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RATINGS: 2367   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


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - DEC 17, 2005
This thing is really freaking dark with a nive tan head but I coildn’t figure out why I could get so much of a hop aroma from this and I was expecting a blast of chocolate and roasted malts.Was it me?? it was good but it was more like a black and tan with a porter and an IPA mixed.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 15, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2007 Draft in snifter at Flying Saucer. Served too cold as usual with this place. Aroma of vanilla and roasted malt. Nice half inch brown head, some lacing. Flavor is sweet with a slight bitterness, and I taste a small hint of maple. Creamy in the mouth, soft carbonation, and a smooth finish. Alcohol is very well hidden. I really liked this porter, and was quite surprised at how good this was. This is easily a top ten porter for me. I had the bottled version a month later, and it does not taste like the same beer. Draft is much nicer.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
LegalizeLSD (5) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 14, 2005 does not count
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2005 chocolate, coffee, roasty, vanilla, licorice, clove aroma, black, frothy, brown foam head with smooth, elaborate lacing, heavy sweetness, very bitter, medium sourness, full body, creamy, soft carbonation, long finish, could easily be my favorite porter. i would have to try it next to an Edmund Fitzgerald...

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
adrian910ss (2358) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 14, 2005
Pours a black color with a very thick rich creamy beige head. Resembles an Imperial Stout. Aroma is piney with lots of dark rich chocolate present along with malts, coffee and hops. Flavor is excellent. Rich and creamy with a nice chocolate presence and hints of hops, malts and coffee. One of the best porters I’ve had to date.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Hannibal88 (9) - USA - DEC 14, 2005 does not count
What can I say? Wow. A phenomenal beer. Ridiculously rich. Looks like Coca-Cola, but darker and redder. Strong hints of chocolate and coffee. The 9.2% alcohol content is incredibly well-concealed; you don’t notice how strong it is until wham, it just hits you. Perhaps a 4.8 rating is a bit high, but I think the average rating on this beer is way too low. It definitely ranks in the top several American beers I’ve ever had.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrockLanders (772) - Panama City, Florida, USA - DEC 13, 2005
Pretty dark pour...deep black/brown with a very minimal tan head. Roasty hoppy nose with some whiffs of alcohol and a sweet/sour chocolate tinge. Taste is a lot of malt and bitter coffee flavors...I like it. Definitely thick full mouthfeel. Hoppy, bitter finish in the end. I liked this more as it warmed in the glass. Alcohol reminder never does go away. I’ll have this again.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - DEC 13, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2008 (on bottle at CPH Yeha05)What a great nose of vanilla and coffe + that allspicyness. perky. more suttle flavour, roasted malts. The 9,5% is nowhere to feel in the finish, witch is creamy too. RERATE311207. After 2 years, my palate has changed, don´t find this beer some complex or thrilling any more. Had distinct traces of tobacco and wood in the nose.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerNinja (137) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 12, 2005
Pours as black as ink, with a light brown head. Nose has a nice mix of floral hoppiness and roasted malt. In the mouth this beer thick and clingy. Sweet with a mellow bitterness. The flavor hangs around for a bit. Nice but not all the time.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - DEC 12, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2006 12 oz brown bottle purchased at Monk’s Café, Philadelphia, PA. Black hued having a long-lasting tan-colored head with good lacing. No discernable carbonation. Aroma of chocolate and expresso. Medium-to-full bodied porter having a creamy texture that starts with light sweet malt, prune, chocolate, and coffee flavors. Finishes with lingering light bitterness and roasted malt aftertaste. Rich, creamy, and complex. This is a delicious imperial porter. (07.18.06) UPDATE 12 oz brown bottle for DiCarlo’s, Mundelein, IL. Vintage 2005. Roasted malt and expresso in the nose. Poured black opaque with average creamy tan head. No discernable carbonation. Medium bodied porter that starts with light malt sweetness and coffee expresso and raisin flavors. Finished with linger roasted malt flavor and some bitterness. Smooth rich and creamy. Well-balanced. Complex flavor character. An awesome porter. Rating stays the same.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
julrey (32) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 9, 2005
Poured a thick dark shade of brown out of the bottle, almost sheer black in the center of the glass but with root beer colored highlights around the edges where the light crept in. I didn’t get much head retention of this one - maybe 3/4 finger - but what was there was a nice caramel brown. Looked very inviting overall. I didn’t note as much alcohol in the smell as some have reported, but I did catch the expected burnt coffee, brown sugar, faint raisins, toffee. The nose pretty much foreshadowed the taste to a T. Nice oily hop presence up front with the roasted malt and bitter coffee coming in on the back of the tongue. With the mouthfeel being nice and chewy, almost like oatmeal in itself, for some reason this beer gave me just as much of an impression of a high-octane oatmeal stout as it did a porter. Could have been my mind playing tricks on me. Nonetheless this is quite a good beer; not necessarily one of the all-time greats in this style but quite drinkable. I had two of these last night before I really felt the buzz setting in, and if the buzz had been my goal I probably could have managed one or two more. I would have ranked it a bit higher on drinkability except there’s something a bit too familiar about the way this goes down.


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