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RATINGS: 2420   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


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 (1548) - 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 (22073) - 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 (13700) - 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 (10606) - San Diego, California, 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 (2322) - 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!!!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8396) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 21, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2008 The Lure:
Bold leafy, citrusy hops bounce off the sweet malt proficiency. Chocolate and roasted coffee beans amidst the intense and joyful apparent randomness.

The Festivities:
Muscular roasted malt bitterness approaches the citrusy and resinous hops, helped by the effervescent carbonation. Vanilla sweetness pushes the roastiness to emulate eccentric candies, which could get on your nerves if youíre having a large quantity by yourself. Very intense and flavorful, it takes a few sips to tame it (although aging it over a year will smoothen rough edges).

Transcendence:
Sometimes, a powerful voice can touch you even when the songís ordinary.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 18, 2005
Bottle(Thanks argo0). Pours black with medium tan head. Very roasty aroma, with chocolate, and some hops in the nose too. Flavor is quite full and tasty, with chocolate up front and some sugar sweetness in the middle and bitterness from hops and roasted malt at the end. Alcohol in aftertaste. Very good, but I would not quite refer to the malt flavor as complex, just massively malty.


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