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RATINGS: 2491   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerMePodcast (96) - Palm Desert, California, USA - NOV 18, 2010
Slight head, not long-lasting. Prominent roasted aroma, with touches of molasses, coffee and chocolate. Taste is similar with a medium bitter, but not long-lasting, finish. Reminds me of a campfire in a way. A decent nightcap beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
califbeer69 (96) - California, USA - APR 5, 2012
Pours a black color with a cream color head and nice lacing. Aroma is chocolate, carmel, and vanilla. Taste is roasted coffee, chocolate and some sweet caramel malts in the back ground. Mouthfeel is on the thick side.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
patty26 (95) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 28, 2007
This beer freaks me out. Pours a dark black motor oil color with a thin caramel head. So I was expecting to take a good whiff and catch some coffee and chocolate, but that is not what came. I got smacked in the face with a bag full of hops! Subtle aromas of coffee and chocolate are present but the hops are really in yout face. Tastes like a bizarre IPA/Porter. Malty chocolateness to start and then a pounding from the hops. I like this beer but its definitely an acquired taste and tough to drink more than 1.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
linkolnlogg (94) - your home, Minnesota, USA - OCT 23, 2006
Bottle. Pours out a deep black-tan with a mild creamy tan head with moderate lacing. Nose is very malty with elements of chocolate, coffee and surprisingly grape. Taste is thick bodied, creamy and malty with a fruity grape character that cuts through it lifting it up into a very drinkable beer. Very smooth going down with a fruity palate. Layers of complexity that marry very well.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mfaulke (92) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 29, 2007
A thick black elixir for all that ails you. It’s like they took two porters and crammed them into one 12 oz bottle. Flavor out the a@@. Loved it.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IvoR (92) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Padilha (91) - BRAZIL - FEB 4, 2012
Absoulutamente excepcional! Um aroma agradável cafeinado com toques etílicos doces, já começa o bom gosto por ae. Os goles são estritamente dividos em três sensações: a primeira é maltada, a segunda lupulado acafeinada e a terceira ligeiramente amarga com o álcool se evidenciando, com retrogosto agradavelmente amargo. Ótimo equilíbrio! À primeira vista essa porter incrível assemelhasse com um café escuro no copo, com creme baixo e bem consistente. Com certeza a melhor Porter de minha e suas vidas. Indispensável no catálogo de um cervejeiro.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
harrystrill (91) - West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 20, 2012
Pours jet black with thi.ish off white head. Silky mouth feel coffee and chocolate but not too much nice flavour all good

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lucke13 (91) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - JUN 6, 2008
Pours DARK black, like oil, with the richest brown head I’ve ever seen. Smells hoppier than I would expect for a porter, with coffee and chocolate coming through only lightly. Very thick body, again, almost like oil. Taste is exactly what the nose implies. I wouldn’t have thought there was this much alcohol in this if I hadn’t read the bottle. Could use a little more carbonation. Otherwise a very good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopheaven (91) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 4, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2009 Black as death with a tan head. Smells thickly of roasted malts and hops with a hint of alcohol presence; coffee, vanilla, and chocolate notes are there. This one looks, smells, and feels like a stout. This one tastes sweet, fragrant, and rich with flavors of toffee, dark chocolate, black licorice, and a large amount of hops for that porter spice. Has a silky mouthfeel. Is very smooth and mellow while cold but as it warms the alcohol comes through alongside some spicy notes; complex and dangerously drinkable. This is my kind of beer!

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