Gonzo Imperial Porter (Flying Dog Brewery)

The sixth and final review from FLYING DOG BREWERY THEME WEEK is their award-winning Baltic porter, GONZO IMPERIAL PORTER.

Gonzo Imperial Porter is an award-winning tribute to the late Hunter S. Thompson.  This “double porter dry hopped with a shitload of Cascade hops” clocks in at 7.8% ABV.

Like Hunter S. Thompson… Gonzo Imperial Porter is deep and complex. This turbo charged version of the Road Dog Porter is mysteriously dark with a rich and malty body, intense roasted flavors, and a surprisingly unique hop kick. With Gonzo weighing in at 7.8% ABV, it will bite you in the ass if you don’t show it the proper respect.

Gonzo pours a thick black with no possibility of light shining through. The head is a chocolately finger of enticing clingy foam.

The nose is heavy on chocolate and malt.  I immediately thought of Whoppers candy.  I could swear I also picked up red wine notes.

Gonzo tastes some-what like it smells.  The chocolate flavor is thick, with malt and biscuit notes appearing after the liquid has been consumed.   Alcohol is also present, but thankfully not too overpowering.

Mouthfeel is medium to thick, with a stickiness that hangs on the inside of your mouth.  It’s also a little warm/alcoholy (definitely not a real word).

Gonzo Imperial Porter is a good beer, but it’s missing something that I just can’t quite put my finger on.  The candy-like nose intrigued me, but sadly the beer didn’t deliver on the taste.  An alright Baltic porter, but it just didn’t live up to the hype.

Overall: 6 out of 10

As a BALTIC PORTER: 6.5 out of 10

FOR FANS OF: Victory BALTIC THUNDER, Southampton IMPERIAL BALTIC PORTER, Shipyard IMPERIAL PORTER

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