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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 donít show it the proper respect. IBUís: 85


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MtStateBeer (84) - Hurricane, West Virginia, USA - APR 20, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2008 12 oz. bottle. Pours dark brown/black. Smells sweet and malty, a bit of hops. Good long-lasting heavy sweet flavor. You can definitely taste roasted malts, chocolate, and some coffee.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JugOPunch (83) - Nashua, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 1, 2006
12oz bottle: A nice aroma hops coffee and roast. Taste much the same with good balance between the coffee bitterness and the malty sweetness. No alcohol presence on the palate. A medium to full body with a smooth silky mouth feel. This is very tasty. Certainly the best Flying Dog has to offer. Iíll definitely pick this up again.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Eladerman (82) - Newburgh, Indiana, USA - DEC 28, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2006 This beer is REAL rich and GOOOD!! Itís unusual in that it has a distinct "hoppy " smell at first sniff. But it is toned down a little in the taste, but for a Porter it has a bit more than the "norm"..but, now let me state that in and of itself isnít a bad thing in this beer. It just tastes more like a dark IPA!!. It has a kind-of Hebrew Jewbulation like taste. A really good balanced Dark ale.that is super drinkable and has the most unique wonderful flavor not found in any beer have yet tried! A Very addictiveI beer!

4.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
spacemonster (82) - Igo, California, USA - APR 29, 2013
Look, I donít like Porters. This isnít an acquired taste, Itís rich dank and chewy. Very thick and foreboding. That said? You need to drink a couple to get your palate acclimated to this odd-ball monster. Thereís little in the way of hops in the traditional sense, but wait? after the 3rd of these Iím getting the hang of whatís up here. Chocolate (dark) and an anise flavor (liquorice) and more. Has a very nuanced cognac flavor. Iím liking this more and more as the night wears on. Damn good stuff.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
suchen (81) - , Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2009
Wow. This beer truly surprised me with its uniqueness. A very dark, essentially black pour with a dense light brown head which leaves moderate lacing. The aroma in bottle is all hops, but in glass is a beautiful balance of roasted coffee malts and pungent floral/citrusy hops. The taste is again surprisingly complex hitting all the right taste buds, again with bitter hops and delicious coffee malts leaving a great dry coffee aftertaste. Not as strong a body as Iíd like considering the 7.8%, and with just a touch less hops it would be (in my mind) perfect.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerBaby (81) - , Florida, USA - MAY 5, 2009
Minimal head that leaves a solid but thin lacing. Aroma is a roasted malt. Flavor is the coffee/chocolate espresso type. A bit more bitter than sweet which throws the balance off a bit for me, but still tasty. Finish was a dark, malty bitter with alcohol warmth. Good for a cold afternoon.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Smeade (80) - Illinois, USA - FEB 15, 2012
S: pitch black, thick, chocolate head A: roasty, bittersweet chocolate, a little boozy T: coffee like bitterness, toasty, slightly unbalanced alcohol burn O: this is a good beer, but unbalanced flavors; itís worth trying, but then you should upgrade to the bourbon barrel aged version; the aging balances out the beer and makes it spectacular! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
vadersnightcap (80) - SCOTLAND - DEC 24, 2007
Wow this rocks!!! Amazing Imperial Stout - the only dry hopped imperial stout I have had and it is immense. Very unusual to get the hops flavours coming through initially and biy do they come through. A smooth barragement of cascade flavours with the chocolate and coffee of the stout bubbling below the srfice. Palate then melows out as the more traditional stout flavours takes over. Very well balanced and amazing flavours and unique use of hops. Try it!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kingfiogojr (78) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 19, 2006
Bottle from N. Charles Liquors. A very unique experience. Aroma of whiskey mingling with hops, very dark. Long-lasting good taste, taste of deep hops, coffee and whiskey combined. Very rich, very full glass of beer. Mild-Medium carbonation, just right. Medium tan-head. An excellent beer, one of my favorites.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nickspies (78) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - SEP 18, 2007
Deep roasted aroma with some hop coming though. Nice dark creamy head. Quite dense...cannot see any light through the glass. A ton of bitter chocolate flavor...very nice. Somewhat thin but finishes very well.


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