#24 Flying Dog Gonzo Imperial Porter

Flying Dog Gonzo Imperial PorterName: Gonzo Imperial Porter
Brewery: Flying Dog (Frederick, MD, U.S.A)
Style: Imperial Porter
ABV: 9.2%
Source: The Beer Store

I bought this beer mostly because it was brewed in honour of one of my favourite writers/journalists of all time, and because the bottle is adorned with an illustration by Ralph Steadman himself. It promised so much!

Gonzo poured thick and black like oil, with an orange-tinged tan head. On my first whiff I got chocolate milk, and a hint of metal which seemed to disappear as it warmed up.

It tasted… like Christmas.  There was milk chocolate again, a hint of coffee and mixed spice. There were raisins, currants, sticky-date pudding, and a hint of bitterness that arrived just in time. The mouthfeel was thick and smooth – almost oily, and left a pleasing alcohol heat at the back of my throat.

This is a lovely porter, but boy-oh-boy, you wouldn’t drink more than one! At 9.2% you should really sip it slowly, and probably drink it with food (she says, having done neither).

My only gripe with this beer – and it’s not even a gripe really – is that I just don’t see Hunter S. Thompson as a porter. I reckon he’d be something less sweet, less likeable, and more bat-shit crazy. A Rex Attitude perhaps?

PS – I really wanted to write this entire post Gonzo-style, but my first attempt was so bad it would have sent Mr. Thompson rolling in his grave if I’d published it.

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Published in: on September 2, 2011 at 9:49 am  Comments (5)  
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  1. That label is freakin beautiful

  2. I had a very *very* expensive night at Hashigo Zake last year drinking Flying Dog almost exclusively, just because Ralph Steadman drew their labels. It wasn’t until recently that I saw them in a store and realised that they had anything at all to do with HST.

    Their IPA and Pale Ale, are both magnificent. Do try them.

  3. Ha! I love the thought of HST as Rex Attitude, instead of as a big gloopy porter. Damn good point. I’m a similarly-huge fan of Gonzo (my most-recent one: http://goo.gl/8sgWA) — both for its deliciousness, and for its ties to the bat-shit-crazy man himself.

    Loving the blog, too, by the way. Although your posting schedule does make me feel very, very slack indeed. You’re getting through some fantastic beers.

  4. Thanks Phil, your blog is great! Thank you also for reminding me to use “gloopy” – it’s the perfect word for a beer like this.

  5. […] in Melbourne,  but whenever I have a slightly sticky porter now I can’t help but think of Gonzo and compare it. Perhaps I need to ban myself from porters/stouts (what’s the difference by […]


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