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RATINGS: 2547   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tcruicks (282) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAR 5, 2006
Nice looking beer, super dark with a thick brown head. Smells like alcohol, bittersweet chocolate and fruit. Flavour and aroma are not too similar- tastes roasty, creamy, very sweet (maybe too sweet), hoppy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAR 5, 2006
UPDATED: APR 12, 2007 í06 bottling. Out of the bottle its a picture perfect stout with dense black body and a dense tan head. The aroma is really very complex, I first get alcohol, raisin, stonefruit, and flowers, but then thereís some chocolate in there too. The palate is pretty solid with good viscous creamy smoothness. I taste tremendous alcohol and a roastiness and creaminess that were absent from the nose. This is also incredibly sweet though not really malty. I feel like something is out of place in this beer, like too much alcohol or too sweet, but in the mean time, Iím enjoying this. rerate April 12, 2007: í06 bottle. What a nice time this beer has had in this last year. Appearance is unchanged, still lovely. Nose has opened up rather nicely. Alcohol is strong, but balanced the sweet and chocolatey malt well. A little roast. The hops have dropped off a bit. A little oaky. Definitely some raisin. +1 for aroma overall. The palate is still supple and creamy, really divine. The flavor is a bit more mature than I remember it being. Still heavy with alcohol, but not such a stinger. Creamy chocolate malt and satisfying though not overbearing roast peaks out from over the hops, which have died back a bit. The malt backdrop is so mellow though. I have to imagine that this will be beautiful to drink with 4 years of age on it if this isnít a particularly oxidation prone beer. I think Iím going to buy a 4 pack and forget about it for 2 years!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
carl4beer (522) - Fairfax Station, Virginia, USA - MAR 4, 2006
nice head with a thin aroma of roasted malt. very smooth on the palate not very complex. i like my Imperial goods to leave more to contemplate.... good none the less. hunter would be proud

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
AlabastorJones (814) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 4, 2006
Blacknes with a milky cream pile of a tan froth, smells roasted and rich, spicey and chocolately somewhat dry finish, filling and slightly warming, vanilla and choclate holding hands like a racial tolerance add, alc is present but not overpowering, some flavors shift into reptilian versions of their former selves "I hate to advocate drugs, liqour, violence or insanity to anyone, but theyíve always worked for me" -Hunter S. Thompson

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - MAR 1, 2006
London Gathering Nov 05: Black with a brown head. Chocolate and vanilla in the nose. Similar flavour with a slightly tart edge. Easy drinking.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
WhiteSoxFan (152) - USA - FEB 28, 2006
Bottle. Bottle conditioned. Pours a thick, viscous dark black. Thin, dark tan head that dissipates quickly, but leaves nice lacing. Hints of coffee and almost some fruitiness (plum?) in the nose. Maybe a little smokey. Taste is good with some coffee and bitterness up front and some nice sweetness and creaminess going down. Mouthfeel is well balanced with some carbonation when it hits your mouth, then thick and a little warm going down your throat. Very good overall. I enjoy it a lot. I have 3 more in the cellar that should age nicely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mbeem (104) - New Hope, Alabama, USA - FEB 28, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2006 Pours an opaque raisin color in the goblet with a very slight dark brown head. Nose of alcohol, hops, caramel, roasted, coffee-ish notes. Good balance of hops bitterness and malty sweetness with a warm alcohol presence. Very good!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - FEB 28, 2006
Very nice appearance, dark brown with an orange-ishtan head. Aroma is malty and slightly smokey. Smokey flavor permeates with somewhat sweet maltiness, licorice with some very nice cocoa and milk chocolate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
freekyp (1949) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - FEB 28, 2006
If you closed your eyes and gave this brew a bug whiff, youíd think you were about to delve into a well hopped west coast IPA. Open your eyes and things couldnít be more backwards. This deep dark brown beer sports a thick brown head and excellent lacing, and a peaty whisky nose. It packs a alchoholic whallop to boot, but is never overtaken by its ample ABV. While this porter has a nice roasty bitterness, the aroma hops supply a cherry/grape overtone that is slightly out of place. Thick and creamy, this is enjoyable, but not one Iím likely to pursue for future returns.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Radek Kliber (7165) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - FEB 27, 2006
Dark brown, almost black, small minimal head. Quiet hoppy for Imperial Porter, grape citrus hop character, very little malt character. Smooth body with roasty finish. Gentle coffee notes, bitter hoppiness all around. Clean and well made.

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