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RATINGS: 2382   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


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alabamajohn (67) - Alabama, USA - OCT 27, 2005
Iíll preface this with the fact that Iíve only sampled 7 or so porters. This one has the most perfect looking head. It has a freakishly complex aroma. Tastes like free jazz sounds when everything coaleses Great mothfeel and finish despite the 9.5% ABV. I have to get this again. Soon.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 25, 2005
A ring of offwhite lace sits on a deep black body with brown highlights. Very good aroma of roasted malt and chocolate, the flavor is the same, a very good one-two punch of chocolate and roasted malt. The finish is bitter. The body is light to medium with a dry texture and lively carbonation. Grrrrreat !

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - OCT 24, 2005
12oz - Aroma is hoppy chocolate malt. Pours a solid black with a small brown head that leaves great lacing, the best Iíve seen in a porter. Flavor is much more pronounced than the aroma. Roasted chocolate malts and espresso dominate with enough hop to balance it out. Palate is creamy and lush. A great porter.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - OCT 24, 2005
Bottle. Pours very dark, thick with a small tan head. Aroma is chocolate, fruit, coffee and alcohol. Nice fruity roasted sweet malt character, mollasses, licorice and berries, full mouthfeel, good bitterness in the finish. Very nice stuff, wish I had bought the whole sixer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
guzzler67 (1526) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - OCT 23, 2005
Deep, dark stoutish appearance with a large, tan head and good lacing. All kinds of dark roasted malt aromas, from bitter chocolate to chicory. Nicely carbonated, earthy, full-bodied mouthfeel. Well balanced by Millennium and Cascade hops. Bitter, long lasting finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (20902) - Vasa, FINLAND - OCT 23, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2008 Bottled. Black opaque colour, huge creamy brown head. Roasted malts, licorice, coffee and weak sting of alcohol in aroma. Smokish and roasted malt in flavour along with caramel, oak and coffee. Aftertaste is roasted malt. Pleasant.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TBone (12989) - Pori, FINLAND - OCT 23, 2005
Bottled (vintage 2005)
Opaque black, big expresso head. Coffee, chocolate and hops in the aroma. Cold coffee, some herbs in the flavor. Liquerish, roasted. Roasted aftertaste too. Not so full bodied than with this ABV you could guess. A bit unbalanced - good anyway.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
lethe (177) - New York, USA - OCT 22, 2005
Great look after the pour with a nice tan head. Smells and tastes increasingly hoppy which balances exquisitely with the flood of malt undertones. Really donít get many different flavors from it, but very much enjoyed the hop balance of this strong porter.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (10055) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - OCT 22, 2005
Cask at Flying Dog. Pours black with tiny diminishing tan head. Hoppy fruit fragrant aroma, very inviting, with chocolate-dark malt notes. Bitter fruit hop and chocolate malt flavor finishes acidic with raisin and plum notes. Dark bodied, thin and oily. I will revisit once I try the bottled form.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
legion242 (2266) - Richardson, Texas, USA - OCT 22, 2005
REALLY OVER-RATED. If this is gonna be called a Baltic Porter, then it needs to live up to it. Sorry, Eric, you missed boat here. Not sweet enough and the alcohol is actually to well hidden. Oh yeah, and HST was also very over-rated. What a blow hard!!!


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