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RATINGS: 2509   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 don’t show it the proper respect. IBU’s: 85

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - DEC 12, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2006 12 oz brown bottle purchased at Monk’s Café, Philadelphia, PA. Black hued having a long-lasting tan-colored head with good lacing. No discernable carbonation. Aroma of chocolate and expresso. Medium-to-full bodied porter having a creamy texture that starts with light sweet malt, prune, chocolate, and coffee flavors. Finishes with lingering light bitterness and roasted malt aftertaste. Rich, creamy, and complex. This is a delicious imperial porter. (07.18.06) UPDATE 12 oz brown bottle for DiCarlo’s, Mundelein, IL. Vintage 2005. Roasted malt and expresso in the nose. Poured black opaque with average creamy tan head. No discernable carbonation. Medium bodied porter that starts with light malt sweetness and coffee expresso and raisin flavors. Finished with linger roasted malt flavor and some bitterness. Smooth rich and creamy. Well-balanced. Complex flavor character. An awesome porter. Rating stays the same.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
julrey (32) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 9, 2005
Poured a thick dark shade of brown out of the bottle, almost sheer black in the center of the glass but with root beer colored highlights around the edges where the light crept in. I didn’t get much head retention of this one - maybe 3/4 finger - but what was there was a nice caramel brown. Looked very inviting overall. I didn’t note as much alcohol in the smell as some have reported, but I did catch the expected burnt coffee, brown sugar, faint raisins, toffee. The nose pretty much foreshadowed the taste to a T. Nice oily hop presence up front with the roasted malt and bitter coffee coming in on the back of the tongue. With the mouthfeel being nice and chewy, almost like oatmeal in itself, for some reason this beer gave me just as much of an impression of a high-octane oatmeal stout as it did a porter. Could have been my mind playing tricks on me. Nonetheless this is quite a good beer; not necessarily one of the all-time greats in this style but quite drinkable. I had two of these last night before I really felt the buzz setting in, and if the buzz had been my goal I probably could have managed one or two more. I would have ranked it a bit higher on drinkability except there’s something a bit too familiar about the way this goes down.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
barenada (211) - Georgetown, Indiana, USA - DEC 6, 2005
(draft) Looks nice, with good lacing. A fairly intense coffee/licorice flavor that didn’t appeal to me very much. The high alcohol is fairly apparent. The second half of the glass tasted better to my numbed taste buds than the first half had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 6, 2005
Bottle. Black colour with a medium brown head. Sweet roasted, Alcoholic, chocolate aroma and taste. Medium to full body and a great light warming finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 5, 2005
Deep brown beer with a light brown. Very roasty aroma with chocolate and alcohol sweet notes. Roasted malty flavor with a liqourice note and an alcohol warming finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - DEC 5, 2005
Lots of roast in the aroma, with some obvious notes of nuts and vanilla. Jet black body with a small brown head. Roasty flavor, some sweetness, lots of vanilla, very smooth. Good one. RIP Hunter S. Thompson!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ungstrup (33792) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - DEC 4, 2005
An opaque brown beer with a lazing though collapsing brown head. The flavor is sweet and very roasty, while the flavor is sweet with notes of alcohol, roasted malt, and chocolate combined with hops. Nice one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madsberg (11283) - Søborg, DENMARK - DEC 4, 2005
Botted: Reddish brown coloured. Brwon dense coloured head. Hrbal, grassy and sweet fruity aroma. Flavour is light grassy and roasty. Has some coffee notes. Liqourice is present as well. Is medium bodied and well balanced. Is coffeeish and light roasty in the end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
joergen (25604) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 4, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2006 Bottle. Black coloured with a beige head. Roasted aroma of liquorice and chocolate. Roasted flavour with lots of chocolate and liquorice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 3, 2005
A pleasent blend of milky and portish aromas with heavy grassy and citric hopping; dark fruit and smooth, roasty, bittersweet chocolate flavors, earthy coffee hints and luscious mouthfeel; balanced finish with lingering bitterness; well hidden alcohol and a damn fine brew.

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