 4 9 0
Review from 01/13/07

A - This thing poured a monstrous cocoa colored head that didn't go anywhere. Great staying power and big lacing. Body is dark brown, letting little light through.

S - Obvious alcohol. Anise notes. Roasted malts. Sweeter than expected and a tad sour.

T - Starts out sweet with black licorice and some fruity sweetness. Can't place the fruit. Maybe berries. There is also a slightly orange taste. It sort of mixes with a chocolatey taste the way those Toblerone oranges do.

M - Medium to full bodied with nice, smooth carbonation.

D - Very drinkable big beer. Glad I finally grabbed one of these.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Kegergator on 12/04/07  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 8 19 4 8 0
Finly tracked this dude down. GB hunter Thompson, I might save one of these bottles just because. Pours a nice dark ass brown. Smell is a little weaker than in like, but it does the job. Taste is near perfect, and border line stout, in my opinion, with the chololate and malt overtones. Very drinkable and will have a permanent place in my fridge.

Served In: Pint Glass

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