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RATINGS: 2367   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - JUN 12, 2005
Bottle. Thick dark brown pour. Huge hop aroma for an imperial porter. The big roasted aroma and flavor, mixed with the intense hop aroma, was interesting. I also pick up on this plastic flavor some folks pick up. Flavors I picked up include the huge sweet malts and some darker fruit, and some plastic. I found the alcohol decently hidden for 9.5%. Its a unique beer, Iíll say that. Oh, and I want skaughty to explain to me a ívinus aromaí someday.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUN 17, 2005
Aroma of pine and alcohol. Body was black with a chocolate head and decent lacing. Flavor of pine, citrus with a pine, alcohol bite to it. Somewhat of a dry finish to it. A good tribute to Hunter S. Thompson.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
heemer77 (5100) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 22, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2005 Black body with a dark orange head. The aroma had coffee and milk chocolate. Very lactic, like colby cheese. Strange taste of plastic and coffee. This also has some leather. Finishes like a strong bourbon with a hint of oranges. I still donít get what others see in this beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUN 29, 2005
12 oz bottle from Downtown Liquors in Sommerville, MA. Very stable, lasting smooth chocolate-mousse head atop a black slightly oily body...mild chocolaty aroma at first, some sharp citrus mixing with licorice on a second nosing, intriging but ultimately a combination that plays against itself rather than joining into something new and beautiful....Cascade grapefruit is much more subdued in the body, which is a bit thin but creamy and chocolate-syrupy with merely a trace of nice warming alcohol, lightly vinous and coffee-accented towards the finish. This would easily be FDís best if not for that misguided heavy hoppiness in the nose...as it is, another shot at mediocrity if a bit more enjoyable to drink than the usual.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 5, 2005
black. jet black, with a very fine coffee colored head. the body is viscous, sticking to the sides of the glass. the coffee aroma coming out of the top is blended with a strong amount of hops.thick, rich mouthfeel with plenty of hops in the front end of the taste. the chocolates and coffee come in behind that, with the coffee being the dominant part of the aftertaste. my first thought on drinking this was that it is more of an IPA with a huge malt back, that is how much grassy hop flavor comes in on the front end. a very interesting, unique taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
willblake (2652) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - AUG 1, 2005
07.27.05 12oz bottle. Opaque, near black, brown with tall chestnut brown head that lasts, laces in a web. Oily and coating. Sharp hop nose, fresh and burnt flowers and grapefruit. Cascades I guess. Fusel alcohol. Tar - hot tar. Body is medium thick but slick and coating. Way over the top with the hops and I really donít get this interpretation of the style. Hunter is a hero for me, this porter is not.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
TAR (2490) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - SEP 14, 2005
Virtually opaque black. Rocky and sticky light cinnamon froth. Mint mocha chocolate, shoe polish, and burnt toffee aromas. Velvet soft carbonation. Deceptively watery. Sprucey hop flavors abound as substantial acidity puckers the cheeks and deflects the decadent bittersweet chocolate truffle notions. Quite thin, as a result of the acidity. Silky blanket of chocolate malt coats the tongue and makes a valiant attempt to strengthen the body, but the acidity continues on. Solid earthy roast depth, though, and well nuanced with fresh grains. Alcohol lends a mint-mocha effect, which dries it out, but is not a factor otherwise. Finishes with a gritty dusting of cocoa, espresso, and unspent roasted grains over a soupy foundation of molasses fudge cake and spruce flavored hop belches. Looks and smells nice, but the excessive acidity is a major hindrance. Will not age well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - OCT 7, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2010 Pours jet black with nice brown head, mostly diminishing. Aroma is lots of coffee and chocolate. Favor is a nice mix of sweet and bitter, lots of chocolate and coffee, a bit of hops comes though at the end. Full bodied, texture is smooth, long finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
eaglefan538 (2890) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 5, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2008 Re-rate, 1/12/08, just ahead of the BA version. All roasty coffe type flavors to accompany the aroma and pitch black appearance. Bitter roast and hops in the finish. Light smoke and ashe appear with warmer temperatures, thoroughly uninviting, it is what it is, an average brew. I stand by my original rating, although I canít believe I came back to it. Stoopid marketing ploys is that BA stuff. Original rating: I wonít return to this one, as it was completely uninspired and boring. Poured pretty pitch black with a small tan head that disappeared quickly, although the lacing was outstanding. The flavor was resinous and had some chocolate to go along with lots of American pine style hops. Significant roasted touch to it all. Ended pretty bitter and just not to my liking.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Hotspur2001 (44) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2007
Pours black and thick. Beer looks great poured, but taste is sour, or bitter, and not as good as Iíd hoped. Burnt toffee flavor.

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