Beer of the Week 22 Gonzo Imperial Porter

Gonzo Imperial Porter is deep and complex. This turbo charged version of the Road Dog Porter is mysteriously dark with a rich and malty body, intense roasted flavors, and a surprisingly unique hop kick. With Gonzo weighing in at 7.8% ABV, it will bite you in the ass if you don't show it the proper respect.
Flying Dog's Gonzo Imperial Porter

From the bottle:

Dark, malty and mysterious, this porter is as complex as the man it celebrates. Brewed to honor the life of Hunter S. Thompson, Gonzo Imperial Porter is an assault on your taste buds with just the right amount of irreverence thrown in.

From my notes:

hops, hops, hops, bitter finish, roasted oats, thick, Yuck!

First, I apologize for pouring this beer into the wrong style glass. But, I don’t have any tulip glasses, yet. Second, sorry about the poor notes on the beer. I drank this beer quite awhile ago. I suppose for those of you who don’t know, and this might be an internet secret, but, I drink these beers beforehand and have about ten of these lined up at a time. I had this one before I started making a concerted effort to expand my palate by drinking beers with a more robust hop profile. So, I do need to go back and give this beer another try. For that reason I’m not rating this beer yet.

I don’t want this post to be an absolute waste though so let me drop some knowledge on you about Imperials. Historically, Imperial was a term used to describe beers that were made specifically for export and brewed in such a way as to prevent the beer from spoiling before arriving at market. Today, it is more often used to mean STRONG. What does that mean? Well, it means it should be more alcoholic for sure… An example of this is a barley wine, which is just a stronger version of a pale ale.  It’s not a very fixed definition for sure but it should give you a rough guide to what it means when you see the word emblazoned across a can or bottle!

Author: falselogic

Doesn’t mix well with polite company; his two favorite topics being politics and religion. Would rather be out cycling, swimming, running, or camping. Misspent his youth reading genre-fiction; today, he is making up for it by reading large quantities of non-fiction literature. The fact that truth, in every way, is more fascinating than fiction still tickles him.