cernjoh (181) - Ohio, USA - OCT 8, 2014
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Did a three year vertical 2011, 2012, 2013 all poured from a bottle into three snifters. Will compare each. Aroma 2011 and 2012: Are identical with aromas of chocolate whisky alcohol roasted coffee and coconut. Aroma 2013: Lots of alcohol some chocolate, whiskey and coconut. More subdued than the other years. Appearance: All three dark brown almost black like old motor oil. 2011 had no head just a slight amount of bubbles around the perimeter of glass. The 2012 had a one finger tan head that hung around for some time before reducing to a ring around the perimeter of the glass. 2013 had a half finger tan head that vanished similar to the 2012. Taste: 2011 is the winner with rich chocolate vanilla coconut whisky. 2011 aged very well. 2012 had lots of roasted chocolate coffee and whisky coconut but slightly acidic compared to the 2011. 2013 was least favorite but still excellent. Flavor was most like 2012 with less robust presence. Palate: 2011 was smooth creamy excellent perfect. The 2012 and 2013 were more carbonated almost too much when compared to 2011 but still good. Had to step away and cleanse my palate when going from the 2011 because it so over shadowed the others. Overall I loved them all but the 2011 is a clear winner. Ranking them 1,2,3 I’d say winner 2011, 2nd 2012, 3rd 2013. Bottom line ... age these at least three years. You’ll really appreciate the results. Cheers!
Darkmagus82 (2130) - - SEP 24, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Transfer from BA review on 9-24-13-
Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance –Pours a deep brown color, bordering on black, with a big two finger billowy brown colored head. The head has a decent level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a very light level of streaky lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma is big of roasted and sweet smells. The roasted aromas are a nice blend of toasted malt, coffee, and cocoa with the sweeter smells being a mix of milk chocolate and a strong caramel aroma. Along with these smells comes the barrel aromas of a woody smell as well as a good showing of some boozy whisky. Overall the aroma is of a pleasant roasty and boozy nature.
Taste – The taste begins with a sweet caramel and chocolate flavor mixed with lots of roasted malt taste. As the taste moves on the caramel fades with more roastiness coming to the tongue. The roasted flavors are a mix of a toasted malt and coffee with the coffee taking on a more bitter and intense flavor as the taste moves toward the end. Along with the roasted and coffee flavors getting stronger, a woody barrel and boozy whisky flavor comes to the tongue more toward the middle and the end. All in all, with the mix of flavors, a warming, somewhat bitter, coffee and roasted boozy taste is left to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel –The body of the brew is on the thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the slightly lower side. Bother are quite nice for the roasted and boozy flavors and make for a nice slow sipper with a great warming feel.
Overall – A big robust porter with a sweeter start and more bitter and roasted finish all with a good showing of whisky and woody flavors. A nice slow sipper.
slowrunner77 (8406) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 24, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
"750 - nice presentation. Generous head, especially for a barreled beer. Like the classic Gonzo, a little rough around the edges with the fizziness and aggressiveness of the flavors (not to mention whiskey instead of, say, a smoother bourbon) but therein lies the charm. It’s what I expected and hoped for. Pretty sweet, but a good balance of booze, roast, chocolate, a hint of tartness and hops."
MarcoDL (3418) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 14, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft @ beer temple. Great beer. Basis is of course the delicious Gonzo beer, with its strongly roasted malt and notes of chocolate. The barrel aging gives the beer a delicious boozy depth of oak and whiskey. Very soft mouthfeel and a warm velvet aftertaste. Very good.
Zwiebel88 (637) - GERMANY - AUG 26, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dunkelbraun bis schwarz im Glas mit dunkelbrauner, kleine SChaumkrone. In der Nase Whiskeyfässer, Eiche, Vanille, Kakao, Kaffe, dunkle Schokolade und etwas dunkle Früchte. FANTASTISCH. Am Gaumen Kaffee, Eiche, Röstmalz, viel Bitterschokolade, Süße, dunkle Früchte, im Abgang Kafee. Sehr cremig, herausragendes Bier.
motelpogo (7706) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - AUG 10, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle, from zly casy in prague. jet black with a thin brown head; aroma of bitumen, vanilla shake, licorice; plenty of ashy bitterness with light stonefruit and more woody vanilla coming through. rich and enjoyable
jkwood04 (5060) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 30, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle in a tulip. Pours black with a beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, some caramel sweetness, light chocolate and coffee notes, some bourbon and oak and vanilla, and light dough. Flavor the same with a nice blend of everything but just slightly too sweet for my preference. Smoother texture. A solid beer, but could probably be aged longer and more balanced.
Garlic_of_Doom (597) - SWEDEN - JUL 29, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours almost black, a huge beige rests down to a thin film/ring.
Aroma hits with raisins at first, then bourbon, alcohol and some sweetness.
Taste has bourbon, dark chocolate, slightly tart notes, sweetness, wood.
Full body, high soft carbonation, smooth and velvety.
Warming after taste.
A really nice take on the regular Gonzo!
Lilja (2343) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 9, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smak och doft av humle, malt, mörk choklad, karamell, kaffe, ekfat, torkad frukt, bourbon, vanilj med toner av rök. Kraftfull, rund och len, lagom sötma, fin samupplevelse med fin bitterchokladbeska som avrundar det hela.
Gijonudobeer (23) - SPAIN - JUL 6, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Una auténtica bomba. Todo lo bueno de Gonzo pero con el toque de la madera.