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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


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 Ė 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 Iíve 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.

4.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
spacemonster (90) - Igo, California, USA - APR 29, 2013
Look, I donít like Porters. This isnít an acquired taste, Itís rich dank and chewy. Very thick and foreboding. That said? You need to drink a couple to get your palate acclimated to this odd-ball monster. Thereís little in the way of hops in the traditional sense, but wait? after the 3rd of these Iím getting the hang of whatís up here. Chocolate (dark) and an anise flavor (liquorice) and more. Has a very nuanced cognac flavor. Iím liking this more and more as the night wears on. Damn good stuff.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
barbarino2000 (89) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - MAR 10, 2012
I didnít expect a lot from this, since I hadnít seen any ratings before purchase. Or before my first sip. But Iím liking it. Looks great in the glass, with tan lacing clinging to the sides. Lively. A beer you need to pace yourself with, because it goes down very easily.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
koekiesbakker (89) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 24, 2010
Hops and coffee, body not too light, not too heavy. Very drinkable. Readily available and a regular of mine.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
IDunno19 (89) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 29, 2009
Hey Idunno, welcome back! Very impressive beer. Nose full of malt, hops, smoke, dark chocolate, and cedar. Malty sweet palate with notes of dark chocolate, licorice, hops, and Sumatran coffee. Jet black with a toffee colored head.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DenisLD (87) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 16, 2010
12 US fl.oz bottle poured into a small snifter... Dark, opaque brown body with a bubbly brown head. Some lacing and decent head retention. The nose is full of over-roasted malts, with hints of bitter chocolate. At the same time, there is a very pronounced Cascade hop aroma, with piny notes. This beer first tastes like over-roasted coffee beans or burnt toast, with some sweetness to it. Then you get a good hop bite, with resinous and floral notes. The finish is definitely bitter, as a result of both the roasted malts and the dry-hopping. I liked that unusual hoppiness in it a lot. Medium-bodied and quite highly carbonated. No booziness at first, but after a few moments it starts to show, only getting stronger as you drink it. Overall this is good for what it is. Itís not a hassle to drink, and it is also an enjoyable beer overall. I do prefer the traditional European Baltic porters, though...

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Indy (87) - Hopkins, Minnesota, USA - SEP 2, 2005
Dark brown oily head atop an abyss of inky darkness. You can almost smell tomorrowís hangover, but the chocolate malts overpower that. Full bodied and very malty, yet not sweet. Nice crisp finish leads to a roasty aftertaste. And, damn...that is a great label. And the cause is good too ^.^

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChetLemmons (87) - orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 27, 2007
thick looking, dark brown chocolate milk head. deep chocolate aroma. chocolate, coffee, smokey flavor. not as thick as the pour implied and def. not as alcohol tasting as i would expect. tastes good, but was somewhat unimpressed. killer art, as always for flying dog, seasonal, 9.5, hunter s thompson all insprie overall rating....

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
steadyj (87) - Kentucky, USA - JUN 9, 2011
This beer has an intense blackish brown color. A nice one finger tan head fades to leave some webbed lacing. Aroma is chocolate, toasty malt and grassy hops. Taste has some chocolate malt and coffee with a subtle sweetness and big bitter finish. A great beer. Once again, Flying Dog comes through.


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