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RATINGS: 2517   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89/5   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


4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
wnp22 (698) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 3, 2006
Tasted in Toronto. Obtained on a trip to Boulder Colorado. tasted in dimple mug. Deep black opaque appearance with creamy head (although slightly on the thin side) which is a tan / tobacco colour. Aroma is somewhat strange, all I can pick up is celery or vegitables. Wow, flavour is pretty nice, rich complex roasted malt, coffee cream, espresso and some toffe like caramel to finish - creme brulee. Alcohol is well hidden.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
abb73 (27) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 2, 2006
The aroma is of caramelled malt. Pours a completely opaque deep, dark brownish-black with a dense chocolatey head that leaves a nice lacing. Flavors of smooth caramel, bitter sweet German chocolate, and espresso end with a burnt caramel aftertaste. Itís only been a year, but it is much smoother in í06 than it was in í05. Iíve got one bottle left...I wonder how long I should wait before drinking it?

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Yeggo (38) - USA - JUL 1, 2006
PITCH Black... foam may STILL be on the glass. Really good. Had one with a friend who knows these things, and says itís the best porter heís had. Guess that means itsí good.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerfern (2) - USA - JUN 29, 2006 does not count
Jet black with about a 1.5 inch dark brown fizzy head. Aromas of bitter chocolate. Very mild wrt burnt malt or coffee flavors. Lacks presence for an imperial porter. Finish is of bitter citrus.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
DrGonzoDEA (1) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 29, 2006 does not count
With cover work via Ralph Steadman, the label alone is worth the price of admision. Upon entry one finds a complex medley of flavors and a texture / apperance that would make the the good doctor proud.

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Kiapepito (110) - Port Angeles, Washington, USA - JUN 22, 2006
I took one for the team since i enjoy hunter s. thompsonís work, but oh goodness... not only is it thick as corn syrup, but it was very heavy of thick tan head. thank goodness i only need 2 ounces to rate a beer... hahaha.. thanks to irishboy for this beer!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3 (8024) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 21, 2006
Black with brown head. Sweet malt and burnt black patent make for a nice aroma. Taste is rich sweet malt that balances out the dry burnt malt of the black patent. Adds welcome complexity to the porter like malt flavor. Nice. I was expecting an over abundance of burnt black patent. This malt combo creates balance and added interest in the next sip. I also detect a bit of a port wine flavor and some wood. Very good beer.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gferd (99) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 21, 2006
Gonzo journalism meets gonzo beer...I loved it A++++++++. Bitter and Dark, just like hunter. The only downside, is the price, close to $10/bottle.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
chesterzd (1) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JUN 19, 2006 does not count
chocolate, coffee, roasty, citrus, alcohol, black, frothy, very bitter, medium sweetness, medium sourness, full body, sticky, lively,

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bfeldmann (1049) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 15, 2006
"Can you so ho hum. This one was my first Imp porter and lets just say not a fan. Poured a nice dark color with a massive head, took me awhile to get it in the glass. Lacing was solid. Aroma was chocolate roasted hops. Flavor was weak and watered down chocolate and hops. Just didnít do it for me"


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