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RATINGS: 2373   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gopherfan99 (496) - CROATIA - APR 2, 2014
Shaker glass pour, black with a dark brown head, tastes of chocolate, coffee, and toasted malt with a hint of alcohol, has some bitterness to it but it is nicely balanced

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
njnut (255) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAR 29, 2014
poured into shaker glass. A pure black with no light able to come through. Almost brown head, small and fine with good thick lace. Aroma for me is almost pure licorice, with some chocolate and a nice earthiness. A thick one that gives a blast of bitter as it passes the tongue and the alcohol warms as it hits the belly. Alcohol is fairly hidden in the drink and comes out late in the finish. Taste is dark roasted malts, coffee and chocolate gaining in licorice late. Body is full, and texture is creamy with soft CO2. Very well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerhunter111 (7871) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAR 28, 2014
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein sehr dunkelbraunes Bier mit schöner bräunlichen Schaumkrone. Geruch sehr röstmalzig, schokoladig, Kaffee, dunkle Früchte. Geschmack sehr röstmalzig schokoladig, Kaffee, dunkle überreife Früchte, minimal säuerlich.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
callmemickey (2874) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 20, 2014
Black body, medium-sized tan head, soapy lacing. Nose shows grapefruit and piney hops with moderate roast underneath. Flavor flips the profile as earthy roast dominates and is complemented by some piney hop notes. Medium to full bodied, lively carbonation, moderate bitterness, refreshing finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
alethol (105) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 8, 2014
Superb beer! Pours black with brown head. Delicious aromas of whiskey malt. Liquorice, chocolate, hops. Creamy, full bodied with a thick texture. Alcohol well hidden. Among the best.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Buongiorgio00 (779) - - MAR 4, 2014
Imperial porter dal carattere deciso e arrogante, con penetranti note di cioccolato, caffé, malti tostati e una leggera sfumatura di soia, un tocco amaro e una presenza alcolica non indifferente, che intacca il gusto senza romperne l’equilibrio. Davvero ganza sta gonzo!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beertholomeus (824) - California, USA - MAR 3, 2014
Pours black with a dark tan head. Roasted malt, chocolate alcohol, soy and licorice aroma. Chocolate, roasted malt, soy, licorice, hop and alcohol flavors. Full body and regular carbonation. Roasted chocolate finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
budedou (398) - Saint Etienne, FRANCE - FEB 25, 2014
Good but not exceptionnal... perhaps too much alcool for me (destroyed a bit the porter taste...)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jdb288 (534) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - FEB 24, 2014
Bottle at Koopers. Pours muddy brown/dark red with caramel lacing, no head. Boozy aroma with some coffee/cocoa tones. Taste is roasted malt, dark coffee, some chocolate/caramel tones. Chewy but not a heavy beer on the palate. Good dessert beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ARH (480) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 22, 2014
12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Initial aromas of sweet cherry and wood (or maybe resin) appear, but quickly fade and are replaced, briefly, by overripe, or maybe sugared, strawberries. This ultimately gives way to a light aroma of roasted coffee, caramel, and some candy sugar (jolly ranchers). It’s a deep, opaque beer, with the only hint of it’s brown color being given away at a dimple in the bottom of the glass. On top of this is a very thick, pillowy, fluffly soap-sud brown head that retains really well and leaves lots of fluffy cloud-like lace. The taste is wonderfully balanced between moderate levels of sweet and bitter. It’s like eating a chocolate coffee and toffee candy - maybe it’s just my mind playing tricks on me, but I thought I even picked up some mint in there; like a Frango mint. It’s a medium bodied beer that’s relatively thin and oily - probably why it’s an imperial porter and not a stout - although does have a stickiness to it. There’s a moderate, maybe moderate high level of carbonation that lies somewhere between soft and fizzy.It’s mostly sweet, rich chocolate in the mouth that finishes very clean for such a big beer. A pleasant and mellow roasted coffee and dark chocolate show up in the aftertaste that sticks around.

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