Monday, July 18, 2011
Flying Dog Gonzo Imperial Porter
Flying Dog Gonzo Imperial Porter, a liquid tribute to Hunter S. Thompson by the good folk at Flying Dog, poured a thick, black body with a huge mocha head that was both sticky and long lasting. The nose lacked most of the big porter aromas I was expecting, mainly being led by a hop herbalness and underpinnings of anise.
Flying Dog Gonzo Imperial Porter opened surprisingly bright, with a light, pine hopped start. Creamy cafe au lait and a mild sweetness came through as the hops mellowed out, and the porter ended on a surprisingly distracting note of whiskey heat in the fade.
Flying Dog Gonzo Imperial Porter is certainly worth checking out and is equally surprising in the lightness and balance of the hop/malt profile given the high ABV and the complete lack of training wheels the porter offers as the heat comes up, big and strong, in the linger.