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RATINGS: 2382   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


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerBlockaid (683) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JAN 24, 2006
Black tar pour. Roasted malts and nuts over a semi smokehouse type of nose. Taste is the same, add some alchohol.....yes..alchy, and bitter chocolate. Very thick and chewy. It packs a few pounds in the ol belly. Thick, chewy finish. They should rename this after less of a hack.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
eczematic (1320) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - JAN 24, 2006
at highlandlad’s - bottle from trade with jokes. on paper this is exactly the sort of combination of grapefruit and roast that i usually hate. i dont know what got into me but i loved this. perhaps americans are inoculated against PNW hops, but all the raters below who talk about roast and figs and molasses and so forth in the aroma are surely missing something so obvious that it slaps you in the face - this is the biggest, most floral, enveloping, awesomely fresh cascade aroma on any beer i’ve had. and this is a "baltic"! looks like a baltic: very very dark brown with a slight redness peeping round the edges. nice offwhite head with plenty of lacing. rich fruity ale malt flavour with dry roast bitterness and a superfruity finish. here the ale yeast fruitiness seems to actually blend with the hop fruit, which is a nice feat. still, plenty of roast balanced all the way in the finish with the hops and esters. a very original and tasty beer. could have gone so wrong but they pulled it off.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nolankowal (932) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 22, 2006
Bourbon and sourdough aroma, with a thick dark pour with a dark tan head. Flavors of alcohol, roasted malts, and bakers choclolate. Very, very rich for a porter...albiet an imperial porter...never tasted a porter this thick....good stuff. "Good people drink good beer"....indeed.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
thegreenrooster (3299) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 17, 2006
Pour is a complete black with a large tan head. Aroma is roasty, smoky and malty. Flavor is coffee and dark chocolate wih a liquid smoke aspect. Finish is very thick and rich and the alcohol is hidden well. Overall this is prob a standard porter and nothing to make it impy except the alcohol. It has it qualities but nothing to put it in the top of it catagory.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zach8270 (3582) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JAN 15, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2006 (bottle - 12 oz - 2005 vintage) Dark black pour with a thick and fluffy tan head. Aroma is very roasty and malty with a lot of fruit notes to it. Smells like a mix between raspberries and strawberries. Very rich and roasty taste with lots of those fruit flavors as well as a coffee and roasted chocolate taste as well. Some caramel or toffee at the end with a nice bitter yet fruity aftertaste. Very thick and rich.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrunkenWeasel (224) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 15, 2006
Black with a small offwhite head. Smells of roasted malts and smoke with some fruit to it. Taste is of roasted smokeiness as well with some caramel to it. Thick and mouth coating as it goes down and a nice long lasting smokey flavor in the mouth. Love the quote "Good People, Drink Good Beer."

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 doesn’t 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 don’t think it’s 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 (10438) - 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 Hershey’s bar on an old diesel locomotive plowing through a forest fire. Uncomfortably sweet, cloying flavor permeated with liquid smoke and charcoal. The black malt doesn’t work here. Bit of orangey citric hop thrown in there but mainly just char. Somehow it’s overhopped in spite of the laser-like sweetness. I don’t know what got into my fellow raters’ heads on this one. Not at all enjoyable.


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