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RATINGS: 796   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 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.


JCapriotti's rating

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 22, 2007
Very dark, pasty looking brown. Large foamy brown head. Sweet chocolatey espresso, leafy citrus black patent hops. Fruity vanilla and bourbon graces a dry espresso-y lactic roasty body. Black patent malt + citrus hops brings great flavor out of the bourbon wood. Pretty good stuff. Once it warms / sits, the mouthfeel gets a bit better. I like the drying fruity, bright, roasty bitterness


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jabah (175) - Winter Park, Florida, USA - APR 28, 2015
Iíve tried Flying Dog a few times before this, and never really cared too much for them. Mainly tried their variety pack, IPA, and a brown ale I think. This was a little better than I expected....especially after paying the price. I didnít think anything too special after I drank the first one, but the 2nd beer (another day of course) seemed a little smoother to me. A very dark brown, coffee black appearance with a mocha head. A pretty thick, heavy porter........strong too. This may have me curious to try some of their other beers again.

4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
katrinaez (404) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 5, 2015
I had once written "holy explosion of flavor Batman" for this beer. It a tightly packed punch coffee and porter.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
snoworsummer (3002) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 21, 2015
Draft at Barrel Republic. Pours dark brown with a thick, creamy beige head. Tastes like booze, lightly astringent, dark fruits, earthy, woody, and some sweet roasted malt. Light body and low carbonation. Smells like dried dark fruits, lightly astringent booze, raisin, earthy, woody.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
mfhennig (111) - McHenry County, Illinois, USA - MAR 19, 2015
On tap at Mackeys Hideout from a snifter. Pours black, minimal head. Charred wood aroma and a hint of whiskey. Very smooth taste, a little alcohol burn at the end. A pretty damn good beer.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tricksta_p (1751) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - MAR 1, 2015
Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, bourbon, some vanilla, oak, coffee. Flavour is moderate to medium sweet with a little bitterness in the aftertaste. Smooth and potent. Lovely.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Maxbier (637) - Maryland, USA - FEB 25, 2015
Sweet roast malt aroma and lots of charred oak barrel. Chocolate and coffee notes too. Almost black with dark brown head. Starts with roast malt and coffee notes, but dominated by the the barrel. much less hop character than the non barrel-aged version. Both are a pleasure to fuss over.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexsdad06 (6691) - Ohio, USA - FEB 21, 2015
12 oz bottle at home (also notes from a 750). Pours dark brown to black in color with a small khaki colored head. The aroma and flavor have roasted malt, chocolate, dark fruit, cherry, with noticeable bourbon (especially the nose), vanilla and oak, smooth drinking and an improvement on the base.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HeadyDE (554) - Delaware, USA - NOV 21, 2014
from growler..pours a fairly medium black with a slight mocha brown head..nose is laden with vanilla..oak..slight bitter chocolate as well..mouthfeel is sublime on this..velvety is a solid description..the initial hit of the whiskey packs a slight boozy punch at first but is quickly mellowed out by some cinnamon/spicy notes and is not hot at all..had this in a 12 oz bottle a few years back and havenít seen this around as much..very good offering..quite similar in many ways to bcbs with considerable less abv..

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Westchesterco (1246) - mclean, Virginia, USA - NOV 19, 2014
Poured from a bottle it is a dark brown and has a slight head it has the aroma of coffee and the taste is bourbon and has the taste of coffee yummy

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
drsandman (561) - New York, USA - OCT 28, 2014
Old school bottle, thanks to James! Pours deep purple brown. Whiskey, cocoa, smoke, caramel, wood. Soft & creamy, no carbo... This may be quite an old bottle, many eons.


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