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RATINGS: 2620   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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3.8
thebeertourist (5189) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 27, 2006
Bottle at The Rake, London. Black, small creamy head. Wonderful bitter chocolate aroma with added fruitiness. Flavours are pure bitter chocolate, potent and delicious. Medium carbonation, good body. Another great beer from this Colorado brewery.

4
JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - SEP 24, 2006
Bottle. Pours a rich dark black color with a medium creamy tan head. Gives the immediate impression of a big Stout. Aroma of roasted hops, malt and coffee. Taste of slightly bitter dark chocolate and mild citrus. Has a very creamy mouthfeel and finishes with a bit of hop bitterness. A complex, delightful brew!

4
Panzuriel (2256) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - SEP 23, 2006
opaque black brown liquid with a very fine head of tan foam. Nose is of carmel and roasted malt with a hint of sweetness. Beer is a good bitter just a little dry nice round cloying acrid notes. very good beer. Finish is controlled bitters. Body is silky and just a little fizzy.

4
diabel (1713) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - SEP 23, 2006
Bottle at LCRBM 2, Kulminator, Antwerp, Belgium
Murky, black body. Off-white head. Intense aroma of malts (coffee). Quite plain aroma, but very ok. Moderately bitter, lightly sweet flavour. Very well balanced. Excellent!

3.9
gunnfryd (14877) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 18, 2006
Bottle. Black colour with a light brown head. Aroma is roasted coffee, fruit, chocolate. Flavour is roasted, coffee, hop, fruit, chocolate. bitter finish.

4
yngwie (17053) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 17, 2006
Bottled at Plain Kitchen, Gothenburg. Dark black (!?) beer with a large, dense, tan head. Chocolate, coffee, licorice and some alcohol in the aroma.The flavor has chocolate, coffee, licorice, burnt malt and sweet, fruity notes. The body could be fuller, but it is definately not thin. Quite mouth-drying with a very long coffee-bitter finish. (060824)

3.5
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - SEP 16, 2006
Draught. Pours black with amber edges and a smallish tan head. The nose is quite malty with lots of raisin, chocolate, caramel, and a faint hint of espresso. Chewy mouthfeel. It has a strong smoky steak flavor with chocolate and obvious Cascade hops. The hops leave a sticky citrus aftertaste. Pretty good, but the cascade and chocolate combination lingered in my mouth literally for hours after drinking it and became annoying after a while.

4
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2006
A Mes rate: 355ml bottle from The White Horse. Wow. What a pour. What a settle. This stuff means business right from the off. Upon Sim’s first taste she likened it to something she would have in the morning with a dollop of cream. This is a beer to spend some time with. Nose is full on coffee and roasted malt with lashings of alcohol. Appearance is simply fantastic. Almost a purple hue to the inky body with a great cappucino head. This is FULL bodied. Not so much coffee, more liquorice and dark chocolate in the flavour. Plenty of raosted malt and some more inky alcohol. An unusual dark fruity note that I can not quite put my finger on also. Dusty sweet and milky coffee finish with a delicate hint of spruce. Lots going on. One more thing. One of the best labels I have seen. A great Ralph Streadman drawing complete with a Hunter S. Thompson quote. "Good people drink good beer". I couldn’t agree more. A fitting tribute.

4.2
WeeHeavySD (3387) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 14, 2006
Bottle. Purchased at the Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido, CA. I’ve had this beer a few times and always enjoyed it in bottle and especially on draft when available. The brew pours black as an oil slick with a nice rich fluffy brown head, that I’m used to seeing from big imperial stouts. The aroma is light and smoky, while the taste chocolaty, bitter, and smoky. This is a fantastic imperial porter, the taste is amazing as well as the look both in the bottle and in a glass. Yum!

3.8
bierkoning (13352) - La Tropica/Doarp, NETHERLANDS - SEP 12, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2007 LCRBM2: Roast and blackcurrant in both aroma and flavor. Coffee spotted in the flavor. Hopbitterness clearly present. Sweet, but well balanced. [email protected]: almost black and opague. Red berries and chocolate in the aroma. Chocolate, licorice and red berries in the flavor. Thinnish, but very flavorful. herbal hops coming up in the aftertaste. Nice one, surprisingly easy to drink.


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