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RATINGS: 2420   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


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nolankowal (937) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 22, 2006
Bourbon and sourdough aroma, with a thick dark pour with a dark tan head. Flavors of alcohol, roasted malts, and bakers choclolate. Very, very rich for a porter...albiet an imperial porter...never tasted a porter this thick....good stuff. "Good people drink good beer"....indeed.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
thegreenrooster (3459) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 17, 2006
Pour is a complete black with a large tan head. Aroma is roasty, smoky and malty. Flavor is coffee and dark chocolate wih a liquid smoke aspect. Finish is very thick and rich and the alcohol is hidden well. Overall this is prob a standard porter and nothing to make it impy except the alcohol. It has it qualities but nothing to put it in the top of it catagory.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zach8270 (3798) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JAN 15, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2006 (bottle - 12 oz - 2005 vintage) Dark black pour with a thick and fluffy tan head. Aroma is very roasty and malty with a lot of fruit notes to it. Smells like a mix between raspberries and strawberries. Very rich and roasty taste with lots of those fruit flavors as well as a coffee and roasted chocolate taste as well. Some caramel or toffee at the end with a nice bitter yet fruity aftertaste. Very thick and rich.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrunkenWeasel (224) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 15, 2006
Black with a small offwhite head. Smells of roasted malts and smoke with some fruit to it. Taste is of roasted smokeiness as well with some caramel to it. Thick and mouth coating as it goes down and a nice long lasting smokey flavor in the mouth. Love the quote "Good People, Drink Good Beer."

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JAN 12, 2006
This beer is getting ratings all over the place, so it may be safe to say it is a beer for a select few. Very strong roast, the malt here is darkly smoked and unusually fruit laden. Sweet undertones give the smoke added depth, but it doesnít work as intended. The fruit comes off as more of a distraction and I find the actual beer to be a bit thin without it. I congratulate Flying Dog for actually putting a lot of effort into their malt profile for once, I just donít think itís quite right yet. Confusing and unrefined, this beer (as with many FD beers) needs some reworking.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ATOmemphis (200) - Franklin, Tennessee, USA - JAN 9, 2006
Great head and great lacing. Chocolatey and quite heavy. Taste had appropriate porter tastes. Not a bad beer at all.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lubiere (10842) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 9, 2006
Deep dark porter with a creamy brown head, lacing. Pleasant aroma of figs, molasse, floral hops, vanilla and licorice. In mouth, rich pungeant chocolate, with burned caramel, smooth but long bitterness, funkey. This is quite a noice tribute to the Doc. Bought at Knightly Liquors, Orlando, 7.99$ for 4 pack.

2.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JAN 9, 2006
Very dark brown, puffy sienna head. Flavor is charred smoky with stale chocolate and exhaust fumes burbling up. Eating a Hersheyís bar on an old diesel locomotive plowing through a forest fire. Uncomfortably sweet, cloying flavor permeated with liquid smoke and charcoal. The black malt doesnít work here. Bit of orangey citric hop thrown in there but mainly just char. Somehow itís overhopped in spite of the laser-like sweetness. I donít know what got into my fellow ratersí heads on this one. Not at all enjoyable.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - JAN 6, 2006
12 oz, 9.2% vintage 05F. Some interesting fruity smells came out upon opening. Pours a good brown head over black (ruby-brown) porter. The beer starts out harsh and hopped, but "Buy the ticket, take the ride," and luckly as I drink the evilness is tamed. It mellows out and becomes smooth and smokey. The hops remain, and it comes off very similar to an Imp. Stout. Alcohol is hidden behind choc. & coffee. The finish was phenomenal yet came way too early. Vaya con Dios, Good Doctor.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Likeburning (149) - Franklin, Tennessee, USA - JAN 6, 2006
This deep chocolate colored brown headed beer is one not to miss for porter fans. Very thisk and hearty, best enjoyed with good friends during good times. Hints of different coffees and other dark herbs? Heavy and smooth. Especially great for a medium sized brewing company.


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