I was once told, “If you like anything by Flying Dog, you have no idea what they are capable of until you try their Gonzo Imperial Porter.” I’m not sure if I really truly believed that, I mean, I have sampled some amazing stuff from them and some very strong candidates for my top ten beers I tasted last year. But, I picked up a four pack none the less to see if my new found appreciation for imperial stouts would be entranced by this creation.
I un-capped and poured this into an ale glass, and I have to say I stopped to admire what came out. A thick, syrupy black liquid and beautiful wood colored head just barely fit in the glass, but it was delightful to look at. The smell of it was very alcoholic – there was a twinge of Bourbon sweetness, a wisp of heavy malt.
The taste is amazing. Layers of flavor unfurl in my mouth all at once – a bite and sting of alcohol, a woody, earthy undertone, a malty backbone, a strong sweetness – almost inseparable in their waves of attack. This is one that you don’t soon forget. It warms the throat, hits the tongue with great strength and boldness. I can’t believe this was my first time trying this. I blame my recent bravery and taste for dark beers.
Find this. Track it down, beg for it, even steal it. I’m sure Hunter S. Thompson would approve.