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RATINGS: 2437   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88   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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PHXHOPLOVER (50) - LAVEEN, Arizona, USA - SEP 5, 2006
Opaque black with a big tan head which quickly recedes to a ring which sticks, and provides a little lace. Lots of roasted barley flavor for a baltic porter, but good. Also, chocolate, with a little frutiness. A bit of lingering bitterness i dont remember from previous vintages. (06a)

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MikeHernandez (50) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 30, 2007
The aroma is a wonderful variety of smells. I think I picked up hints of dark bread, roasted malts, chocolate, and maybe mild coffee. There is also an alcohol presence in the aroma as this is a 9.0% ABV beer. It pours an average sized, creamy, light-brown head that is mostly diminishing. The body clarity is best described as muddy. There is no possible way to see through it. The body hue is dark black. The initial flavor is a like a kick in the face (in a good way). You get lively carbonation, sweet chocolate and heavy roasted malt taste followed by a long lasting bitter hop and finish. This beer is full-bodied and deliciously creamy, especially when not too cold. This is a real gem. Great to drink slowly and appreciatively.

4.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ealdent (48) - Cumming, Georgia, USA - OCT 21, 2006
fairly bitter with a roasted coffee flavor and gentle, pleasant mouth feel. excellent finish and flavor. great near black color and decent head, all around awesome porter!

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Theres (48) - TromsÝ, NORWAY - JUN 12, 2008
Not very cool bottle, but I tried it anyway. Dark and beautifu beer! Brown golden head. Aroma of yeast and coffee, I like! Somewhat fizzy in mouth even though it doesnt seem to have much carbon.Sweet and full taste. I like porter - I like this one. (Ňnn, 210308)

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hamsterglory (48) - Bryan, Texas, USA - SEP 13, 2008
are you kidding me? i tried this beer for the first time at the flying dog brewey - and i nearly wet my own pants. my buddy herb was there, and, after he tried it, he also nearly wet my pants - and everyone elseís around him. this porter is like NO OTHER porter i have ever tried. it is huge. it is monstrous. it lays up well against the outline of coloradoís mountain skyline - all jagged with this and that flavor tossed up beyond a level ten danger slope. this thing pours like pure sin in a glass - all black, no light or time passing through. a sandy brown cap lays on top, full of the little air trapped inside the bottle. aromatic notes of harsh espresso, darkly dark chocolate and roasted raisin cake waft from the cap of the glass. flavors bursts true to the aromas, but also reveal deeply embedded stalks of anise and huge hops cones. dry hopped cones? i wonder. herb and i sipped one down on his front porch in colorado. i said, i could sure love this ever once in awhile. herb said, i could love it often. well, then: i guess thatís all there is to say.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bryanm18 (48) - Burgettstown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2011
Pretty good. Tastes a bit like chocolate with a little bitterness at the finish.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DiscerninDrunk (48) - - SEP 10, 2014
Black, mocha head, its not going anywhere. Smells of coffee, chocolate, nuts. Taste starts of hazelnut, chocolate, jumps into a strong espresso with a lingering hop bitterness. Very rich, very smooth.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gdubu493 (48) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 10, 2015
Wow! Dark chocolate pour. Malted coffee. Roasted chocolate taste. Dry but left you wanting more. Great beer!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
reedcd2 (47) - USA - NOV 27, 2006
Almost black body with a dark tan/copper lasting head. The hose was sweeter, more stoutlike compared to a suprisingly bitter taste. maybe not ideal bottle condition? some hops in the aftertaste.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
benwa420 (47) - East Hampton, New York, USA - MAY 17, 2007
Iíve been holing on to this one for a while, One of the most complex porters Iíve ever had. So mant spices and flavors to write about. If you can get your hans on this one DO IT.


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