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RATINGS: 2494   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89/5   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


3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerloverEJ21 (131) - Georgia, USA - OCT 17, 2006
Wow, this beer was great! Havent had many porters, but this beer is on the top of my list. On tap at a locl bar. Pour is thick and dark as night. Slightly sweet taste, mildly bitter, roasted coffee, toffee, fruity, kick in the face delicious. The taste is filling and satisfying, and the abv will give you a run for your money. This is not a beer for regular lager beer drinkers, but I thought it was great!

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
lweiberg (131) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 2, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2007 Not bad but certainly not dank and worthy as a tribute to HST. Fairly thin and incomplete, like the other Flying Dog beers that I’ve tried, but ya gotta love that Ralph Steadman artwork. Got a 4-pack of this stuff for $4.99 plus tax; this liquor store was selling 24-bottle cases for $14-something plus tax and sixers (aside from this style) for $4.99, too. I never would have guessed that it was 9.5% BAV since I didn’t get much of a buzz off a bottle. Nice bottle, though, if you’re a collector.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gameface23 (131) - Haverhill, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 13, 2008
Poured pitch black with a dark tan head. Smell was roasted coffee and chocolate and a very slight hint of alcohol. Similar flavor. I thought it was well-rounded with a decent mouthfeel.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Skvader (130) - Malmö, SWEDEN - OCT 26, 2012
Gives a nice light brown head which only remains as a haze throughout. Aroma has dark chocolate and wood. Taste is smokey and coarse yet somewhat sweet as strong coffee with brown sugar. Aftertaste is first a sharp bitterness than almonds and similar nuts.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
stankenk (130) - Maplewood, Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2008
Pours a thick deep dark brown. The nose is a strong coffee with subtle chocolate notes. Comes across the palate very similar; but it has a very faint chocolate undertones.

3.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
iggynelix (129) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 16, 2013
Tap sampler. Opaque dark brown with a cream thin head. Aromas of cereal and Caramel. Round mouthfeel with a short finish.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
alethol (129) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 8, 2014
Superb beer! Pours black with brown head. Delicious aromas of whiskey malt. Liquorice, chocolate, hops. Creamy, full bodied with a thick texture. Alcohol well hidden. Among the best.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerGuyTWMore (128) - Florida, USA - JUL 21, 2009
Pours a dark brown with little-no light getting through; brown head laces. Malt upfront on the nose with hint of hops, some chocolates and oak aswell. Roasted malt and smoak up frront with chewy chocolatey coffee middle. Finishes with a nice warming brandy alcohol flavor with all flavors lingering. Medium-full body. Added points for the cool hunter thompson artwork. Let this one warm up to you! (definitely a cold weather brew)

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
IEBAILI (128) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 23, 2007
Pours black, thick and opaque with a rich mahogany head. A Bordelais waiter I worked with once stuck his nose in a glass of 20 year old first growth bordeaux from a great vintage and announced that ’this shit could make you believe in God.’ This beer is threatening my atheism. Roasted nuts, caramel, toffee, coffee, earthy, foresty hops. Something rich and warm and natural that evokes toasted oak, even though as far as I know this beer is not actually oaked. I can’t wait to try the version that is barrel aged. The alcohol is niether obtrusive nor hidden, but contributes positively and harmoniously to the overall flavor of the beer. Enough hops to create tension with rich maltiness. The texture is practically perfect, like syrup in the mouth but not cloying after swallowing. The flavors linger, and a touch of tart fruitiness emerges at the end. A long, complex finish with an aftertaste of figs or maybe dates.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
RedXIII (127) - Powell, Ohio, USA - MAY 30, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2009 An imperial stout in disguise. Raven black with dark brown head. One of the best looking beers I’ve ever seen. Flavor is complex without being overwhelming. Great blend of coffee, roasted nuts, chocolate. Very smooth mouthfeel and finish. This is simply a great beer and one of my favorite porters.


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