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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 don’t show it the proper respect. IBU’s: 85


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TBone (14264) - Pori, FINLAND - OCT 23, 2005
Bottled (vintage 2005)
Opaque black, big expresso head. Coffee, chocolate and hops in the aroma. Cold coffee, some herbs in the flavor. Liquerish, roasted. Roasted aftertaste too. Not so full bodied than with this ABV you could guess. A bit unbalanced - good anyway.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rasmus40 (14262) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 11, 2011
Black with a fast disappearing brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, burnt malt, coffee and dark chocolate. Flavor is quite sweet and rather bitter. Dry and roasted bitter finish. I had this side by side with the barrel aged version. Brilliant. 150909

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (13616) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 21, 2010
A: A 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. The beer is pretty much black and has a very fluffy tan colored foam that stays around forever. S: The aroma is somewhat disappointing. Coffee, roasted malt, some mild chocolate. T: The primary flavors in this one are the same as the nose: coffee and roasted malt. There is also a bitterness on the finish that could be due to the malts or the hops. M: The body is medium and the carbonation is moderate as well. D: Despite the fact that this beer is nearly 10% alcohol, the booze is quite well hidden until it really warms up. This is a good beer, just not great. I’m glad I picked one up to try, but nothing terribly special.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Oakes (13594) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 8, 2007
Ok, first off we’ll skip all that crap about how much of a pain in the ass it was just to get this beer. Most of you are probably sitting there with your pud in one hand and a Gonzo Porter in the other thinking “Shit, dude, just go to the store.” And that’s the frickin’ problem. I live in Canada, man. There really is only one store I can buy this stuff. Hey, cheers to mgermani for posting about that. That’s community spirit right there. But yeah, Point Grey is pretty far out of the way for this eastside boy.

Been watching hockey all day – actually kind of funny drinking a Denver beer the night those wankers (except Sakic, he’s no wanker) get eliminated. What glass? Harvey Porter, too right. It’s my go-to glass for quality porter of all types. Don’t use it for stout. Don’t use it for bock. Probably should use it for bock. But don’t. It’s the porter glass and that’s all there is to it.

Pretty damn close to black. But not quite. Thirteen years ago that would be black. Beaumont taught me that black usually isn’t black. Nice creamy head and not a widget in sight. Nice to see somebody out there still thinks that brewing talent is better than technology. Did you know that the Vancouver public just voted Subway for “best sandwich”? Yeah. Those are the same dumb cunts who think a widget head is better looking than this thing. I think a lot of folks have forgotten that opinions should only come from experience and brains – the rest of the people should shut the fuck up. I don’t want to drink this mother until I’ve blown off a roll of film on it.

Now smell this. Rich dark and singed fruits like plum, dates, pomegranate and raisins. Burly roastiness, tempered by abundant malt sugars – so clean and simple but so effective. And a hint of woody, grapefruity hops. It’s all there, dude. Complex as all hell and bang on to style, such as “imperial porter” is a real style. More like a fun interpretation of a few older, established concepts. But that’s for another day, cause today I’m drinking.

Big and soft, this fills the mouth with decadence. The fruits are more pronounced with raisins and burnt plums taking lead. There’s some roast in there, too, and a ton of smooth, milk chocolatey malts. And then the alcohol washes over you. One of the best feelings in the world, ladies and gentlemen, that first wave of ETOH on the brain.

Really well-structured beer. Rich and delicious. It’s beers like this that remind me why I drink beer. Cause sometimes you find a beer that’s worth trekking across town and paying through the teeth for. Fuck yeah.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Koelschtrinker (13105) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - MAY 25, 2011
Malziger Antrunk, vorerst noch überschaubar. Im Mittelteil kräftiger, nur minimal röstig, vollmundig, etwas schokoladig. Süßlich, schokoladig-sanft, ausgewogen, etwas scharf alkoholisch. Die Malzigkeit setzt sich weiter fort und bleibt auf angenehmem Level, im Abgang brotig. /11/11/11/5/11

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chrisv10 (12976) - DENMARK - APR 24, 2010
355 ml bottle. Dark brown body with brown head. Flavour is roasted malt, chocolate and hops.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theydon_Bois (12866) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 6, 2012
Bottle poured into a Snifter glass (Dec ’11) to a very dark brown, verging on black colour. Small head and plenty of lacing as I drank. Smells that hit me were toffee, chocolate, sweet malts. Taste wise, sweet, malty, slightly burnt flavour the thing that stood out was a sweet taste from initial sip to aftertaste, but not unbearably sweet!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gunnfryd (12614) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 18, 2006
Bottle. Black colour with a light brown head. Aroma is roasted coffee, fruit, chocolate. Flavour is roasted, coffee, hop, fruit, chocolate. bitter finish.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (12582) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 1, 2007
Aroma of toasted chocolate malts, and some hop. Color of Guiness with a decent dark tan head. Starts with a bit of tar and chocolate. Coffee arrives, and finally some toasted malt like the old, genuine Guiness. Very substantial mouthfeel. A silky tribute to a smooth dude.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12314) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 8, 2005
UPDATED: APR 26, 2007 (Bottle) Pours a black body with a large creamy light brown head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, pine, and grapefruit. Creamy texture with a soft carbonation. Flavor of hops and chocolate.


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