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RATINGS: 2385   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


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
egajdzis (5401) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 13, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2007 Poured a dark brown, with faint red on the edges with a medium sized light tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of roast, milk chocolate, pine, and citrusy cascade hops. Taste is muddled, chocolate, roast, and nuts, lots of piney hoppiness, and medicinal alcohol. On second tasting, I donít think its a great porter, itís ok though.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ratman197 (10216) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUN 21, 2005
Bottle poured an inky opaque black with a brown head and lace. Aromas of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and some grassieness. Flavor is roasted malt followed by dark chocolate, with a dry bitter finish and a hint of sourness.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Terminus (3283) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - JUN 24, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2005 re-rate-i just bought another 4 pack of this stuff and its definately mellowed out in the flavors. lots of roast and chocolate dominate now with the hops fading away very fast. I should try to find another fresh bottle. the flavors are less hoppy as well and the malt profile is not oxidized like it was fresh-it tastes more full and smooth around the edges now. Im not going to raise my rating just yet. I will sample another and let you know. 12 oz bottle-I was suprised that this came in 4 packs and not a 750. A good thing it is! damn, this beer pours obsideon black with a sudsy tan head that was huge with some lacing. The aroma is bigtime hoppy, but i must admit, its not in a good way. smells like a big copper penny with some pine and abrasiveness of pine sol. fresh hop aromas but not in the right combination. flavors of roast, toffee, and somewhat cardboardy chocolate. it tastes like the special B malts and the other dark malts were old when they brewed this beer. Then, they tried to cover up the oxidized malt flavors with a ton of hops both in the boil and dry hopped. I must admit, the alcohol is very well hidden. As the beer warmed, the offensive notes started to fade on all levels. I think this beer may have some aging potential-it will be interesting nonetheless.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpringsLicker (3170) - Tennessee, USA - JUN 28, 2005
Opaque and black, Gonzo throws up a thick head of light brown. The head color has been seen as the body color on other Porters. The aroma is inviting, some chocolate and roasted malts. The flavor, while not the best Iíve ever had is not bad. Above average for Flying Dog and a move in the right direction. Smooth and rich, maybe falls behind the aroma a bit, but not a drain pour. Slightly sweet and roasty, the alcohol is well hidden. Worth a try if youíve not had a Flying Dog in a while.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ross (2100) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JUL 1, 2005
pours out dark black with a tan head. aroma is hoppy, rich, and sweet. taste is very similar, yet somewhat hoppy as well. fairly smooth to drink. the 9.5% doesnt make its presence known until around halfway through the glass, with the last sip being almost brutal. a nice beer, the best flying dog ive ever had, but it needs to maybe age a little bit. thats why i have another bottle.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - JUL 16, 2005
I loved HST and his writing and this beer is close to being a fitting tribute. Closer to a sweet stout then a Baltic imo. Very nitrogen like creamy body( not my favorite thing) with decent roastiness. A lot of sweetness in the finish though.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shameusburp (171) - Virginia, USA - JUL 18, 2005
This is the best Flying Dog brew Iíve had. But compared with the truly great porters itís just average with some new elements to make it interesting.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jaymobrown (1697) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 18, 2005
Roasted bitter coffee flavor. Thin feel. Bitter finish, but more candy bar-like throughout. Fairly good offering from these people. Sort of reminds me of a Turkish coffee, but not quite as sweet.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
3fourths (8238) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 5, 2005
12oz bottle. First impression is a leafy sweet hop and cocoa scent. Reminds me a little bit of Three Floyds, very sweet, almost a little irish cream or vanilla and bourbon, but covered in a leafy fresh hop scent. Fairly thick - and a bit harsh, with a twangy bite on the lips. Tastes of grassy chocolate and maybe a little mint and spruce. Grassy, sweet dark peaty and earthy hops and lightly smoky grain. Interesting, but not exactly a great porter.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Indra (2662) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - OCT 27, 2005
12oz. bottle. Roasty, malty aroma, some brown sugar sweetness and charred wood combined with notes of dark, buttery chocolate, floral, spicy hops, peppery alcohol and faint espresso. Ebony in color with a diminishing, foamy tan head. Flavor profile is roasty, grainy, lightly sweet and quite bitter, both from the highly roasted malts and hops, moderately dry, coffeeish and lightly astringent on the finish with mild alcohol heat. Some elusive raisin-like fruitiness. Viscous, prickly mouthfeel, body is properly full. Quite a hoppy bottle-conditioned Imperial Porter, seemingly making it a great candidate for experiments with cellar aging -- I forsee improvement with age for this one.


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