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RATINGS: 2527   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89/5   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


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
eggman (45) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2006
12 oz. bottle, purchased over a year ago, kept in standard fridge...Pours a solid black with a small, coral-like, dark tan head that diminished rather quickly. Very good lacing...Light toasted chocolate malts combined with heavy pine hops. Average alcohol taste with a hint of licorice...Full bodied, thick and creamy, with a soft burning carbonation and a bitter syrupy finish...Very long in flavor, with a light port-like sweetness coupled with heavily smoked chocolate bitterness...Dominates the mouth with a warm dark chocolate that begs you to take your time with it. Outstanding! (The one I had fresh over a year ago was not rated, but from what I can recall, it definitely has mellowed the burning alcohol effect. Delicious either way.)

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - MAR 29, 2006
12oz bottle, vintage 05. Pours a dark brown with a small brown head. Aroma of pine needles, then some coffee and chocolate. Taste: big piney hops up front, pretty resiny, also has some oak in the taste, alcohol very well hidden, along with the coffee and chocolate. Pretty dry finish. Soft carbonation. Flying Dog did well with this one..

3.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
swanmann (728) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 28, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 12, 2006 Just poured a 750ml between 3 of us, just pint glasses. Velvety and sweet. Couldn’t keep the heads down. Creamy. Looks llike a rootbeer float. I think I taste caramel. Some kind of wood. Gonzo dutifully remembered.

3.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
imperialordie (6) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 28, 2006 does not count
Not true to style, yet pretty good beer, THis is not a style I like yet has a good quality. Among the earthy ethiopian coffee taste it has hoppy texture. Actually would go good with ethiopian food.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bgburdman9 (861) - columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 27, 2006
Very thin brown head. Had quite a strong citrusy hoppy aroma for a porter. First taste was choclately with the citrus hop taste. The alcohol was well masked though for being up around 10%. Pretty solid body overall. This beer is very unique for me, I have never had a beer this dark with such a hoppy taste.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - MAR 24, 2006
Mostly black, crimson edges, thin, dying brown head, minimal lace. Nose of roasted malt, anise, berries, cherries, resin and others. Full bodied, moderate carbonation, some roast,flavors of berry, hop resin, lots of chocolate malt emerges with a silky smooth finish, hops linger from beginning to end. Very good brew, alcohol concealed, not the most balanced brew nor does it really fit the style but I enjoyed.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - MAR 23, 2006
Fresh hop nose hits you right away and tones down into chocolate and malt. Chocolate, some hops, black malt, coco, alcohol, and a little coffee and raison. Finishes with dried fruit and milk chocolate.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - MAR 21, 2006
soft milk chocolate aroma with some roastiness, beautiful black body with a finger and a half of tightly packed reddish brown head, bittersweet chocolate slightly chalky mouthfeel, noticeable cascade hop presence and alcohol presence, the good doctor would’ve been proud.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ncyankee (22) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 20, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2006 I had two of these from different batches within a few days and I would say this beer definitely benefits from 6 months of aging. The vintage 06A was quite good, but the 05F just blew me away - richer, mellower, sweeter - really tasted more like an Imperial Stout, and as good or better than any I have had (namely Old Raspy and Storm King.)

4
   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!


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