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Brew Review: Flying Dog Gonzo Imperial Porter

Flying Dog Gonzo Imperial PorterBrewery: Flying Dog
Brew: Gonzo Imperial Porter
ABV: 9.2%
IBU: 85
Their Take: Gonzo is big, bold, and beautiful like the man it was brewed in honor of, Dr. Hunter S. Thompson. Flavor notes: roasted chocolate, coffee, and vanilla malt flavors balanced with a unique hop bite.

Flying Dog’s Gonzo Imperial Porter finished up my dark night a while back, following up Bell’s Expedition Stout and Weyerbacher Old Heathen, two tough acts to follow. It’s the usual deep, black color you would expect out of the style, with a great, soft, foamy tan head. Its got a very malty, bready aroma, lacking the burnt smell present in the stouts I had drank previously in the night. The hop presence was stronger in this one, giving it a fruity yet pleasantly surprising taste. The requisite roastiness was there, but didn’t overpower the back end of the taste, and it certainly wasn’t too heavy. If anything, it could be a bit heavier than it was, but overall I’d recommend picking this beer up if you’re looking for a bit of a different flavor from a dark beer.

Aroma: 3.5/5
Color: 5/5
Taste: 4/5
Overall: 3.5/5
Total: 16/20


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