Flying Dog Brewery, Gonzo Imperial Porter

Var just nere en sväng om Bishops Arms med Niklas, äldste utflyttade sonen. Efter väl förrättat julklappsvärv tyckte vi att en belöning i form av en riktigt god öl i ett mysigt pubhörn skulle sitta fint.

Sagt och gjort. Raska steg tog oss till BA och jag fick ögonen på en goding bakom glasdörrarna i kylen.

Flying Dog Brewerys Gonzo Imperial Porter var allt jag hade hoppats. Mörk, rostad, kaffe och chokladig och jag tycker att jag fortfarande, såhär en dryg timma efteråt, sitter med en behaglig lakritston i munhålan.

Ni har redan begripit… eller hur… Stefan är såld och rekommenderar varmt.

Vad säger då Flying Dog själva? Vi kollar:

”Specialty Beer Gonzo Imperial Porter. Like Hunter S. Thompson… 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.”

Hahaha… Ja, copytexter är ibland både bra och underhållande. Men, alltid just reklamtexter. Så vi kollar med en entusiast också. Tex Bobsy från Toronto på Beer Advocate:

”Pours a deceptively dark ruby with a large foamy tan head. I say deceptive because at first glance you’d mistake this for black, but holding up to the light reveals some red at the edges. The head demonstrates good staying power, and lays down some attractive streaks of lace on the side of the glass. Its certainly an above par appearance for a Baltic porter.

The rich aroma has all the expected notes of chocolate, dark fruit and mild coffee grains, but this is also where Gonzo really begins to differentiate itself from the rest of the pack. The typical sweet and molasses heavy nose has been replaced by a burst of piney hops. Its instantly recognisable as both a baltic porter and an American beer.

There’s no doubting this is a fresh bottle, and its bursting with hoppy goodness in the kind of beer where hops almost always play a secondary role. Of course the usual elements are obvious to even the most virgin of palates – chocolate, raisin, dark fruit, light roast – but it’s the hops that really differentiate and elevate this beer. An occasional criticism I have of Baltics is that they rend to be too sweet and have a tendency to become cloying and alcoholic at higher temperatures, but the hopping in Gonzo counters the sweetness with a moderate bitterness that helps to lighten and freshen the palate. Also, while there’s obviously some evident alcohol it never becomes more dominant than a background accent. The luxury and depth of Gonzo’s flavour is matched by the full and smooth body and moderate carbonation, which makes the beer almost creamy.

It would be interesting to see how this tastes with some age on it, and a less dominant hop profile, but my thinking is that this is a beer best drank fresh. The hops really set it aside from the other beers in its category and make it a unique and interesting experience. While I wouldn’t say it’s the best Baltic Porter in the world its definitely in the top echelon and it’s an interpretation of the style that deserves to be tried.”

Hajar ni nu 🙂

/Stefan S


~ av tourtrappist på 23 december 2009.

2 svar to “Flying Dog Brewery, Gonzo Imperial Porter”

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