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RATINGS: 2374   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 25, 2005
Nice thick pour and obsidian black in appearance, complimented by an admirable dark tan and foamy head. Hello hefty black licorice aroma, meet some funky fudge, rubber tires, Hershey syrup, turning black currant and bold ass espresso. Flavor has character - unsweetened dark chocolate, mocha cocoa, burnt rubber and several days old espresso. A very unique rendition is upon us. Charcoal and burnt vibrancies echo throughout. Black licorice canít be shaken. Thick, assertive and flavor-socked at every palate turn, and balanced right where it should be. Some alcohol warming at the throat. Finishes with smoky undertones and a pervasive characteristic of burr grinded espresso soot. Bravo.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
shadey (1904) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 24, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2007 Pour is solid black with a beautiful creamy brown flowing head. Nice lacing. Aroma is a mix of coffee, chocolate and alcohol. Smooth mouth feel. The finish has some alcohol to it, but plenty of chocolate. 7/5/8/4/17

RERATE: 12oz bottle aged approx 1 year. Pour is very black with a huge dark tan pillow top. Aroma is big chocolate and some liquorish. Flavor is a very smooth blend of chocolate and just a touch of roast. The body is silky smooth and just a bit sticky. Overall very tasty and obviously quality. 7/5/7/5/17

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dongster (15) - DeKalb, Illinois, USA - AUG 24, 2005
pours black with a perfect milky brown head. Good aroma but too hoppy for a porter. flavor is a good chocolate and roast barley, I didnít taste too much coffee. lighter palate than a porter should have due to the hops (Iím not complaining tho) hops like a stout with the creaminess of a good porter, very enjoyable

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
1FastSTi (3338) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 24, 2005
I bought a 12 oz bottle of this and shared it with Dave and Jason for a taste. It pours to a thin rocky tan head atop a dark brown body. Excellent lacing. The aroma is coffee and citrus hops like limes and lemons with a light smoke and charcoal. The flavor is a robust dark coffee. Then the citrus hops hit. The charcoal fills in on the finish. Licking the lips gets a lemony characteristic. I also get a tea flavor before the dark malts take over. Quite nice for this brewery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 24, 2005
í05 12oz bottle shared by Blake. Black body under a small dark tan head. Rather hoppy aroma: ragweed leafy hops over charcoaly chocolate malt. The flavor takes a 180 and puts the chocolate/toasted flavors first with the leafy hops in back. Full-flavored and interesting! I dig the dry malt and big hops combo.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 20/20
Jiggleboxduke (1) - Leadville, Colorado, USA - AUG 23, 2005 does not count
Standing 200 yards from the Gonzo Fist Cannon amidst 50 or so of my fellow uninvited riffraff (90% of us journalists), I answered one young manís query as to the taste of the Imperial Porter in my hand, saying "Itís 85 percent Owl Farm soil, 10 percent gunpowder, and 5 percent of Hunterís ashes. Oh, and some hopped-up water." -Rick McKinney, Jigglebox.com

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (19695) - TyresŲ, SWEDEN - AUG 22, 2005
Bottled. Very black, small beige head. Aroma of licorice and blueberries. Sweet with near full body. Feels young and berryish, with notes of orange, anise and molasses. Salty, tarry finish. Bears no connection to Baltic porters, but I really like the concentrated flavours.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tmoney99 (10841) - 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.

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