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RATINGS: 2356   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


4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SirSlarty (68) - Reading, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2007
Dark, dark, dark! Not only that, it’s creamy and smooth. Very delicious porter after the initial shock of a medicinal flavor. The finish is exquisite with a roasted malt and chocolate taste. This was a early birthday gift for me and what a gift is is!

3.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IvoR (68) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 14, 2012
[Rated 09/12/2009] Bottle. Pours dark like coffee with a thick tan head. A little low on aroma -- some alcohol smell and hints of malt, but nothing that catches the breath. Flavor is of roasted barley and chocolate. I was trying hard to find another discerning feature, but I couldn’t. That doesn’t make it bad as there is a very warm overall feeling that lasts well into the finish. Finish is again of roasted barley with some bitterness from the host that shows through the malt. A very decent brew.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alabamajohn (67) - Alabama, USA - OCT 27, 2005
I’ll preface this with the fact that I’ve only sampled 7 or so porters. This one has the most perfect looking head. It has a freakishly complex aroma. Tastes like free jazz sounds when everything coaleses Great mothfeel and finish despite the 9.5% ABV. I have to get this again. Soon.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
millysdaddy (67) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - MAY 22, 2007
12 oz. bottle. Pours a very dark brown to black with a huge, light brown head. The aroma is pretty hoppy with a little coffee and some raisin. Hoppy, grapefruit flavor balanced by sweet, roasted malts and a nice bitter finish but nothing too harsh. Very good but more hoppy than most porters.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cdeaton (66) - Madison, Indiana, USA - SEP 4, 2007
Dark brown, small head. Robust aroma, with malt, coffee, chocolate. Salty, nutty, coffee, earthy flavor; quite strong. Not a ton going on, but what is going on works very well. Full-flavored and lingers slightly.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sephiroth (66) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - FEB 22, 2008
Into a tulip it goes the darkest ruby brown possible without being black. There is a chocolatey head of about an inch and a half. Sticky lace clings to the glass. The nose is of piney hops and roasted malt. The taste is great, albeit hoppy for a porter. The piney hops make their presence felt, with the onslaught of roasted malt following. There is chocolate, and a sweetness at the very end that makes me want to age a few. Mouthfeel is great and somewhat grainy. I seem to have drank over half of this in ten minutes. I am not content with mere sips. I am gulping this. There’s still foam! Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 07-20-2005 04:42:16

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gabrielsyme (66) - Ohio, USA - FEB 28, 2008
Bottle. Pours very very dark brown, almost black and very opaque, with little to no head. The roasted malts dominate the initial taste, smokey and toffee-ish. Bitter finish. Very good

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ExSpectator (65) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 1, 2007
Pours dark brown, almost black with a light brown head. Aroma of hops and malt, flavor is malty, hops, coffee, chocolate and alcohol. Very good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
aaaaaaaaaah (64) - Warren, Michigan, USA - OCT 12, 2008
A wonderful example of an Imperial Porter. Abounding aromas of roasted molasses, chocolate and coffee, finishing with butterscotch and vanilla. Smooth, sweet and easy to drink. A nice after dinner "sit and sip" beer with a soft creamy palate and a little alcohol heat at the end. OK! LET’S PARTY!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hogfather (64) - Thessaloniki, GREECE - SEP 26, 2012
On tap at BeerStore, Thessaloniki: The on-tap version gives more aromas and a fresher taste, than its bottled version. Dark brown colour with small tan head. Aromas of chocolate, coffee, nuts, roasted malt, butterscotch. The taste is pretty much the same. Light to medium carbonation, full body with an oily texture and a long bitter finish. Great beer, I loved it from the first time! The tap version rocks!


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