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RATINGS: 2414   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tessic (918) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 26, 2008
This porter poured a deep black colour with a nice big, tan coloured head. Scents include cocoa, burnt malt, grain and molassass. First taste was smooth and roasty with flavours of nuts, roasted malt and a little chocolate. Finish was malt with a palate that lingered chocolate lightly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nena (963) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 29, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2010 Bottle. Poured black with a thin beige head. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, toastiness, and a bit of grass. Flavor is coffee, smoke, brown sugar, and a grassy hop finish. Somewhat light bodied for an imperial porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jb43 (1650) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - FEB 10, 2010
(bottle from Queen Liquor in Colorado Springs; sampled 2/2/10). Black color. Medium tan head, which is mostly diminishing. Aroma of toasted malt, light bread, and light hops. Flavor of the same, with malt/caramel. Avg duration. Smooth finish. Slick texture. Soft carbonation. Spare lacing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (12362) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 21, 2010
A: A 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. The beer is pretty much black and has a very fluffy tan colored foam that stays around forever. S: The aroma is somewhat disappointing. Coffee, roasted malt, some mild chocolate. T: The primary flavors in this one are the same as the nose: coffee and roasted malt. There is also a bitterness on the finish that could be due to the malts or the hops. M: The body is medium and the carbonation is moderate as well. D: Despite the fact that this beer is nearly 10% alcohol, the booze is quite well hidden until it really warms up. This is a good beer, just not great. I’m glad I picked one up to try, but nothing terribly special.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
misterbeer (313) - greenwood, Indiana, USA - FEB 28, 2010
12 ounce bottle A dark pour big tan head roasty, chocolate, malty. too much carbonation.Big hop bitter finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fobar (241) - Søgne, NORWAY - JUL 7, 2010
330ml bottle. Completely black body topped with a half-thick rusty head. Aroma and taste of roasted coffee and dark chocolate. Bitter chocolate aftertaste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
SanfordBrewer (1392) - Sanford, Florida, USA - JUL 22, 2010
opaque black, thin dense tan head, full body, medium high but harsh co2.
aroma: very sweet, lots of dark fruit, licorice, slight silage, creamy hops, hints of molasses and sweet bran muffins.

taste: sweet charcoal, herbal hop bitterness, alcohol burn. not roasty or chocolate, not really much coffee even. gets a little fruity as it warms.

this is imperial in the sense of "lets kill us some taste-buds", not "lets make it doubly delicious."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bobman006 (326) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 26, 2010
Bottle. Says 9.2% ABV. Dark brown with dark beige head. Aromas of cocoa, caramel, plum and grass. Flavors of cocoa, caramel, cherry, plum, and alcohol. Alcohols detract from this beer. Medium-full body with thick, chalky mouthfeel and moderate, tiny bubble carbonation. Crazy cocoa flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
picknbrew (196) - Mechanicsville, Virginia, USA - FEB 6, 2011
12 oz. bottle. Aroma- Malty sweetness, some dark fruit, sweet almost barley wine-like alcohol, a hint of roast. Appearance- Opaque dark brown with moderate tan head. Flavor- complex, strong roastiness that pushes the envelope toward harsh, dark fruit in the background. Some chocolate. A little sweet at first but quickly dries up due to the roastiness. Finishes dry and bitter. I detect an almost cardboard flavor at the very end. Full smooth mouthfeel with a little alcohol warmth.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
AshtonMcCobb (3598) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 24, 2011
355ml bottle. It pours a completely opaque black colour with a nice cappucino head. Most of the head disappears in a couple of minutes but a thin skim remains to the end. The nose has gorgeous black chocolate, plums and kirsch - this is Black Forest Gateau in a glass. The taste is initiallay smoke and dark chocolate, then hazelnuts, but there is a massive alcohol burn on the finish which I have to say is unpleasant. The palate is rich in structure and texture, but the alcohol finish and general lack of any elegance in the finish makes this beer massively unbalanced. Overall, a big unbalanced beer!

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