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RATINGS: 2385   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerguy101 (5294) - 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 didnít see any batsÖ although I am not sure just what those lizards are doing on the ceiling. I donít 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.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - SEP 1, 2005
Huge coffee mocha aroma, with a mix of pine as well. Deep, dark chocolate, coffee, and toffee flavors with a hop bite at the end. This all blended well into a silky smooth beer experience. The ABV was noticed as it warmed, but otherwise, this big brew goes down dangerously smooth.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
brentfeesh (1207) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - SEP 1, 2005
Iíve had a couple of these but have not had a chance to rate until now. Pours a deep dark, opaque chocolate brown with red hints at the edges. Medium foamy head (light brown). The aroma has light citrus hops, roasted malt, and seems fairly thick. The flavor held in the creamy/well balanced body starts with some lightly citrus hops and a hint of sweetness. This moves to toasty malts, coffee, unsweet coco, and ends with a sharp hint. Not to bad.

2.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 7/20
bethmatt0421 (337) - Covington, Kentucky, USA - AUG 28, 2005
My first Porter so this rating is a little biased. If all porters taste like this then I think that I might stay away. It feels smooth on the tongue and great going down. smells roasty and slightly chocolate. I still love Flying Dog, nevertheless

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - AUG 28, 2005
Much in the style of many of the popular Baltic porters, but with a bit of a semi-hoppy American flair. Pours thick and black under a creamy, dense tan head. Moderate aromas of bittersweet chocolate and freshly ground espresso beans. Velvety smooth on the tongue with lots of complexity. Flavors of dark cocoa, espresso, roasted malt, mocha and port wine come through deliciously. Starts with a nice robust bitterness and interestingly enough finishes with a slight molasses sweetness. FD hit the mark on this one. Hope they keep up the good work!!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 27, 2005
Pours a lovely motor oil black hue with a thin tan head. Very strong coffee aroma with some chocolate of course. The cool thing to me is that a hint of hops manages to escape from the coffee in the aroma adding a pleasant bitter smell. The coffee flavor sort of smacks you in the face on the first sip and leaves a chocolate handprint. Having never had a porter of this magnitude, at first I almost felt like it was too much. But relaxing with my beer and sipping it over time my tastebuds have adjusted and I can now sense the little notes of dried fruit and the chocolate has become much more pronounced. This is like liquid candy for adults and itís a bloody miracle that Flying Dog of all breweries concocted it.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hangover (1064) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - AUG 27, 2005
Wow, this is pretty good. Black pour with a nice frothy tan head. Very hoppy aroma. Taste is of semi-sweet chocolate, licorice, coffe, roasted malt and more hops, both citrus and pine. Amazingly well hidden alcohol. A good tribute beer for the creator of the cool bottle art. I feel like watching "Fear and lothing in Las Vegas" now... lol.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - AUG 26, 2005
Bottle. Baltic porters are quickly becoming one of my favorite, if not my most favorite, styles. I love the clash of hops and agressive malting, and this beer does not fail to provide that. Opaque body with a ver thick head. Nose-all hops. Taste-alot going on here: lots and lots of grassy hops, raisin, candi sugar, raw roasted malts, grapefruit, mocha, awesome bitterness, charcoal, and a very nice dirty earth note. Not an overyly exceptional beer, bit a nice yummy fun beer nonethe less. Very sticky mouthfeel. A great tribute to a great man. To you, Dr. Gonzo, I say to you: "there he goes. One of Godís own prototypes. Some kind of high powered mutant never even considered for mass production. Too weird to live, and too rare to die. "

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - AUG 26, 2005
Pours dark brown with a dark tan 1/2 inch head. A surprisingly hoppy aroma of pine, but also some chocolate in there. Similar aroma to Alpha Klaus. Initial flavor is dark roasted malt but the back end has a lot of piney hop flavor and some yeast present. Good job to keep this a unique beer and not just another "follow the leader" project.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6155) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 26, 2005
750 ml corked bottle found in Kentucky of all places, served in my new Stone RIS snifter I bought at the same Liqour Barn, enjoyed in the comfort of my hotel room:

Nearly opaque with an initial huge fizzy tan head that fades to a small ring and produced very good lace. The aroma has a surprising aroma of heavy piney, spicy, and juicy hops which dominated the nose. Light earthy esters, some faint smoke, and some chocolate notes as well. First an astrengent and bitter hop smack supported by lots of bready and dark malts. Twangy grapefruit acidic quality leads to a earthy and peppery/anise finish. The feel does not match the intensity of the aroma or flavors. It is lush but seems to be this brews weak point. Metallic aftertaste is moderate minus but theer is an equally positive hiding of the 9.5% alcohol.

A wonderful brew along the lines of Alpha Klaus and other hopped-up porters. This is one big beer you should not age much, keep the hops fresh. Get ya some! ...Disclaimer: This is NOT a baltic porter IMO, not even close except for the ABV.


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