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RATINGS: 2449   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88/5   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
freekyp (1715) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - FEB 28, 2006
If you closed your eyes and gave this brew a bug whiff, youíd think you were about to delve into a well hopped west coast IPA. Open your eyes and things couldnít be more backwards. This deep dark brown beer sports a thick brown head and excellent lacing, and a peaty whisky nose. It packs a alchoholic whallop to boot, but is never overtaken by its ample ABV. While this porter has a nice roasty bitterness, the aroma hops supply a cherry/grape overtone that is slightly out of place. Thick and creamy, this is enjoyable, but not one Iím likely to pursue for future returns.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Radek Kliber (6825) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - FEB 27, 2006
Dark brown, almost black, small minimal head. Quiet hoppy for Imperial Porter, grape citrus hop character, very little malt character. Smooth body with roasty finish. Gentle coffee notes, bitter hoppiness all around. Clean and well made.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 26, 2006
Aroma is hoppy as can be, rich coffee and treacle notes as well. Black, minscule cappuccino head. Flavour has that pronounced west coast hops start, with malt, coffee and treacle balancing out the act. Full bodied, bitter, dry finish. Fantastic! Thank You "R!"

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BuckeyeBoy (4055) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 25, 2006
Pours a very dark brown or black with a small brown head. this Porter goes down very smooth. Plus you get the art work on the lable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HogTownHarry (6371) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - FEB 25, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2006 Bottle (12oz). Shared with DougShoemaker, Radek, "R" and others - courtesty of "R". Poured fairly thick black with a minimal brown head. Aroma - hops! - rich, pungent, fresh, resiny hops, quite roasty after the hop-hit subsides - nuts and coffee - with some salty olive and plum notes. Taste - yes, still large on the resiny hops, but well-balanced by the roast malt, this has a reasonably long bitter finish and no alcohol character at all. Flat, viscous bitter mouthfeel - pretty solid body for a porter and loads of lasting flavour - one of the better ones Iíve had. * May 25, 2006 re-rate - had it on tap @ Coles in Buffalo NY - fantastic, smoother, roastier, hoppier ... original rating 8-4-7-4-16=3.9: is definitely on of the best porters Iíve ever had now.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jonboy32818 (30) - orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 24, 2006
poured dark, almost black, with a small tan head. I am getting nothing but soy and alcohol in the aroma. Very glad that did not transfer to the taste. Roasted malts with a dash of hop bitterness. No alcohol to be found. Finish is just a little than I hoped for but a good porter all the way around.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrnkMcDermott (2934) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2006 12 oz. bottle, no date stamp. Thought Iíd better break into my cellar for one, since reading about how some of them have been gushing. Luckily my bottle seems okay. Pours with a big brown head, though there does to be a bit of bacterial smell above the bitter coffee aroma. As the head thins out, it leave a thick lace in the glass. Deep black body in the glass. Texture is thick and maybe a tad harsh. But the taste is big and throaty to match. Coffee and chicory malts, or maybe I can describe it as Kahlua like. Roasties this time donít overwhelm the big American hop load. Some stout sourness. Iím glad to find out this batch will probably stay all right and stand up to some cellaring.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5768) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2011 This was the first time I have had this beer. Sampled on draft at Smokin Joeís in Pittsburgh this beer poured a black color with a large dark brown head. The aroma is lightly malty and has a moderate floral hops. The flavor is roasty and toasty with some bitter coffee and a strong floral and bitter hop presence. The beer is remarkably thick, creamy and smooth.

   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."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JFGrind (1935) - 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.

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