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RATINGS: 2355   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


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SamsCellar (24) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 7, 2010
Pitch black with a tan head. Herbal-hop smell. The flavor screams IMPERIAL, and the alcohol flavor is none-too-shy. Roasty porter malt, tingling carbonation. Not for the casual porter fan, but exciting for the enthusiast.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
silentnoiz (24) - Alabama, USA - AUG 31, 2010
Great balance of flavors, a bit carbonated on the front end with a really nice finish in the mouth.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dsilvashy (24) - - JUL 26, 2012
Holy cow...First off this beer is black, not dark brown, but black with a beautiful chocolate brown head and nice roasty aroma. Had a sip...Oh yes! Yummy coffee roast flavor that leaves a slight tingle on my tongue. This is the type of beer Iíve been looking for! Delicious!

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
cwondo (24) - Rochester, Michigan, USA - SEP 27, 2009
Deep dark, dark brown body with frothy, dark khaki head with nice lace. Aroma is coffee with sweetness underneath. Sweet dark chocolate taste that attacked by hoppy bitterness which dives headfirst into an aftertaste of chocolate covered cherries. The palate is the best part of this beer - a bubbly swamp on the tongue, thick and even. My first rating on this website, but a great find.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
stoffen (23) - Stavanger, NORWAY - FEB 26, 2010
A tastefull porter. Lots of everything, very bitter. This is a cool beer with a cool look. Mayby to cool?

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimbaxter (23) - Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 16, 2013
Malt, spice, chocolate, toffee and fruit. a combination of delicious chocolate and fruity spice on the palate with a sharp bitterness and deep body. carbonation low, by winey esters balance.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
llyons37 (23) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 31, 2008
Dark black pour from bottle with no head. Small ring of tan foam around the top. Excellent smell of chocolate and roasted malts with a hint of alcohol. Taste immediately hits the alcohol but finished with a great roasty malt that lingers. I agree with rustbucket0873, it is very smooth for being so strong. Good people do indeed drink good beer. HST, you are missed, especially at Super Bowl time.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gservo (23) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 7, 2009
My Favorite Porter of all time if i had to choose only one porter to drink this would be it

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ncyankee (22) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 20, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2006 I had two of these from different batches within a few days and I would say this beer definitely benefits from 6 months of aging. The vintage 06A was quite good, but the 05F just blew me away - richer, mellower, sweeter - really tasted more like an Imperial Stout, and as good or better than any I have had (namely Old Raspy and Storm King.)

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BigDavesBwg (22) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - JAN 20, 2008
This brew surprised me, to say the least. Most of the HG beers I have tried tend to have that "tingle" that ruins the palette after a few sips, but not this one. A very well balanced beer. I would buy it again and definately tell a few friends.This is a great beer, just as Hunter S. was a great man.


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