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RATINGS: 2363   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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hurleymanvw (101) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUL 5, 2005
Very dark with a tan head. Aroma is slightly hopy with a coffee base. Body is very creamy and smooth, with a bite. Very good finish but you must sip or it will bite you.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JUL 4, 2005
Super dark brownish black, tan head, good lacing. Aroma is strong with sweet chocolate and roasty espresso. Body is very creamy, thick and smooth. Chocolate toffee coffee with a thin roast coffee finish, very dry. Very nice sipping beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUL 4, 2005
Bottle from clarkvv. Dark brown color with tan head. Hoppy aroma w/ light malt and coffee notes. Taste is hoppy, light water present and light malts. Stingy palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 4, 2005
The beer after release from its 12-ounce brown bottle pours darker than the devil’s heart, the head a thick creamy brown and is portly in size, as it slowly fades away, the lace forms a thick and sticky blanket to obfuscate the glass. Nose is that of roasted grain, sweet and mouth-watering, coffee, chocolate, it has it all; start is nicely malted with a moderate in feel top. Finish is pleasantly acidic with a decidedly burnt grain and hop bitterness, dry as an Arizona summer and the aftertaste sticks solidly to your palate, a darn nice drinking beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - JUL 4, 2005
opened this and had heavy smell of dirt and hops.Poured rich black color with a nice khaki head.Hugh hops taste but istill cant get rid of that dirt taste.The finish also was like dirt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
sloth (2469) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JUL 2, 2005
An intense pour! The black fluid sliding from bottle to glass makes for an intense entrance. Large chocolatey brown head rises and asserts its staying power, sticky lace draping down the sides of my glass, clinging happily. Hoppy, roasty nose, a hint of citrus,gorgeously fruity. Notes of alcohol and a bit of berries. A black beauty thats med/full bodied, creamy and oily. Chocolate flavors up front, cocoa, berries and light roast notes. Alcohol is more evident as it warms adding an interesting angle to this brew. Finish is dry, chocolatey and fruity with a hint of charcoal. Nicely done Impy. Porter that deserves higher marks. May age well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - JUL 1, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2005 12 oz bottle. Poured black with a huge creamy foamy brown head, that lasted. Nose is roasted chocolate HOPS and caramel HOPS and a hint of smoke. Wow, the taste is very complex and the mouth feel is THICK! There are hops up front, followed by coffee and chocolate, some more hops roll around followed with caramel and licorice and a hop tail. This was an exciting and enjoyable brew, the BEST from FD, and I am glad I grabbed a package of these, to age and to share. Love to GONZO, RIP. Re-rate 7-21-05 I just do not get it. I taste no vynil, and the more I drink this, the better it gets, I have even gotten real geek-like and tasted this GREAT brew at different Temps. I am glad I drop some $$$ for a special order case.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ross (2080) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JUL 1, 2005
pours out dark black with a tan head. aroma is hoppy, rich, and sweet. taste is very similar, yet somewhat hoppy as well. fairly smooth to drink. the 9.5% doesnt make its presence known until around halfway through the glass, with the last sip being almost brutal. a nice beer, the best flying dog ive ever had, but it needs to maybe age a little bit. thats why i have another bottle.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUN 29, 2005
12 oz bottle from Downtown Liquors in Sommerville, MA. Very stable, lasting smooth chocolate-mousse head atop a black slightly oily body...mild chocolaty aroma at first, some sharp citrus mixing with licorice on a second nosing, intriging but ultimately a combination that plays against itself rather than joining into something new and beautiful....Cascade grapefruit is much more subdued in the body, which is a bit thin but creamy and chocolate-syrupy with merely a trace of nice warming alcohol, lightly vinous and coffee-accented towards the finish. This would easily be FD’s best if not for that misguided heavy hoppiness in the nose...as it is, another shot at mediocrity if a bit more enjoyable to drink than the usual.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JUN 29, 2005
12oz bottle - Pours black with a thick milkshake like brown head of several inches. Aroma is very hoppy. Not as much as alpha klaus but a close attempt. Also aromas of caramel and slight chocolate can also be found. Flavor begins with the floral hops up front then comes the nice roasted chocolate flavor and a dry warm alcoholic finish. On the palate this is thick rich and creamy. Mouth-coating and warming on the back of the sip. This was a very unique beer and complex. The best flying dog brew I’ve had to date...

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