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RATINGS: 2500   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 don’t show it the proper respect. IBU’s: 85


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JUN 1, 2006
Pours a dark brown color with a nice tan head that slowly fades. Very light lacing. Has a light roasted malt and very light citrus hop aroma. Flavor is chocolate and coffee with a decent amount of bitterness to back it up. Medium to full body. This is another beer that will get better with time. A must try.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
buckybeer (666) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 1, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2006 This is a very nice porter. Pours a creamy black with nice sticky tan lacing. A great sipping beer. Re-rate - 10-22-06 Perfect appearance. Big tan frothy head. Awesome combination of malts, coca, and hops.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fbennett (293) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 31, 2006
Pours a dark brown with a thick tan head. The nose is very fresh crisp hops, bringing a pungent floural flavor to the nose. There is also a small citrus background with chocolate and espresso notes and no alcohal to be found. The taste is syrupy sweet, brown sugar, french vanilla coffee, with a balance of bitter piney hops. As I let this continue to warm some more vanilla and oak woodiness come to mind. This is a great porter one for sipping and enjoying slowly.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blankboy (7081) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 29, 2006
Bottle. Pours black with faint red hues and a large lasting creamy light-brown head -- not sure how it could look any better! Wonderful aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, dark fruit, brown sugar and more. Flavour’s just as good and has lots of chocolate, dark fruit, dark malt, resiny hops and alcohol and a nice long bitter finish. It hides the alcohol incredibly well. Great body for a Porter. This would be rated even higher if it had a little more "kick" to it but as it is it’s definitely Flying Dog’s best beer and a fantastic Imperial Porter.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
schwaiger (90) - Laramie, Wyoming, USA - MAY 28, 2006
12 oz bottle. Poured black with a small, mostly lasting light brown head. Aroma of strawberry preserves, espresso, bandaid. As the glass warmed, raspberry espresso truffles, sweet port. Heavily sweet in the beginning, medium bitterness of coffee in the middle, long sweet coffee and fruity finish. Sweet chocolate flavors and noticeabel alcohol. Syrupy and sticky mouthfeel.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
decaturstevo (5743) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAY 28, 2006
A dark black beer that tastes as good as it looks or as good as it could. The coffee chocolate mix is excellent.The aroma is cho/coffee. this is a damn nice porter. As my favorite style of beer this bitch is excellent. What better mix could you ask for than choc/coffe/alcohol. I loved it.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shag (2769) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAY 24, 2006
A dark black appearance with a beige head. A strong coffee and chocolate aroma. This sucker was very carbonated, in fact the cork flew straight up in the air when opened. The flavor is well balanced with a bitter sweet flavor. Roasted coffee beans, chocolate, and licorice are present. Good beer.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 23, 2006
Damn this was good. The aroma had dark fruit, smoke, slight roast and a hoppy note, and what I percieved to be pears. The beer poured a black opaque color with red hues, decent tan head and lacing. The flavor had dark fruit like plums and raisins, slight carrot note, citrus, smoke, and roast. It was really pleasant. The mouthfeel was well rounded and full bodied, and creamy. This beer was perfectly wet on the tongue with a dry finish.

4.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
505 (271) - Echo Park, California, USA - MAY 22, 2006
Dark brown body, with nice, light brown, long lasting head, and excellent lacing. Aroma was caramel, mocha, with a hing of pine. Taste was burnt, nutty, choclate, espresso, and sweet, with a lasting mildly bitter finish. Mild alcohol, but did a great job of hiding the 9%. Texture was creamy with soft, but fitting carbonation. Delightful, tasty beer, which definitely is worth buying again.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IrishBoy (4071) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAY 22, 2006
Opaque walnut black with a big brown head, that thickly laces the glass. Aroma combines roasty malts, chocolate mocha, and a bunch of hops. Very complex! Flavor shows coffee, chocolate malts, and nice hop bitterness.


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