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RATINGS: 2616   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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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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3.8
orville (160) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 12, 2007
(Bottle) Pours a black with a tan head. Little chunks of something floating? Aroma of chocolate. This is an interesting beer because it still managers to be a porter despite the strength. Harsh bitter and ethanol on first sip but it eventually grows on you. Very good for when you want more.

4.2
demitriustown (1191) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JAN 10, 2007
12 oz bottle via trade with WeeHeavySD (Thanks!). Pours a deep dark stout-like black with a huge billowing tan head that just sits there like an overweight teenager. A strong roasted maltiness initially to this brew, a light nut aroma, nice chocolate undertones, some hop backing is prevalent. Flavor is rich with chocolate and malt overtones, caramel notes, and a nice espresso like texture. The frothy head is almost like drinking a chocolate malt or an Ice cream float. It just sits there and is almost as delicious as the beer. Palate is bitter and long lasting. Overall, This is a damn good porter. Very Good!

4.1
CigarsLoveBeer (153) - Illinois, USA - JAN 10, 2007
Bottle: Dark tan head. Dark brown body. Strong aroma. Chocolate dominates with notes of pine, wood, caramel, espresso. In the mouth the beer started very chocolaty, with notes of yeast, anise, and smoke at differing points. Great balance. Wonderful coffee-like bitterness in the finish. Normally not a huge fan of this brewery, but god do I love this beer.

3.6
BiochemProf (179) - Boone, North Carolina, USA - JAN 9, 2007
1-finger dark brown foamy head atop a black (no light penetrates) pour. Strong citrus aroma mixed with roasted malt. Nice malty coffee taste followed by a pleasing sharp bitterness. Ahhhh porter!

3.5
kreepindeth (404) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 6, 2007
Strong version of the road dog eh? I like this beer MUCH more than that brew. Alcohol notes are present but not at all overpowering. Nice dry finish and malty, bitter body.

4.2
jlruthven (612) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 6, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2007 This is a re-rate. My first was a few months ago, and this is a bottle that has aged considerably since. Poured oily black again, but with a much thicker, near three-finger head this time around. Big chocolate and coffee in the nose; the taste is what really mellowed. The alcohol burn that was very present last time is nearly gone now. Finished dry and clean again. Still a favorite!

3.9
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 2, 2007
Okay, one more shot with Flying Dog. This is actually really good. Nearly black pour with brown edges, short tan head. Coffee and chocolate in the aroma mixed with smoke and burning rubber. Huge taste. Lots of coffee and chococlate again, but mixed with a generous amount of hops. The bitterness of the hops, coffee, and crystal malt is excellent, but somehow kept balanced with a sweet back. Tasty.

4
bhensonb (15091) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 1, 2007
Aroma of toasted chocolate malts, and some hop. Color of Guiness with a decent dark tan head. Starts with a bit of tar and chocolate. Coffee arrives, and finally some toasted malt like the old, genuine Guiness. Very substantial mouthfeel. A silky tribute to a smooth dude.

4.4
ExSpectator (65) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 1, 2007
Pours dark brown, almost black with a light brown head. Aroma of hops and malt, flavor is malty, hops, coffee, chocolate and alcohol. Very good.

3.3
troopie (2322) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - DEC 30, 2006
Lovely looking black bear with a lasting tan head. Aroma of malt and hops, alcohol and chocolate with a whiff of something else, was it basset hound? beagle? some other kind of wet, long eared dog? Full chocolate and malty mouth with a hoppy finish. Much alcohol warmth calling for sipping.


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