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RATINGS: 2421   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

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rudolf (2342) - 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 arenít 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, thereís something weird in the periphery that I just canít put my finger on. DMS? The thought of McCain Baby Carrots came to mind but I canít help but at least partially chalk that up to the power of suggestion. Eggs, maybe? Anyway, this has lots of really good elements, but Iím 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TorbenH (925) - Frederikshavn, DENMARK - SEP 26, 2007
Bottle. Huge light brown head. Mostly lasting. Black color. Heavy hoppy aroma. Heavy bitterness. Too bitter for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - OCT 11, 2007
Bottle, pours a dark brown with an abundant pillowy dark tan head, moderate lacing. Aroma is a bit subdued, but some roasted/toasted malts, chocolate, molasses, and light smoke; some noticeable alcohol comes out as it warms. Flavor is slightly off, with a presence of soy sauce right off the top, which distracts from everything else behind it - a little more smoke, chocolate, and general roast. Overall, this oneís hard to get past that initial flavor...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 18, 2007
Pours a very thick black with a small brown head. Aroma is of chocolate, coffee, and malts. Taste is of chocolate, some coffee and malts, and finishes a bit bitter.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thepilferer (29) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - NOV 21, 2007
pours beautiful, thick black with a lingering tan head. smells of coffee, chocolate, roastiness, and malt. taste is super-dry, which is surprising considering the other reviews. alcohol is well-hidden behind chocolate, coffee, and rather bitter hops. very bubbly. i really would have liked more malty sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Maverick34 (2514) - New York, USA - DEC 3, 2007
Bottled. Pours dark and darker. Wow - the alcohol predominated for me, some malt and chocolate.

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