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RATINGS: 2432   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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 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 (1052) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jrmac (331) - South Carolina, USA - JUN 14, 2008
Pours a used motor oil black with a thin head. Taste of coffee, chocolate, and malt with a hop kick. Not bad, but there are better porters for the money.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Brigadier (3250) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JUL 3, 2008
12 oz bottle

This is a case where the bark is worse than the bite. I was looking forward to trying this based on other reviews on the site. Now that I have I think I will skip past this whenever I see it on the shelves again. While it is not flawed in any particular way it didn’t get my pulse racing or even catch my interest. This is a case of a beer that is average in most every regard.

Aroma / Appearance - The deep black body swirled fluidly around my glass as a tannish head developed above. Banana peppers, hazel, vanilla and cinnamon blended into a sweet concoction that was most like coffee with a few creamers thrown in.

Flavor / Palate - Coffee mixed with dry tree chips was a nice introduction without any wow factor. The taste of a cup of cooled hot chocolate came next along with a trace of smokiness. All in all there wasn’t anything particularly bad about it. It just lacked any sort of characteristics to set it apart. If you are into baltic/imperial porters it is worth a try. If not go straight for a quality imperial stout instead.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tessic (933) - 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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
WakeandBake (549) - Greenville, Michigan, USA - DEC 28, 2008
Poured a deep black color with a small brown head that dissapated quickly. Aroma of chocolate, black coffee, and roasted malts. The taste was a lot of roasted malts with chocolate hints. The bitter taste lingered in the back of my mouth for a while, you get a little of the alcohol flavor at the end. It was very pleasant. Much better than expected.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ceebs25 (503) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - FEB 25, 2009
12 oz bottle. Decent, but really nothing overly exciting or complex in the aroma, some good roasted black malts, nutty caramel, and some unimposing hops. Interesting swirled head of mixed dark and light creams, but besides this, nothing more incredibly enticing about its looks, as its visually lighter in body than expected and dark cocoa brown in color. Initially there is a nice creamy, solid feel, but then this gives way to a rather blah carbonated soda type feel right through the middle of the swallow, that puts me off a little. It is also lighter on the flavor and complexities than it could, not poorly balanced though, with a similar package of taste notes to those of the aroma. The end of the finish is by far the most enjoyable aspect of this beer with a good, creamy caramel and light mocha malt along with a hint of earthy bitter. A good beer, but it definitely left me underwhelmed as i usually like hopped up porters of his kind. Oh well.

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