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RATINGS: 2373   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 don’t show it the proper respect. IBU’s: 85


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4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Psykling (13) - Copenhagen, - JUN 7, 2008
What an aroma! Chocolate, which gives way to cream (almost like strawberries with cream!), then toasted bread and bitter coffee…. The first mouthful prickles uncontrollably, not from carbon but from taste! Although “toast” dominates the flavor, hints of lemon – not to mention the lingering green-apple taste from the hops! – adds supremely delightful nuances to this wonderful brew. This imperial porter eschews chocolate in favor of cocoa, which in my opinion makes for a far better porter. The bottled version is much more nuanced than the draught version, although the latter has an undeniable drinkability which the subtleties of the bottled version naturally counter. A fantastic beer!


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (5896) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 19, 2014
"my first impression of this beer was very good, and i still think it’s a solid beer, but it’s a little harsh, and i really need to be in the mood to really enjoy it. full sail’s was way smoother."

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrewTom (273) - - OCT 17, 2014
Surprisingly light & hoppy for a porter (more like a black IPA?). Aroma of caramel & raisin. Fresh spicy, sweet hops at first eventually giving way to a dark roast coffee finish. A crazy concoction! Rated by BrewTom

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eduardovl (865) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
330ml bottle as picture poured in it’s own glass at "Pinguin zem Bier-Huus": A very nice Beer house in Basel. A: Bottle art is simply great! A cool reference to the crazy H.S. Thompson. The beer itself is also beautiful: A completely opaque black liquid. Creamy medium very brown head. Medium retention and some lacings left S: Smell is a mix of smoked roasted malts with earthy-grassy-piny hops. Also dark chocolate and coffee T: Roasted malts. Notes of caramel and coffee. Earthy and grassy hops. Quite bitter (85 IBUs). Practically no alcohol could be felt despite the considerable ABV M: Medium and bit molasses body. Medium carbonation. A little little bit sweet upfront followed by an immense earthy and citric bitter aftertaste D: Very drinkable and tasty beer. Very good example of American imperial stout [ BA Review @ 2/3/2010 ]

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Noctilucus (101) - All over Belgium, BELGIUM - OCT 12, 2014
Pours almost black with the typical quite massive, lightly beige foam of its style. Aromas of hops, roasted malts and dark chocolate. A full, particularly rounded taste with more sweetness than expected but very much well balance with the roast, the hops adding another angle in the aftertaste. Not much alcohol in the taste compared to most other porters/stouts of 9°. Overall an excellent brew, really happy to have tried it!

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Evolutionary (285) - Ohio, USA - OCT 7, 2014
Bottle from giant eagle. Nose is cocoa and malt. Very smooth and alcohol bite is just covered by the malt. Sweet burst in there but not over the top. Very well balanced and pretty awesome.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sjohnh (198) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 28, 2014
Really good. Superb mouthfeel; luscious full body with just the right amount of carbonation. Black, with a big coffee head, though it didn’t last very long. Roasted malt and burnt treacle aroma. Great balance of flavours - the malt smoothing out the alcohol, with a background of vanilla and nut, and dark fruit right at the back.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Iznougut (7) - Sant Quirze De Besora, - SEP 14, 2014 does not count
El disseny es guapo te un color fosc i no fa gaire olor, un punt de gas i un paladar suau, no es troba l’alcohol

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jstonerock24 (142) - Englewood, Ohio, USA - SEP 12, 2014
Aroma is of chocolate and hints of berry. Fairly sweet in the beginning with a slight bitter finish. Alcohol is hidden by the strong malty backbone.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DiscerninDrunk (48) - - SEP 10, 2014
Black, mocha head, its not going anywhere. Smells of coffee, chocolate, nuts. Taste starts of hazelnut, chocolate, jumps into a strong espresso with a lingering hop bitterness. Very rich, very smooth.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jackafholmes (223) - - SEP 2, 2014
Bottle from a shop in york. Pours dark brown and settles black with a creamy tan head. Smells of dark fruit and malts with liquorice a touch of coffee. Taste is smoky and rich malts, with lychee bitterness from the hops. Prickly carbonation but doesn’t kill the full bodied oil. Pretty special stuff.


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