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RATINGS: 2356   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JAN 12, 2006
This beer is getting ratings all over the place, so it may be safe to say it is a beer for a select few. Very strong roast, the malt here is darkly smoked and unusually fruit laden. Sweet undertones give the smoke added depth, but it doesnít work as intended. The fruit comes off as more of a distraction and I find the actual beer to be a bit thin without it. I congratulate Flying Dog for actually putting a lot of effort into their malt profile for once, I just donít think itís quite right yet. Confusing and unrefined, this beer (as with many FD beers) needs some reworking.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ATOmemphis (200) - Franklin, Tennessee, USA - JAN 9, 2006
Great head and great lacing. Chocolatey and quite heavy. Taste had appropriate porter tastes. Not a bad beer at all.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lubiere (9765) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 9, 2006
Deep dark porter with a creamy brown head, lacing. Pleasant aroma of figs, molasse, floral hops, vanilla and licorice. In mouth, rich pungeant chocolate, with burned caramel, smooth but long bitterness, funkey. This is quite a noice tribute to the Doc. Bought at Knightly Liquors, Orlando, 7.99$ for 4 pack.

2.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JAN 9, 2006
Very dark brown, puffy sienna head. Flavor is charred smoky with stale chocolate and exhaust fumes burbling up. Eating a Hersheyís bar on an old diesel locomotive plowing through a forest fire. Uncomfortably sweet, cloying flavor permeated with liquid smoke and charcoal. The black malt doesnít work here. Bit of orangey citric hop thrown in there but mainly just char. Somehow itís overhopped in spite of the laser-like sweetness. I donít know what got into my fellow ratersí heads on this one. Not at all enjoyable.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - JAN 6, 2006
12 oz, 9.2% vintage 05F. Some interesting fruity smells came out upon opening. Pours a good brown head over black (ruby-brown) porter. The beer starts out harsh and hopped, but "Buy the ticket, take the ride," and luckly as I drink the evilness is tamed. It mellows out and becomes smooth and smokey. The hops remain, and it comes off very similar to an Imp. Stout. Alcohol is hidden behind choc. & coffee. The finish was phenomenal yet came way too early. Vaya con Dios, Good Doctor.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Likeburning (149) - Franklin, Tennessee, USA - JAN 6, 2006
This deep chocolate colored brown headed beer is one not to miss for porter fans. Very thisk and hearty, best enjoyed with good friends during good times. Hints of different coffees and other dark herbs? Heavy and smooth. Especially great for a medium sized brewing company.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
eve (240) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JAN 5, 2006
Pours deep black releasing strong coffee, chocolate, and flower hop aroma. Smooth rich full-bodied taste with espresso, chocolate, and hints of tobacco on the finish. Sweet and velvety on the tongue.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Crit (3318) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 1, 2006
Black with small brown head.Great roasty/light chocolate nose. Thick and chewy. Deep roasted flavor, light chocolate and hops

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2005
This beer welcomes with the cascading aroma of chocolate and sweet yeast. This beer fills the glass with a dark dark brown fluid the rests under a thick chocolate colored head. This beer has a mild chocolate taste that is somewhat bitter sweet, The sweetness is what is left to linger after the fluid has been swallowed.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nuffield (3665) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 29, 2005
When does a porter become a stout? Iím sure my style-oriented friends will remind me of the reasons that this remains a porter, but when you Imperialize a porter, in my book, you get a stout. And so it is here: you have a big hop aroma, rich and supple; a massive flavor of roasted malts, burnt wood, and chocolate/coffee; and a palate of greater thickness, viscosity, and richness than many stouts. Plus, itís essentially opaque with a dark colored head. Lovely beer (though the aroma isnít necessarily my favorite).


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