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RATINGS: 804   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88/5   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
holdenn (2100) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 2, 2007
750 ml bottle thanks to xnoxhatex for brining this to andrew’s Bachelor party. We put this up against the regular gonzo. Pours a dark black with a beige head that laces away. Oaky vanilla nose with lots of alcohol, bourbon, and brown sugar. Sweet flavors of brown sugar, chocolate, alcohol, bourbon, dark fruit, and a dryness from alcohol and sweet bourbon. The alcohol is really too much here putting this out of balance and a little difficult to enjoy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (32182) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - OCT 1, 2007
Bottled. A pitch black beer with a lazing brown head. The aroma is sweet malty with notes of roasted malt, as well as light notes of soy sauce and alcohol.The flavor is sweet with notes of roasted malt, soy sauce, and alcohol, leading to a slgihtly burn finish with notes of spices.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dwyerpg (5087) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 27, 2007
Looks awsome, should get a six. Flavor is very sweet, so much so that it’s too much for me. Vanilla, woody, nutty but just not my bag.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 27, 2007
Thanks to TomDecapolis for sharing this bottle on brew day with egajdzis... Appears a dark brown, near black with red edges when held to the light. A fluffy tan head slowly fades into a soapy head of foam. Mild foam is left around the glass. Smell is of oaky caramel, cocoa, rum, nice bitter woodsy hoppiness. Taste is of the aromas with a standout of cocoa, oak, vanilla, fruity black grapes, and brown sugar. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, spritzy, sweet up front, complex with wood, cocoa nibs, and vinuos uunder tones.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexanderj (3462) - Branson, Missouri, USA - SEP 26, 2007
Bottle; poured a dark brown/black with a large, long lasting brown head. Aroma was similar to the original version, but with some light wood tones....that means, chocolate, vanilla, caramel and roasted malt. I found the barrel aging mellowed alot of the flavors; but it worked fairly well. Mouthfeel was good; a light creaminess.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - SEP 23, 2007
Pours a deep black with a large foamy brown head that left some lacing. Aroma of chocolate, woodiness, whiskey, cherry, some vanilla, caramel and roasted almonds. Flavor of cocoa, whiskey, wood, vanilla, molasses, roasted malts, dark fruits and some bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MadIndian (2702) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 23, 2007
Sampled with Stegosaurus during our second Boston Tour. Bottle from Julios. Blck pour with 3 finger thick ten head. Chocolate/bourbon and roast aroma. Mild taste of molasses tickle your tongue while the bourbon and roast warms your soul. Nice body , Nice brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2691) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - SEP 20, 2007
750ml bottle. Blackish brown, gigantic foaming brown head. Massive lacing. Aroma is ripe with dark alefruits, raisiny plummy, with perhaps a blueberry note as well, all along with really big oakiness and milder roasted malt chocolatiness. All in all a nicely complex aroma. Flavor is less appealing, dominated by a slightly astringent oakiness, with dry chocolate roast towards the finish. Virtually no residual sweetness, and very little apparent fruitiness. Palate is almost too fizzy from carbonation, but a beer this rich needs to keep moving across the palate. Moderately thick mouthfeel. Even with the carbonation, the heavy oak coats the palate and lingers quite forever.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TaktikMTL (6743) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 19, 2007
Bouteille verte de 750 ml dégustée en compagnie de Dmac621, Dickinsonbeer, Cathschlag, MartinT, Beerbuzzmontreal et Glouglouburp. Arôme: Odeur de chocolat et de petits fruits rouges avec une pointe de vanille. Apparence: La couleur est noire opaque. Présence d’un mince col beige mousseux et d’une large dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de café et de chocolat avec une pointe de vanille. Longue durée de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est plein avec une texture légèrement onctueuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. (Rating #1255)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8855) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 11, 2007
My Bottom Line:
Roasted malts and vanilla-tinted bourbon barrels roam within the characterful molasses sweetness of this well-crafted Imperial Porter. Perhaps not as serene and relaxing as their masterful non-barrel-aged version, but this Gonzo still manages to please greatly.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam seeps into the brown-sleeved black.
-The barrel character is overt, yet there is a great beer underneath to support it.
-Carbonation is comfortable, and the body wealthy and filling.
-The sweet vanilla spiciness carries into mint territory at times, surely helped by some mild hop push.
-Alcohol warms the throat, but does not bother the flavor profile.


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