PorterPounder (7970) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 10, 2007
Tallahassee, Fl. - Liquor Loft - caged cork 750 ml bottle. Black, motor oil like pour with a khaki tan head; sticky lacing. Roasted marshmallows in the aroma, some bourbon, roasted coffee notes as well. Smooth flavor, with some roasted coffee, bourbon, potting soil, candied sugar, roastiness...a bit of everything. thick creamy mouthfeel. I like the way the whiskey was blended in well without being overwhelming and cloying. Worth the $14.99 price tag - will last the whole evening. Excellent winter warmer. waolsen (1376) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - NOV 3, 2007
bottle. black with thick frothy tan head. rich aroma of great bourbon, rich chocolate, dark fruit and coffee beans. rich and creamy. roasted coffee. nice bourbon is mellow but defined. creamy chocolate. very nice. Ibrew2or3 (8614) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 1, 2007
Big thanks to Crizay for sending this brew down for the tasting. Pours dark brownish with very tall mocha head. Nice lacing too. This is a good looking beer. The aroma comes off roasty and without really much sweetness. Still the maltiness smells rich and inviting and then the barrel aged aspect commands the imbiber to drink. The flavor attacks my palate all at once from each competing note. There’s roastiness, a wood – bourbon combination, astringent malts, alcohol and molasses. The notes seem to compete too much and don’t really meld and play well together. Maybe it could use additional aging. Darn tasty anyway. slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 1, 2007
Bottle. Nose shows lots of hop character. Citrus with a sharp sweetness sits on top of a strong malt backbone of chocolate and toffee. Beautiful black, ruby tints and a most impressive fluffy brown head. Very interesting interplay between hop and malt flavors. Hops show up first, providing some citric acidity, and fold into more appropriate porter characteristics, lots of chocolate and coffee. Definitely scores high for the balance and complexity. The sourness lacks a crispness in the palate to support it, but it’s hard to take point away from such a solid brew. This one has tons of depth, not just in flavor, but conceptually. It bridges a gap I perceived between the first runs of the Gonzo, which I remember as smokey and dark, and the newer batches which I think came across more hop-heavy. I’ve never seen so much citrus in a porter, and so much malt flavor to a hoppy beer of any style. Fantastic. Braudog (6716) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - OCT 23, 2007
Caged and corked. Poured midnight black with an erupting head of tight, bubbles of tan. The aroma is pleasantly woodsy and vaguely liquored. The drink is a powerful hurricane of thick, robust flavors of licorice, whiskey, smoked peat, and fermented raisins. I actually prefer the regular Gonzo, but this is a big ol’ beer for a big ol’ appetite. (#3154, 10/23/2007)
TGLBeer (10) - Delaware, USA - OCT 22, 2007
750ml bottle. This is the best Imperial porter to date. Balance, Harmony, beautiful. This takes the original Gonzo, and adds a little character to it. The slight vanilla and oak taste opens this beer up. Any bourbon drinker will taste the added beauty in the finish with the slight Alcohol taste that not present in the regular gonzo. Coffee (light) Dark bakers chocolate (light ) and an alcohol taste ( light). A great beer, and a fine testament to an amazing brewery. The do not let down. Enjoy. redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 17, 2007
Vanilla and oak on the nose. Pours black with no head. Bourbon up front, oaky, good chocolate malt flavor with some bitter coffee in the finish. MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 14, 2007
Tap GABF 2007 aged in stranahans whiskey barrels.
Jet black pour w/ tan head, good lace. Sweet butter, vanilla, whiskey & oak aroma. Touches of brown sugar and oddly hoppy. For a BA dry hopped and grassy was a surprise. Well coated thick palate. Light whiskey buttered toffee, roast malt touch of chocolate. Very good. dmac (6264) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - OCT 5, 2007
750 ml expensive ass bottle shared at Glouglouburps rooftop tasting. Perfect looking with a viscous looking super dark black body and a large tan dense as a storm cloud head. Aroma of oak, semi-sweet chocolate, sour cherries, alcohol and a slight bit of funk. Palate has a lot of alcohol warming, a bit too much for my taste, and a medium palate with light carbonation. Flavor is dominated by alcohol but underneath that there is some detectable wood, chocolate and dark fruit sweetness. Perhaps a little more cellaring time will help the alcohol fade. goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - OCT 5, 2007
Poured an opaque black color with a large tan head. The aroma was woody and dry with light smoke. Then came vanilla and mild to moderate whiskey. There was also a good amount of sweet roasted malt but it took a little while to show. The flavor was of sweet roasted malt, chocolate, light vanilla, and light alcohol. Very good balance. Nice warmth.