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RATINGS: 2517   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 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.

4.3
   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!

4.1
   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.

4.3
   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

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
schwaiger (90) - Laramie, Wyoming, USA - MAY 28, 2006
12 oz bottle. Poured black with a small, mostly lasting light brown head. Aroma of strawberry preserves, espresso, bandaid. As the glass warmed, raspberry espresso truffles, sweet port. Heavily sweet in the beginning, medium bitterness of coffee in the middle, long sweet coffee and fruity finish. Sweet chocolate flavors and noticeabel alcohol. Syrupy and sticky mouthfeel.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
greenleaf (90) - Florida, USA - MAY 31, 2008
Bottle 12 oz. Pours a dark and deep brown with a light brown head. Nose is chocolate and nutty. Flavor is explosive with creamy chocolate goodness, with a alchol finish that is semi-dry. The beer is full of flavor and very well balanced.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimmythechippy (90) - , AUSTRALIA - OCT 12, 2009
nice flavours, not too strong on the alc. really nice interpretation of the style...

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
canicule (90) - IRELAND - OCT 13, 2010
Bottle. 9.2%abv, 85 IBU’s. Pours black with small light brown head. Wonderful complex aroma. Chocolate and nuts and other treats. Smooth mouthfeel, then the gives way to a surprisingly un-sweet bitter dark chocolate taste. Finishes balanced enough considering the 85 IBU’s. Not overly hopped, but 355ml’s is enough for me!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LeopoldT (90) - Lazarevac, SERBIA - JUN 23, 2011
Extremely dark colour with very light head. Aromas of roasted malt, coffe and . Very potent strong dry taste with dry finish. Medium body medium carbonation

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stunetii (90) - Bergen, NORWAY, NORWAY - AUG 8, 2011
Overall, this was a very good beer – aromatic, tasty, good body. Pours with a deep black color, producing a dense and well retained tan head. Lacing was tight and sticky. The nose is roasted malts, coffee, some hops and a hint of alcohol: simply wonderful. The taste is predominantly bitter and lacks a balance that I’ve found in many porters: burnt malts, coffee and a distinct alcohol bite. Very nice, but would be better if the alcohol taste was tamed a bit.


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