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RATINGS: 2437   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


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nuffield (3858) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 29, 2005
When does a porter become a stout? Iím sure my style-oriented friends will remind me of the reasons that this remains a porter, but when you Imperialize a porter, in my book, you get a stout. And so it is here: you have a big hop aroma, rich and supple; a massive flavor of roasted malts, burnt wood, and chocolate/coffee; and a palate of greater thickness, viscosity, and richness than many stouts. Plus, itís essentially opaque with a dark colored head. Lovely beer (though the aroma isnít necessarily my favorite).

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Eladerman (82) - Newburgh, Indiana, USA - DEC 28, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2006 This beer is REAL rich and GOOOD!! Itís unusual in that it has a distinct "hoppy " smell at first sniff. But it is toned down a little in the taste, but for a Porter it has a bit more than the "norm"..but, now let me state that in and of itself isnít a bad thing in this beer. It just tastes more like a dark IPA!!. It has a kind-of Hebrew Jewbulation like taste. A really good balanced Dark ale.that is super drinkable and has the most unique wonderful flavor not found in any beer have yet tried! A Very addictiveI beer!

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jasonp (1557) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - DEC 26, 2005
Pours a beautiful black with a thick light brown head. Rich aroma of roasted coffee, plant soil and a ton of piney hops. Right off the bat: too sweet. Flavor has prominent notes of caramel, brown sugar and then chocolate, coffee and a solid dose of Pacific NW hops. Very earthy soil coffee flavor. Some lingering roasty bitterness in the finish. Nice creamy body with subtle carbonation. Great lacing and head retention. Although this beer has a lot going for it, the flavors just donít flow together the way they should. Needs work but overall, solid.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pineypower (2754) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - DEC 25, 2005
Pours out a dark black color with a thin, fading brown head. Aroma is mostly roasty with a few notes of caramel. Taste is very complex,but at the same time well balanced. Notes of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, caramel and maybe a hint of fig on the finish. A very enjoyable brew.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 24, 2005
awesome porter courtesy of silphium! pour black with minimal brown head...aroma is full of chocolate, cream, coffee, and raison...flavor is heavy in chocolate and cream...definite hints of raison, and is very reminiscent of an impy stout....great palate....i also love the artwork on the bottle....RIP Hunter!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SB (334) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 24, 2005
From Bottle (from notes sept. 05)

Poured dark, with off-white creamy head. Aroma of Chocolate, and roasted malts. Flavor very rich. Hints of Caramel, Vanilla, hops, and coffee. Carbonation good. Mouthfeel creamy. Smooth Finish, Alcohol very well hidden. I didnít realize it was this big intil I looked it up.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ElGaucho (2306) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - DEC 22, 2005
Wow! Rich, hoppy, fruity, dark roasted malt aroma. I canít imagine a porter smelling better than this. Not sure what porterdude was thinking giving it a 6 for Aroma. Completely opaque with a small brown head. Excellent lace. Sweet and very good. A little salty/sour, but not overly so and by mid glass youíve forgotten about that. Why canít Flying Dog put forth this type of effort with all their brews? This is outstanding; virtually perfect for a porter.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Papsoe (25073) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 20, 2005
(Bottle 35,5 cl) Black and opaque with a handsome, creamy head. Lovely hoppy nose. Surprisingly sweet with great notes of caramel. Lots of roasted malt, lightly burned flavours. Very lovely. 031205

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
porterdude (170) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - DEC 19, 2005
Bottle. Poured a very muddled black color, rather "thick" looking pour, almost like a watery molasses. An aroma of blackened malts, sweet sugar and smoked malts, kind of "off-putting". I had to let this beer warm up a little to enjoy al the wonderful flavors. A very thick sipper. Lots of super charged chocolate malts with hints of vanilla, peat, and a light hoppiness that blends well with all the malt. A very thick bodied beer.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
acertain (249) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 19, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2006 Wow. What a plesant surprise. I had almost given up on porters as just not having enough depth to compete with the best stouts. This one, though, was amazing. It poured jet black with a nice tan head. The aroma was nice, though a little subdued. I could floral hops, coffee and smoky malts. In the mouth it was wonderful. It felt thick and very smooth. The flavors were very well balanced. It was sweet, smoky and hoppy. It was less of all of these things than the biggest stouts, smokeds and IPA, and it was almost a perfect balance. It didnít hit you over the head like a world-wide stout or 90-minute IPA, but you got all the flavors in concert. Gotta get more of this one!


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