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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 donít show it the proper respect. IBUís: 85

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3.9
johndoughty (5403) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 11, 2006
Dark and very smooth.An unbelievably well balanced beer with none of the overpowering alcohol you usually associate with this strength. Lots of flavours with a slight smokiness. Realy excellent. Thanks to Tuckers Maltings for bringing this one to the U.K.

3.8
jazz88 (2677) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 9, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2007 Rating #1 Bottle (8 3 8 4 17). A dark black color with rich brown head.. A grassy fresh hop aroma with toasted bread malts and chocolate. A touch of mint in the aroma. Silky smooth and rich. Rating #2 Bottle (7 3 8 4 16). Black color with a light brown head. Hoppy and toasted malt aroma. Smooth and rich chocolate flavor with a bitter roasted finish.

3.6
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 8, 2006
12 oz bottle. Damn, this is one heady monster. Five minutes later iím left with a universe of lace speckles and a brown head. Almost black. Raisins, dates, coffee and grape juice. Starts with a big hoppy chocolate bite. Stale coffee dissolves into alcohol. Chalky, un-ripe plum finish. A rich body with a little carb zip but overall too boozy. A fitting tribute, i suppose.

3.3
sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - NOV 8, 2006
Bottle. Poured crude oil black with a brown frothy mostly lasting head, releasing cascading bubbles. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, and some licorice. Off-sweet and slightly smoky coffee and chocolate malt flavor with some tart dried dark fruit notes. Burnt leaf ashiness on the finish, kind of like bongwater but not in a nasty sense. Ashy bitterness lingers on the aftertaste. Medium to full palate with some astringent qualities. Canít say Iím a big fan of the style in general, but this beer seems to be pulled together fairly well.

3.8
lachesis (757) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - NOV 1, 2006
Very nice looking warm black color with a with a creamy fhead on top that has the color of expresso foam. Aroma is coffee, caramel torrified nuts, chocolats (smooth black belgian style) chalk, sucre de pek, Dutch drop, dry fruits, and some herbal hints of amarican hops. The taste is drier than expected, it has a good balance and exposes a outspoken caracter of intens cold black coffee. When it warms up there are some fruity accents comming up allong with earthy touches of dead leafs and old wood. Afthertaste is not the most complex one but the balance is good and the alcohol is well hidden indeed.

2.9
CelticBrew (912) - The Crystal Coast, North Carolina, USA - OCT 29, 2006
Poured out black from bottle. Head came up dark beige. Aroma was of malt and hops. Taste was of dark chocolate and burnte coffee and nuts. Somewhat strong at the end and not quit as smooth as there excellent Road Dog brew. Could do a better job in smoothness. Overall just a fair porter, no comparison to say Duck Rabbits Baltic Porter.

3.1
kimcgolf (872) - Dacula, Georgia, USA - OCT 28, 2006
Appearance was almost black, with a thick tan head and good lacing. Aroma was a very malty mix of chocolate and coffee. Taste was a little too overpowering of a mix of the same coffee and malty chocolate, and I thought the alcohol crept in a little too strongly, which affected the gfinish as well. This was the third beer I had tried at a Flying Dog beer tasting, and was just not that impressed. Maybe under different circumstances....

4.1
BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - OCT 28, 2006
[Bottle - Johns Market, Portland Oregon] Deep dark brown with a dark brown head and a heavy malt nose. A awesome bite from strart to finish this was a truly great Imperial Porter. Strong with a lot of flavor and finishes very nice. Great Beer...

4.2
linkolnlogg (94) - your home, Minnesota, USA - OCT 23, 2006
Bottle. Pours out a deep black-tan with a mild creamy tan head with moderate lacing. Nose is very malty with elements of chocolate, coffee and surprisingly grape. Taste is thick bodied, creamy and malty with a fruity grape character that cuts through it lifting it up into a very drinkable beer. Very smooth going down with a fruity palate. Layers of complexity that marry very well.

4.1
ealdent (48) - Cumming, Georgia, USA - OCT 21, 2006
fairly bitter with a roasted coffee flavor and gentle, pleasant mouth feel. excellent finish and flavor. great near black color and decent head, all around awesome porter!


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