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RATINGS: 2332   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


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - JUN 28, 2005
Black. Thick, brown head. Surprisingly hoppy aroma with plenty of malt and a touch of alcohol. Smells serious. Floral, pine, biting hops up front and smooth, roasted malt in the finish with dry, slightly bitter aftertaste. Medium body. Complex. Imperial is right on. Rated at room temp.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpringsLicker (3046) - Tennessee, USA - JUN 28, 2005
Opaque and black, Gonzo throws up a thick head of light brown. The head color has been seen as the body color on other Porters. The aroma is inviting, some chocolate and roasted malts. The flavor, while not the best Iíve ever had is not bad. Above average for Flying Dog and a move in the right direction. Smooth and rich, maybe falls behind the aroma a bit, but not a drain pour. Slightly sweet and roasty, the alcohol is well hidden. Worth a try if youíve not had a Flying Dog in a while.

3
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 28, 2005
Poursa deep brown hue with a tan head. Aromas of roasted malts, vanilla, coffee beans, prunes. Flavors of chocolat, coffee, leather with a slight sour note.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DYCSoccer17 (3228) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 27, 2005
Bottle. Molasses, bitter cocoa aroma with some booziness in the nose as well. I think I smell some west coast hops in this as well. Mostly opque and dark dark brown in color with a brown head and nice lacing. Start is roasty with hints of burnt coffee and chocolates. Turns slightly metallic thereafter with a bit of bitter hoppiness. Finishes roasted. This is better than most of the mediocre flying dog brews.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - JUN 26, 2005
Pours a very deep brown color with a tan head. Aroma is malty and has hints of chocolate. Flavor is similar to the aroma. also has a nice alcohol bite to it.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Nejhleader (1183) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 24, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2006 i give this beer a perfect score because it is dedicated to Hunter S. Thompson the great writer. It may not taste the greatest but gosh damnit taste isnít everything. also this beer will kick the hell outta you. Its strong and powerful. Given all this it is perhaps my favorite beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - JUN 24, 2005
Pours deep brown, tan head. chocolate big hop aroma. Great aroma. Taste is creamy and has a full mouth feel. Average flavor, which was a let down compared to the awesome aroma. Aftertaste has a big alcohol burn to it, which isnít too desirable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Terminus (3149) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - JUN 24, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2005 re-rate-i just bought another 4 pack of this stuff and its definately mellowed out in the flavors. lots of roast and chocolate dominate now with the hops fading away very fast. I should try to find another fresh bottle. the flavors are less hoppy as well and the malt profile is not oxidized like it was fresh-it tastes more full and smooth around the edges now. Im not going to raise my rating just yet. I will sample another and let you know. 12 oz bottle-I was suprised that this came in 4 packs and not a 750. A good thing it is! damn, this beer pours obsideon black with a sudsy tan head that was huge with some lacing. The aroma is bigtime hoppy, but i must admit, its not in a good way. smells like a big copper penny with some pine and abrasiveness of pine sol. fresh hop aromas but not in the right combination. flavors of roast, toffee, and somewhat cardboardy chocolate. it tastes like the special B malts and the other dark malts were old when they brewed this beer. Then, they tried to cover up the oxidized malt flavors with a ton of hops both in the boil and dry hopped. I must admit, the alcohol is very well hidden. As the beer warmed, the offensive notes started to fade on all levels. I think this beer may have some aging potential-it will be interesting nonetheless.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DocLock (7502) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 22, 2005
One of my great surprises of 2005. I didnít expect much from this one. The pour was obsidian with tons of floaties and a rich, medium, dark tan head. The aroma beckoned with huge spicy hops, tons of chocoff, dark malt. The taste was colossal; a mixture of heavy caramel/dark malt, coupled with chocoff, licorice, some almonds, blackstrap molasses. Very dense, complex, multi-faceted palate, with tons of complexity and balance. After I finished, I noticed concentric lace rings all the way down the glass. This one is very much like Alpha Klaus, but Iíd call it even a bit better. One of the best beers I have had all year so far, one of the best porters I have ever had, and Iíll be going back to clean out every local distributor that has this. I want more of this in a bad way.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
heemer77 (5080) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 22, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2005 Black body with a dark orange head. The aroma had coffee and milk chocolate. Very lactic, like colby cheese. Strange taste of plastic and coffee. This also has some leather. Finishes like a strong bourbon with a hint of oranges. I still donít get what others see in this beer.


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