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RATINGS: 2373   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 8, 2005
Opaque black with a large brown fomay head. Dark chocolate, hints of roast malt, hints of sherry, and wisps of plastic in the aroma. Subdued dark maltiness, some hints of roast and coffee, with a pleasing bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium heavy and rather smooth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (11972) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 8, 2005
UPDATED: APR 26, 2007 (Bottle) Pours a black body with a large creamy light brown head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, pine, and grapefruit. Creamy texture with a soft carbonation. Flavor of hops and chocolate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Quyntarious (33) - Ohio, USA - AUG 6, 2005
Sweet smell, chocolate, sugar, deep black, black color, very heavy mouth feel,smooth finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - AUG 6, 2005
Coffee colored with a thin tan head, this is an interesting brew. The fllavor is complex: notes of bittersweet chocolate, dark cherries and a few other goodies. itís medium bodied & tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Metalhead (628) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - AUG 6, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2005 Poured deep brown,mild short lived head. Aroma is minimal mild malt/hop mix. Hint of overripe dark fruit. Has some mild pine,coffee,chocolate grapfruit. Weird in a mild way.Like a more oily subdued version of Alpha Klause. I wish this was a bit more in your face/over the top. Pretty good tho.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cornfield (5506) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - AUG 6, 2005
A fitting tribute to the late, great Hunter S.... complexly wild and packing a punch. It pours out nearly black, a dark brown with red highlights and a towering chocolate brown head. The hops in the aroma are sinus clearing powerful, pine and grapefruit dominating. They do not, however, cover completely the chocolately, hard-roasted malts. Itís smooth in the mouth, deceptively cloaking the 9.5% abv, which burns out the sides of your mouth in the finish. The flavor is a hodgepodge made up of roasted malts, chocolate, nuts, kick-ass resinous and citric hop bitterness, hemp, dark fruits, caramel... a wonderful mess! The finish is roasty bitterness with a serious afterburn. Excelsior!

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   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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JK (4520) - 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.

   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.

   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.

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