kepano (250) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 14, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2006 I picked up Gonzo on a whim long after I had tasted samples of Flying Dog’s unimpressive gamut. However, I was taken by surprise by this porter as of the pour, a beautiful deep black body lit by a few tones of rich brown sparkling through the glass. The thick tan head forms a soapy center progressively circumscribed by smaller and smaller bubbles, ultimately reaching a creamy edge. A surprisingly complex aroma emanates, reminding initially of apple syrup, supported by cappuccino, cream, milk chocolate, mushrooms, grapefruit and with warming a touch of banana. The fruits are reverbated in the flavor giving it a sweet character that pleasantly mingles with the milk chocolate, coffee and the finishing bitterness of dark chocolate. The smooth and creamy texture complements the flavor subtly, coating the palate just slightly. A wonderful surprise and a decidedly delectable brew.
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - APR 11, 2006
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with a dark brown head. Aroma is hoppy with some pear notes. Lush sweet malts provide most of the flavor. I don’t taste chocolate or coffee as I expected. Instead this beer is fruity. I taste mostly pears. Also has some pine and floral hops which is interesting for me in a porter. Very smooth and leaves a beautiful lacing down the glass.
Minker17 (14) - Franklin, Tennessee, USA - APR 11, 2006
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
This is a very well done porter. Although, it was a bit too heavy for my tatse. It is still a very well crafted beer and fans of porters that want a heavy porter will enjoy this.
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - APR 10, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
semi-opaque blackish body and a bit of browninsh gold at the edges. thick creamy burnt sienna head. aroma is roasted chocolate malt, black mission figs, and some sweet molasses. flavor is sweet molasses, rosted coffee malt, and some sweet black licorice. a bit of bitter in the finish/aftertaste. thank you for not making this into a hop fest and keeping a porter the way it should be! great tribute to Hunter Thompson.
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - APR 8, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ruby tinged black, lasting tan head. Roasty malt aromas, and a hint of coffee. Nice full mouthfeel that leaves a slight resinous coating. Wonderful flavors of rich dark roasted malts, coffee, bittersweet chocolate. Sicy, piney, herbal hops round out the malts nicely leaving a balanced finish. A little of the alcohol is noticeable, but certainly not a dominant feature.
radagast83 (6698) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - APR 8, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Dark black. Very bitter. Thick, but not too bad. Not the best I have had in terms of porters, but decent enough. Too expensive for what you get though.
SynergyXJ (510) - Blacksburg, Virginia, USA - APR 7, 2006
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very viscous black pour with mild yellowish head. Rich smoky aroma and can defiantly smell some alcohol. Fills my mouth with a creamy smooth feel. Porters are usually too thick for me, but this is by far my favorite porter.
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - APR 7, 2006
1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 2/20
God this was awful. I will have to assume from my peers that I just got a really, really, really bad bottle of this stuff. It was undrinkable and embarrasing amongst the 10 people who were at our tasting. I will give it a future review again with the hopes that what I had was some anomallous horrible bottle not fit for human consumption, let alone rate it.
TheBeerLover (1026) - DC Metro Area, USA - APR 7, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours to deep brown color, with a tan head that fades, and a soft to moderate amount of carbonation. Lots of good dark chocolate, cocoa, sweet malt, and mild roast notes in the nose. The palate is soft, with a slightly slick mouth feel. Sweet malt, dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, and mild roasty flavors coat the tongue. This beer finishes with more good sweet malt and dark chocolate up front, then ends with a nice punch of hop bitterness, and some soothing alcohol heat in the finish. Very delicious beer, that would make the perfect beer to relax with after work, and a fantastic desert beer. The 9.5% abv is hiden well, making this strong beer, very drinkable, so beware.
vyvvy (5313) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - APR 5, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an oily dark brown, maybe black with a very dark brown head. Aroma has very dark roastedness with dark chocolate traces, burnt toffee and some alcohol. The taste has lots of roasted flavors and a thick oily body. Sweetness starts things off, followed by some dark chocolate tones, the finish has a dryness to the roasted aspects and then hops become noticable at the end. For the amount of alcohol included it is very well hidden. Nice beer, best I’ve had from the brewery.