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RATINGS: 2498   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
webjedi (250) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - MAR 19, 2006
I need to get another four-pack of this. Pours lie a smooth chocolate tar. Rich chocolate milk head which stays quite signifigantly longer than expected. That "bakers chocolate" mentioned earlier definitely comes in strong both in scent and taste. Beatifully sweet and complex on the tongue. SLightly chewy but pleasantly not bitter on the aftertaste. Slight hop detected, but not over powering. The cololate and coffee seem to dominate while battling it out with the generous malts. I was truly pleasantly surprised and would defintiely get more to cellar. (light odor of a roast, ingredients as well as some wood as the glass warmed). I think this is one of the best Flying Dog has had to offer, get some while you can, and share!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
sethdude (706) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 16, 2006
"...One of Godís own prototypes...some kind of high-powered mutant never considered for mass production. Too weird to live, too rare to die." Pours a thick, oily black with a big brown head and ridiculous lacing (reminicent of Steadmanís art). Aroma smells like charcoal, coffee, chocolate, and mild citrus. Flavor initially hoppy, then begins a flat-out, high-speed burn through coffee, bakers chocolate and tangy malts. A slight smoky character in there as well, and a very dry finish. Much better than the current average rating, in my opinion. Thanks, Lou.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
outerupt (133) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 16, 2006
12oz. bottle. Dark chocolate black pour. The head is super dark khaki giving the beer an overall appearance of a stirred cappuccino. Appropriate, since espresso roast is one of the most salient features of this beerís aroma. There are also notes of a smoldering campfire, burnt sugar, chocolate truffles, christmas tree, and spearmint. The flavour is incredibly deep with more notes of black coffee, chocolate milk shake, and sticky fresh hops. Alcohol is very well hidden. The finish is dry though persistant. Simply the best of the style according my palate.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Callahan09 (7) - USA - MAR 14, 2006 does not count
Well, the artwork on the bottles and packaging alone makes this one worthwhile. Itís a great display piece after you drank the bottle and cleaned it out. I love the Hunter S. Thompson quote on the packaging, and as I said the Ralph Steadman artwork is staggering. I love the aroma, it tastes about as good as it smells, and the feeling as it goes down is just delightful. You get drunk quickly, and you pay a pretty penny for it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - MAR 13, 2006
Pours black with a brown head. Woody and grassy aroma, with strong roasted malt notes sneaking in. A bit floral and spicy. Alcohol comes out with a little swirling. Big flavor dominated by chocolate, lactose, and alcohol. The alcohol mixes with the malt flavors very nicely. Hops play a subtle but important role, providing a grassy taste at the back of the mouth and perfect bitterness on the swallow. The finish is mostly bitter hops and stays with you for quite a while. Mouthfeel is thin, which keeps this in the Porter category and is a nice change of pace from mouth-filling imperials with little or no subtlety. Decadent and depraved.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
zathrus13 (1761) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAR 12, 2006
Pours black, with a tan head. Aromas are roasted malt, hops, and coffee. flavors are roasted malt, hops, soy sauce, and coffee. Body is kind of thin. Not as good as I expected.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
larsga (7102) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 11, 2006
Enormous dark brown creamy head with larger bubbles. Totally opaque black body. Sweetish piney resiny aroma of hickory, cork with notes of juniper. Taste is enormous, roasty pine malts and at once sweetish and acidic with notes of wild berries, tar and most other things on earth and above it; very complex. Wow! A great beer, if somewhat overpowering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OldMrCrow (2317) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 8, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2006 From the bottle

Pours a wicked black with a fine mocha head. The aroma is smoked almonds, soy sauce, and plum wine; the flavor is darly sweet, a bit of smoke, and dark roasted malt, with ate-breaking notes of berries in the porter vein that come through on the top of the mouth, closed off with a slightly metallic and chalky aftertaste.

This is a rich, enjoyable beer that hides its 9.5% very well and leaves me sorely disappointed now that my glass is empty. 7/4/8/4/16=3.9

A 2005 bottle sampled at cellar temperate in November 2006 opens with a burst of foam and leaves a huge dark-tan head. It is much as described above, but with a palate that is too sweet, and with a softer late finish. The smoke and the berries and fruit (strawberrry, some cherry) have come out further as well, and thatís not fully a good thing; too much sweet sticky salty soy sauce in this one. This time around Iím considerably less impressed and would go around 7/4/6/4/13=3.4. Because this is an old bottle, Iíll weight the above rating much more heavily until I can try a fresh one. In the meantime, I need to find something to do with the other 2005 in the cellar...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Capa (2563) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - MAR 8, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2009 Pours dark with a small tan head that diminishes to a ring around the glass rather quickly. Aroma is of roasted malts, caramel, chocolate, alcohol and also kind of sweet. Flavor is rich, has notes of caramel, coffee, and roasted malts with the alcohol becoming noticeable in the finish. Mouth is creamy and coating. Definitly a good brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 8, 2006
12 oz bottle. Pours a mud black color. It looks as thick as mud too. Thick khaki head that laced the glass. Rich, enticing aroma full of chocolate, anise, coffee, and alcohol. Tangy up front with dried fruits in the background. The beginning of each sip is almost lip-puckering. Sweet in the middle. The finish is roasty and chocolately with a splash of alcohol. Full bodied. The only detractor was excessive carbonation. Maybe it was the bottle.

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