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99
95
style
Serve in Shaker, Snifter

bottled
common

on tap
available

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RATINGS: 2584   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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4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GregClow (3319) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 19, 2006
Bottle - via trade with jerc. Pours a deep, dark brown with a nice tan head. Aroma has a huge amount of chocolate, with some smokiness in the background, and a warm booziness. Flavour - well, the alcohol comes through a bit more than I would like, but aside from that, its pretty damn good. Lots of chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, molasses - just really big and tasty. Nice soft mouthfeel as well. A bit of aging might mellow it out a bit - but then again, when youre making a tribute to HST, youre probably not aiming for mellow.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
skoisirius (1909) - Earth, Washington, USA - JUL 19, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2007 12 oz bottle into an Enlgish Pint glass. Aroma is heavy on chocolate, roastiness, and alcohol. The flavor is almost to that point of being overly robust while lacking something I couldnt put my finger on...with notes of roasted malt, coffee, smokey fire, and dark fruits. The palate kicks into a heavy hop kick towards the end. Much props for the dedication to HST though!

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.


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