RATINGS: 2610   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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jblendy (519) - Hawthorne, New Jersey, USA - SEP 2, 2006
Pours very dark brown, with brown cream colored head. Coffee, dark chocolate, and slightly hoppy aroma. Flavor is mostly dark chocalate with notes of caramel, molassses, coffee, and hops. A little unbalanced overall, but still enjoyable, and fairly interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
holdenn (2116) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 30, 2006
12oz bottle: second time ive had this and pretty disappointed again. Dark black with a cream colored head, lots of chocolate aromas, coffee, and molasses. Lightly sour and bittered with flavors that follow the aromas. Unbalanced and kinda strange.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sigmund (7315) - Tau, NORWAY - AUG 30, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2007 Rerate, 12 fl. oz. bottle, courtesy of Cardinal pub, Stavanger, Norway. ABV here is 8.7%. Pitch black colour, large chocolate brown head. Interesting aroma with vinous notes, roasted malts, molasses and newmown hay, maybe some woodwork too. The flavour has a very powerful malty sweetness and an enormous richness, with notes of strong sweetened coffee, dark bitter chocolate and Danish pastry. The bitterness is as high as 85 IBU, but it doesnt taste that bitter, as the hops are balanced with the malty sweetness. Liquorice in the aftertaste. Definitely a "sipping beer". When you know what to expect, this is actually a great drinking experience! Im upping it a few points. Original rating: Bottle, at Plain Kitchen, Gteborg. Black colour, moderate creamy tan head. Overwhelming malty sweet aroma, roastiness, molasses and bakery / Danish pastry. Flavour is VERY sweet (too sweet) - molasses, sweetened coffee, sweet pastry, chocolate. Theres just too much of the good stuff. Unbalanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DonMagi (5593) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 29, 2006
Roasted malts, sweet red wine, very powerful stuff. Taste is similar very balanced for somethign this strong.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daveco67 (18) - Marion, Iowa, USA - AUG 28, 2006
Sweet smelling with malt aroma accompanied with alcohol. Coffee, toffee and hop bitterness. This was much better then the first time I had this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
optemoz (171) - Apex, North Carolina, USA - AUG 26, 2006
Bottle - Pours a flat black with a large brown head... smells of sweet dark fruit and burnt malts.. Flavor is highly complex.. coffee and a pretty strong hop flavor.. alcohol is present.. awsome beer. I love Hunter S. Thompson so it makes it all the better!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
rcmatthews (10) - USA - AUG 25, 2006
Sweet smelling almost fruity malt aroma. You can also smell some alcohol. A little bit of coffee, followed by some toffee and then a little bit of hop bitterness. This is a very good beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dkoonce (911) - Peoples Republic of Athens, Ohio, USA - AUG 25, 2006
Dark, almost black with a thick khaki head. A sharp aroma of hops comes through over the sweet malty smell. Medium body with a sweet finish. Theres a strange grass flavor in this beer. Not sure the mix is quite right.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kseecs16 (1216) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - AUG 25, 2006
Bottle. Poured an opaque dark brown with a thick lacing chocolate colored head. A rich dark chocolate aroma with a hint of smoke. Intensely flavorful, a bit bitter at first then sweet like red wine and chocolate before a moderate burnt toast finish. A nice bittersweet mingling after taste. A very good smooth and mouth fillng brew. Exceptional!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rlgk (18846) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 25, 2006
Pitch black, superb brown head. Aroma from milk chocolate, cocoa, dark chcolate, roasted and with notes of vanilla and toffee. Malty flavor, vanilla, sourish notes and a bitter touch. Bitter finish, A very nicely balanced beer.

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