Brewkkake! I couldn't believe it either--I am honored. Take a few minutes to enjoy and then let him know what you think.
Flying Dog Wild Dog (Barrel-Aged Gonzo Imperial Porter)
Gonzo always amused me because it ought to remind you of one of two
things - either a hook-nosed blue Muppet, or, if you're like me, a genre
of pornography filmed to make it appear as if the viewer is a
participant. But this isn't just Gonzo - it's Wild Dog, Flying Dog's
whiskey barrel-aged version of their always enjoyable Gonzo Imperial
Porter. Ralph Steadman's artwork once again graces the Flying Dog
label, though this may be the first one I can recall that has no actual
dog on it. The side of the label continues Flying Dog's habit of
quoting Hunter S. Thompson: "When the going gets weird, the weird turn
pro". I thought Billy Ocean said that?
The label continues,
"Aged and seasoned for three months in wooden whiskey barrels". As
opposed to what, whiskey barrels made from endangered panda hide? But
unlike people, what really matters is what's inside. It pours like a
cola; dark, glossy brown with a hint of burnt sienna. A thin mocha head
lasts about as long as a stick of butter at Paula Deen's house, and
leaves behind a ring around the glass with minimal lacing.
aroma can only be described as sweet, boozy goodness. The whiskey and a
little of the wood really come through at the forefront. Some milk
chocolate and toffee step forward once the alcohol is done burning crop
circles in my nostril hairs.
Upon sipping it, a 50/50 blend of
whiskey and coffee is the first flavor to hit, followed by brown sugar
and molasses on the mid-palate. The whiskey/coffee combo punch hold
their ground almost through to the end, where a somewhat watery finish
showcases a little more roasted coffee bitterness and peppery bite of
hops. As for the mouthfeel, it's lighter than I expected for a
barrel-aged porter, and dare I say lighter than even its own base beer,
Gonzo. It doesn't really coat the mouth in any noticeable way and the
watery finish is a downer. The carbonation seems low but with the
unexpectedly thin body it actually seems fizzier than it really is.
Welcome to America, where we've grown not to expect thin bodies.
picked this up in one of my first big trades a few months ago after
remembering how much I enjoyed it at Churchkey in DC, though if I recall
correctly, the one I had there was on cask. Gonzo is one of my
favorite porters and the barrel-aged version is an improvement
flavor-wise, but the body could use a bit more structure. Still, if you
see this at a bar, a friendly bottle share or on the shelf of your
favorite beer store, you'd be remiss not to try it.