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RATINGS: 2500   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


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fritz123 (1535) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - MAY 18, 2013
Draft at Coffee District in Delray Beach. Goblet. Extreme dark brown opaque with thin tan head. Moderate lacing throughout. Aroma of rich malts and nuts. Taste was a little less complex than I was expecting. Roasted malt comes through, slight bitter hops, dark fruits and a hint of coffee. Smooth finish. Little boozie. A b minus in my book.

3.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
iggynelix (132) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 16, 2013
Tap sampler. Opaque dark brown with a cream thin head. Aromas of cereal and Caramel. Round mouthfeel with a short finish.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jasond612 (282) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 24, 2013
3/24/13 M&D. 5/18. Also bought a bottle from CBO and drank it at home after wasabi. Preakness day ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
conway (2210) - - SEP 14, 2013
Bottle. Black with a thick tan head. Aroma is mostly chocolate and roasted malt with a hint of hops. Taste is very hoppy for the style. Citrusy and piney with some umami and chocolate lingering in the finish. Slightly thin but silky mouthfeel with strong carbonation. Pretty good but the hops are slightly overwhelming. Could use more balance.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rejtable (2182) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 6, 2013
Pours pitch black with limited almond head and some clumpy lacing. Nose is quiet. Notes of espresso, burnt toast, some licorice, bitter chocolate. Taste is medium/heavy sweet and medium/heavy bitter. Somewhat creamy body with lively carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ERB92 (607) - Bergen, NORWAY - NOV 6, 2013
Coffee, chocolate, dried fruits, licorice, alcohol and some hops in the aroma. Dark brown to black colour with a tan head. Medium sweet and medium bitter. Medium body with a nice soft carbonation. Overall a nice porter, surprisingly bitter, and the alcohol could have been a bit more hidden.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
egajdzis (5904) - Pennsburg, 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 (12698) - 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 (3543) - St. Louis, Missouri, 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 (3382) - 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.


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