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RATINGS: 2374   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


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - DEC 5, 2005
Lots of roast in the aroma, with some obvious notes of nuts and vanilla. Jet black body with a small brown head. Roasty flavor, some sweetness, lots of vanilla, very smooth. Good one. RIP Hunter S. Thompson!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ungstrup (29501) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - DEC 4, 2005
An opaque brown beer with a lazing though collapsing brown head. The flavor is sweet and very roasty, while the flavor is sweet with notes of alcohol, roasted malt, and chocolate combined with hops. Nice one.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madsberg (10309) - Søborg, DENMARK - DEC 4, 2005
Botted: Reddish brown coloured. Brwon dense coloured head. Hrbal, grassy and sweet fruity aroma. Flavour is light grassy and roasty. Has some coffee notes. Liqourice is present as well. Is medium bodied and well balanced. Is coffeeish and light roasty in the end.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
joergen (21108) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 4, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2006 Bottle. Black coloured with a beige head. Roasted aroma of liquorice and chocolate. Roasted flavour with lots of chocolate and liquorice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 3, 2005
A pleasent blend of milky and portish aromas with heavy grassy and citric hopping; dark fruit and smooth, roasty, bittersweet chocolate flavors, earthy coffee hints and luscious mouthfeel; balanced finish with lingering bitterness; well hidden alcohol and a damn fine brew.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chriso (7396) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 3, 2005
Bottled at the London gathering, November 2005. Thanks to Captain Cougar for bringing this one over. Very dark, almost opaque, black colour. There’s lots of coffee in evidence here. Perhaps more than I’d expect in a porter, although I appreciate that the US interpretation is rather different from the British origins. But there is a sour, slightly lactic, edge that I do like in a porter and some good balancing hoppy bitterness. Quite rich and fairly impressive. I can see how some people might think that the elements are not perfectly integrated, but I found the clashes rather interesting and intriguing.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oldrtybastrd (3222) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 2, 2005
Nice brownish black pour. Aromas of chocolate/coffee/tobacco. Didn’t seem 9.5 ABV, alcohol is well masked. Big flavor on this beer. This is one sweet ass porter.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
grat (433) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 1, 2005
Vacuous blackness. Small brown and white bubbles float slowly to the top and then explode, dying just as quickly as they’re conceived. Slimy, tarry depths to explore. Smells of burnt earth and C-hops. An experience to quaff. When i popped it it smelled just like an IPA, exaclty. And then the roastiness sets in. Gargantuan bunches of fresh cilantro alongside heaps of chocolate. A smoldering earth lingers beneath it all. In the mouth it defies the nose. Not nearly as hoppy as it smells. Sweet perfume and then a sweet alcohol kick. Exhuberant roastiness. Dry as hell in the finish with a puckery bitterness. This beer is a juggernaut and I like it ALOT!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 30, 2005
Dark brown with an ungodly huge brown head. Sheet lacing. Aromas are heavy in the roast and chocolate areas. There is a bit of oatmeal about. Some raisins. Floral hops along with some citrus. Tobacco. I can’t get over how much hops are in the aroma. It is great. The flavor is mostly chocolately with some hints of roast. Mocha is nicely blended in. Again, this is a hoppy porter. I find it refreshing. Piney and floral hops abundant. Thick and chewy palate. Coats the mouth Finishes off with a blast of hops and sweet chocolate. A touch of alcohol.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - NOV 29, 2005
Not, as others have said, a trainwreck. Flipped over tractor trailer maybe, but not a trainwreck. A dark, oily, grimy/greasy/gloppy/sticky palate with a nose of licorice and vanilla and some molasses/cola. Taste has hints of alcohol burn, some indeterminate sweetness, and a middle-end bitterness that I can only assume is some out-of-place hopping. The roast is more of an overburnt sensation like coffee that’s been overdone. Hmm. Sorry, picky about porters. This one doesn’t measure up.


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