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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 donít show it the proper respect. IBUís: 85

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jsquire (3738) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - AUG 15, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2008 Dark beer with a foamy brown head that left nice lace. Dark roast grain nose. Lots of roast grains, coffee, molasses, raisen and dark dusty chocolate. The finish is sweetened coffee bitterness. The sweetness turns into white sugar as it warms.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (5570) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - AUG 13, 2005
Bottle. Opaque blackness with mocha colored froth resting upon it. Nose is nicely hopped and coffee laden. Bits of alcohol wafting through as well. Mild roasty notes. The hops seem to be in the forefront on this much like Alpha Klaus. Taste is roasted malt, coffee and cream, light alcohol, and licorice notes. Put simply, this is like coffee, cream, and sugar with a splash of liquor added to it(Irish coffee?). Light chocolate sweetness in this as well. Body is smooth and creamy with moderate carbonation. Lots of resident hop bitterness and light alcohol warmth. Finish is more coffee, roasted malts, chocolate, light licorice, hops and sweet malts. Alcohol is there but not overdone. Good beer! ***Update - lots of plums and tangerine notes during the finish. Lingering fruitiness throughout the finish. Nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
fordest (2030) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - AUG 13, 2005
Draft at San Diego Brewing Co. Dark Dark color with a nice tan head that left nice lacing too. Deep aromas of coffee, alcohol, and dark malts. Flavors were rich. Chocolate, Sweet malts, and more alcohol. Very Tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mrnutsnbolts (204) - Berkeley, - AUG 12, 2005
Bottle. Pours a delicious dark black with a mocha head. Very large head with nice lacing. Smells of sweet overripe fruit, chocolate, and cigars. Tastes of hops, chocolate and sour apples. Sweet aftertaste, oily mouth feel, and warming after a bottle. Great beer. My first experience with Flying Dog was definately a keepe!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - AUG 12, 2005
UPDATED: APR 17, 2006 Rating from bottle, although sampled earlier on tap at Crane Alley, Urbana, IL. Gonzo pours a beautiful black with a dark tan head. Nose is of chocolate, tobacco and plum. My only disappointment with this beer concerned the flavor. Perhaps its because one grows to expect roasted flavors from such massive beers, and sweetness comes as an unexpected and somewhat unpleasant surprise. Since the sweetness is what I found most undesirable, Iím guessing cellaring wonít help this one much, but Iíll try regardless. All in all, this is remains the best product Flying Dog has produced, and I will come back to it again. RERATE: Iím more impressed with this beer this time around. Going in expecting sweetness changes ones mind about the beer. The loads of chocolate were impressive.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Aubrey (3489) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - AUG 9, 2005
Deep and dark with a creamy-frothy head with tightly packed bubbles; sticky, lasting lace. Soft, thick cream on the palate. Fairly complex, with notes of sour milk, bitter chocolate, chewy oatmeal, grapefruit and grassy hops. Alcohol is a little warming, but nicely tucked away behind bold flavors and aromas. Light beers can be hard to brew because the smallest imperfection will shine brightly; but with big beers flavors are amplified, and could easily stray from reason ... so they can also be challenging. This oneís mighty fine, and my hatís off to Flying Dog.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
IMtheOptimator (1164) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - AUG 9, 2005
Poured black with a large creamy tan head. Surprising aroma of strong grassy hops with a touch of chocolate and alcohol. Taste is raisins, a small amount of roasted chocolate, grass, grapefruits, and alcohol. Very bitter warming finish. Good body. Not sure what to think of this one. It has more complexity than Iím used to in Flying Dog, but the hops feel way too dominant here. Granted, itís far closer to world class than they usually create, but some parts of it feel way overdone, while others feel neglected. A good beer, but I donít think itís a showstopper.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - AUG 9, 2005
12 oz bottle: Creamy, lasting chocolate brown head on a thick black body. Strgong chocolate malt aroma @ first, then nutty, toasty, & woody. A bit of a resiny hop aroma and some solventy alcohol notes. Well balanced and again very chocolatey w/ some grassy & woody hop flavors in the finish. Lingering bitterness in teh aftertaste. Caramel & toasted malt flavors in between. Very little ester complexity especially with the alcohol presence. Finish is semi dry and woody hop that leaves a resiny taste in the mouth. Surprisingly, itís smooth for the hop and alchol presence, warming alcohol, and a a fuller medium body. Not a bad Baltic! A little too hoppy for my tastebuds but as soon as the bitterness tones down, it will be a really nice beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kevin (2155) - New Mexico, USA - AUG 8, 2005
pours black with a dark head. nice alcohol sherry aroma, definitely chocolately too, and some noticeable grassyness.inviting after an hour workout.sweet flavor at first that has grape and chocolate. finishing bitter balances this out well. the alcohol in this is hidden perfectly. i would not know it was 9.5 if i didnít see it in front of me.. lingering plum like sweetness in the finish has just the slightest alcohol bite.this is a damn fine beer and i hope to see the gonzo fist memorial someday.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 8, 2005
Opaque black with a large brown fomay head. Dark chocolate, hints of roast malt, hints of sherry, and wisps of plastic in the aroma. Subdued dark maltiness, some hints of roast and coffee, with a pleasing bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium heavy and rather smooth.

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