robertjm (902) - Albany, California, USA - JAN 18, 2007
Thick as sin! Absolutely ZERO light passes through this stuff. I held it up to my TV set and usually I get some light through so I can enjoy the color. Not this stuff. Very small head after pouring the full bottle. You can see the thickness of this beer. Sort of like lightweight motor oil. As to tasted? Well, the first thing I notice is the heavy flavor of roasted grain, almost a roasted barley flavor. Almost to a point of being fishy-like though the fishyness doesn’t last very long. Zero aroma to speak of. When I think of an imperial porter I think of a Baltic Porter with some sweetness to it. To me I’d rather call this an imperial stout. Even Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout has more sweetness to it than this. After letting the glass warm up a bit there is a little more sweetness and the fish taste dimishes. Probably let it get a little too cold for this style? (three more bottles to tell!). All-in-all I’d rather have a Rasputin. I’ll modify my review if things are different enough after a resampling. BeerBaronLS (85) - Grove City, Ohio, USA - JAN 17, 2007
This is a great beer. Other than by the "imperial" name, you’d not know this was so high in alcohol; its very pleasantly hidden behind a complex balance of chocolate malts and subtle hops. I really like the flying dog I’ve had, and this is the best. One of the better porters I’ve had. ogglethorp (919) - Ohio, USA - JAN 16, 2007
Bottle. Pours almost black with a decent sized tan colored head. Aroma is sweet roasted malts, coffee, chocolate. Flavor is chocolate, coffee, dried fruit, slight hops. Palate is medium bodied, medium carbonation, bitter-sweet finish. The best offering I’ve had from FD. thomat (4209) - Gï¿½teborg, SWEDEN - JAN 16, 2007
Very dark, almost black color with a thick brown head. Rosted with notes of soya and coffee. Medium to full body with a nice bitter finish. Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 15, 2007
Black body with a generous tan head. Filling body with lots of dark malts and a hint of smoke. Taste is very fruity (figs, dates, grapes) and other flavours include Tobelrone chocolate, black forest cake, nougat and black coffee. Hops presence is only felt through the medium bitterness. Rich and intricate taste. Very nice beer. I found other products from this brewery to be less than stellar but this one was great. This Gonzo Porter is a very serious porter, this ain’t a Bozo Porter.
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 15, 2007
Pours a very deep and dark brown with an inch or so of creamy brown foam. Decent head retention, very good lacing. Nice aroma of roasted grain, sweetened coffee, and Belgian chocolate.
Tasty beer, with plenty of flavor – dark roasted grain, strong coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and molasses. A little burnt flavor like old coffee comes out in the finish, accompanied by just a trace of piney hops. Medium-full body, smooth and softly carbonated.
Cybercat (6336) - Georgia, USA - JAN 14, 2007
Very tasty! The flavor is strong but not ferocious - definitely one of the best porters I have ever had. It delights the tongue and eases down the throat, leaving smoky and coffee aftertastes with just a hint of bitterness.
Gotta love the artwork on the label, even if that doesn’t affect the flavor. 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. demitriustown (1192) - 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! 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.