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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 don’t show it the proper respect. IBU’s: 85

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3.6
Veeve (312) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - DEC 20, 2006
oh porters, porters, porters. I used to not like porters very much but I guess I am developing an acquired taste for them. and now that I can distinguish between them much more than I used to I def. have a greater appreciation for trying them out. on tap pours a deep black hue with a minimal mocha cream head which leaves a thick creamy ring of lace around the top of the glass like a milk mustache. smells of roasted and sweet malts and deliciously enticing chocolate. the taste is surprisingly different towards the finish. while the sweet malts and chocolate comes through in the beginning it finishes with light citrus hops, as well as some piney, earthy notes and throughout the palate is round and creamy. like buttermilk. there is a dry burnt aftertaste. sort of an afterthought of the sharp understated bitterness that lingered all along. this is much more complex, interesting and flavored than I have come to expect from the flying dog beers. a good one to be sure.

3.4
kopher (593) - New York, USA - DEC 20, 2006
Dark brown, thick light brown head. Malt, chocolate, coffee aromas. Flavor has less of those, and more citrus, bitterness and a bit of metal. Very smokey. Thick and oily/syrupy. Bitter, not too tasty finish.

3.7
Juelze (1146) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 17, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2007 Pours a dark ruby color. Aroma is of dark fruit, caramel, some anise and a bit of floral hops. Taste is an interesting mingle of dark fruit, dark chocolate, anise and some citrus hops. This is a very different beer and my first Baltic Porter, however, it?s quite good.

3.9
bubbleflubber (2210) - 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!

3.4
after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, 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-palate’s 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.

3.9
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.

4.3
Fin (10472) - 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 didn’t 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!

3.7
Ron (3919) - 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 don’t taste the alcohol, but you fell it gently warming you. Very good. Thanks JB

4.1
thebaldwizard (1207) - 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.

3.8
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.


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