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RATINGS: 2382   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


3.5
   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 don’t think its a great porter, it’s ok though.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ratman197 (10192) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jaymobrown (1692) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - FEB 2, 2006
Dark with a milky brown head. Nose is chocolate and fruity sweetness. Flavor is bitter chocolate, lots of hops. Some sourness. Finishes very dry. Leaves kind of a weird film in the mouth.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - FEB 28, 2006
Very nice appearance, dark brown with an orange-ishtan head. Aroma is malty and slightly smokey. Smokey flavor permeates with somewhat sweet maltiness, licorice with some very nice cocoa and milk chocolate.

3.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hiphops (286) - caldwell, New Jersey, USA - APR 16, 2006
good yo. pours mad black like dirty motor oil. smells like kalamata olives but not in a good way taste good roasty molassessness.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorisPPattyn (8031) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - SEP 12, 2006
Dark yellow brown head, smallish, over fully opaque brown beer. American hops, dry and a lot of caramelized sugars, plus licorice. Dry stout taste, like dry, non-sweetened drop, even with the little salt the Dutchmen usually add. Real "sweetwood" flavour retronasal. Well bodied, very slick. Aftertaste suggest something heated above an Irish (Welsh?) turf fire. But it tires a bit - nothing else available.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - SEP 16, 2006
Draught. Pours black with amber edges and a smallish tan head. The nose is quite malty with lots of raisin, chocolate, caramel, and a faint hint of espresso. Chewy mouthfeel. It has a strong smoky steak flavor with chocolate and obvious Cascade hops. The hops leave a sticky citrus aftertaste. Pretty good, but the cascade and chocolate combination lingered in my mouth literally for hours after drinking it and became annoying after a while.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
LyndaNova (532) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 1, 2006
Cold 12oz bottle: Pours a dark rich brown color with minimal tan head which dissipates to bubbles around edges of glass. Aroma is of rich malt, chocolate, cherry and alcohol. Fizzy on the tongue. Oily texture. Taste is of rich malt and moderate hops bitterness, alcohol, chocolate, caramel and some sour notes.


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