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RATINGS: 2421   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
2beerguys (299) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 21, 2006
The Gonzo pours a dark black color with a small, frothy light-brown head. Aroma is of light perfume hops, and there is also a hint of beef and olives. Initial taste is moderately sweet with a light sweet finish. Feels light and creamy on the mouth with soft carbonation. TGWK says "It tastes like teriyaki beef jerky." MB says "It smells like Home Depot."

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JFGrind (1895) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 20, 2006
Itís been almost a year since HST checked out of this world leaving little hope for us in the 21st Century. Iíll admit I miss Hunter, he was often sleazy, brillant and crude. I think this beer lives up to the legend of HST. Strong (Baltic) porter, roasted malts, vanilla bean and yeasty aroma.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kingfiogojr (78) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 19, 2006
Bottle from N. Charles Liquors. A very unique experience. Aroma of whiskey mingling with hops, very dark. Long-lasting good taste, taste of deep hops, coffee and whiskey combined. Very rich, very full glass of beer. Mild-Medium carbonation, just right. Medium tan-head. An excellent beer, one of my favorites.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 18, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2006 Draft at Brouwerís. Dark brown, good head and lacing. Malt aroma with a hint of hops. Really enjoyed this brew...immediate sharp floral hop taste, with strong chocolate and light espresso to balance it out. Bit alcoholic at the end. Taste lasts long.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - FEB 17, 2006
(bottle) pours oily black with no hint of a head at first, but ends up with fluffy mocha head. Coffee aroma. Flavor is roast coffee with whisky notes. Bitter finish. The alcohol is fairly noticable.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mjg74 (2731) - Salem, Oregon, USA - FEB 17, 2006
Bottled. Pours a very dark black/ruby color. Slightly sweet aroma, some chocolate. Alot of roasted malts and coffee as well. Nice rich mouthfeel. Slighty sweet sugary flavor right up front. Followed by some malts. Finish is very bitter, both from hops and from burnt maltiness. Alcohol is well hidden. Warming as it goes down.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
harmfuldrunk (288) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 16, 2006
the best porter ever. smells terrific, tastes delisious, its a very special brew from a talented brewey

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chilehead (186) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - FEB 16, 2006
Quite tasty thick and rich porter. Bit of molassas, brown sugar, and smoke on the mouth, with a chocolatey body. Very good.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
igneous1 (1507) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - FEB 16, 2006
very dark brown, practically opaque. head is light brown, nose is well hopped and youthful, a VERY poor manís storm king is not a far stretch. well malted as well..lots of lactose and roastiness. flavor is loaded with cascades, mild lactose and chocolate qualities. quite nice for a flying dog product (no offense).

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tennisjoel (1209) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - FEB 15, 2006
Bottle. Strong raisin, nut, and chocolate aromas. A very good porter. Impressive for Flying Dog. Normally their beers havenít made super high marks. This one is probably their most complex beer to date.


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