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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

   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 (2468) - 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 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zootfinster (206) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 18, 2007
A nice, thick, dark brown, yeasty, malty,sweet, yummy, tasty and chewy beer. (Howís that for a technical review). This is really a unique tasting beer. You get a really yeasty palate, more then most but it is pleasant. Less pleasant in the auroma Iíll have it for dinner. Nothing else. You donít need it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Linc (737) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 25, 2007
I donít really groove on this beer. What the feck is an imperial porter anyway. I mean, itís not a baltic porter. A baltic porter is brewed with lager yeast. Why donít they just call it an imperial stout? I mean it fits that description perfectly well. Anyway, this beer has a big dose of roast malt character, some of the usual coffee and choc, bitterness is not overblown, thankfully. I donít know, I just didnít get excited by this beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NoiZe (2324) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - JUL 26, 2007
Dark black/brown colored brew. Roasted coffee/chocolate like aroma. Sweet flavor with a roasted touch. Could use some more bitterness. I like Hunter S. Thompson, this is still a great tribute.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Gregis (1281) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - JUL 31, 2007
í07B Vintage/Bottle from Corral Liquors in Granite City. Pours black with ruby highlights and a large, creamy, mocha head that diminishes with time. On the nose are molasses, dark roasted malts, cocoa, pumpernickel, a sour soy sauce-like note, and faint notes of coffee and alcohol. On paper that sounds complex and inviting, but the overall effect was unbalanced and jumbled. Full-bodied and oily, it finishes burnt, bitter and "hot", almost harsh. Strong burnt and effervescent malts, molasses, espresso, soy sauce, and metal. Quite hot. As well regarded as this beer is, I have to think this mellows A LOT with cellaring. As the beer has time to warm, in the glass, it calms down to mainly chocolate (initially absent) and bitter espresso notes; a dramatic improvement. This one is way too rough, for my tastes, at this time. Iíll re-rate my 2nd bottle after it has another year or so under its belt.

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