Barrel-Aged Gonzo by Flying Dog

Rating: 4.9/5

Barrel-Aged Gonzo by Flying Dog is a 9.5%ABV Imperial Porter aged in Oak Whiskey Barrels. Hot Diggity 😛


“It never got weird enough for me.” – Hunter S. Thompson

Hunter S. Thompson once said, “When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.” Consider this our professional version of Gonzo Imperial Porter. Aged and seasoned for three months in wood barrels from our neighbors at Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey, this ale has a well-balanced taste and abundance of character. The taste will remind you of sweet chocolate, dry oak, and smooth whiskey with a memorable, velvety mouthfeel. 

Chocolate, Coconut, Bourbon right off the bottle. Fucking awesome. This is not quite like the Barrel Aged Human Block Head as that was more sweeter. This focuses more on its chocolate, coffee, and bourbon properties. The smokey side of aged ales. As soon as I tried this I was liked this a lot. Some bourbon barrel-Aged beers, especially whiskey bourbon always give somewhat of a vanilla, caramel, coconut or banana flavor to them. This is important as it raises the character of a beer into bigger heights of flavor. Dark Chocolate, coffee, Bourbon whiskey, vanilla caramel, raisins, cherries, smokey roasted coffee beans, coconuts, licorice, oak, molasses and peach. The malts and bourbon are king in this one, yet, this one is still pretty good. Comparing aged beers (non-sour) is a difficult task as each aged beer, unless they bleed with a lot of alcohol exclusively, are really good as their character is elevated into more complexities like the Quadruples. Quadruples will changed flavor with age and liquor based barrels (Cognac, Scotch, Bourbon, Whiskey, Tequila, etc) will absorb the flavors of those liquors into the beers with age. You never get the same result twice, even for some more complex beers that add Brettanomyces to advance beers into a more Saison/Farmhouse or even sour beers. Everything is about technique and style. I try to bring the best forth. Maybe some of you reading this may not be in tune with highest level of craft, but even understanding where your senses of flavor and smell can go are outstanding.

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