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RATINGS: 2419   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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - SEP 27, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2005 Bottle tasted at Pitonka’s tasting
Dark brown color, tan head and some tan lacing. The nose is mild with a bit of physical charactaristic. The flavor is nicely roasted with a bit of fruit and nicely balanced tail. Yum! 8-4-8-4-14<P>ReRate as my first beer of the night, a whole bottle to myself
Thick dark black/brown color, thick angy brown head with splashes of lacing that show your drinking history with each pint. The nose is a bit yeasty and strong with roast; light oak and currant notes with lots of chocolate and semi-sweet cocoa notes. The flavor is nice and strong, nearly stout but without too much harsh astringency. Coffee indeed. Mouthfeel is initially shocked from the abv but creamy with a mellow smooth blanket of roast and oats that eases you into this beer like a -20 sleeping bag. Very nice porter, exploding with witty flavor. On top of this it remains in line and is balanced and easy to drink. 8-5-9-4-15

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - SEP 26, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2006 9/26/2005 Bottled. Don’t pour this expecting to see your typical porter. I can’t say I’ve had an Imperial Porter before but I’m here to tell you this beer is as black as a stout with an almost stout-like tan head. The aromas are coffee and fruit. Zingy chocolate flavors with a lively fruitiness and a slight hop presence followed by a slight to not-so-slight alcohol warmth. They’re right; this thing will bite you in the ass! 3.9 Re-Rate. 7/5/06 12 oz bottle from first batch. When I first opened this bottle a powerful sour stench hit my nose but it quickly dissapated. The pour is thick and black with a tan head. HUGE floaties. Slightly sour chocolate, molasses, cherries and tobacco aromas. Big chocolate flavors with a thick, oatmeal mouth feel. Dark fruit, tobacco, cherries and coffee flavors. Very bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fantomas23 (463) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 26, 2005
Jet black with big, thick, wet head. Looks like motor oil that missed a few changes. Smells like wet grass. Coats the tongue like a bitter dark chocolate and espresso silk pie dusted with cinnamon and nutmeg. Quite palatable despite thickness. Strangely tangy. Hoppier than expected for a porter, but I guess this being an "Imperial Porter" it should be over-the-top in most regards. And in most regards, this is quite good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiulijn (16144) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 26, 2005
UPDATED: APR 5, 2009 2009-03-10, bottle at Svea, Malmö, 7-4-8-4-16=39
Mature caramel aroma, malt, alcohol, hops. Very good body strength, caramel flavor, chocolate, hopping. Balanced and long final, with caramel and chocolate again, sweet and bitter. Very good.

2008-09-01, draught at Cockney Pub, Århus, 7-4-8-4-15=38
Black color. Soft aroma, chocolate, mild roasted malt, with notes of vanilla and smoke. Good body strength, good sweet chocolate flavor turning slowly into a more roasted malt type. Good, for a Porter, but not much my favorite style.

2008-02-07, draught at Bishop’s Arms, Malmö, 8-4-8-4-16=40
Black color, creamy head. Nice aroma, hoppy, with some roasted malt. Medium body structure, witha strong flavor of dark chocolate, rising dark malt to the end, and luckily good hop, and a light fruity freshness. Very good.

2005-09-25, bottle at Oliver Twist, 8-5-7-4-15=39
Black color, big creamy brown head. Strong resinous hoppy aroma, light phenol. Good body structure, silky, malty, light liquorice, chocolate, strong coffee. Very long final (coffee-like).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bb (7305) - Alamo, California, USA - SEP 22, 2005
Bottle. Dark blackish beer with a red tint and cocoa head. Big chocolate aroma with sweet malt. Roasty, coffee flavor with some chocolate and balanced bitterness. Medium/full bodied. Hides alcohol well. Easy to drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sregnar35 (1018) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - SEP 22, 2005
Nice thick and chocolaty malted brew. Was personally hoping for a bit of a sour note that appears in other baltic porters, but all in all this is still a great dark beer, alcohol is very present.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lizabeth (360) - east falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 22, 2005
Bottle. Dark brown with a nice cream-colored head. Smells of alcohol and nutmeg. The flavor is wonderfully rich: I detect cocoa, bitter dark chocolate, espresso, vanilla and a hint of cinnamon. The aftertaste is bittersweet chocolate. Full-bodied without being too thick. Very, very good. I’m gonna stash this one away as a dessert beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kramer (5346) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 21, 2005
12 oz bottle. Pours black as night with a finger sized brown head, looks wonderful. Aroma is deep and complex with notes of heavily roasted malt, dark chocolate, resiny hops, and alcohol. Flavor is very hoppy with heavy roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, and alcohol. A little overly hoppy for a Baltic Porter, but I guess it’s a more Americanized version of the style. Palate is very full bodied and mouth coating, perfect amount of carbonation. Finish is bitter and long lasting with a mix of chocolate and alcohol. I really like this beer on its own, but doesn’t really fit into the Baltic Porter style very well. Very drinkable, with the high alcohol well hidden. I think this one is worth the hype.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - SEP 19, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2005 Coal black in color with a generous fluffy tan head. Aroma of burnt coffee with a little smoke and hops. Flavor is malty, dark chocolate, lightly hoppy with some coffee with a light bitter, dry finish. Palate is thin, smooth and sticky. 9.5% ABV well hidden. Pricey.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
auerbrau (3182) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - SEP 18, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2008 "We were somewhere near Barstow, on the edge of the desert, when the Imperial Porter began to take hold." This beer is the perfect 300 for me. A malty dark elixir, branded especially for such an influential man. While Big Brother and the Holding Company is blasting and the night is calling, things could be more gonzo around here. I am a little high on duck and goose livers, but it’s just not the same as ether at Circus Circus or Singapore Slings with mescal on the side at the Beverly Hills Polo Lounge. Nonetheless, I’m drinking THIS beer for Hunter, the tortured bastard that he was. I’ve thought of him often while pounding the pavement and the words that he wrote. So, here’s to you Hunter! Rushing out of the bottle, like the rising waves of an acid fenzy, it doesn’t get any more oil pitch black than this one. Hinted with a small glimt of sunset red. Lined, surreptitously with a sticky, lacing tan head. Swirling with foam and sticky to the glass. When swished the head grows into a fury of ruby chocolate. The aroma rises so fragrantly from the glass, a real potpourri of floral perfume. Really floral, not hop floral, wicked with sweet malt. Bold and dashing, this aroma is. It beckons. On the tounge, the floral dissapears and runs into a first good blast tart fruit, like my Grandmother after two packs of Virginia Slim lights and three Maker’s Marks. Its second phase lacks a destiny, with an almost watered hoppy flair, but it doesn’t last long, before the pedal hits the metal. Here in the backend of the beer is the true glory, an honor to depth and savageness. It glows roasty and chocolate, bold with some oaken character. The alcohol keeps this beer high, complementing the fresh coffee and nicotine infused wishes this beer demands. "Wait, we can’t stop here! This is Bat Country!" Indeed, Hunter, this is truly bat country, it always will be.

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