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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 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (6343) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - SEP 9, 2007
Thanks kmweaver for the 750ml corked bottle and served in my Stone IRS snifter: Pours an inky black with a huge fluffy tan head tha left great lacing upon the glassware. The aroma has notes of chocolate, pecan, molasses, tobacco, vanilla bean, hint of oak and earthy esters as well as a dusty piney hops vapour.

The taste starts with a punch of piney hops over layers of charred wood and chocolate sauce. Shows a hint of vanilla and prune towards the middle before departing towards the boozy and woody character. Honestly the flavor donít blend as well as I hoped as they seem to battle for supremacy than harmony. I seem to be missing some spicy notes I found in the basic Gonzo. The aftertaste is a tad twangy and lactic which is a bit unwelcome, a little ashy after a while too. The mouth feel is sharp and aggressive and yet again is another BA beer in which the barrel seems to thin out the body.

I fall into the camp that enjoyed the original a bit more than the BA version. Still it worth a try for sure... now about that Double Porter style !?!?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - SEP 2, 2007
750 mL bottle split with NachlamSie. Pours dark black with huge reddish tan head. The aroma is tons of vanilla, molasses, and strong piney hops; there are also some very evident soy sauce notes as I get past the stronger aromas, along with some raisin, beef jerky, chocolate. The flavor is soy sauce, burnt coffee, pine, and dark chocolate at first. Molasses, smoke, and more burnt notes come out in the middle. A freshly-cut wood tone sits atop the beer as a whole. The finish is kind of like an ashy whisky. Pretty good, but it the barrel aging doesnít work as harmoniously as it should, and kind of gets in the way of the elements of regular Gonzo that I like.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NachlamSie (2877) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 2, 2007
Big olí bottle split with Tronraner. Pours black with a huge creamy head. I mean, weíre talking serious head. Itís a darker shade of tan and tall. It does the thing where the sides collapse after a while and ice cream like shapes remain for a long time. I had high hopes for this one. The aggressively strong notes of Gonzo could possibly benefit from some aging. The nose reveals heavy bourbon notes. Dense vanilla and oak are up front. I couldíve used a bit more subtly in this, or at least equally assertive notes to make a big, harmonious mix. Digging a bit deeper, I get pine and soy sauce. Nice mouthfeel on this one. Creamy, thick. The flavor is good. This is a good beer, above average even, but not phenomenal. Strong bourbon flavors abound, but donít meld 100% smoothly with the soy sauce and pine going on. I get a bit of dark chocolate here. The finish is a little weird. Itís like fresh wood with hints of soil and grass, which usually would sound really good to me, but BA Gonzo doesnít quite pull it off. Anyway, this is a great beer all in all with some minor, minor flaws that keep it from being extraordinary. I will have no problem finishing this 750 with my buddy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: APR 20, 2008 Name: Gonzo, BA
Date: 05/08/2007
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting

Appearance: pours opaque dark brown with a huge creamy tan head, lots of lace slides down the glass and disappears,
Aroma: sweet milk chocolate and vanilla aroma with light dark fruited bourbon and a touch of tartness,
Body: high carbonated body,
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, touch of milky sweetness, bourbon character is subdued and blends well with the chocolate, nice touch of oak, light balancing hop flavor and lingering bitterness, the bitterness grows and takes over the oak
-------- /> Name: Gonzo, BA
Date: 07/15/2007
Mode: bottle
Source: tasting

flavors are present but do not seem to be blending as well in this bottle,
-------- /> Name: Gonzo, BA
Date: 10/15/2007
Mode: draft
Source: brewery
Score: 3.5 to 3.8

same original wonderdul blend of flavors as the original rating,
-------- /> Name: Gonzo, BA
Date: 04/05/2008
Mode: draft
Source: brick store
Score: 3.7 to 3.9

rich and creamy milk chocolate shake with a touch of bourbon, light oak for light balance,
-------- /> Name: Gonzo, BA
Date: 04/13/2008
Mode: draft
Source: brick store
Score: 3.9 to 4.0

Aroma: touch more bourbon in the aroma,
Flavor: bourbon flavor coming on a bit stronger but still well in balance with the chocolate, nice vanilla sweetness, light fleeting tartness from the oak,

Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 16/20
Rating: 4/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - AUG 19, 2007
Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle into a pint glass. This brew poured an opaque black with a thick, rocky, dark tan head that would not fade. Some uneven lacing was left around the glass. The aroma was made up of chocolate, alcohol, molasses, and some piney hoppiness. The flavor was very strong. Wow!!! This beer was not shy. Flavors included bitter chocolate, roasted malts, dark fruit, and some faint vanilla notes. There was also some light alcohol present throughout. The mouthfeel was full-bodied with quite a bit of carbonation. Overall, this beer was a bit overwhelming at first, but after a few drinks, all the flavors seemed to work quite well together.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 19, 2007
Bottle sampled on 5/8/07: Pours an opaque black with a large, frothy dark tan head. Nice, fresh, oaky and piny hoppy aroma has good roasty and dark chocolate notes. Body starts slightly oaky, earthy and dark caramely with a touch of tartness toward a drier, toasty dark chocolate finish. Aroma is nice, but the flavorís a little thinner.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kinz (3404) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - AUG 19, 2007
Pitch black with a surprisingly aggressive tan head, lots of carbonation here. Aroma is lush, with cocoa, pine, anise, pepsin, and alcohol underpinning everything. Flavor matches, with a bit of an oak and vanilla note making itself present as well. The high carbonation is a drawback, as it really does detract from the experience. It really hurt a rating that would otherwise have easily been up in the 4ís somewhere.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
STEPHENDR (478) - California, USA - AUG 14, 2007
25.4 oz. bottle- color of India ink, with a super thick dark tan head - nose of roasted coffee, anis/fennel, earthy, chocolate, vanilla, and woody Ė taste of bitter sweet chocolate, earthy, cappuccino, plum, and sour milk- body is medium, and with high carbonation Ė aftertaste of chocolate, mocha, and woody

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (8239) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 13, 2007
Bottle from Secret Santa. Pours very deep black with 3-finger brown head and great lacing. Aroma is intense; huge dark roasty malt, chocoff, molasses, some oaky bourbony hints. The taste is oaky bourbony dark malt, molasses, and chocoff, although not as complex or palate hefty as the regular Gonzo, albeit with less of a hop presence. In this case, and I had this side-by-side with the regular Gonzo, the BA version had less hops, less palate heft, yet a perhaps more rounded flavor profile, as the oaked whiskey did not overpower, but rather added nuance and complexity to this beer. This one is well worth seeking out, and will be appreciated by all Dark Siders.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 6, 2007
From a 750mL Bottle. Dark black pour with a tall layer of fizzy, well sustaining head of large bubbled char. Some thick prune skin tannins mingle with a hint of that minty hop bitterness signature to the non barrel-aged version. Dry, leathery raisins, a hint of almost cabernet barrel like oak, and a dark chocolate black cherry glaze. Alcohol noticeable in the nose too, but it isnít scorching. Medium-light bodied, crisply carbonated mouthfeel. Excessively carbonated, actually, causing the body to sizzle much too quickly off the tongue. Coarse and spritzy, not soft or supple. Perhaps some barrel bugs are still doing their work? The flavors start off with a bit of vinous oakiness, funked up a bit with some Cheshire bleu cheese. Earthy, leathery, and funky - not so much sour or acidic. This fruitiness fades away, leaving a dusty dryness in the mouth. This is compounded by an excessively dry oak ashiness that follows up on the back end. Finishes a burned moldy, leathery, and cheesy pumpernickel toast. Umm... no. The flavors seem confused to me and donít really compliment each other all that well, leaving me with a muddy mess on the tongue.

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