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RATINGS: 2432   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88   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 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 7/20
bethmatt0421 (337) - Covington, Kentucky, USA - AUG 28, 2005
My first Porter so this rating is a little biased. If all porters taste like this then I think that I might stay away. It feels smooth on the tongue and great going down. smells roasty and slightly chocolate. I still love Flying Dog, nevertheless

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - AUG 28, 2005
Much in the style of many of the popular Baltic porters, but with a bit of a semi-hoppy American flair. Pours thick and black under a creamy, dense tan head. Moderate aromas of bittersweet chocolate and freshly ground espresso beans. Velvety smooth on the tongue with lots of complexity. Flavors of dark cocoa, espresso, roasted malt, mocha and port wine come through deliciously. Starts with a nice robust bitterness and interestingly enough finishes with a slight molasses sweetness. FD hit the mark on this one. Hope they keep up the good work!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 27, 2005
Pours a lovely motor oil black hue with a thin tan head. Very strong coffee aroma with some chocolate of course. The cool thing to me is that a hint of hops manages to escape from the coffee in the aroma adding a pleasant bitter smell. The coffee flavor sort of smacks you in the face on the first sip and leaves a chocolate handprint. Having never had a porter of this magnitude, at first I almost felt like it was too much. But relaxing with my beer and sipping it over time my tastebuds have adjusted and I can now sense the little notes of dried fruit and the chocolate has become much more pronounced. This is like liquid candy for adults and it’s a bloody miracle that Flying Dog of all breweries concocted it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hangover (1092) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - AUG 27, 2005
Wow, this is pretty good. Black pour with a nice frothy tan head. Very hoppy aroma. Taste is of semi-sweet chocolate, licorice, coffe, roasted malt and more hops, both citrus and pine. Amazingly well hidden alcohol. A good tribute beer for the creator of the cool bottle art. I feel like watching "Fear and lothing in Las Vegas" now... lol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - AUG 26, 2005
Bottle. Baltic porters are quickly becoming one of my favorite, if not my most favorite, styles. I love the clash of hops and agressive malting, and this beer does not fail to provide that. Opaque body with a ver thick head. Nose-all hops. Taste-alot going on here: lots and lots of grassy hops, raisin, candi sugar, raw roasted malts, grapefruit, mocha, awesome bitterness, charcoal, and a very nice dirty earth note. Not an overyly exceptional beer, bit a nice yummy fun beer nonethe less. Very sticky mouthfeel. A great tribute to a great man. To you, Dr. Gonzo, I say to you: "there he goes. One of God’s own prototypes. Some kind of high powered mutant never even considered for mass production. Too weird to live, and too rare to die. "

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - AUG 26, 2005
Pours dark brown with a dark tan 1/2 inch head. A surprisingly hoppy aroma of pine, but also some chocolate in there. Similar aroma to Alpha Klaus. Initial flavor is dark roasted malt but the back end has a lot of piney hop flavor and some yeast present. Good job to keep this a unique beer and not just another "follow the leader" project.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6444) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 26, 2005
750 ml corked bottle found in Kentucky of all places, served in my new Stone RIS snifter I bought at the same Liqour Barn, enjoyed in the comfort of my hotel room:

Nearly opaque with an initial huge fizzy tan head that fades to a small ring and produced very good lace. The aroma has a surprising aroma of heavy piney, spicy, and juicy hops which dominated the nose. Light earthy esters, some faint smoke, and some chocolate notes as well. First an astrengent and bitter hop smack supported by lots of bready and dark malts. Twangy grapefruit acidic quality leads to a earthy and peppery/anise finish. The feel does not match the intensity of the aroma or flavors. It is lush but seems to be this brews weak point. Metallic aftertaste is moderate minus but theer is an equally positive hiding of the 9.5% alcohol.

A wonderful brew along the lines of Alpha Klaus and other hopped-up porters. This is one big beer you should not age much, keep the hops fresh. Get ya some! ...Disclaimer: This is NOT a baltic porter IMO, not even close except for the ABV.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 25, 2005
What does this have to do with a Baltic Porter?!? What a great beer! The cascade hops just slap you in the face. Grapefruit, Resin, Pine, Floral, Orange...The roasted malts are sweet, and rich...Chocolate, Mocha, Coffee, espresso, etc...Complex dried fruitiness and toffee as well. What a great beer! The alcohol was exceptionally well hidden, until I had to drive home. May I have another?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 25, 2005
Nice thick pour and obsidian black in appearance, complimented by an admirable dark tan and foamy head. Hello hefty black licorice aroma, meet some funky fudge, rubber tires, Hershey syrup, turning black currant and bold ass espresso. Flavor has character - unsweetened dark chocolate, mocha cocoa, burnt rubber and several days old espresso. A very unique rendition is upon us. Charcoal and burnt vibrancies echo throughout. Black licorice can’t be shaken. Thick, assertive and flavor-socked at every palate turn, and balanced right where it should be. Some alcohol warming at the throat. Finishes with smoky undertones and a pervasive characteristic of burr grinded espresso soot. Bravo.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
shadey (1996) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 24, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2007 Pour is solid black with a beautiful creamy brown flowing head. Nice lacing. Aroma is a mix of coffee, chocolate and alcohol. Smooth mouth feel. The finish has some alcohol to it, but plenty of chocolate. 7/5/8/4/17

RERATE: 12oz bottle aged approx 1 year. Pour is very black with a huge dark tan pillow top. Aroma is big chocolate and some liquorish. Flavor is a very smooth blend of chocolate and just a touch of roast. The body is silky smooth and just a bit sticky. Overall very tasty and obviously quality. 7/5/7/5/17

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