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RATINGS: 2363   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


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 13, 2005
Pours with a black body topped by a medium thick, brown head with a good amount of lacing. Itís slightly sweet and malty with a slight roastiness and a little licorice. Nothing Special. Full bodied, smooth and a touch dry.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 26, 2005
Mental notes for the first bottle indicate that this one changes significantly with time and temperature; now for my second bottle... Near opaque dark brown color with a dense light brown head. Lots of clinging lace. Initial burst of fresh pine in the nose. Chocolate, cloves, licorice and cinnamon come in later; and as this warm more a real alcohol comes out and burns the nostrils. To many things working against each other to be adored. Smooth and slippery on the palate. Mild start in the flavor department. Light chocolate flavors start the journey. Things get sticky mid to late quaff, with roasted malt, grain, and alcohol flavors mix in. A strong black malt bitterness in the linger. A very chewy porter indeed. Somehow this needs a little more malt character instead of the grainy aspect. I like it in a one and done sort of brew.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Metalhead (628) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - AUG 6, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2005 Poured deep brown,mild short lived head. Aroma is minimal mild malt/hop mix. Hint of overripe dark fruit. Has some mild pine,coffee,chocolate grapfruit. Weird in a mild way.Like a more oily subdued version of Alpha Klause. I wish this was a bit more in your face/over the top. Pretty good tho.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
legion242 (2174) - Richardson, Texas, USA - OCT 22, 2005
REALLY OVER-RATED. If this is gonna be called a Baltic Porter, then it needs to live up to it. Sorry, Eric, you missed boat here. Not sweet enough and the alcohol is actually to well hidden. Oh yeah, and HST was also very over-rated. What a blow hard!!!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ATOmemphis (200) - Franklin, Tennessee, USA - JAN 9, 2006
Great head and great lacing. Chocolatey and quite heavy. Taste had appropriate porter tastes. Not a bad beer at all.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JAN 12, 2006
This beer is getting ratings all over the place, so it may be safe to say it is a beer for a select few. Very strong roast, the malt here is darkly smoked and unusually fruit laden. Sweet undertones give the smoke added depth, but it doesnít work as intended. The fruit comes off as more of a distraction and I find the actual beer to be a bit thin without it. I congratulate Flying Dog for actually putting a lot of effort into their malt profile for once, I just donít think itís quite right yet. Confusing and unrefined, this beer (as with many FD beers) needs some reworking.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kwoeltje (2232) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - FEB 17, 2006
(bottle) pours oily black with no hint of a head at first, but ends up with fluffy mocha head. Coffee aroma. Flavor is roast coffee with whisky notes. Bitter finish. The alcohol is fairly noticable.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
2beerguys (299) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 21, 2006
The Gonzo pours a dark black color with a small, frothy light-brown head. Aroma is of light perfume hops, and there is also a hint of beef and olives. Initial taste is moderately sweet with a light sweet finish. Feels light and creamy on the mouth with soft carbonation. TGWK says "It tastes like teriyaki beef jerky." MB says "It smells like Home Depot."

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
freekyp (1483) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - FEB 28, 2006
If you closed your eyes and gave this brew a bug whiff, youíd think you were about to delve into a well hopped west coast IPA. Open your eyes and things couldnít be more backwards. This deep dark brown beer sports a thick brown head and excellent lacing, and a peaty whisky nose. It packs a alchoholic whallop to boot, but is never overtaken by its ample ABV. While this porter has a nice roasty bitterness, the aroma hops supply a cherry/grape overtone that is slightly out of place. Thick and creamy, this is enjoyable, but not one Iím likely to pursue for future returns.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - AUG 5, 2006
I have to be honest, I didnít care for this one. I tried to like it, but I couldnít. It looks great. Smells a bit sour, tasted super hoppy, which is great, but not really what I want in a porter. Tasted a little strange to me....is this really a porter? Maybe I had a bad bottle, but I think it was just soo hoppy it created a sour effect in my mouth. Iíll have to revisit this one some day.


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