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RATINGS: 2412   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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - AUG 4, 2005
This is a great looking and tasting beer. The alcohol is hardly noticeable in the taste but you can feel itís warming effects right from the start. Very dark brown in color with a tan lasting head. Very complex flavors including chocolate and fruit. Another outstanding beer from this brewery.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11898) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 3, 2005
(12oz bottle) The creamy brown head atop the black head reaches to the lip of the pint glass on the pour, and retains itself fairly well, ultimately leaving nice lacing. Aroma is medium sweet, chocolate, grapefruit. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit, chocolate, some roasty. Smooth medium-full body that is quite drinkable and dangerously conceals the alcohol very well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - AUG 1, 2005
12 oz bottle. Thick, black, viscous and chunky as I poured it into my glass. Seriously. Chunky. Examing the glass only reinforced my thoughts. A whole bunch of sediment rested at the bottom of the glass. At first whiff, youíd never guess that this was as dark as it is. Hops dominate. Ah, let it warm, though ... the hops give way to coffee, burnt malts, chocolate, vanilla and brandy. Complex, but thin. Drink it too cold, and youíre blasted with a hops overload, as dry and piney as the best IPA. But again, let it warm. Let the coffee and burnt malts take over. It gets remarkably smooth the closer you get to the sludgy sediment at the bottom of the glass and becomes infinitely better with every sip ... licorice, amaretto and a nuttiness all enter the picture. Very good, and Iíll bet this gets much better with age. Check back in a year.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - AUG 1, 2005
07.27.05 12oz bottle. Opaque, near black, brown with tall chestnut brown head that lasts, laces in a web. Oily and coating. Sharp hop nose, fresh and burnt flowers and grapefruit. Cascades I guess. Fusel alcohol. Tar - hot tar. Body is medium thick but slick and coating. Way over the top with the hops and I really donít get this interpretation of the style. Hunter is a hero for me, this porter is not.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Suttree (5388) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 1, 2005
Bottle from the Flying Saucer, Nashville. Black, with a huge dense brown head. Really nice smell of coffee, cola, and chocolate. Very tasty - the first flavor I notice is sorta similiar to coffe that had been in the pot for too long - this is bad in coffee, but works here. Then burnt toast - so far this taste like a bad breakfast, but a good beer - then a clean, crisp finish that sweetens out a bit, with a hint of molassess. I liked this one quite a bit.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - AUG 1, 2005
Pours a completely pitch black witha a dense dark brown head. lots of lacing. Smells (oddly enough) of citrusy hops and roasted malt. Tastes of roasted smoky malt up front and then lots of citrusy hops, tangerine, mandarin orange flavors. Full bodied and rich but this nice hoppy finish. Really tasty, could drink these all night. Very smooth for the alcohol content. A keeper. Flying Dog should focus on these big beers more...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 31, 2005
12 oz bottle pours a jet black with a small creamy brown head that leaves a sticky lacing in my glass. Chocolate and coffee aromas, flavors of milk chocolate, coffee, nuts and vanilla. Full bodied with a full and thick creamy mouthfeel, finishes on the sweet side, very drinkable for a 9.5% brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ughsmash (7276) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 30, 2005
Medium viscosity deep black pour with a lovely caramel/tan head. Deep roasted chocolate and coffee aroma with a significant pine hoppage. Flavor had some huge roasted malts (incl. chocolate and coffee), some pine/mint hop flavors, and a little alcohol in the slightly-warming finish. Thick creamy mouthfeel, with some stickiness on the finish. The high-Alpha hops become stronger in the nose and on the palate as this warms. This was a fine brew!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wxman (1522) - OíFallon, Illinois, USA - JUL 30, 2005
Sweet burnt malt aroma with a thin pale brown coating of foam and lace. Sweet dark malt flavor with hints of coffee and black cherries. Hop and burnt malt bitterness, more like a stout. Delicious with no hint of the 9.5 abv; a real keeper. Looks like the dogs are loose again!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClarkVV (3970) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 29, 2005
UPDATED: APR 12, 2007 2005 bottle (actually have had a number of bottles at a variety of temperatures). Smells of light caramel and fresh, floral, wintergreen-like hops that seem to be modestly bitter. Blackish-brown color with the liquid being thick, viscous and a lot like light motor oil. Right on! Nothing wrong with that. Not too much in the way of a head, a bit of bubbles cling to each other on the surface, but when swirling the glass, I am able to coax a tan head out of it. Very opaque and unfiltered. Once the head is created, though, it lasts quite a long time, curiously enough. Still smelling some herbal/floral notes, some cut grass, very green and wet. Flavor begins with some dried flowers and leaves, earthy brown malts and then a big explosion of juicy alpha hops bitterness. Very odd peanut-brittle-like finish. Hops acid lingers on. Very thick mouthfeel, rich and velvety. I must admit, though Iím not a fan of high-alpha American hops, these are quite nicely done and very juicy tasting. The hops linger with a strong alcohol warmth, but itís not a sharp/pervasive ethanol character, just a strong warming sensation. Bitter, black roast and minty hops, milk chocolate are all flavors that are swirling in my mouth before I swallow. Quite sticky, very dry on the end. Acidity lingers on, I donít find any metal, as others have found. Very low carbonation is pleasing. Lacing is left in clumps down the glass.

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