overall
99
95
style
Serve in Shaker, Snifter

bottled
common

on tap
available

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RATINGS: 2582   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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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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3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
IPAndy (120) - minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 18, 2006
This is quite harsh in a lot of ways. The aroma is sweet chocolate alcohol. Appearance is jet black with tan head. Flavor is smokey and roasted, licorice, chocolate. Some orange. This is nice, but then alcohol and aggressive hops hit hard towards the end and I cant concentrate on the good parts. Quite acidic, somewhat oily. Maybe it needs more age to get rid of the overbearing alcohol.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PaulC (1) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUL 16, 2006 does not count
This is the one of the best beers ever made. Not only does it taste magnificent, but itll leave you floored after two, count them, two beers. Dont be surprised if you cant count to three.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Miksu (5046) - Jyvskyl, FINLAND - JUL 15, 2006
Bottled. Black color with dark, creamy and long lasting head. Clean roastiness, coffee and fresh birch leaves in the aroma. Soft flavor with coffee, charcoal and dark fruits. Long sweet finish with charcoal, birch and salty licorice. Not the most complex porter/stout but still highly enjoyable. The gonzo labels of flying dog bottles are also great!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheOrange (479) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JUL 15, 2006
Again, on tap at Riverside. Nice black body, with a think off-tan head. Nice Malty aroma, maybe some chocalate and pine in there. This beer has a big flavor, the malts hit you pretty heavy. there are traces of the chocalate from the aroma and a bit a caramalize falvor Also, the alcohol is very noticable, this is not a beer that will sneak up on you. Good beer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (11984) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 10, 2006
12oz bottle. Poured a dark black with reddish/brown edges and an averaged sized light brown head. Aromas of roast, light chocolate, light caramel, and pine. Tastes of roast, coffee, caramel, and pine. Should this be that piney - where am I picking up all the pine from. Alcohol content well hidden.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
wnp22 (698) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 3, 2006
Tasted in Toronto. Obtained on a trip to Boulder Colorado. tasted in dimple mug. Deep black opaque appearance with creamy head (although slightly on the thin side) which is a tan / tobacco colour. Aroma is somewhat strange, all I can pick up is celery or vegitables. Wow, flavour is pretty nice, rich complex roasted malt, coffee cream, espresso and some toffe like caramel to finish - creme brulee. Alcohol is well hidden.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
abb73 (27) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 2, 2006
The aroma is of caramelled malt. Pours a completely opaque deep, dark brownish-black with a dense chocolatey head that leaves a nice lacing. Flavors of smooth caramel, bitter sweet German chocolate, and espresso end with a burnt caramel aftertaste. Its only been a year, but it is much smoother in 06 than it was in 05. Ive got one bottle left...I wonder how long I should wait before drinking it?

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Yeggo (38) - USA - JUL 1, 2006
PITCH Black... foam may STILL be on the glass. Really good. Had one with a friend who knows these things, and says its the best porter hes had. Guess that means its good.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerfern (2) - USA - JUN 29, 2006 does not count
Jet black with about a 1.5 inch dark brown fizzy head. Aromas of bitter chocolate. Very mild wrt burnt malt or coffee flavors. Lacks presence for an imperial porter. Finish is of bitter citrus.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
DrGonzoDEA (1) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 29, 2006 does not count
With cover work via Ralph Steadman, the label alone is worth the price of admision. Upon entry one finds a complex medley of flavors and a texture / apperance that would make the the good doctor proud.


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