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RATINGS: 800   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 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexanderj (3407) - 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 (4617) - 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 (2586) - 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 (2624) - 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 (6401) - 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 (8492) - 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.


   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (6426) - 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 don’t 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 doesn’t 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 (2944) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 2, 2007
Big ol’ bottle split with Tronraner. Pours black with a huge creamy head. I mean, we’re talking serious head. It’s 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 could’ve 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 don’t 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. It’s like fresh wood with hints of soil and grass, which usually would sound really good to me, but BA Gonzo doesn’t 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
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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

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