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RATINGS: 2437   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


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
knights97 (109) - Tennessee, USA - MAY 28, 2008
flying dog master piece, great malty taste with a bit of hop taste afterwards, body if full and you can taste chocolate in it. very smooth and hi alc beer for sure. excellent and does Gonzo proud

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrewCzar (108) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 20, 2008
Bottle pours dark brown almost black with a small light brown head. Aromas of sweet dark dried fruits, cherry, and alcohol. The flavor is sweet smoke, berries, roasted malts, oak, slight chocolate, with a touch of bitter hops to finish it off.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gonzo46and2 (108) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 18, 2008
Great beer. Almost like an imperial stout in the complexity of flavor and high ABV. I picked up a 4 pack months ago and wanted to add my rating. Need to have this one again soon.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DonBirnam (108) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 11, 2009
Black with red edges and a medium brown head. For some reason, it smells íredí to me (or maybe íburgundyí). Enoumously sweet and rich coffee-malt flavour and a large bitter hop finish. Very smooth in the mouth. Brutal, yet complex. Very nice.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BarryKonrad (108) - NORWAY - DEC 22, 2012
Bottle from Vinmonopolet, Norway. Pours almost pitch black, with a thick beige head. It leaves a decent lacing once the head dissipates. Aroma is not exactly overwhelming, but has hints of roasted malts and coffee as well as chocolate. The mouthfeel is pretty good, has a decent thickness to it. First impression when tasting it wasnít the best, but maybe the bottle was too cold. This one definitely gets better as it warms up. Taste is roasted, with chocolate and licorice. And quite bitter, leaves a nice aftertaste this one. I could drink this all night, but that could make for a short night due the relatively strong abv, which isnít too noticeable really. A very good imperial porter.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Riotbeard (107) - Birmingham, USA - JUN 6, 2010
Really nice beer. Aroma is roasty and hoppy. Color is black and bold with a minimal head. Palate is very smooth and full bodied. Taste is chocolate, licorice, and coffee.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
barak316 (107) - Elyria, Ohio, USA - AUG 9, 2010
Pours an opaque black with a medium dark tan head. Smell of roasted malt, chocolate and hops. Tastes roasted Malthus chocolate with a nice hop presence. Medium mouthfeel. Leaves a slight bitter aftertaste. Decent beer.

1.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
hawkshadow (107) - Rural Retreat, Virginia, USA - FEB 28, 2009
It is alright but I canít get excited. I just donít like porters. Sorry. Overly strong flavor, overly strong color. If you are a porter lover knock yourself out!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HoppedHead (106) - seattle, Washington, USA - APR 3, 2006
Pours a dark black with a thick tan head, decent foam stability. Roasty nose with hints of chocolate and sublte fruitiness. Flavor bittersweet chocolate with a carmel sweetness and a balanced hop flavor and bitterness. Rich and tasty

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Noctilucus (106) - All over Belgium, BELGIUM - OCT 12, 2014
Pours almost black with the typical quite massive, lightly beige foam of its style. Aromas of hops, roasted malts and dark chocolate. A full, particularly rounded taste with more sweetness than expected but very much well balance with the roast, the hops adding another angle in the aftertaste. Not much alcohol in the taste compared to most other porters/stouts of 9į. Overall an excellent brew, really happy to have tried it!


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