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RATINGS: 2436   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 don’t show it the proper respect. IBU’s: 85


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Furseth (2025) - Kungälv, SWEDEN - MAY 3, 2006
Dark red,body, medium sweetness, medium bitterness. Balance between the bitternes and sweetness. Coffe flavor.A porter indeed.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - MAY 3, 2006
This one pours a pitch black body and a nice and foamy long lasting brown head. Aroma is sweet chocolaty and roasted with a pleasant coffee note and some orange and pineapple. Flavor is dominated by coffee roast with a sourish hint from the roast. Very full and chevy mouthfeel and biding on the tongue. Hoppy finish. IMO an excellent and underrated porter!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JugOPunch (83) - Nashua, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 1, 2006
12oz bottle: A nice aroma hops coffee and roast. Taste much the same with good balance between the coffee bitterness and the malty sweetness. No alcohol presence on the palate. A medium to full body with a smooth silky mouth feel. This is very tasty. Certainly the best Flying Dog has to offer. I’ll definitely pick this up again.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bridge (659) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - APR 28, 2006
Lots of hoppy fruit in this, sort of like an IPA. That makes a lot of sense to me now knowing the hop content, but I was a bit perplexed at the time. Somehow it all works well. The flavour has a great balance which is well and truly favoured to the bitter side, but stays afloat. Nice depth on the medium bodied palate, a lovely lasting aftertaste. Damn good stuff.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pfr (121) - København, DENMARK - APR 28, 2006
Bottel 33 CL Color - Black/Brown Head - Beige Aroma - Strong, Coffe Flavor - Bitter, coffe, Hops Good

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cobra (1100) - - APR 27, 2006
12 oz. brown, longneck bottle. No freshness date seen. Loud pfftt when opened. Poured out a completely opaque dark brown color, with a volumous tan colored head. Aromas are of caramels, chocolate covered cherries, coffee, fresh malts, and a background of earthy hops. Flavors are of hot chocolate with cherry syrup in it, yeasty bread, caramel sauce. Thick, rich mouthfeel. A pleasure to drink.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ekarmst (44) - Ames, Iowa, USA - APR 26, 2006
Vintage 05G - 12 oz. brown glass. A rather simple nose dominated by a definite c-hop aroma. Clean. Malt aroma lower than expected for such a large beer. Roastiness and floral esters emerge as this sample warms. Pours an opaque dark brown with a huge brown head that fell rather quickly to a tight silky lace. Flavor is malt balanced fades to a simple roasty caramel middle with no hop flavor which carries through to the finish. Roastiness and caramel linger in the aftertaste. Medium full body with a bit too much carbonation contributes to a crisper than desired finish. A little alcohol noticed in the finsh. A decent beer that appeals mostly because of original gravity. Basically a wee heavy with some roast barley and american hops. Very drinkable and none obtrusive. A bit of smoke character and age would improve this beer greatly. Lay this one down.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
T2Tool (352) - Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA - APR 21, 2006
Granted I am a big porter fan and grew up reading "Rolling Stone", hence a Hunter S. Thompson fan, which means I had more than one reason to appreciate this beer. I’ve had it only from bottles poured into glasses, and the high alcohol volume and how good it is and how smoothly it goes down had made my wife limit the number of them I can have at one time.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PeterA (340) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - APR 19, 2006
Cherry aroma. Dark brown, almost black color with a medium light brown head. The flavor starts as cherry, but finishes as espresso. The mouthfeel is slightly astringent, maybe from the alcohol. Overall, a good beer.

3.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hiphops (286) - caldwell, New Jersey, USA - APR 16, 2006
good yo. pours mad black like dirty motor oil. smells like kalamata olives but not in a good way taste good roasty molassessness.


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