Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Flying Dog Gonzo Imperial Porter
I picked up a four-beer sampler pack, Major Canis (basically high alcohol content beers), from Flying Dog. The first beer I tried is the Gonzo Imperial Porter, named after Hunter S. Thompson. Coincidentally, at the time of this posting, the Gonzo was just awarded the gold medal at the Great American Beer Fest for best Imperial Porter. The beer is dark black in color with a thick and lofty head. The head leaves frothy film on the glass. The Gonzo smells nutty and sweet. The taste consists of dark chocolate and is a bit nutty with a nice hop kick. Overall, the drink is smooth and creamy with a dry chocolate aftertaste. The alcohol content is 7.8% ABV. I thought that the Gonzo is very tasty and it left a great after taste on the palette. There are many levels of flavor in this beer, and not one disappoints.