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RATINGS: 2332   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


4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 20/20
Jiggleboxduke (1) - Leadville, Colorado, USA - AUG 23, 2005 does not count
Standing 200 yards from the Gonzo Fist Cannon amidst 50 or so of my fellow uninvited riffraff (90% of us journalists), I answered one young manís query as to the taste of the Imperial Porter in my hand, saying "Itís 85 percent Owl Farm soil, 10 percent gunpowder, and 5 percent of Hunterís ashes. Oh, and some hopped-up water." -Rick McKinney, Jigglebox.com

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Hannibal88 (9) - USA - DEC 14, 2005 does not count
What can I say? Wow. A phenomenal beer. Ridiculously rich. Looks like Coca-Cola, but darker and redder. Strong hints of chocolate and coffee. The 9.2% alcohol content is incredibly well-concealed; you donít notice how strong it is until wham, it just hits you. Perhaps a 4.8 rating is a bit high, but I think the average rating on this beer is way too low. It definitely ranks in the top several American beers Iíve ever had.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
casper78 (21) - bakersfield, California, USA - MAY 21, 2006
Bottle 12oz. Pour a dark black, with dark haed. Smells of hoppy chocolate coffee beans. A bitter taste of hops and coffe and alittle cocco in there to. The character of this beer ranks amoung the best of them.

4.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
505 (271) - Echo Park, California, USA - MAY 22, 2006
Dark brown body, with nice, light brown, long lasting head, and excellent lacing. Aroma was caramel, mocha, with a hing of pine. Taste was burnt, nutty, choclate, espresso, and sweet, with a lasting mildly bitter finish. Mild alcohol, but did a great job of hiding the 9%. Texture was creamy with soft, but fitting carbonation. Delightful, tasty beer, which definitely is worth buying again.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Braudog (5489) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - JUL 23, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2008 Poured like motor oil, complete with the "glug glug" ... except the giant marshmellowy brown head on top (itís so thick, you can scoop it out like a milkshake on your finger). The seductive aroma is of whiskey malt and pine trees. The first quaff is enlightening, with a burnt timber aspect, but with a resounding dried fruit sweetness that presides. Exceptionally big, robust beer. Not what I should be drinking in this heat. Iíll buy more this winter!

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
bodhijah (8) - Kent, Ohio, USA - APR 18, 2007 does not count
sweet, sweet GonZo juice, how i have loved thee...much, much better on draft than from the bottle...have served this on tap since the first batches were unleashed in the spring/summer of 2005...deep, deep roasted flavors and aromas reminiscent of bakerís chocolate with a slight hint of (dare i say it here!) hashish and dried fruit...at its best( i believe, in 2005) a massive assault on the senses...an opaque monster of a porter dwarfing inferior stouts...íyou buy the ticket, you take the ride...í !r.i.p.h.s.t.!

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
snakeypirate (2) - California, USA - JUN 26, 2007 does not count
Extremely thick and dark head.. complex flavor that is delicious... and you gotta love Hunter! =p

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
lgklotet (432) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 10, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2007 Bottle. Dark, black with a dirt-brown head. Very sweet, thick palate. Some hops in the aroma makes this come together wonderfully, otherwise, malts.. coffee. This is really good. Re-rate: SBWF 2007. Had to take this up a few notches. Amazing stuff!

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Roffe (10) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 11, 2007
NIce fullflavour beer. Love the nince full dark head. Itís full flavour going all the way to the U have to stomach. nice choclateroasted flavor that explode in the palate and have a long taste that keep you company ítil you brusch your teeth. Wonderful beer taste.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - AUG 22, 2009
Incredible. Besides being a huge HST fan, Iím a huge fan of this beer. Has a terrific aroma of coffee and roasted malts. What makes this beer even better is itís balance between itís ABV and its flavor. What a great beer.


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