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RATINGS: 2494   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
sammy3D (141) - Lawrenceville, Georgia, USA - NOV 12, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2005 Imperial Porter..Hmmm? I have not tasted many Porters so this is a treat. From the bottle this beer pours a dark brown with a tan head. Aroma is malty sweet with coffee notes and a bold hop presence. Dark chocolate and roasted coffee smothered in a nice resiny piney hop topping the flavor. Lots of other yummy and unpredictable things going on with this brew. Smooth feel with only a little tickle in the swallow. The 9.5 ABV is well blended making this a truly sneaky beer. Hunter would likely approve. I certainly do...and am off to pour another.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
steprous99 (28) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 10, 2005
I’ve had a few of the other flying dog beers, this is probably the best one of tthe ones I have had. Hunter would be pround, has a nice thick body and a good flavor with a strong aftertaste. I had it at underground bluz in orlando, fl.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - NOV 8, 2005
Extremely good porter. Poured an opaque black with a half-inch thick dark brown head. Coffee, sweet malt and some hoppiness in the nose. Flavor is rich: semi-sweet dark chocolate, sugary coffee, a hint of alcohol, toasted malt with a sweet finish. Very, very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kinz (3671) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - NOV 5, 2005
UPDATED: APR 9, 2007 Draft at Capital Ale House. Deep black, nice tan head lingered a bit. Big aroma of NW hops, lots of pine. Flavor was another blast of spruce and pine resin hops, a hint of vegetal, and then a smooth milk chocolate finish. This deScription does not give the freshness of the hop profile justice. Great stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - NOV 3, 2005
Bottled. A gift from MND, shared with MND. Lovely engine oil consistency and appearence. Pearl black with shinny, oily texture to it. Scummy brown head. Rich burnt malt flavour with chocolate and licorice laced throughout. I was like a kid in a candy shop drinking this beer. When it comes to this little beauty....greed is good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - NOV 2, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2006 Pours black with dark brown around the edges, and has a thin dark tan head that fades slowly and leaves a small ring that never fades away. There’s quite a bit of lacing. Smells; roasted coffee, dark chocolate, plum/raisin and a litlle hops. This smells great. Taste; the hops hit first, followed by the roasted coffee and chocolate, finishing with a dark fruit sweetness. It has a creamy, medium to full body, and I couldn’t taste or smell any alcohol. I knew this was going to be pretty good, but I was still impressed. More please!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - NOV 2, 2005
Portly dark black with nary a sliver of light getting through. Medium muffin batter thick cap of cocoa brown laps at the top. Breaks down fairly quickly though, eventually revealing a slight oily residue and splotchy lacing. Aroma is calm and clean of slick melted chocolate from darker suited candy bars and a small roasted grain underbelly with evident hints of dark rum soaked dates and raisins. Flavors are great. Nice chocolatey realm with all sorts of fun subtlities within making for a very dark enticing treat. Sensual chocolate coats deep and lasts long with a darker sense of the cocoa bean being leaned into. Slick and quickly chewy with a brownie-like dryness. Finish brings out lots of interestingly fun stuff with coffee roast and light burnt grains and cinnamon-raisin toast. A touch of hop spice and licorice dipped in nougat takes a late return after some of the roast leaves. Then more chocolate creeps back across the palate. A delightful and finely fanatastic finisher. Totally worth every sip just to get to it. Feel is well textured in the porter realm of things. Bold, thick, lavish, and remarkably clean with a broad medium, sensible body. And the carbonation seems right on for a big chocolatey porter such as this. Quite nice. The 9.5% barely shows itself. Smooth and majorly drinkable. The 12oz’er isn’t close to enough to satisfying as you’ll want and need more of this, one time, finally kick ass, brew, by Flying Dog. By far, my first very impressionable beer by them. Kudos for trying something beyond their normal stuff that I tend to find too simple and boring.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 31, 2005
Dark pour with descent head. Aroma big on chocolate and what seemed like cheap malts. Actually it all feels like a cheap throw together of a beer. I did not enjoy it at all. Molasse and licorice and a weird coffee aftertaste. Expected more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hotstuff (4729) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 29, 2005
June 2005 Limited Edition corked and caged bottle. Small light brown fizzy head that was mostly lasting, fine-medium sized bubbles, sparse lacing, opaque, no visible carbonation, and a black hue. Malty, floral hop nose. Flavor was mildly sweet, bitter, malty, hoppy, and coffee. Smooth mouthfeel. Medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrBunn (2643) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 28, 2005
Great look with foamy, tan head that laces nicely as it falls back to an opaque dark, dark body. Aroma is not terribly strong, but of chocolate, burnt malt and strong coffee. Taste is great... there is a brief burst of fruity sweetness that slowly fades into the coffee/chocolate endzone that you expected. These flavors play off eachother nicely and make for a great brew. I liked this one much more than I expected.

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