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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


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - AUG 6, 2005
Citrusy, flowery hops, alcohol, coffee, ripe fruit, and caramel in the aroma. Pretty close to black with a thin tan head. Rich chocolate and coffee flavors balanced with pronounced resiny hops, solid hop bitterness, moderate roast character. Full-bodied and creamy with fine carbonation. American imperial porter would be the best style to describe this beer.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JK (4433) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - AUG 6, 2005
I guess Baltic porter is as fair a classification as any for this odd beer. Black with a hop aroma. Flavor is primarily hops but there is rotting fruit and a hint of smoke as well. Heavy palate. Good and fairly innovative; it doesnít fit well into any style.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
piwodevo (53) - chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 4, 2005
thereís scarce little i can find about this beer that isnít perfect. beautiful rich deep garnet color, dark brown whipped head. smooth body, hops are paired with the black and chocolate malts and sweet crystal. rockiní beer. the fusel-alcohol burn is noted, but hidden behind the big black flavors. in twelve months, this bad ass will turn tables.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - AUG 4, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2007 Dark oily black with a beige head. Looks more stout than porter. Big bitter/citrus hop aroma up front. Once it warms you get more alcohol, and dark fruits. Flavor is everywhere. dark fruits, cocoa, alcohol, dark roasted grain. Nice medium/thick mouthfeel. Lot of different layers in this beer. Very well done. Re-rate í05 bottle consumed 07-04-07. Aroma still has some hop residue, otherwise mostly chocolate. roast and slight oxidation. Flavor again, plenty of sweet chocolate and roast, faint alcohol in the background. Lots of residuel sugars. Flavors have blended a bit, scores about the same though. Original 3.9 bumped app and overall 1 pt each.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - AUG 4, 2005
Slow pour produces a viscous black body with a thick creamy tan head, looking more like an Imperial Stout. Huge Cascade hop aroma dominates along with some bread like yeast and roasted chocolate malts. Body is medium to full and lightly syrupy. Very stout like in flavor with an extreme hop bitterness and a puckering bitter and slightly dry finish. This one sticks to your mouth. Flavor is ganged up on by loads of hops yet the roasted malt with hints of coffee and cocoa do appear. Overall, an interesting brew if nothing else.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - AUG 4, 2005
This is a great looking and tasting beer. The alcohol is hardly noticeable in the taste but you can feel itís warming effects right from the start. Very dark brown in color with a tan lasting head. Very complex flavors including chocolate and fruit. Another outstanding beer from this brewery.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11520) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 3, 2005
(12oz bottle) The creamy brown head atop the black head reaches to the lip of the pint glass on the pour, and retains itself fairly well, ultimately leaving nice lacing. Aroma is medium sweet, chocolate, grapefruit. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit, chocolate, some roasty. Smooth medium-full body that is quite drinkable and dangerously conceals the alcohol very well.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - AUG 1, 2005
12 oz bottle. Thick, black, viscous and chunky as I poured it into my glass. Seriously. Chunky. Examing the glass only reinforced my thoughts. A whole bunch of sediment rested at the bottom of the glass. At first whiff, youíd never guess that this was as dark as it is. Hops dominate. Ah, let it warm, though ... the hops give way to coffee, burnt malts, chocolate, vanilla and brandy. Complex, but thin. Drink it too cold, and youíre blasted with a hops overload, as dry and piney as the best IPA. But again, let it warm. Let the coffee and burnt malts take over. It gets remarkably smooth the closer you get to the sludgy sediment at the bottom of the glass and becomes infinitely better with every sip ... licorice, amaretto and a nuttiness all enter the picture. Very good, and Iíll bet this gets much better with age. Check back in a year.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
willblake (2652) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - AUG 1, 2005
07.27.05 12oz bottle. Opaque, near black, brown with tall chestnut brown head that lasts, laces in a web. Oily and coating. Sharp hop nose, fresh and burnt flowers and grapefruit. Cascades I guess. Fusel alcohol. Tar - hot tar. Body is medium thick but slick and coating. Way over the top with the hops and I really donít get this interpretation of the style. Hunter is a hero for me, this porter is not.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Suttree (5141) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 1, 2005
Bottle from the Flying Saucer, Nashville. Black, with a huge dense brown head. Really nice smell of coffee, cola, and chocolate. Very tasty - the first flavor I notice is sorta similiar to coffe that had been in the pot for too long - this is bad in coffee, but works here. Then burnt toast - so far this taste like a bad breakfast, but a good beer - then a clean, crisp finish that sweetens out a bit, with a hint of molassess. I liked this one quite a bit.


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