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RATINGS: 2421   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


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3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
picknbrew (196) - Mechanicsville, Virginia, USA - FEB 6, 2011
12 oz. bottle. Aroma- Malty sweetness, some dark fruit, sweet almost barley wine-like alcohol, a hint of roast. Appearance- Opaque dark brown with moderate tan head. Flavor- complex, strong roastiness that pushes the envelope toward harsh, dark fruit in the background. Some chocolate. A little sweet at first but quickly dries up due to the roastiness. Finishes dry and bitter. I detect an almost cardboard flavor at the very end. Full smooth mouthfeel with a little alcohol warmth.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rollerton (141) - SWEDEN - MAY 27, 2015
Bottle from SB. Very good and tasteful Imperial Porter, but I think it could have had even more taste. Still very good!

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Vighals (1816) - Sørumsand, NORWAY - MAY 24, 2015
Svart med høyt lys brunt skum. Lukter mørke frukter, alkohol, blomster, espresso og mørk sjokolade. Litt for mye salt smak, noe mørke frukter og kaffesmak. Lang saltbitter ettersmak.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
kevinsenn (1374) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 22, 2015
Bottle from Bruisin? Ales. Licorice dark fruit molasses and roasty. Tasty roasty and dark fruit taste. Nice.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
altonbrownd (3752) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - MAY 14, 2015
Nice brown body with slight head. Toasty nose with caramel, sugar and chocolate. Taste is caramel, coffee, quite strong with nice bitter notes. Thin texture. Enjoyable.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gegwilson (1870) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 13, 2015
Pours deep brown, almost black with a tan head. The taste is bitter with liquorice and pine before smooth coffee and chocolate flavours. Some sticky sweetness. Velvety mouth feel. Excellent.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
likeatrainwreck (95) - Stockport, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAY 11, 2015
Black with tan/brown head. Aromas of roasted malts, taste of burnt sugar, roasted, dark chocolate, bitter coffee. Quite bitter for a strong porter, maybe a touch too much for me. Nice alcohol warmth but quite thin. Decent, but I’ve had much nicer strong porters.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
huineman (317) - Madrid, SPAIN - MAY 7, 2015
Darkest brown with thick tan head. Aroma is coffe, cocoa, iodine, caramel, toffee, orange... Very creamy and even oily, with fresh sourness. Full body and a great final bitterness that lasts long. Delicious.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Johnstledger8 (136) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAY 4, 2015
Bottle. Pitch black with a mostly lasting smooth light brown head. Lots of lacing around the glass. Aroma of pine, grassy, coffee, chocolate, molasses, vanilla, dark fruits. Taste is of dark chocolate, coffee, molasses, some roasted malt, burnt notes, slight warming notes of the alcohol. Full bodied, smooth mouthfeel, light carbonation. Very nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BroadestTom (103) - - APR 28, 2015
Aroma caramel, chocolate, roasty, alcohol, Appearance black, tan foam, brown foam, frothy, Taste medium bitterness, Palate medium body, full body, creamy, Overall a nice imperial porter that I would suggest to a friend

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Thechasm442 (392) - Wilmington, Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2015
12 oz bottle to a tulip glass. It was delivered to my store today and says vingate15 so I assume it’s fresh. The beer pours an opaque black with a thick and frothy tan head that slowly shrinks down and leaves tons of lacing. Aroma is coffee, roasted barley, dark chocolate, and a faint sweet hoppy smell. It’s kind of like sweet cream with a touch of orange zest. Taste is rich and very heavy up front. Cocoa, espresso, licorice, coffee with too much cream, and a ton of roasted dark grains are dominant. There is also a lingering bitterness that reminds me of chewing on dark roasted coffee beans. I also get some woody flavors, which is weird considering this is not a cask aged beer. Pleasant, nonetheless. Overall mouthfeel is on the thicker side, but alcohol is just about invisible in the taste, which is remarkable for a 9.2% abv beer. Well done for the style.


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