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RATINGS: 2384   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 don’t show it the proper respect. IBU’s: 85


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 7, 2005
Dark, slightly cloudy brown, with a thin, fluffy latte colored head. Piney, roasted aroma with plenty of sweet malts (caramel, raisin, vanilla, brown sugar), coffee, pine, alcohol and some burnt grains. Creamy carbonation mixes with the malt-laden body to produce a creamy, supple mouthfeel. More interplay between malt and hops occur with the beer in the mouth. The piney hops are really surprising to me here, as it is pretty unique in my experience of the style. In fact, Baltic Porter may not be the right designation here. This is truly a big Porter, not really a Baltic Porter. But it’s all good. The beer is tasty, smooth and enjoyable. The malts are fairly assertive and certainly complex, offering sweetness, bitterness and fruitiness to the flavor and heft to the body. The hops are intense and piney, offering a counterbalance to the sweet malts. The alcohol comes out more as the beer warms and adds bits of licorice and warmth. If I were rating to style, it would be significantly lower than it is, but as it stands, this is a tasty beer.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
PorterPounder (5704) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 6, 2005
Tallahassee, Fl. Market Square Liquors, 750 ml corked bottle. Pours black as tar, with a thick, mocha colored head, decently thick lacing. Aroma is sweet, with hints of coffee, licorice and a touch of fruit, but not as pronounced as expected. Flavor has elements of licorice, some burnt marshmallow, a bit of wine and underlying fruitiness. Alcohol is hidden well. Very thick, creamy mouthfeel. Overall, very decent.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoshuaB (474) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - SEP 6, 2005
Dont know what makes this imperial, but it is damn good. Murky black with some slight tan head. Aroma is roastiness, cocoa, anise, and maybe some coffee. Taste is a perfect blend of roast and cocoa that finishes drier than Oscar Wilde. Nice hop presence at the end. Medium-thick body with low carbonation. So silky smooth on the tongue. Good stuff.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - SEP 5, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2007 Bottle from HopsOrDie. Pours black with a dense and compact brown head which leaves good lacing behind. Aroma is very roasted grain, chocolate and perhaps a bit of licorice. Medium to full bodied with a nice medium level of carbonation. Very coating on the palate. Flavors follow suit to aroma with over-roasted grain and chocolate being predominant. Very nice hop bitterness sneaks out in the finish but doesn’t overpower. Quite well done.
Have had several bottles since original rating, most were infected. Gushers on opening, full of phenolic/bandaid aroma and in taste. Won’t support the brewery any longer. This rating is from the no-infected sample.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fish (440) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 4, 2005
Opaque black color with a thin brown head. Wonderful hoppy, tangy flavor (especially at the finish) malts most prominently of coffee. Smokey flavor overll. Really nice beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jcr (2221) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - SEP 4, 2005
Very nice complex imperial porter with a medium to full body. Full of chocolate and coffee. Pours black with medium tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, wood and grapefruit. Variety of flavors including chocolate, roasted coffee, grapefruit, sweet fruits and a slight bitterness at the finish. You can’t detect the alcohol despite the high ABV. Nicely done.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - SEP 3, 2005
Surprisingly hoppy nose that is both woody and fruity. Notes of wet firewood, smoke, earth, dark chocolate and grapefruity citrus. Rounded mouthfeel that moves from chocolate chip and roasted coffee to caramel, toffee and candy. Soft mouthfeel. Slightly warming finish is only hint of high ABV. A creative and complex tribute to a creative and complex man.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Indy (87) - Hopkins, Minnesota, USA - SEP 2, 2005
Dark brown oily head atop an abyss of inky darkness. You can almost smell tomorrow’s hangover, but the chocolate malts overpower that. Full bodied and very malty, yet not sweet. Nice crisp finish leads to a roasty aftertaste. And, damn...that is a great label. And the cause is good too ^.^

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - SEP 2, 2005
Opaque dark black appearance, excellent head formation. Rich, creamy, roasty coffee aroma. Thickish, creamy palate. Creamy flavor, fruity berry flavor, mild roasted coffee. Raosty coffee finish with berry sweetness. This is a pretty tastey porter that drinks pretty easily in spite of its alcohol conten.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerguy101 (5287) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 1, 2005
This Baltic porter pours a deep black color from a 12 oz bottle. Medium sized white foamy head. Aroma is chocolate and coffee, grapefruit and wood. A medium to full bodied Baltic Porter. Malts are chocolate and coffee. Hops are grapefruit and surprisingly bitter for a Baltic. Seems to work though. Lots of fruity flavors; orange, grapefruit and citrus. Nice balance. Hides the 9,5% alcohol very well. Hunter would be proud. But unlike the Lagunitas Gonzo I didn’t see any bats… although I am not sure just what those lizards are doing on the ceiling. I don’t think I want to disturb what they appear to be doing. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.


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