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RATINGS: 2607   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 dont show it the proper respect. IBUs: 85

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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
realale420 (399) - west covina, California, USA - AUG 19, 2006
12oz bottle poured a dark ruby/black with a nice brown head. Aromas were roast, chocolate, coffee and a burnt smoke. Taste like an imperial stout without the huge punch, nicely put together. Only thing I would like to have is a little more hops.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RobertGBG (109) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 19, 2006
Smell of violet, coffee, burnt caramell, Black, Tast of coffee, choccolate bitterness, Creamy, but slightly too much spirit

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
YogiBeera (2570) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 18, 2006
Dark opaque color with a nice head on top. Nice hoppy nose - very intense. Creamy budy,plum but also traces of hops.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
YK23 (465) - Haifa, ISRAEL - AUG 17, 2006
Bottle at GBBF 06: insanely rich, full bodied, thick, silky and creamy, mouth coating, very flavorfull, in the flavors youll find: caramel, honey, molessas, roasty but soft bitterness and hoppiness all the way through, capuccino, dark and milk chocolate, liquer like notes, warming alcohol, dried fruits, thats one amazing beer.

3.7
   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.

3.6
   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.

3.8
   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.

3.8
   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....

3.8
   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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Svesse (8454) - 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.


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