Nate (3710) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 12, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Todd at Tulune’s for selling me his last bottle until his (hopefully) next shipment. Huge hop profile, ozone and resin with grapefruit and orange rinds. Underlying this hoppy frontal assault is a deep coffee and toasted malt sweetness. Big malt and coffee hits in the second half of a sniff. Amazing that these two distinct profiles can exist so harmoniously. Dark black and oily body with heavy chocolate-tan foamy lacing head. Thick oily body, chewy, with medium carbonation and nice warming effect. Big malty start. Thick chewy chocolate malts and bitter coffee notes. Big bitter hops to curb any sweetness the astringent coffee bitterness didn’t kill off. From start to finish, this is just big on flavor and big on hops. Almost cloying finish and heavy bitter chocolate resinous after. Damn fine porter.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 12, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark dark brown body. Thick creamy brown head, fades into a lasting creamy ring.
Chocolatey roasted citrusy cascade hops.
Finishes with a slight roasted chocolate grassy hop. Very late finish has coffee grounds.
Great balance… love the hoppiness in the porter base. Good smooth bright, yet roasted sweet flavor.
allfreej (552) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 11, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2008 Great armoa, hinting at the fine flavor to come, Gonzo pours deep brown with a lacy, medium tan head. Very malty, with caramel notes and a full mouthfeel, but the amazing feature of this brew is the hoppiness that asserts itself from the first taste to the finish. A wonderfully balanced ale, I can only hope that the fine folk at Flying Dog keep tabs on these reviews and add Gonzo Imperial Porter to their litter of other fine ales!
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - SEP 11, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
First off, thanks to Duane for this one, probably my favorite Flying dog brew, simlar to road dog, but more like I expected road dog to taste like, much more flavorful, Chocolate, hops even dominate, very smooth, well hidden alcohol. Quite good.. I’ll remember this one.
walter (359) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - SEP 10, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Wowzers! Gonzo brewing? Works for me. Deep black color with impressive brown head-- looks luscious. Very balanced aromas of dark fruits, roasted barley, toffee, dark chocolate, some stoutlike sourness, and a great deal of hoppiness. Flavors of all of the above with a nice sweet/sour tang all the way through. Incrediby smooth mouthfeel, nice and creamy, but not oily. Chocolate aftertaste sticks on the tongue and coats the mouth. Really impressed with the balance of the hop flavor and aroma with everything else. A fine brew. I offer a salute with my fist full of beer raised high in the air. Rest in peace, my good man; you are remembered.
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - SEP 10, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
almost like a light imperial stout, pretty damn nice and at $31 on ebay for 4 pack, it’s a much better buy the SA Utopias. Nice roasty taste along with chocolate and cream. body is black, with a nice tan head. Body is unimpressive, but the beer sure is.
Gurst (338) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - SEP 9, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great chocolate character with layers of coffee, mellow hops, licorice, smoke, and alcohol to give it good complexity. Some fruitiness in the finish, but it was hard for me to recognize as it was so faint. The body is very creamy, very rich...simply amazing. If this is a "turbo charged" Road Dog, then this is what that beer should have been in the first place.
dwyerpg (4528) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 8, 2005
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Far and away the best flying dog beer I’ve had. Very stout in aroma - chocolate and coffee. A jet black appearance w/dark tan head. Sweet, but heavy. It almost reminds me of Imperial Stouts.
multibeast (13) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - SEP 8, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I loved this beer. Although I can only do one of these in a session, I could definitely include it in every session. Very dark porter with a nice chocolaty brown head that sticks around. Kind of a piney flavor which is probably hop related, but makes for a great flavor nonetheless. For me this is a slow drinker, but well worth the wait.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 7, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark, slightly cloudy brown, with a thin, fluffy latte colored head. Piney, roasted aroma with plenty of sweet malts (caramel, raisin, vanilla, brown sugar), coffee, pine, alcohol and some burnt grains. Creamy carbonation mixes with the malt-laden body to produce a creamy, supple mouthfeel. More interplay between malt and hops occur with the beer in the mouth. The piney hops are really surprising to me here, as it is pretty unique in my experience of the style. In fact, Baltic Porter may not be the right designation here. This is truly a big Porter, not really a Baltic Porter. But it’s all good. The beer is tasty, smooth and enjoyable. The malts are fairly assertive and certainly complex, offering sweetness, bitterness and fruitiness to the flavor and heft to the body. The hops are intense and piney, offering a counterbalance to the sweet malts. The alcohol comes out more as the beer warms and adds bits of licorice and warmth. If I were rating to style, it would be significantly lower than it is, but as it stands, this is a tasty beer.