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RATINGS: 2464   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 donít show it the proper respect. IBUís: 85


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bermod (119) - Jyvšskylš, FINLAND - MAY 17, 2009
Smooth, syrupy sweet aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee and licorice. Something common with NÝgne ōís IS. Sweet chocolate, coffee and smooth roasted maltiness in flavor. Dryish and moderately bitter finish.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jnelson_22 (118) - Heerlen, NETHERLANDS - JAN 12, 2010
Pours a deep black with a robust, brown head. Plenty of hops on the nose, coupled with dark chocolate malt, coffee and hints of cloves or sweet cinammon. Immediately bitter on the tongue, followed by plenty of coffee with hints of chocolate and deep fruit, like plum. Follows through with plenty of hop bitterness and a lingering taste of sweet coffee malt and the warmth of alcohol in the back of the mouth. Thick, smooth mouthfeel. I found this one surprisingly bitter, though I guess I should have know better by the 85 IBUís... Well balanced by the rich malt, and a good example of an imperial porter, but not one that will find itís way into my fridge very often..

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sm5561 (118) - Kansas City, Alabama, USA - JUN 10, 2012
Pours black with brown head. Fairly light aroma or roasted malts. Very nice flavor of roasted malts, chocolate and a hint of coffee. I didnít get the "hop kick" that was advertised but it was very well balanced and not too sweet for such a strong malty flavor. Moderate carbonation gave it a nice somewhat creamy mouth feel.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
edfitz (118) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - DEC 28, 2006
This is really good. Black with a tan head. Very smooth. It does not taste like it is 9.5%. Very malty and smooth.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Flyer (118) - Hartland, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 25, 2007
A very interesting porter. Pours a dark chocolate color with a substantial head. The first thing you notice is a grapey aroma, but the roasty malts come in quickly. The flavor is nice, lots of roasty notes, with that grapey overlay (which isnít entirely a positive, but at least itís different for a porter). What pluses this for me is that itís one of those beers whose alcohol seems to waft aromatically through your head as your drink it. Definitely worth a try, and maybe a repeat.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
chokmah33 (118) - San Luis Obispo, California, USA - APR 4, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2008 Dark chocolate, burnt sugar, toffee, and almond aromas. Fig and overly-ripe cherry alongside a bitter oaky floral hops bouquet. Smells like the dankest porter ever. Intial mouthfeel and taste reminds me of red wine. I didnít find it to bitter, I enjoyed the citrus pucker that builds in the mid. Sublte creamy texture is impressive. Malts give you something to chew on. Gentle smoky (grilled meat) and woodsy flavors up front. Chocolate coffee roasted malt backbone, cherries and carmelized peaches in the mid. Finish is pure bitter chocolate around the campfire satisfaction.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
forsides (118) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 3, 2009
dark brown enough to be called black. rich tan head. deep rich caramel and coffee malt and hops nose. notes of piney hops with bitter chocolate roasted malt

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Jriggz7 (117) - Indiana, USA - SEP 8, 2012
Greatest porter in the world. Donít leave this world without expeRiencing the joy that is had from this brew. Quit reading reviews and seize the opportunity. Good people drink Good beer!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kuzo (116) - Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 30, 2009
Pours a dark chocolate brown with thick tan head. Smells of dark malts, chocolate, molasses,and maybe black licorice. A hint of hops. The taste is dark chocolate, molasses, coffee, and heavy malt, balanced by a very nice hip bitterness. Wonderful! There are hints of alcohol but not overbearing. It has a medium mouthfeel and some creaminess. It strangely reminds me of a tootsie roll for some reason. This is very drinkable and one of my favorites.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Blackbarrel (116) - new york, New York, USA - JUL 27, 2006
Thick, almost oily. Brings to mind singed pork sausages steeped in turpentine. I mean that in a good way.


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