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RATINGS: 2492   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89/5   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


Gachupines' rating

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gachupines (1205) - USA - SEP 20, 2010
Black with a thin head. Aroma is strong licorice and some dark fruit. Flavor is strong licorice, a little overly sweet. Not bad, but could be much better balanced.


4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ebone1988 (948) - Taylor, Michigan, USA - APR 29, 2016
Aroma is robust, earthy hops, roasted malt, coffee, very robust. Appearance is dark dark brown, almost black, light brown head, poured pretty thick. Taste is super roasty, robust malt, earthy hops, just very rich, like Mikkeller Black only not over-the-top, just right. Mouthfeel is heavy body, light carbonation, earthy hop and robust roasted malt aftertaste. Overall, I didn’t expect it to be this good. I am sorry I underestimated it.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Estebanik (551) - Lublin, POLAND - APR 23, 2016
UPDATED: APR 25, 2016 Piękna, drobna, zbita, beżowa piana. Dość wysoka. Opadające, ładnie zdobi szkło. Aromat czekoladek z alkoholem, karmelowy, palony. Przyjemny, ale alkohol wychodzi trochę za bardzo. Dosc gęsty w odczuciu, ale też dość wysoko nasycony. Niestety, w smaku dalej odczuwalnie alkoholowy, po kilku łykach język dretwieje i odmawia współpracy. Piwo z dużym potencjałem, niestety zabitym przez mocne akcenty spirytusowe.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RW80 (1787) - Hoogeveen, NETHERLANDS - APR 17, 2016
0,33l bottle Appearance: black body with small coffee-colored head. Aroma: . licorice, resin, light exotic fruits, light roasted malts. Taste:Moderate bitter and sweet. Bitterness is not only dark malts, but also comming from the hops. Liccorice, caramel, spices, some resin & some grapefruit, bit earthy, . finishes lightly dry with notes of licorice, earthy notes and a light herbal bitterness. Nicely balanced full body, soft carbonation, slick mouthfeel.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TtV (363) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - APR 16, 2016
Bottle 355ml. Deep black with a lushly beige head. Lovely aroma of coffee and chocolate. The taste is mildly bittersweet at first but develops into a beautifully balanced coffee like bitterness. Great!

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
witthatsbier (483) - glasgow, SCOTLAND - APR 12, 2016
33cl bottle; pours a dark brown black with a thick beige head Aroma is malt coffee dark chocolate Taste is bitter malty dry dark chocolate coffee long dryish finish very nice stout

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Karol (738) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - APR 10, 2016
Bottled. Overall a fantastic super hoppy liquid dark chocolate in a bottle. Exotic citrusy aroma paired with coffee, espresso and dark chocolate. Taste mirrors the aroma plus warming alcohol. Pitch black color, espresso almsot cremy head. Super hoppy and dry espresso finish and aftertaste. Excellent beer!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mcflylanister (47) - madrid, SPAIN - APR 8, 2016
Botella. Presencia negra opaca con corona beige persistente y carbonatacion media/baja. Aroma torrefacto, cafe y frutos secos. Sabor tostado con avellanas, intensas nostas de cafe y un largo y fuerte amargor final

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
westknife (54) - USA - APR 7, 2016
A good ass imperial porter. Thick and flavorful as fuck. Couldn’t drink more than probably one of these, it’s like a meal.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BRW (1908) - Barcelona, SPAIN - APR 6, 2016
On tap at BBF. Black colour with beige head. Chocolate and vanilla aroma. Sweet, chocolate, vanilla and roasted taste. Medium to full body.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Alengrin (4076) - BELGIUM - APR 3, 2016
One of Flying Dog’s more acclaimed beers, unfortunately not (yet?) for sale at Albert Heijn supermarkets like some of their other offerings... Thick and frothy, dense, very stable head remaining closed all the time, deep yellow beige in colour; ink black robe. Interesting and inviting aroma of dried fig, raisin, salmiak, dried grapefruit peel, coffee grounds, wet leather, beef stock, soy sauce, black pepper, whisky, burnt wood, cumin cheese, roasted walnut, strong toasted brown bread, black olive, ’natural’ iron, parsley, cloves, quite pronounced shoe polish-like solvents but well integrated and not at all disturbing. Onset is very much dominated by umami flavors, very beefy with hints of dried seaweed and very low dried fig-like sweetness and basic blackberry sourishness; mouthfeel is full and rich but lean and supple at the same time, with softish carbonation. A deep, thick dark maltiness ensues, very nutty and a tad caramelly, notably bitterly toasted and evolving into long, coffeeish, roasted barley-like bitterness, very mouth-filling and blending well with spicy, lightly dried citrus peel-like, leafy hop bitterness and a pleasant glow of warming, whisky-like alcohol which supports the flavors rather than disturbing them. I love imperial porters but this one has more than enough roasted bitterness to qualify as an imperial stouts - imperial porters are usually clearly sweeter. Regardless of that, this is a rich, beautifully textured, big malty beer packed with flavor, doubtlessly the best Flying Dog beer I had so far, along with their Horndog.


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