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RATINGS: 2517   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89/5   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 donít show it the proper respect. IBUís: 85

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
WeissGary (286) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - OCT 12, 2012
Pretty damn interesting beer! This is like no porter I have ever had before!! Pours a black body with a generous biscuit brown head. Aroma is very very lightly like the traditional porter style, there are minute hop undertones which seem to flow between a kind of clean and malt aroma. Very slick and smooth, a wonderful explosion of taste here; up front your getting a strong hop focus, as it passes the tongue the taste develops into a roasted experience, finally tapering off into a smoke burnt aftertaste which ebbs away. This beer is absolutely phenomenal! It really turns the traditional porter upside down by adding in those familiar Flying Dog IPA hop highlights, the developing taste on the tongue really is amazing! This is 100% a beer to get your hands on!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
aleximperial (11) - SPAIN - NOV 18, 2012
Ademas de todo lo que esperas en una cerveza de este estilo vas a encontrar que tambiťn es bastante amarga la cual cosa hace que destaque un poco menos el chocolate y el cafe.

   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

   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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Braudog (6247) - Yorktown, 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!

   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.!

   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

   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!

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