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RATINGS: 2367   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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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 malty body, intense roasted flavors, and a surprisingly unique hop kick. With Gonzo weighing in at 9.2% ABV, it will bite you in the ass if you donít show it the proper respect. IBUís: 85


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kwoeltje (2232) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - FEB 17, 2006
(bottle) pours oily black with no hint of a head at first, but ends up with fluffy mocha head. Coffee aroma. Flavor is roast coffee with whisky notes. Bitter finish. The alcohol is fairly noticable.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mjg74 (2492) - La Mesa, California, USA - FEB 17, 2006
Bottled. Pours a very dark black/ruby color. Slightly sweet aroma, some chocolate. Alot of roasted malts and coffee as well. Nice rich mouthfeel. Slighty sweet sugary flavor right up front. Followed by some malts. Finish is very bitter, both from hops and from burnt maltiness. Alcohol is well hidden. Warming as it goes down.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
harmfuldrunk (288) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 16, 2006
the best porter ever. smells terrific, tastes delisious, its a very special brew from a talented brewey

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chilehead (186) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - FEB 16, 2006
Quite tasty thick and rich porter. Bit of molassas, brown sugar, and smoke on the mouth, with a chocolatey body. Very good.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
igneous1 (1496) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - FEB 16, 2006
very dark brown, practically opaque. head is light brown, nose is well hopped and youthful, a VERY poor manís storm king is not a far stretch. well malted as well..lots of lactose and roastiness. flavor is loaded with cascades, mild lactose and chocolate qualities. quite nice for a flying dog product (no offense).

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tennisjoel (1173) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - FEB 15, 2006
Bottle. Strong raisin, nut, and chocolate aromas. A very good porter. Impressive for Flying Dog. Normally their beers havenít made super high marks. This one is probably their most complex beer to date.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mkgrenwel (569) - Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 14, 2006
Extremely creamy and rich mouthfeel. So much so that the flavor is milky/creamy before anything else. Coffee and roast come in next. Some bitterness and a full wash of hop flavor in the finish. Alcohol making select warming appearances, but never staying long. Each sip is something new. Sweetness is definitely present, playing off the alcohol, but balanced well by the hop finish. This is a very unique beer. Almost tastes like condensed milk with a touch of coffee. I really wish I had more than just one bottle of this.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kevster (344) - Bradenton, Florida, USA - FEB 13, 2006
12 oz. Bottle: Pours thick black with a small brown head and nice lacing. Aroma is hoppy with hints of chocolate and coffee in the maltness. Has kind of a liquorish taste that is creamy and finishes with a moderate hoppy bitterness. Well balanced in the sense that it hides the alcohol very well. However, the hoppiness hides the coffee flavor I was looking for. Very Good!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wheninhell (488) - chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 13, 2006
pours thick dark black with a nice dark tan head that leaves good lacing. aroma of coffee and hops with a hint of alcohol. bitter coffee flavor with a hoppy finish. full bodied with a creamy texture.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
puzzl (3251) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 12, 2006
Aroma was nice for a porter, with nice coffee and whiskey notes, and a touch of hops. Flavor unfortunately was way too hoppy for a porter, IMO, and didnít have the nice rich coffee notes a proper baltic should have.


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