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RATINGS: 2385   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cgarvieuk (15170) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 3, 2007
Bottle at Stockholm beer festival ... Deep black ... vey intence alcohol in nose ... light sharpness of high alcohol ... ok porter but alchohol is too intense. Need to age this to see what happens

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
saxo (14158) - HÝjbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 18, 2008
Bottle. Nice creamy brown head with excellent duration. Color is black. Aroma and taste are rich with licorice, roast malt, coffee and chocolate. Some fruity notes as well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yngwie (14146) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 17, 2006
Bottled at Plain Kitchen, Gothenburg. Dark black (!?) beer with a large, dense, tan head. Chocolate, coffee, licorice and some alcohol in the aroma.The flavor has chocolate, coffee, licorice, burnt malt and sweet, fruity notes. The body could be fuller, but it is definately not thin. Quite mouth-drying with a very long coffee-bitter finish. (060824)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
harrisoni (14138) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2005
Bottle at London Gathering Nov 05. The label on the bottle sparked an interesting debate over Hunter S Thompson and is he over-rated. Black beer with farily non existant head. Nice aroma and goodish balance. Chocolate orange and coffee dominate throughout. Pretty good, but as Duff says, this lacks a bit of the intensity you would expect from an Imperial

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dedollewaitor (14110) - Odense, DENMARK - JUL 14, 2007
Piych black with good creamy brown head. Thick & lasting. Roasted coffee, chocolate & hops. Filling creamy smooth body. Sticky hoppy end. Good lacings. Wauw - this is very nice!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theis (13801) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 18, 2007
Bottle at home - shared with Mette - the last birthday beer this year. Black - brown head. Aroma: Dried dark fruits, raisins, hops, burned, berries. Taste: English licorice, burned, dried dark fruits, sharp hoppy, coffee. Soft mouthfeeling.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MiP (13799) - SÝnderborg, DENMARK - AUG 2, 2006
Bottle. Very hoppy aroma. Black colour. Small, creamy, brown head. Very flavourful. Quite roasted flavour, roast barley bitterness. Thick, creamy mouthfeel. Nice and mild carbonation. Creamy aftertaste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (13428) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 27, 2011
Draft. Dark brown, beige head. Aroma of burnt coffee. Taste is dark chocolate and roasted coffee beans. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TBone (13000) - Pori, FINLAND - OCT 23, 2005
Bottled (vintage 2005)
Opaque black, big expresso head. Coffee, chocolate and hops in the aroma. Cold coffee, some herbs in the flavor. Liquerish, roasted. Roasted aftertaste too. Not so full bodied than with this ABV you could guess. A bit unbalanced - good anyway.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Oakes (12789) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 8, 2007
Ok, first off weíll skip all that crap about how much of a pain in the ass it was just to get this beer. Most of you are probably sitting there with your pud in one hand and a Gonzo Porter in the other thinking ďShit, dude, just go to the store.Ē And thatís the frickiní problem. I live in Canada, man. There really is only one store I can buy this stuff. Hey, cheers to mgermani for posting about that. Thatís community spirit right there. But yeah, Point Grey is pretty far out of the way for this eastside boy.

Been watching hockey all day Ė actually kind of funny drinking a Denver beer the night those wankers (except Sakic, heís no wanker) get eliminated. What glass? Harvey Porter, too right. Itís my go-to glass for quality porter of all types. Donít use it for stout. Donít use it for bock. Probably should use it for bock. But donít. Itís the porter glass and thatís all there is to it.

Pretty damn close to black. But not quite. Thirteen years ago that would be black. Beaumont taught me that black usually isnít black. Nice creamy head and not a widget in sight. Nice to see somebody out there still thinks that brewing talent is better than technology. Did you know that the Vancouver public just voted Subway for ďbest sandwichĒ? Yeah. Those are the same dumb cunts who think a widget head is better looking than this thing. I think a lot of folks have forgotten that opinions should only come from experience and brains Ė the rest of the people should shut the fuck up. I donít want to drink this mother until Iíve blown off a roll of film on it.

Now smell this. Rich dark and singed fruits like plum, dates, pomegranate and raisins. Burly roastiness, tempered by abundant malt sugars Ė so clean and simple but so effective. And a hint of woody, grapefruity hops. Itís all there, dude. Complex as all hell and bang on to style, such as ďimperial porterĒ is a real style. More like a fun interpretation of a few older, established concepts. But thatís for another day, cause today Iím drinking.

Big and soft, this fills the mouth with decadence. The fruits are more pronounced with raisins and burnt plums taking lead. Thereís some roast in there, too, and a ton of smooth, milk chocolatey malts. And then the alcohol washes over you. One of the best feelings in the world, ladies and gentlemen, that first wave of ETOH on the brain.

Really well-structured beer. Rich and delicious. Itís beers like this that remind me why I drink beer. Cause sometimes you find a beer thatís worth trekking across town and paying through the teeth for. Fuck yeah.

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