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RATINGS: 2593   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
Like Hunter S. Thompson...Gonzo Imperial Porter is deep and complex. This turbo charged version of the Road Dog Porter is mysteriously dark with a rich malty body, intense roasted flavors, and a surprisingly unique hop kick. With Gonzo weighing in at 9.2% ABV, it will bite you in the ass if you dont show it the proper respect. IBUs: 85

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bubbleflubber (2204) - Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA - DEC 12, 2006
Wow... nice brew! A beautiful pour, deep browns, ruby and black intermingle together. The raspberry brown head is an initial 4-finger head that leaves frothy lace down the glass. The nose is of a campfire, with roasted dark fruits and semisweet chocolate. The flavors come across with smoked coffee on the forefront, mellowing out to roasted peat on the mid-palate, and finishing with a nice comforting contrast between a bittersweet chocolate and dark fruit. This has a very round, thick mouthfeel that coats the tongue, bathing in its complexities. The smoke is undeniable in this offering, and nicely integrated. Very nice brew!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
after4ever (7868) - Brier, Washington, USA - DEC 10, 2006
12-oz., courtesy the fine hospitality of BitBucket. Big pour: towering rocky head that falls away, leaving thick, sticky webbings of lace. Fairly bold licorice and cherry aroma. Assertive attack; full-bodied, medium carb, bold flavor. Mid-palates more of the licorice business again, along with the tree fruit. Maybe a little too sweet for me, even by the standards of the style. Cleanish finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
muenster (345) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 9, 2006
Had this a year ago, and just revisited it the other night, immediately after a Duck Rabbit Baltic Porter. Poured dark black from a bottle, with a very nice tall brown head that had great retention. The aroma was quite strong on the coffee, and chocolate with some definite noticable hops. The flavor was a very American take on a Baltic Porter, and all the better for it. Lots of coffee, chocolate throughout, as well as hoppiness, and a bit of an alcoholy finish. Far and away the best brew by Flying Dog.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fin (10157) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 9, 2006
Bottle ordered from Tuckers Maltings online, BBE was Nov 06?. Poured jet black with nice off white head. Aroma was incredibly intense with that just rubbed hops between fingers oily hoppy aroma simply amazing, I was so fixated on that I didnt get the other aroms more usual with this type of beer. Tasted glorious, very intense bitter chocolate and coffee flavours, great full flavoured taste but oh the aroma was simply superb!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ron (3810) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 8, 2006
One bottle in trade from JB. This pitch black beer had a extra large tan foamy head on it. Aroma of sweet chocolate malts. Flavor of Chocolate, coffee, caramel, malt and some hops for balance. You dont taste the alcohol, but you fell it gently warming you. Very good. Thanks JB

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thebaldwizard (1206) - Ohio, USA - DEC 7, 2006
Black pour with a dark brown head that lasts quite awhile. Wonderful coffee aroma with great hops on top of it all. Nice, full palate leads into a hoppy bite in the taste that surrounds the coffee flavors. Very good brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BulletJBT (3) - Southside, Alabama, USA - DEC 7, 2006 does not count
Pours a thick, opaque, black - almost syrup like with a dense head that disappears quickly. Smells like most imperial stouts - chocolate, coffee notes, with a crispy note to it. Mouthfeel is at first smooth with some bite to it. Good, not great imperial porter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
sistinas (108) - Mountain View, California, USA - DEC 7, 2006
Bottle. Pours black with a dense, enormous reddish-tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, dark fruit, citrusy hops, and something that vaguely smells like burning plastic? Taste is much more on the stout side, as Ive never had a porter this bitter - some coffee notes, then lots of hops, and then that weird burning plastic again. It mellows out and gets a little sweeter in a chocolatey way as it gets warmer but the burning plastic taste is still there. Mouthfeel is nice and creamy. Not really stoked on this one. I dont really know what burning plastic tastes like, either.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
spkldhenlvr24 (517) - Newburgh/Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 6, 2006
Bottle. Cool bottle design, which is similar to most Flying Dogs. Poured a motor oil black, similar to thick coffee with a thin dark brown head. Nice roasted almond, chocolate, hops and dark fruits with some vague alcohol scents. Great roasted malty flavor. Full bodied and bitter at first with a smooth, sweet chocolate finish. Alcohol was hardly noticeable. Dedicated to Hunter S. Thompson, who wrote for my local newspaper for a short period and a true free spirit, drinker and great man. Awesome very drinkable beer. OK! Lets party!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JonMoore (2067) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 5, 2006
Bottle. Black with a big tan head. Aroma of toasted malts, chocolate and some citrus hops. Flavours are chocolate, coffee, hops and some just detectable alcohol. Lingering bitter finish, medium to full bodied. Very good.

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