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RATINGS: 2620   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 don’t show it the proper respect. IBU’s: 85

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4.2
emacgee (4676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - AUG 24, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2007 Alright, had to go back for a re-rate on this one. Especially since it is in my top 10. Pours an extremely dark black brew with a very pretty medium thick creamy brown head. The aroma is sweet, dark chocolate, coffee, molasses, alcohol, piney hops. The flavor is very smooth and rich, roasty, milk chocoltae, coffee, and citrusy hops adding flavor and a mild waxiness at the back of the mouth. Very smooth roasty palate. A wonderfully dark and rich beer with a nice balance and complex flavor.

4.3
chimpscampee (566) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 22, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2006 Desciption on site say’s "Gonzo" name is tribute to Hunter S T... Ilike it even more. Really tasty. Super charged coffee notes with fine particles of coffee suspeneded evenly throught the beer (how is that done?) giveing it a pleasing subtle gritiness.

4
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - AUG 20, 2006
bottle. Aroma: Big roasted malt with notes of chocolate. Citrus and floral hop aromas. Tar, clove, and slight smoke. A faint medicinal smell as well, but not in a bad way. Appearance: Black, thick, and oily. Head was dark tan, full and creamy. Diminished into a nice halo. Good lacing. Flavor: Lots of roasty malt up front again with notes of chocolate. Some coffee and slight caramel as well. Cascade hops really jump out. Lots of citrus and piney flavor, with some grassiness towards the finish. A noticeable smokiness throughout. Alcohol is also very easy to detect. Palate: Medium-full bodied with an oily texture. Moderate carbonation. Alcohol warming covered roof of the mouth and back of tongue. Overall: I liked this one quite a bit. Good maltiness/hoppiness balance. Lots of alcohol here, but not hot or unpleasant.

4.1
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
RobertGBG (109) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 19, 2006
Smell of violet, coffee, burnt caramell, Black, Tast of coffee, choccolate bitterness, Creamy, but slightly too much spirit

3.6
YogiBeera (2569) - 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
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 you’ll 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, that’s one amazing beer.

3.7
beerbill (3618) - 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
Marsiblursi (3076) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 13, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2007 (Bottle at The Rover, Göteborg) 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
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.


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