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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 Stranahanís 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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 29, 2007
750ml. Ultra dark brown with a thick, fine tan head. Aroma is sweet up front - cherries, vanilla, oak, bourbon, some alcohol, and some yeasy breadiness in there too. Flavor isnít as big as the aroma. Coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and an acrid smoky component. There is a fruitiness in the finsih too (currants maybe, slightly tart). Medium body and a semi-dry finish. Better than regular gonzo, but probably not worth what I paid. However, I think this one will age really well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
vyvvy (3978) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUL 24, 2007
Tasted 7/17/07 at a STL beer gathering. Pours very dark brown with a dense orange / tan head. The aroma has lots of vanilla, oak, bourbon and dark roasty malt. Medium body thatís a bit on the lighter side with some fairly soft carbonation. The flavor starts with lots of vanilla, alcohol, lactic acid and heavily roasted malt. The finish is smooth and alcoholic with some lingering oakiness. This ended up being better than I expected.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (8020) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 24, 2007
Sample from a 750ml bottle. Dark patchy brown head with a deep black colored body. Smoky, roasty huge bourbon note, flavor is mellow with roast and bourbon, gritty and toasty, and surprisingly no butter note which is what bourbon barrels tend to produce. I like it. Rich and sweet toffee and bourbon flavors, thick and viscous, and hot only in the finish. Well made.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - JUL 23, 2007
Pours black with a small tan head.the nose had signs of alcohol with wood and hops also.Flavor was hoppy with chocolate, syrup and alcohol was hanging also.Finish had a slight hoppiness to it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUL 22, 2007
750ml bottle. Aroma: Roasted malt and bourbon barrel aromas are intermingled. Chocolate, coffee, bourbon, molasses, vanilla, dark fruits, and alcohol. Piney hops and some very light citrus. Appearance: Dark, dark brown in color with no highlights. Medium tan head was huge and foamy with great retention. Great lacing. Flavor: Roasted malt with notes of chocolate, coffee, raisins, and smoke. Bourbon barrel flavors were nice and balanced with notes of toasted wood, bourbon, and vanilla. Some piney hops and a touch of sourness into the finish. Medium sweet finish with alot of roast carrying over. Palate: Medium-high bodied. Medium carbonation. Light alcohol burn in back of mouth. Overall: This was a good version of a barrel-aged beer. Added some interesting flavors to a good base beer. A good beer to cap my night.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
egajdzis (5335) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 22, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 23, 2007 [BCTC 07] Poured a dark brown, red color with a large, tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malts, vanilla, light bourbon, cocoa, and a bit of caramel. Taste of vanilla, chocolate, roast, with a bit more caramel, faint bourbon, and alcohol, though a lactic aspect persisted, detracting from the body. Though I did enjoy the fact that the bourbon did not overpower. I have a bottle of the Stranahanís whiskey used, and it is a sharp one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
spadedbearsays (9) - USA - JUL 22, 2007 does not count
oh sweet success, the guys at stranahans have made this gonzo one delicious beer, with hints of coffee, caramell and even a little whiskey, this is one to be shared with friends on a special occasion

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (11056) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 18, 2007
Aroma of pine, prune and chocolate. Opaque brown/black color with a huge dark tan head. Aroma of seaweed as the goblet appoaches the lips. Medium to full bodied. Mild carbonation. Raisins, prunes, plums, chocolate, fresh shellfish. Creamy. Pretty dry finish, with minimal bitter. Itís more chocolate, a bit of coffee, and a hint of old fashioned Guinness burnt malt. Could be a hint of barrel oak. Just a tad. Something of a mouthsmacking delight. Very smooth. Itís really refreshing in a dark way. Also, where did the pine go?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thegreenrooster (3209) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 18, 2007
Pour is a dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma is all things vanilla with some wood smoke and dark chocolate. Flavor is more of the same but done quite nicly. Lots of dark fruits and chocolate with a nice bourbon alcogol burn. Nothing to overpower though and get in the way of the original flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 17, 2007
Courtesy of Crizay. Big dark fruit and piney hop aroma. Gets lightly plasticky. lso get some chocolate and alcohol in pretty big doses. The body is black with a 3 finger thick lasting tan head. The head is really kind of silly big, but it is frothy and craggy and nice to look at. Burnt dark fruit, black and milk chocolates, coffee, mild pineapple, oak, vanilla, loads of piney hops and hot whiskey in the finish. I think I prefer the original, but this isnít exactly a bad beer here.

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