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RATINGS: 2565   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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4.1
thebaldwizard (1365) - 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.

3
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 I’ve 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 don’t really know what burning plastic tastes like, either.

4.1
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!

4
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.

4.1
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - DEC 2, 2006
Nice mix of chocolate malts and hops.Pours pitch black with a very big tan head.Get some slight chocolate along with some biting hops in the flavor.Medium to full mouthfeel with a good bitter finish.

4.2
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - DEC 1, 2006
UPDATED: APR 12, 2007 Pours brown to black with a huge and cascading head. Good lacing. Retention is good, and the head turns rocky. A nicely toasted malt aroma. Taste of molasses, deep roasted coffee, and chocolate malts. Full body. Creamy texture. No taste of alcohol. Outstanding.

1.8
cheap (6090) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 1, 2006
UPDATED: APR 12, 2007 On tap at the Trivia Pub in Moon Twp. Pours a very dark opaque brownish black. Very little aroma, probably due to the neat smelling cigar smoke that surrounded us. Initial bitter roasty impact. Little carbonation. Too much personality for my taste buds. Lingering bitter finish. This taste more like an imperial stout than porter. Well, I guess baltic porters do taste like light imperial stouts anyway. Probably will not buy again.

2.9
Boutip (6533) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 28, 2006
Bottle courtesy of Hogtownharry: Poured a pitch-black color porter with a medium foamy head with average retention. Aroma of roasted malt with some coffee and some vegetable kind of leave me puzzled. Taste is also a weird mix between roasted malt and a weird vegetable finish which doesn’t really fit in there and I am still unsure where it came from (hops?). Body is too light for the style but alcohol is well hidden. I’m not sure why this is rated so highly as I didn’t see anything memorable in here.

3.7
reedcd2 (47) - USA - NOV 27, 2006
Almost black body with a dark tan/copper lasting head. The hose was sweeter, more stoutlike compared to a suprisingly bitter taste. maybe not ideal bottle condition? some hops in the aftertaste.


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