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95
style
Serve in Shaker, Snifter

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common

on tap
available

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RATINGS: 2572   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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dorqui (2213) - Brescia, ITALY - JUN 2, 2006
Really darkest color, black, dense and inscrutable. Beautiful dark nut creamy head, nearly coffee type; medium persistence. Complex and decidedly alcoholic scent; notes of liqueur, roast coffee, burned wood and resin. Wrapping and overbearing alcoholic scent but however soft. Very roasty, moderately sweet on the end.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 1, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2011 Havent had one of these in quite some time. Still looks as smoky and delicious as ever, but I was surprised at how live the carbonation was and also that there was a more notable hop presence than Id remembered (my recollection was that it was far more smoky and malty). Still a fine, distinctive imperial porter. Edit: Im off this beer now, after having had a bottle literally explode while it was sitting on my kitchen table. I posted this somewhere in the forums: bought off the shelf, this was just sitting in my cool cellar and had been brought up to taste. Heard a loud pop from another room, beer and glass everywhere.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JUN 1, 2006
Pours a dark brown color with a nice tan head that slowly fades. Very light lacing. Has a light roasted malt and very light citrus hop aroma. Flavor is chocolate and coffee with a decent amount of bitterness to back it up. Medium to full body. This is another beer that will get better with time. A must try.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
buckybeer (666) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 1, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2006 This is a very nice porter. Pours a creamy black with nice sticky tan lacing. A great sipping beer. Re-rate - 10-22-06 Perfect appearance. Big tan frothy head. Awesome combination of malts, coca, and hops.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fbennett (293) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 31, 2006
Pours a dark brown with a thick tan head. The nose is very fresh crisp hops, bringing a pungent floural flavor to the nose. There is also a small citrus background with chocolate and espresso notes and no alcohal to be found. The taste is syrupy sweet, brown sugar, french vanilla coffee, with a balance of bitter piney hops. As I let this continue to warm some more vanilla and oak woodiness come to mind. This is a great porter one for sipping and enjoying slowly.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blankboy (7430) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 29, 2006
Bottle. Pours black with faint red hues and a large lasting creamy light-brown head -- not sure how it could look any better! Wonderful aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, dark fruit, brown sugar and more. Flavours just as good and has lots of chocolate, dark fruit, dark malt, resiny hops and alcohol and a nice long bitter finish. It hides the alcohol incredibly well. Great body for a Porter. This would be rated even higher if it had a little more "kick" to it but as it is its definitely Flying Dogs best beer and a fantastic Imperial Porter.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
schwaiger (90) - Laramie, Wyoming, USA - MAY 28, 2006
12 oz bottle. Poured black with a small, mostly lasting light brown head. Aroma of strawberry preserves, espresso, bandaid. As the glass warmed, raspberry espresso truffles, sweet port. Heavily sweet in the beginning, medium bitterness of coffee in the middle, long sweet coffee and fruity finish. Sweet chocolate flavors and noticeabel alcohol. Syrupy and sticky mouthfeel.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
decaturstevo (5956) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAY 28, 2006
A dark black beer that tastes as good as it looks or as good as it could. The coffee chocolate mix is excellent.The aroma is cho/coffee. this is a damn nice porter. As my favorite style of beer this bitch is excellent. What better mix could you ask for than choc/coffe/alcohol. I loved it.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shag (2881) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAY 24, 2006
A dark black appearance with a beige head. A strong coffee and chocolate aroma. This sucker was very carbonated, in fact the cork flew straight up in the air when opened. The flavor is well balanced with a bitter sweet flavor. Roasted coffee beans, chocolate, and licorice are present. Good beer.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 23, 2006
Damn this was good. The aroma had dark fruit, smoke, slight roast and a hoppy note, and what I percieved to be pears. The beer poured a black opaque color with red hues, decent tan head and lacing. The flavor had dark fruit like plums and raisins, slight carrot note, citrus, smoke, and roast. It was really pleasant. The mouthfeel was well rounded and full bodied, and creamy. This beer was perfectly wet on the tongue with a dry finish.


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