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RATINGS: 777   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88   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 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 (5253) - 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 Stranahan’s 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 (10699) - 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. It’s 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. It’s 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 (3159) - 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 isn’t exactly a bad beer here.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dchmela (2602) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 16, 2007
Thanks to boboski for the tasting. Pours out big black with a dark head. Nice barrel aromas of vanilla and oak. Taste is oaky, with chocolaty malt mouthfeel. The taste really jumps out at you. The oak really made it smooth, a real treat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - JUL 16, 2007
Purchased at Binny’s on Clark. 750 drank side by side with regular. Very similar in appeatance to regular Gonzo black with tan head. Arom ais sweeter and more bourbon but alc and stonger aroma of roasted malt. Flavor is vanilla, cherry, chocolate, burnt malt but crazy harsh. Med-full body with big alc burn. Crazy boubon, harsh and overall unbalanced but interesting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tjthresh (1865) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - JUL 13, 2007
Poured chocolate brown with some light brown head. Typical aromas of every barrel aged beer. Oak, vanilla, and whisky, but not sign of the beer itself. The flavor reminds me of campfire smores followed by a snort of grandpa’s cough medicine. Pretty nice. Fluffy, milky mouthfeel with a slow burn in the finish. BA Gonzo is good, but I prefer the original.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jazz88 (2542) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 13, 2007
Bottle. Black color with a huge foamy brown head. At first the head took up most the glass, but as it warmed the head was rich but not overwhelming. Rich toasted malts, chocolate, coffee, wood, and high in alcohol. Smoother and less noticeable barrel aging in that that alcohol from the barrels does not interfere with the beer.

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