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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 don’t show it the proper respect. IBU’s: 85


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - JUL 20, 2005
Pours very dark with a light tan head. I was very surprised at how hoppy it smelled. Tastes of strong hops with a slight taste of chocolate. Also has a bitter kick at the end. Pretty good porter plus the bottle is cool.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JUL 20, 2005
12oz. bottle. ’05. Dark brown, almost black in color with a small tan head. Strong piney hop aroma along with dark roasted malts and some chocolate. Flavor is both sweet and bitter, with the hops and roasted malts alternating on my tongue. Nice beer.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
noelcb (271) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - JUL 20, 2005
It was as black as midnight, so devoid of light as to make the bravest soul weep. There was little head, but what there was was tan, and quite headish, and left lace behind. The cogent mind searched for uncommon aromas and tried not to succomb to the dark soul of the she-beast. There was malt, and rust, and alcohol to be found and dark sweet fruit was there too. I was seduced by this potent assemblage. I drank. Deep and long I quaffed the bitter liquid, basking in the heady dusk of this fearless brew, revelling in the malt smokiness, yeasty ’shrooms, and the herbal headiness imparted by the noble hop. I swallowed. I sighed. I knew happiness.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crazyvin (1963) - New York, USA - JUL 19, 2005
poured a obaque blackish borwn color with a tan head. Really sweet aroma with cooca and caramel notes. Sweet flavor with a lingiring coffee note. Really smooth with a nice alcohol presence.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - JUL 18, 2005
Deep black with lasting foamy tan head that leaves a full lace in the glass. Aroma is fairly large. Strong distinct roasted and coffee malts and a piney hop backbone and a creamy nose. Flavor is fairly complex and it has a smooth and creamy presence. Coffee malts give a roasted flavor that is nicely ballanced by a piney hop with considerable strength. Nice beer, I like it.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JUL 18, 2005
From the bottle at a beer tasting and then on tap at The Blind Pig in Champaign, IL. Little difference between the two. The color was opaque black with a frothy tan head. There was a lot going on here. The aroma had chocolate, anise, malty, coffee highlights, some spiciness. Nice thick feel in the mouth. Oily. Coats the tongue and lets the flavor linger. The flavor echoed the nose: chocolate, spice, coffee, hops. This was a surprisingly good effort from Flying Dog. Probably the best thing they’ve done.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jaymobrown (1676) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 18, 2005
Roasted bitter coffee flavor. Thin feel. Bitter finish, but more candy bar-like throughout. Fairly good offering from these people. Sort of reminds me of a Turkish coffee, but not quite as sweet.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shameusburp (171) - Virginia, USA - JUL 18, 2005
This is the best Flying Dog brew I’ve had. But compared with the truly great porters it’s just average with some new elements to make it interesting.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BT (123) - Westchester, Illinois, USA - JUL 18, 2005
12 oz. bottle from Newtown, CT in a Tulip glass. My first Flying Dog. Poured like black gold with a brown thick, foamy head that eventually dissolved. Aroma of baking chocolate and coffee, pleasant, just a bit of alocohol though. Taste also of bitter chocolate and coffee, some licorice and alcohol in the after-taste. Very suprised at how good this was, although a bit more sweet, it would have made for a higher rating.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 17, 2005
Bottle: Pours a jet black, totally opaque, with just the slightest hint of a dark brown head that fades away to cling to the side of the glass. Above average aroma of chocolate and ... some salt. Flavor is rich, burnt chocolate, hops, some smoke, and licorice. Finish is lightly bitter with a hint of alcohol.


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