Gonzo by Flying Dog

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Beer Name: Gonzo Imperial Porter

Brewer: Flying Dog Brewery, Frederick, Maryland, USA

Date Sampled: 3rd January 2017

ABV: 9.2%

Serving Type: Bottle

Location Sampled: Home

I had a few beers in mind when planning what to drink tonight for my first review of 2017; my box of bottles and cans is full of offerings! But when I ventured out this morning and had to clear a heavy frost from my car there was no doubt that today was a stout day.

Flying Dog are a brewery that have gained some traction in the UK recently, probably in no small part due to their Snake Dog IPA being readily available in Wetherspoons pubs throughout the UK.

I have featured two of their beers in reviews on this blog; Kujo, a coffee stout, was a stand out in my Halloween special and The Gourd was the only pumpkin beer out of the three I reviewed this year that I'd buy again.

Gonzo is an imperial porter that I purchased just before Christmas from Bitter Virtue in Southampton.

It pours a dark brown, almost black colour, with a an impressive caramel coloured head although this did not last long. One thing that I did not expect was the large amount of sediment and if I had it again I'd try and leave that in the bottle.

The nose is very bold, with malts, coffee and a slight floral hoppy element being the stand aromas.

It has less body than some imperial porters that I've had recently but the low carbonation still ensures that it has a smooth pleasing mouth feel.

The taste is as powerful as you'd hope from an Imperial Porter of 9.2%; the malts carry through but the dominating flavour is one of thick gooey black treacle, followed by a booming boozy finish.

Gonzo is another cracking brew from Flying Dog and I'll definitely look to try some more of their beers whenever I get the chance.

1 comment:

  1. Sounds like a good one, shame you can't have beers warm. On a chilly day like today, that'd be a perfect combo!


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