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RATINGS: 2518   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 donít show it the proper respect. IBUís: 85

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oldrtybastrd (4951) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 2, 2005
Nice brownish black pour. Aromas of chocolate/coffee/tobacco. Didnít seem 9.5 ABV, alcohol is well masked. Big flavor on this beer. This is one sweet ass porter.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
grat (432) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 1, 2005
Vacuous blackness. Small brown and white bubbles float slowly to the top and then explode, dying just as quickly as theyíre conceived. Slimy, tarry depths to explore. Smells of burnt earth and C-hops. An experience to quaff. When i popped it it smelled just like an IPA, exaclty. And then the roastiness sets in. Gargantuan bunches of fresh cilantro alongside heaps of chocolate. A smoldering earth lingers beneath it all. In the mouth it defies the nose. Not nearly as hoppy as it smells. Sweet perfume and then a sweet alcohol kick. Exhuberant roastiness. Dry as hell in the finish with a puckery bitterness. This beer is a juggernaut and I like it ALOT!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sham (1844) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 30, 2005
Dark brown with an ungodly huge brown head. Sheet lacing. Aromas are heavy in the roast and chocolate areas. There is a bit of oatmeal about. Some raisins. Floral hops along with some citrus. Tobacco. I canít get over how much hops are in the aroma. It is great. The flavor is mostly chocolately with some hints of roast. Mocha is nicely blended in. Again, this is a hoppy porter. I find it refreshing. Piney and floral hops abundant. Thick and chewy palate. Coats the mouth Finishes off with a blast of hops and sweet chocolate. A touch of alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Probiere (992) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2005
Not, as others have said, a trainwreck. Flipped over tractor trailer maybe, but not a trainwreck. A dark, oily, grimy/greasy/gloppy/sticky palate with a nose of licorice and vanilla and some molasses/cola. Taste has hints of alcohol burn, some indeterminate sweetness, and a middle-end bitterness that I can only assume is some out-of-place hopping. The roast is more of an overburnt sensation like coffee thatís been overdone. Hmm. Sorry, picky about porters. This one doesnít measure up.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - NOV 28, 2005
had this on draft...bottle is still resting at the house. these probably should be brocken up. seems like they are both very different beers. however, my bartender assured me that there was only a few of these kegs out there and maybe only this one outside of colorado. poured black with a tan brown simple head. nose of sweet roasted malt and vanilla. bold nose of esters. on the palate chocolate and coffee push hop flowers down the throat. medium bodied with a sweetness and slight alcohol but not really for so much abv. rich and sumptuous. black liquorice, tobacco, vanilla and rock candy envelop your mouth and make youlong fort another. very good . $8 a glass...ouch!

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
daalamar (405) - new albany, Indiana, USA - NOV 28, 2005
After reading some of the other ratings I am suprised to find that my experiance was so much different. I picked up a 750ml bottle about a week ago and stored it in the refrigerator waiting until this past weekend for some beer loving friends to come over. About an hour before they arrived i pulled it out to allow it to warm to somewhere near cellar temp. So the moment arrived and i popped the cork top with much applause. Upon pouring into the first glass I was amazed at the ridiculous ammount of carbonation. With literally only about half an inch in the glass the foam was at the rim and this was with the beer still quite cool. thinking it may have been too vigourous a pour i tried again in a new glass pouring barely a trickle into an excessivly tilted glass with the same results. HMMMM... Rather watery pour from what I could tell through all the foam but dark brown coloration. Aroma was unplesant, barnyard was the only flavor that came to my mind and thats putting it in plesant terms, although others said they could get some earthy berries. Flavor was chocolaty with some earth and luckily not so much of the barnyardiness. Overall it was drinkable once you got past the mess of trying to puor it and then the terrible aroma. Possibly a bad bottle? I may try it again sometime, but at 17$ a bottle itís gonna be towards the bottom of my list.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
temporrari (397) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 27, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2007 Black pour. Chocolatey, some bitterness from hops and from the dark grains. Long and lingering aftertaste. Rich and full. Umm... ASA?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Silphium (3191) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 18, 2005
Bottle courtesy beeryum. Deep brown opaque body, medium tan head. Aroma of chocolate, molasses, breads, prune, raisin, marshmallow, and soy. Classic Baltic Porter/Imperial Stout. Chocolatey body with notes of soy, toast, raisin, and prune. Full-bodied, rich, and complex. Belongs in the Baltic Porter classification, of course.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 18, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2009 On tap at the brewery on 02/28/2009. Dark black body with a large creamy brown head. Sweet roast and chocolate aroma. Sweet dark chocoalte and roast flavor with lots of hops. medium full body with moderate carbonation. 7/5/8/3/15 - 3.8 11/18/2005: Dark brown head with a thick black color. This beer has a sweet aroma and a very chocolate taste with a smokey aftertaste. 7/5/8/4/16 - 4.0

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2007 This beer is badass, Dark black, nice brown head, awesome dark chocolate flavor and pretty sweet also, this is a new top 5 for me, just wish I could afford it all the time, I bet it kicks ass on draught, and it does the hops taste so damn fresh like there in the keg. Re-rate. While the chocolate and defintiely northern brewer hops are there the sugary sweetness and mollasses like bite it gives kinda drives it off, way better on draught.

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