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RATINGS: 2356   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


3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JK (4377) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - AUG 6, 2005
I guess Baltic porter is as fair a classification as any for this odd beer. Black with a hop aroma. Flavor is primarily hops but there is rotting fruit and a hint of smoke as well. Heavy palate. Good and fairly innovative; it doesnít fit well into any style.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thedm (4928) - Fort Wayne, USA - SEP 16, 2005
This corked and caged bottled brew marked June 2005 limited edition poured a long lasting large sized head of foamy fine to medium sized dark brown colored bubbles that left behind an opaque dark black body with no visible carbonation and a good lacing. It had a strange malty aroma that was quite different from the norm with dirty musty notes that I found hard to describe. Its mouth feel was initially smooth hoppy and malty and a mildly hoppy finish mixed with strong malty notes. It had a malty dark malt hoppy roasted malt flavor.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (9465) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - OCT 22, 2005
Cask at Flying Dog. Pours black with tiny diminishing tan head. Hoppy fruit fragrant aroma, very inviting, with chocolate-dark malt notes. Bitter fruit hop and chocolate malt flavor finishes acidic with raisin and plum notes. Dark bodied, thin and oily. I will revisit once I try the bottled form.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 13, 2005
Bottle. Quite a tasty beer, but a bit dissapointing for the style i guess. Nice smooth chocolate and raisin, smooth roasted mocha finish, and also a fair amount of aromatic hops in there aswell. The flavour last quite a while, but it was lacking the assertiveness i associate with the style.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BCAR (221) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - NOV 14, 2005
Deep soy-sauce color with a quickly dissipating thin ecru head. Nose is of roasted malt, hops, and chocolate. Good mouthfeel, just a little thin. Chocolate and malt goodness. Finishes a little bitter. Just doesnít compete well with other imperials out there.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
barenada (211) - Georgetown, Indiana, USA - DEC 6, 2005
(draft) Looks nice, with good lacing. A fairly intense coffee/licorice flavor that didnít appeal to me very much. The high alcohol is fairly apparent. The second half of the glass tasted better to my numbed taste buds than the first half had.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerNinja (137) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 12, 2005
Pours as black as ink, with a light brown head. Nose has a nice mix of floral hoppiness and roasted malt. In the mouth this beer thick and clingy. Sweet with a mellow bitterness. The flavor hangs around for a bit. Nice but not all the time.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - DEC 26, 2005
Pours a beautiful black with a thick light brown head. Rich aroma of roasted coffee, plant soil and a ton of piney hops. Right off the bat: too sweet. Flavor has prominent notes of caramel, brown sugar and then chocolate, coffee and a solid dose of Pacific NW hops. Very earthy soil coffee flavor. Some lingering roasty bitterness in the finish. Nice creamy body with subtle carbonation. Great lacing and head retention. Although this beer has a lot going for it, the flavors just donít flow together the way they should. Needs work but overall, solid.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
andyhite (308) - Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA - JAN 28, 2007
12oz bottle. pours w/a light brown, perhaps khaki head and looks to be an extremely thick dark brown, if not jet black in colour. its aromas or of molasses and a touch of spice. there may also be vanilla and chocolate in there, but they are well disguised in the overall creaminess of the aroma. the one aspect of flying dog that i enjoy is the fact that most of their beersí aromas mirror their flavors. this follows suit. its taste is overall pleasant, with a mellow bitterness for a finish. this beer seems to coat my palate with dark fruit flavors ranging from currant to borderline-overripe black cherries. the slightest hint of hops give a character that is unsurpassed in the porter world. truly an enjoyable beer, but after a few, the gonzo is beginning to show its true strength.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
smashteroid (262) - Alabama, USA - FEB 2, 2007
purchased four-pack, served cold. the aroma was a combination of roasted malts and chocolate. maybe a slight hint of coffee? it poured a thick, muddy, dark brown with a lasting tan/brown head. the flavor wasnít as smooth as iíd hoped for. tasted notes of coffee, chocolate, and a decent alcohol presence. itís the best flying dog iíve tasted, but there are better porters/imperial porters.


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