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RATINGS: 2400   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 26, 2005
Mental notes for the first bottle indicate that this one changes significantly with time and temperature; now for my second bottle... Near opaque dark brown color with a dense light brown head. Lots of clinging lace. Initial burst of fresh pine in the nose. Chocolate, cloves, licorice and cinnamon come in later; and as this warm more a real alcohol comes out and burns the nostrils. To many things working against each other to be adored. Smooth and slippery on the palate. Mild start in the flavor department. Light chocolate flavors start the journey. Things get sticky mid to late quaff, with roasted malt, grain, and alcohol flavors mix in. A strong black malt bitterness in the linger. A very chewy porter indeed. Somehow this needs a little more malt character instead of the grainy aspect. I like it in a one and done sort of brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JUL 26, 2005
Dark brown pour. Awesome tan colored dense head. Lots of chocolate and piney hops in the nose. Smooth and chocolatey, with a whole lot of pine and citrus flavored hops. Sweet malty finish. Probably the best Flying Dog beer Iíve had yet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 25, 2005
Wow- I liked this one even more than Wild dog double pale. Pours nearly pitch black and very thick, with a nice deep orange head. Aroma is initially a blast of citrusy and slightly piney hops, but then balanced out by a lot of chocolate and caramel malts. The aroma actually reminded me a lot of storm king- only the gonzo is more potent, and not as much roasted malts. Flavor is packed full of sweet and chocolate malts, some roast, a lot of toffee, caramel and hops throughout. Awesome perfect bitterness in the end to keep it balanced. I only bought a single, but next time I see it I will buy at least a 4-pack. I didnít notice any phenolics or plastic notes that some people noticed on earlier batches.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 25, 2005
Once I heard Flying Dog was making a beer to celibrate the life of my hero and mentor, I knew I would have to pick some up, no mattr what it tasted like. luckily, ths ber is one of the bst beers Iíve ever had. Sweet with a bit of a burnt taste to it. Makes me want another.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 25, 2005
Near black, dark brown pour with a tan head. Aroma is chocolate malt, with roast and a slight grassy hop presence. Feels thin in the mouth, but still smooth -- not over carbonated or two thin like Road Dog. Flavor is completely dominated by the chocolate malt, but there is coffee and roastiness in the finish. Hop presence only balances -- little flavor. Probably the best Iíve had from Flying Dog. Not excellent, but I donít mind Thompsonís fist getting the money.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - JUL 23, 2005
12 oz. bottle. Pours an oil black with a blackish-tan head. Smells malt and coffee and roasted barley with a slight hoppiness as well. Mouthfeel is thin and not very viscous (not a bad thing) for a higher alcohol beer. Taste enters with a clean roastiness and ends with some hopiness. The malt dominates the hops here. A very good brew, and the best Flying Dog product Iíve had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 21, 2005
Pours with a billowing brown head, body is a dark crimson. Aroma is loads of bitter hops, with vanilla in the background. Taste is dark malts, heaps of roast, and a TON of hops! Very earthy, bitter hoppyness lasts through to the finish. Balanced alcohol and caramel sweetness. I like my stouts/porters hoppy, so this was a pleasent suprise from Flying Dog.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JUL 20, 2005
12oz. bottle. í05. 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.

   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 íshrooms, and the herbal headiness imparted by the noble hop. I swallowed. I sighed. I knew happiness.

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