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RATINGS: 2593   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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 dont show it the proper respect. IBUs: 85

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerbill (3616) - Laurel, New York, USA - AUG 15, 2006
12 oz. bottle. Pours opaque nearly black with a thick, bubbly tan head that surprisingly only lasted about half the glass. Prominent aroma of chocolate, coffee and cloves. Flavor was roasted malt, bitter chocolate, roasted coffee beans, and oddly enough cigarette tobacco in the background. I did not think the alcohol was well hidden; there was a definite bite to this beer. Overall very good but not superb.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Marsiblursi (3076) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 13, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2007 (Bottle at The Rover, Gteborg) Pours dark to black.Aroma of milkchocolate, coffee, liquorice, blacklead some mint and rubber. Tiny hints of berries (blue berries). Flavour is creamy liquorice. Some notes of cucumber and raw potato in the aftertaste. Some hoppy notes. Smooth but sticky with a coffee bitterness. Burned with some pepper and mint.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BitchesBrew (716) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 12, 2006
[bottle] Pours out completely black, with a huge, lumpy head. Aroma of hops and sweet black licorice. Flavors are pretty sweet- very dark roasted malts, anise, dark chocolate and coffee. Slick, oily mouthfeel. Alcohol is very well hidden, only coming through towards the end. Nice hops in the finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - AUG 10, 2006
UPDATED: APR 9, 2007 12 oz bottle from Arctic Liquors. 05f vintage. Mignight black beer, pours a very large bubbly head. Very syrupy and thick, was afraid it was going to get stuck pouring out the bottle, lol. Lightly roasted aroma, with some spicey chocolcate/mocha/toffee aroma. Awesome taste. Very flavorful, the chocolate notes up front, full bodied, chewy thick, finishing with a syrupy bitterweet and somewhat burnt malt, grapefruit/coffee taste. Aftertaste lingers almost long enough. Very well balanced. I LOVE LOVE this beer! This is my favorite brew of the 43 i have rated so far. Well, tied with the Ayingar Celebrator anyways.***************rerate-8/28/06-well I bought 16 more singles from the 05f batch, and the first 3 are all infected and a bit soured. Still good, but nowhere near as good as the uninfected one i originally rated....

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Veer (362) - Landskrona, SWEDEN - AUG 8, 2006
Aroma: mm, coffeelike malt, sweet fruityness, hops, pears, sea.
Appearance: black (dark brown, perhaps the darkest beer Ive ever seen), opaque. Vellumbrown, thick head.
Flavor: sweet, very interesting, good bitterness, soft, very fullbodied - but perhaps too smooth- aftertaste of coffee.
Palate: soft, thick, but not particularly slimy, lovely, good carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Svesse (8284) - Hsselby, SWEDEN - AUG 7, 2006
(Bottle, White Horse, Parsons Green, London, 23 July) Colour is pitch black, with a small but firm brown head. Looks lovely. Nose is roasted with notes of coffee, tar and citrussy hops. Taste is roasted with black bitter coffee, dark bitter chocolate (almost like pure cocoa) and a fantastic hop palate. Mainly dry, but with a bitter sweet liquorice note. Lovely roasted and hoppy finish, seems to last forever. Full bodied but surprisingly smooth, with the alcohol well hidden. May not be a "true" baltic porter, but hey, I dont mind, if it tastes like this, they can call it whatever they like. Awesome beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - AUG 5, 2006
I have to be honest, I didnt care for this one. I tried to like it, but I couldnt. It looks great. Smells a bit sour, tasted super hoppy, which is great, but not really what I want in a porter. Tasted a little strange to me....is this really a porter? Maybe I had a bad bottle, but I think it was just soo hoppy it created a sour effect in my mouth. Ill have to revisit this one some day.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 4, 2006
From 12oz Bottle. Pitch black, milky opaque pour of hazy obsidian, topped with a finger of creamy orange-tinged caramelized head. Very hoppy aroma - cascades are flooding my nostrils. It gives a nice piney color to the roasted malt background. Woodsy notes of freshly roasted coffee beans and chocolate malt smoked over green spruce boughs give it a sort of camping feel. Full bodied, creamy mouthfeel with plenty of mellow bittersweet chocolate. Smooth malty flavors with a bitter hops bite. A bit of toasted oak, rye whiskey, and black chocolates round out the finish. Nice smooth, richly malty, uniquely west coast hop kickin porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Strykzone (7115) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - AUG 3, 2006
Nobody does bottle art like the gang from Flying Dog! Every bottle screams attitude and this one is no exception. It pours like used motor oil and the aroma grabs like few others. This is a substantial porter, quite close to a stout. It offers a delightful aftertaste that makes slow sipping a must. Flavors are complex in this one but raisens are prominent as are sweet malts. Chocolate, caramel, and coffee can also be found. A warmth results quickly much like a brandy and there are even some brandy flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MiP (15407) - Snderborg, DENMARK - AUG 2, 2006
Bottle. Very hoppy aroma. Black colour. Small, creamy, brown head. Very flavourful. Quite roasted flavour, roast barley bitterness. Thick, creamy mouthfeel. Nice and mild carbonation. Creamy aftertaste.

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