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RATINGS: 796   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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Hunter S. Thompson once said, "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." Consider this our professional version of Gonzo Imperial Porter. Aged and seasoned for three months in wood barrels from our neighbors at Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey, this ale has a well-balanced taste and abundance of character. The taste will remind you of sweet chocolate, dry oak, and smooth whiskey with a memorable, velvety mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
superspak (3215) - Michigan, USA - APR 11, 2014
12 ounce bottle into snifter, 2012 vintage bottling. Pours pitch black color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense dark tan head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, molasses, toast, toffee, vanilla, oak, bourbon, dark bread, light smoke, and roast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and bourbon barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, toast, molasses, toffee, vanilla, oak, bourbon, dark bread, smoke, light char, and roast/oak earthiness. Fair amount of deep roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, roast, coffee, toast, molasses, toffee, vanilla, oak, bourbon, dark bread, smoke, light char, and roast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity of intense dark/roasted malt and bourbon barrel flavors; with a great malt/barrel flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately creamy, slick, and lightly chalky/bready mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an incredible barrel aged imperial porter! All around awesome complexity of intense dark/roasted malt and bourbon barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerhunter111 (9877) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAR 28, 2014
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein sehr dunkelbraunes Bier mit schöner bräunlichen Schaumkrone. Geruch sehr röstmalzig, schokoladig, Kaffee, dunkle Früchte, holzig. Geschmack sehr röstmalzig schokoladig, Kaffee, dunkle überreife Früchte, minimal säuerlich.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
solidfunk (4979) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAR 7, 2014
Whiskey barrel gone wild. Not sure why I keep trying these barrel aged beers when the ordinary ones are usually better. Barreling is an art not often perfected but always glorified. Some roast malt and dark chocolate here but barrel train wrecks over it. Finishes bitter with whiskey malt traces. Black without much head or lacing. Tap at Churchkey.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MadRobin (2288) - Silver Spring, USA - FEB 27, 2014
On tap 8oz. snifter at Scion restaurant in Silver Spring, MD. Opaque, dark brown with a creamy khaki head and excellent lacing. Aroma of plums, chocolate, whiskey, roasted malt, citrus, coffee, toffee, licorice, molasses, oak and blackberries. Taste of chocolate, roasted malt, charcoal, dark berries, citrus, licorice, plums, raisins, bourbon, coffee and molasses with a noticeable alcohol burn at the finish. Full/medium body and medium carbonation. An incredibly rich and complex ale. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
g_georgiou (344) - CYPRUS - FEB 22, 2014
Dark body with a brown head. Liquorice, coffee, burnt sugar, woody aroma. Sweet taste, light bitterness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GenDV138 (2862) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - FEB 7, 2014
Draft (2014 release) at Flying Dog Brewery poured into a goblet. Pours a brownish black with about half a finger of tan head. Aromas of whiskey, caramel, vanilla, dark fruit. Tasting notes of coconut, vanilla, dark chocolate, subtle hops. Medium-full body with a sticky and semi-dry finish. Very nice barrel character on this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gEUS (1388) - Linden, BELGIUM - JAN 29, 2014
330 ml bottle at home - pours deep darfk brown with a thin beige head. Subtle vanilla nose with, oak plus light madeira touch. Soft silky body, nice sweet roastiness, light heat in the finish. Sweet cherry oak taste and nice burnt caramel taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
angel77 (1277) - oviedo, SPAIN - JAN 22, 2014
Botella de 33 cl en casa 22-01-2014. Según etiqueta envejecida 3 meses en barrica de Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey ((200 S Kalamath St, Denver, CO 80223)) Color negro intenso con espuma oscura no muy persistente. Cuerpo ligero con una muy buena sensación alcohólica de 9.5 vol. Aromas bastante dulces pasas, algo de chocolate y madera empapada de whiskey bastante apreciable dándole un tono alicorado. Sabores bastante dulces de frutas pasas uvas ciruelas... con ligeros toques de quemado y algo de cacao, predominando el sabor dulce y licoroso de la madera del barril. A medida que calienta se acentúa sensación alcohólica y notas de licor de whiskey. ----Bastante buena, ya debe ser esta la tercera botella tomada y para repetir sin problema, tal vez un pelin demasiado dulce y falta de un poco mas de cuerpo.------

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
VastActiv (3729) - Oulu, FINLAND - JAN 9, 2014
Bottle 0.335l at home. BBE 17.11.13. Colour is black with small brownish head. Aromas and flavours: Coffee, some chocolate, alcohol and roasted malts. Quite oily, roasty and reminds little bit of red wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Buongiorgio00 (933) - - JAN 9, 2014
Un’ottima base che, barricata, raggiunge le vette dell’eccellenza. Aroma penetrante che allude al gusto torbato, con note di caffé, cioccolata e vaniglia, che si trascinano dietro un ricordo leggermente amaro. Caro scheletro col cappello da cowboy, sei un vero duro.

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