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RATINGS: 2520   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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

   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.

   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,

   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"

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mephisto (1286) - TAIWAN - JUN 9, 2006
jet black and hugely carbonated, the brew has woody aroma with a hint of grapefruit. bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85 (10359) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JUN 8, 2006
Bottle. Very fruity aroma - orange, grapefruit, peach with moderate hops as well. Opaque black brown color with moderate head. Slightly sweet malt flavor up front, very light apple undertone with an ashy hops finish. Tastes fairly light despite its appearance. A nice smooth beer - I would have liked it better if the fruitiness came out more in the flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
eaglefan538 (3020) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 5, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2008 Re-rate, 1/12/08, just ahead of the BA version. All roasty coffe type flavors to accompany the aroma and pitch black appearance. Bitter roast and hops in the finish. Light smoke and ashe appear with warmer temperatures, thoroughly uninviting, it is what it is, an average brew. I stand by my original rating, although I canít believe I came back to it. Stoopid marketing ploys is that BA stuff. Original rating: I wonít return to this one, as it was completely uninspired and boring. Poured pretty pitch black with a small tan head that disappeared quickly, although the lacing was outstanding. The flavor was resinous and had some chocolate to go along with lots of American pine style hops. Significant roasted touch to it all. Ended pretty bitter and just not to my liking.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
timtheenchanta (70) - Clemson, South Carolina, USA - JUN 4, 2006
Pours thick with a half inch dark brown head. Not much retention and no lacing. Jet black liquid. Smells of coffee and heavy roasted malts. Very malty taste with some coffee and a slight hoppy balance. Chewy/bubbly mouthfeel that leaves a heavenly malty feel on the palate and not too much hops. A little thinner than I expected. Pretty easy to drink but I probably should have had a little more on my stomach first.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drainey (234) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 2, 2006
12 oz bottle. Dark black body with a large brown head of smallish bubbles. Aroma has some caramel and alcohol with some coffee notes. Flavor is very nice, highlighted by a molassesy sweetness, but offset by a coffee bitterness. Palate is thick but not too thick.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dorqui (2174) - Brescia, ITALY - JUN 2, 2006
Really darkest color, black, dense and inscrutable. Beautiful dark nut creamy head, nearly coffee type; medium persistence. Complex and decidedly alcoholic scent; notes of liqueur, roast coffee, burned wood and resin. Wrapping and overbearing alcoholic scent but however soft. Very roasty, moderately sweet on the end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 1, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2011 Havenít had one of these in quite some time. Still looks as smoky and delicious as ever, but I was surprised at how live the carbonation was and also that there was a more notable hop presence than Iíd remembered (my recollection was that it was far more smoky and malty). Still a fine, distinctive imperial porter. Edit: Iím off this beer now, after having had a bottle literally explode while it was sitting on my kitchen table. I posted this somewhere in the forums: bought off the shelf, this was just sitting in my cool cellar and had been brought up to taste. Heard a loud pop from another room, beer and glass everywhere.

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