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RATINGS: 2494   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89/5   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


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Palidor19 (3129) - Brandon, Florida, USA - OCT 14, 2005
A great tribute to the Great Hunter S thomspon. The taste is rich with strong malt and flavors of coffee which a mild hint of pine. Porters like this dont come along every day, enjoy if you can find it.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 14, 2005
real good porter - Complex taste with a nice kick - a nine and a half percent kick. Good - but not abig porter fan

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 11, 2005
12z tasted 9/28 Blake St. Tavern, Denver. Malty, Fruity nose. Raspberry, strawberry. Also alcoholic in the nose. Reddish hue with a tan head. Roasted malts and anise, chocolate, burnt coffee, raisins, and a slight sherry flavor. Dry with a good hop finish. Very well-balanced brew.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - OCT 11, 2005
On tap. Tasted during trip to California. A nice black colour with a rocky and lance head. Nice Aroma of chocolate and toasted barley. A very smooth and tasty beer. The flavour has hints of sourness, roasted barley and coffee. Ends up warm and deliceous.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bov (11457) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - OCT 10, 2005
bottled, thanks to Per - It has a very dark brown, well almost black colour; the foam is solid, creamy and slightly brown-tainted, leaving a nice lacing; powerful aroma of dark cherries and prune with some notes of cocoa and alcohol, a strong spicy aroma (ginger and anise) comes out as the beer gets warmer; very creamy mouthfeel, thick and oily, a robust malt body and an impressive bitterness; dry, long and very bitter, spicy finish, and now the fruity tones are staying in the background - very good though not quite true to the style (to say the least)

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 9, 2005
12 oz bottle: huge, brown, foaming froth; outrageously black and the aromas quickly fill the room while the thick foam settles into a quarter inch persistent layer…Crisp pine needles arose thoughts of a fresh grove of pine trees dusted with a virgin snow. Roasted vanilla beans, fresh hop flowers, honey suckle flowers, and the most amazing pine. What an aroma! The flavour and palate seem dull compared with such an aroma…though there are great roasted components; a sharp acidity kicks in on the back of the tongue and makes the finish harsh. Rich, almost chocolatly, characteristics linger around the mouth and leave an astringent bitterness on the tongue. A nice beer with a stellar aroma.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - OCT 7, 2005
Tap at Falling Rock. Pours a rich, deep black. Aroma is chocolate and roasted malt. Flavor is a bit chalky, but finishes with a strong chocolate/roasted malt flavor. Palate is thick and flowing.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
lamas (1529) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 7, 2005
12 oz. bottle. Vintage: 2005. An opaque black pour with a small, creamy mocha head that leaves rings of lace. A surprising amount of citrusy hops in the nose with some underlying chocolate cake, creamy coffee and vanilla. This is thick and silky-smooth! A heavy porter body with enough hops to tingle the tongue. Sweet, roasty coffee body with hints of cream. Bitter mocha flavors in the finish. I’m really shocked that Flying Dog managed to pull off something really good for once. A great American like Dr. Thompson deserves such a great beer.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PeterLikesBeer (104) - Berwyn Heights, Maryland, USA - OCT 7, 2005
Pours almost black with a tan head that diminishes quickly. Very strong flavor of chocolate and coffee. A very well balanced porter. Enjoyable winter beer.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - OCT 7, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2010 Pours jet black with nice brown head, mostly diminishing. Aroma is lots of coffee and chocolate. Favor is a nice mix of sweet and bitter, lots of chocolate and coffee, a bit of hops comes though at the end. Full bodied, texture is smooth, long finish.


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