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RATINGS: 2367   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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tmoney99 (10670) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 22, 2005
Bottle 12 oz. Black color with a large light brown head that diminished slowly. Full complex aroma of roasted malt, smoky with alcohol . Full body with a creamy texture. Full malt, toffee and coffee with a long finish with a hoppy bitter bite. Clearly a Flying Dog version of a porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - AUG 21, 2005
A first...a decent beer from Flying Dog. Lacks the normal odd aftertaste of the others, probably because this is strong and dark as hell. Smoky, chocolate, sweet, and coffee. I too notice a large presence of hops and bitterness for a porter...especially in the belch.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Goblincat (382) - Westland, Michigan, USA - AUG 21, 2005
Pours very dark with a think chocolate colored head. The nose is malty, chocolate, and some hops. Quite nice in flavors, with lots of malt and chocolate with a somewhat bitter finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dorwart (2375) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - AUG 17, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2006 Thick rich dark brown head of fine bubbles. Long lasting. Dark roasted malt aroma with a big helping of sprucy hops. Little bit of dark chocolate also. Amazing hops character for a porter. Color is a vary dark brownish black. Flavor is really amazing. Again BIG hops character for such a dark heavy beer. Tons of roasted malts, light coffee, molasses, a bit nutty and sprucy hops a-plenty. Finish is creamy and roasty and long lasting. Little bit of sweetness to offset the dry roastyness. This is a fantastic brew. A perfect balance between the heavy roastyness and the abundant hops. Hides its alcohol extreamly well. Big thanks to etowneraser for this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - AUG 16, 2005
12 oz. bottle. dark brown with a ruby edge, a one finger tan head that settles down to a ring of lace. nicely balanced ( it must be cause its going down pretty quick ). nose of chocolate and a similiar flavor but with some hop presence on the finish. a little thin but not to distraction. for the most part the alcohol is well hidden except for an occassional whiff from my snifte and as it warms me as I work my way to the bottom of the glass! Nice Beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jsquire (3468) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - AUG 15, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2008 Dark beer with a foamy brown head that left nice lace. Dark roast grain nose. Lots of roast grains, coffee, molasses, raisen and dark dusty chocolate. The finish is sweetened coffee bitterness. The sweetness turns into white sugar as it warms.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (5253) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - AUG 13, 2005
Bottle. Opaque blackness with mocha colored froth resting upon it. Nose is nicely hopped and coffee laden. Bits of alcohol wafting through as well. Mild roasty notes. The hops seem to be in the forefront on this much like Alpha Klaus. Taste is roasted malt, coffee and cream, light alcohol, and licorice notes. Put simply, this is like coffee, cream, and sugar with a splash of liquor added to it(Irish coffee?). Light chocolate sweetness in this as well. Body is smooth and creamy with moderate carbonation. Lots of resident hop bitterness and light alcohol warmth. Finish is more coffee, roasted malts, chocolate, light licorice, hops and sweet malts. Alcohol is there but not overdone. Good beer! ***Update - lots of plums and tangerine notes during the finish. Lingering fruitiness throughout the finish. Nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
fordest (1994) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - AUG 13, 2005
Draft at San Diego Brewing Co. Dark Dark color with a nice tan head that left nice lacing too. Deep aromas of coffee, alcohol, and dark malts. Flavors were rich. Chocolate, Sweet malts, and more alcohol. Very Tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mrnutsnbolts (204) - Berkeley, - AUG 12, 2005
Bottle. Pours a delicious dark black with a mocha head. Very large head with nice lacing. Smells of sweet overripe fruit, chocolate, and cigars. Tastes of hops, chocolate and sour apples. Sweet aftertaste, oily mouth feel, and warming after a bottle. Great beer. My first experience with Flying Dog was definately a keepe!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - AUG 12, 2005
UPDATED: APR 17, 2006 Rating from bottle, although sampled earlier on tap at Crane Alley, Urbana, IL. Gonzo pours a beautiful black with a dark tan head. Nose is of chocolate, tobacco and plum. My only disappointment with this beer concerned the flavor. Perhaps its because one grows to expect roasted flavors from such massive beers, and sweetness comes as an unexpected and somewhat unpleasant surprise. Since the sweetness is what I found most undesirable, Iím guessing cellaring wonít help this one much, but Iíll try regardless. All in all, this is remains the best product Flying Dog has produced, and I will come back to it again. RERATE: Iím more impressed with this beer this time around. Going in expecting sweetness changes ones mind about the beer. The loads of chocolate were impressive.

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