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RATINGS: 2520   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


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ajwilliams (132) - , Indiana, USA - DEC 14, 2008
Beautiful pour with a rich chocolate head. Aroma of roasted malt, hops, coffee, plumb, brown sugar. Bitter predominates, but lets plenty of other complexity through. Coffee and caramel are the major notes. Smooth feel and very drinkable. Hunter Thompson is the man. They launched his ashes into space, and that is awesome.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gbe75 (132) - ICELAND - JUN 23, 2012
Simply fantastic imperial porter. No surprises. Great taste and aroma of coffee and malts. Completely matches ones expectations. A great beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
OnWisconsin (132) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 29, 2012
A nice very dark brown almost black beer with about 3 fingers of head, brown sugar in color in a tulip glass. Aroma had a nice light aroma to it with some sweet chocolate followed by a perfect hop aroma, from the west coast with that hint of pineapple.!! Taste is pure sweet chocolate up front followed by just a little heat of the alcohol, not at all bad for a 9.2 abv. I think the abv kills off most of the IBUs as I canít taste much of the hop that has been added to this beer but at the same time the hops hides most of this 9+abv. Mouthfeel has a bit much carbonation but as it sits it improves much in this regard. This is a porter that will be nice and sweet in about 3 years out of the cellar...

3.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
iggynelix (132) - 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.

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!

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.

3.9
   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Skvader (130) - MalmŲ, 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.

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.

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 íthis shit could make you believe in God.í 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 canít 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.


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