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Flying Dog Gonzo Imperial Porter


  • Brewery: Flying Dog
  • Country: USA
  • Style: Imperial Porter
  • ABV: 9.2%
  • Size: 350 ml
  • Bought from: Bierzwerg, ~3€
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Still haven’t had a chance to start brewing, since my order of hops still hasn’t arrived. I have some spare hops from older brews, so might have to change the recipe around a little so that I can brew tomorrow. In the meanwhile I’m having a bottle of Flying Dog’s Gonzo Imperial Porter, named as a tribute to Hunter S. Thompson, and some home-baked mud cake. This beer has been brewed with a mix of roasted malts, a original gravity of 22 plato, and hopped with Warrior, Northern Brewer and Cascade to an IBU of 85. Should be interesting!

Flying Dog Gonzo Imperial Porter
The beer pours with a very dark reddish-brown color, and a tan-colored head is formed as well. The head quickly collapses leaving some lacing and some foam islands on the surface of the beer.
The aroma is roasty and sweet, lending some tones of coffee, chocolate, caramel and molasses. There is a strong presence of warm alcohol in the aroma as well.
The flavor is also dominated by roasted and almost charred tones. The same coffee, chocolate and molasses tones from the aroma are present in the flavor as well, but these are joined by some hints of burnt grains or sugar. The alcohol is present in the flavor as well, but not as strongly as in the aroma. The flavor ends with a slightly sweet and bitter aftertaste. The beer is well balanced, with the roastiness, bitterness and sweetness working nicely together.
The beer has a smooth and medium-full body, with a medium-low carbonation level. The beer has a good mouthfeel, but the burnt tones draw some points from the score.
A great beer, that though in my opinion had a couple of flaws in the aroma and flavor. Still the best I've had from Flying Dog, and a excellent match with the chocolately mud cake I was eating at the same time. This beer had some great roasted tones, but was a bit put off by the burnt and almost charred flavor.

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