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RATINGS: 2397   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiulijn (15405) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 26, 2005
UPDATED: APR 5, 2009 2009-03-10, bottle at Svea, Malmö, 7-4-8-4-16=39
Mature caramel aroma, malt, alcohol, hops. Very good body strength, caramel flavor, chocolate, hopping. Balanced and long final, with caramel and chocolate again, sweet and bitter. Very good.

2008-09-01, draught at Cockney Pub, Århus, 7-4-8-4-15=38
Black color. Soft aroma, chocolate, mild roasted malt, with notes of vanilla and smoke. Good body strength, good sweet chocolate flavor turning slowly into a more roasted malt type. Good, for a Porter, but not much my favorite style.

2008-02-07, draught at Bishop’s Arms, Malmö, 8-4-8-4-16=40
Black color, creamy head. Nice aroma, hoppy, with some roasted malt. Medium body structure, witha strong flavor of dark chocolate, rising dark malt to the end, and luckily good hop, and a light fruity freshness. Very good.

2005-09-25, bottle at Oliver Twist, 8-5-7-4-15=39
Black color, big creamy brown head. Strong resinous hoppy aroma, light phenol. Good body structure, silky, malty, light liquorice, chocolate, strong coffee. Very long final (coffee-like).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yngwie (14442) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
saxo (14382) - Højbjerg, 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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
harrisoni (14345) - 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 (14202) - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (14135) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theis (13976) - 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 (13912) - Sønderborg, 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TBone (13210) - 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 (13000) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 8, 2007
Ok, first off we’ll 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 “Shit, dude, just go to the store.” And that’s the frickin’ 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. That’s community spirit right there. But yeah, Point Grey is pretty far out of the way for this eastside boy.

Been watching hockey all day – actually kind of funny drinking a Denver beer the night those wankers (except Sakic, he’s no wanker) get eliminated. What glass? Harvey Porter, too right. It’s my go-to glass for quality porter of all types. Don’t use it for stout. Don’t use it for bock. Probably should use it for bock. But don’t. It’s the porter glass and that’s 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 isn’t 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 “best sandwich”? 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 – the rest of the people should shut the fuck up. I don’t want to drink this mother until I’ve 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 – so clean and simple but so effective. And a hint of woody, grapefruity hops. It’s all there, dude. Complex as all hell and bang on to style, such as “imperial porter” is a real style. More like a fun interpretation of a few older, established concepts. But that’s for another day, cause today I’m drinking.

Big and soft, this fills the mouth with decadence. The fruits are more pronounced with raisins and burnt plums taking lead. There’s 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. It’s beers like this that remind me why I drink beer. Cause sometimes you find a beer that’s worth trekking across town and paying through the teeth for. Fuck yeah.

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