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RATINGS: 2432   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


2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Rastacouere (6159) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 5, 2006
Hugh brown head bursts into a lasting lacy patchwork of irregular big bubbles. The body underneath is deep brown and opaque. Burstingly hoppy (cascade?) nose becomes very perfumey as it warms, bordering shampoo and definitely green fresh hops to the point of feeling vegetal and salty at times. Cocoa component is all I get from this vague, so-so maltiness that reveals its poor structure in mouth. Dominating roastiness suffers from a strong wave of citric, pine-sol and ashey character, thankfully no lactic aspects, but that the astringence remains limited within those conditions is beyond me. Dry and hoppy palate where unenvelopping dark cocoa and anise-floral loose malts get abashed by growing whispers of alcohol. Medium body, very effervescent. Fair as it is, but forget balance, round malt fruitiness was traded away for a hop putsch.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MikeMac (185) - Wyandotte, Michigan, USA - FEB 3, 2006
Pours a black/ brown color nice frothy to foamy brown head Roasty chocolated aroama. Big chocloate to licorice flavor.Balanced out by some hop flavor Smooth creamy finish very nice..

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - FEB 2, 2006
Dark with a milky brown head. Nose is chocolate and fruity sweetness. Flavor is bitter chocolate, lots of hops. Some sourness. Finishes very dry. Leaves kind of a weird film in the mouth.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
CapFlu (4781) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 31, 2006
(Bottle) Bottle came courtesy of Lubiere. Pours a god-sized, frothy, brown head. Amen! A body of an African sun-worshipper. Amen! And a nose of such distinction. Amen! The whiskey-barrels and coffee grinders worked this recipe down. Down. Down. The grit… oh Lord, the grittiness and scant scent of alcohol convicted this boy before trial. Because if… if one was to sample, they would know that the body, the heart, the soul was sold to Satan. Molasses stained dress, whiskey for breath, and bitter repress. Bless this soul. Bless this soul. Bless this soul! Amen.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 31, 2006
Completely opaque brown/black color with a creamy dark tan head. Nice roasted malt aroma with a good amount of hops and alcohol. More roasted malt in the flavor with dark fruit flavors and some sweetness. Bitterness is here from both chocolate malt and hops--nice alcohol character as well--and all are superbly balanced. This results in a nice, flavorful, and seriously stron porter.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - JAN 31, 2006
Pours a black body with a small head. Aroma is roasted chocolate with notes of coffee and caramel. Flavor is the same, some bitterness. Had no idea this was a 9.5%er, guessed woulda been 5-7. Good job. Flying Dog finally made something good, and I finally found it.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pstorvik (60) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 29, 2006
750 mL bottle produced June 2005. Poured with a tight tan head having a sweet chocolatey caramel malt aroma. Full rich malt flavor with hints of chocolate. Just a hint of bitterness and well masked alcohol. I liked this better than the 12 oz bottle. If it weren’t $18 a pop I’d buy more of this to lay down.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
IslandHaole (1091) - Yokosuka-Shi, Kanagawa-Ken, JAPAN - JAN 29, 2006
Thanks BuckDich! Opaque black with a mahogany colored, thin head. Nice lacing. Fruity, licorice, chocolate. Like smelling a bagfull of Halloween candy, lots of goodies all mixed up! Roasty up front, very tangy middle, citrusy and bitter, like a kumquat. Tart finish with a lightly bitter, herbal follow. Nice feel, smooth & creamy. Bottle artwork is ugly as hell, but the brew contained within is very nice.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BobHommel (2) - Georgia, USA - JAN 26, 2006 does not count
Nice thick nearly opaque pour, with tan tight head. Coarse roast-chocolate aroma with some muted hops and a whiff of alcohol. Flavor is rich but coarse and roasty-grainy, with a bitterness that balances nicely. Alcohol flavor is surprisingly hidden for such a big beer. Overall just OK-- not quite smooth or complex enough for my tastes for this beer.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SDalkoholic (2232) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JAN 25, 2006
This porter pours a opaque and pitch black liquid similar to the appearance of used motor oil. The body appears to be dense but yet it runs thin and freely into my english pint glass. Head is a thin patch of foam of reasonable size and color of a dark tan and pink transparency. The drink is both rich while the texture is a bit oily with a strong profile of of flavor. Flavor is of perfectly roasted dark malt with subtle hints of coffee and large reminder of chocolate. Suprisingly enough this porter maintains a firm hop character in the mouth with little to no aftertase of the very same hop. The aroma hides the hops used fairly well but is unable to mask the predominant roasty scent of dark malt and caramel. Very well done, it’s almost as if this is a mirror duplicate of an imeprial stout of some sort.


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