Saturday, May 31, 2008

Flying Dog Gonzo Imperial Porter

Alright, here is the finale of my night. Even though the screen is spinning a little bit, I'm trying as hard as I can to give you as good of a review as possible. I present to you, the Gonzo Imperial Porter. Flying Dog is a big Hunter S. Thompson fan, and thusly paid homage to him by naming their porter 'Gonzo'.

Appearance: Dark...very dark. Pretty much black. I tried to get as much head out of it as possible, which was about 2 fingers of head.

Smell: Malts, malts, and more malts. There's a ton of chocolatey, roasted, and oakey malts present in the beer on first smell. No hops are present, which is obvious since its a porter.

Taste: Smooth and very chocolatey. Definitely the malts come to the forefront in the taste, with no hops present. It is perfect for an imperial porter, with malts playing the dominant roll in both the taste and smell.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and rich, no carbonation, no bite at the end or back of the tongue. Malts are definitely sitting perfectly on the tongue throughout the travel down the throat. Presents itself clearly, and I have no idea what I'm saying right now.

Drinkability: Yea, don't drink too many of these. Only have it as a nightcap because it will kick you in the ass at 9.2% abv. Great way to finish the night. Goodnight hopheads!!

Serving type: Bottle
Glass type: Sam Adams Glass


Jimmy said...

you are the Gonzo. No hops present in this Porter? Review this one first next time and let me know what you think again

Mike said...

I'm glad you mentioned something. A couple things: 1) I was BOMBED by the time I wrote this review, and 2) I actually remember when I was writing this that it was incorrect but I would fix it before publishing. As you can see, that didn't happen. I might review this beer again whenever I find it next. I remember that there were more hops present on the taste than the smell, but compared to the earlier brews, it was small. Unfortunately, because of my wasted face state, I can't remember exactly what type of hops they were.