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RATINGS: 2449   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88/5   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 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tessic (983) - 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.

   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 (14042) - San Leandro, 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 (1412) - 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.

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