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RATINGS: 2373   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

   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 beers’ 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.

   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 wasn’t as smooth as i’d hoped for. tasted notes of coffee, chocolate, and a decent alcohol presence. it’s the best flying dog i’ve tasted, but there are better porters/imperial porters.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rudolf (2341) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 4, 2007
Aged bottle. Black, thin tan head. Nose is caramel & black malt, dark fruitiness and some clay-like notes. Flavor is burnt malt, dark cherries and chocolate. Rich cocoa & coffee w. some smoke in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 9, 2007
Bottle (2005?) shared by nolankowal: Pours black with a tan head. Aroma, chocolate, roasty, some dark fruits, and an odd tartness, also a bit of oxidation was noticed. Flavor, tart, dark fruits, some chocolate, and a pretty healthy amount of roasted malts. This stuff was definitely better when it first came out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUN 23, 2007
Love the label. Really black with a yellow pikelet head. Aroma of piney hops, ham (rauchmalz?), chocolate and oaky maltiness. All elements are pretty good, but they aren’t very complementary. Not clashing, just distinct as opposed to integrated. It tastes quite thick and sweet (bordering on worty) with loads of roasted malts but still manages to be a bit unbalanced. The roast flavour is really good (lots of chocolate malt?) but it clangs with the raw, resiny hop flavour and really lacks sufficient hop bitterness to round it out. On top of that, there’s something weird in the periphery that I just can’t put my finger on. DMS? The thought of McCain Baby Carrots came to mind but I can’t help but at least partially chalk that up to the power of suggestion. Eggs, maybe? Anyway, this has lots of really good elements, but I’m not convinced it really works as a complete package. Fun stuff though, and strangely it did taste more or less exactly how I would imagine an imperial porter. Onya Linc!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DownsouthGav (601) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2008
Pours pitch brown beer with small brown head. Coffee, chocolate and hint of smokiness in the nose. Taste is smooth, malty, coffee and has a lingering bitter taste together with some hoppiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NJBeerman013 (1050) - Hamilton Twp., New Jersey, USA - FEB 8, 2008
Draft. Midnight black, strong caramel aroma, flavors of roasted coffee, chocolate and cane sugar. Solid

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 23, 2008
Thanks to my Secret Santa (pantanap) for this beer. Pours a very dark black in an absolutely huge head. Frothy and rocky with big lacing. Nose is vanilla, coffee and cocoa. Sweet malts as well. Taste is cocoa, bitter hops and some vanilla. Rather carbonated mouthfeel with the flavors dancing on the palate. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 26, 2008
Bottled. Vintage 071. Beer is very dark brown, used motor-oil appearance and opacity. Head is initially smallish, light brown, frothy, mostly and quickly diminishes but thinly survives.<P>The aroma is malty with heavy notes of roasted grain, milky chocolate, singeing coffee, light note of caramel sauce and cookies; Hoppy with a moderate/heavy note of resin/pine, moderate note of herb; Yeasty with a light note of cellar, light note of piquant dough; light miscellaneous note of smoky wood. trace of rubbery sap, light/moderate note of alcohol.<P>The flavor is moderately/heavily sweet, moderately/heavily bitter, lightly/moderately acidic. Finish is long, lightly acidic, lightly/moderately bittersweet.<P>The body is full, the texture is velvety/syrupy and the carbonation is average.<P>She’s a big boy. Huge in the nose, fully opened throttles in the flavor. Still note nuts over what I’m starting to understand is probably the house yeast profile, which seems to team up with the resin to produce a lot of sharp points in the nose. Interesting beer, though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
checkmatei1 (765) - Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 15, 2008
Bottle: Poured a dark black color with a tan head. The aroma was coffee, caramel, chocolate and some hoppiness. The flavor was decent, with roasted chocolate and coffee being strongest. Overall, a decent beer.

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