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RATINGS: 2576   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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4.2
proqxis (7) - USA - DEC 23, 2006 does not count
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2006 first off, this is a great looking beer. poured beautifully dark and oily ... held a candle flame behind the glass and could faintly see a deep red color... the lacing gave me a feeling reminiscent of times when i have been rather impressed by visual art or avant garde architecture... very nice indeed. i can almost taste vanilla faintly ubiquitous amongst the stronger notes of dark chocolate and tangy dried fruit... the alcohol lingers with the mouthfeel but is compensated with stabilizing bitter/creamy overtones.

3.9
can8ianben (1611) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2006
I’m not usually a fan of porters, however this one was quite impressive. nicely hoppy to offset the deep smoky smoothness. Its deep and black as night, it has a very thin white head, well done.

3.9
Beer5000 (6891) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 21, 2006
Bottle. Dark brown to black body with brown head. Malty and hoppy aroma, more moderate than expected. Quite heavy flavor, roasted malt, hops, coffee and alcohol.

4.1
BuffaloBrewed (42) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 20, 2006
12oz. bottle from Premier Gourmet. The beer poured a beautiful dark midnight brown that settled to black in the glass. The head was thick and tan. The aroma that came off of this brew was roasted malts and chocolate. The beer was smoothing and creamy, perfectly carbonated and very drinkable. Not overly sweet even though there was a dominant presence of dark chocolate and malts. There was also a slight acidic and alcohol taste as well. The balance of flavors is great and so is this beer.

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 (2244) - 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.


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