RATINGS: 2570   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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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MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2006
A Mes rate: 355ml bottle from The White Horse. Wow. What a pour. What a settle. This stuff means business right from the off. Upon Sim’s first taste she likened it to something she would have in the morning with a dollop of cream. This is a beer to spend some time with. Nose is full on coffee and roasted malt with lashings of alcohol. Appearance is simply fantastic. Almost a purple hue to the inky body with a great cappucino head. This is FULL bodied. Not so much coffee, more liquorice and dark chocolate in the flavour. Plenty of raosted malt and some more inky alcohol. An unusual dark fruity note that I can not quite put my finger on also. Dusty sweet and milky coffee finish with a delicate hint of spruce. Lots going on. One more thing. One of the best labels I have seen. A great Ralph Streadman drawing complete with a Hunter S. Thompson quote. "Good people drink good beer". I couldn’t agree more. A fitting tribute.

WeeHeavySD (3387) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 14, 2006
Bottle. Purchased at the Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido, CA. I’ve had this beer a few times and always enjoyed it in bottle and especially on draft when available. The brew pours black as an oil slick with a nice rich fluffy brown head, that I’m used to seeing from big imperial stouts. The aroma is light and smoky, while the taste chocolaty, bitter, and smoky. This is a fantastic imperial porter, the taste is amazing as well as the look both in the bottle and in a glass. Yum!

bierkoning (13821) - La Tropica/Doarp, NETHERLANDS - SEP 12, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2007 LCRBM2: Roast and blackcurrant in both aroma and flavor. Coffee spotted in the flavor. Hopbitterness clearly present. Sweet, but well balanced. [email protected]: almost black and opague. Red berries and chocolate in the aroma. Chocolate, licorice and red berries in the flavor. Thinnish, but very flavorful. herbal hops coming up in the aftertaste. Nice one, surprisingly easy to drink.

JorisPPattyn (10122) - BELGIUM - SEP 12, 2006
Dark yellow brown head, smallish, over fully opaque brown beer. American hops, dry and a lot of caramelized sugars, plus licorice. Dry stout taste, like dry, non-sweetened drop, even with the little salt the Dutchmen usually add. Real "sweetwood" flavour retronasal. Well bodied, very slick. Aftertaste suggest something heated above an Irish (Welsh?) turf fire. But it tires a bit - nothing else available.

winegarner (220) - san diego, California, USA - SEP 11, 2006
Poured a thick oily black with a tight thin brown head. Bittersweet chocolate and coffee meld with smoke and a pronounced hop flavopr and aroma. The texture is rich and creamy and finishes lightly bitter and gently smokey. Brilliant beer.

skortila (6014) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - SEP 10, 2006
[2nd Low Countries RateBeer meeting] Aroma of roasted coffee malts and some hops. Black coloured with a, thin, brown head. Taste is sweet, bitter, coffee malty, some hops in it, some fruitiness. Sticky mouthfeel. Okay.

gnoff (11145) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 10, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2017 First Rating
Initial Rating Date: 9/10/2006
355 ml bottle at The Rover, Gothenburg, Sweden.
Pitch black color, brown head. Sweet raisin scent, some alcohol also. A little bit burnt rubber. Sweet, burnt, smoke, raisin, very complex taste. Strong burnt aftertaste. Thick mouthfeel.

Second rating March 17, 2007.
355 ml bottle at The Rover, Göteborg.
Extremely dark reddish brown, almost black, color with a brown head. Sweet chocolate scent. Raisins, apricot and alcohol as well. Roasted malt, chocolate and coffee taste. Warming alcohol and coffee aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel, low bitterness.

Draught fall 2007 compared with older bottle at Bishops Arms Järntorget, Göteborg.
On October 19, 2008 - Porterfestivalen.
Draught = Black color, fluffy light brown head. Sweet, fruity, hoppy, citrus scent. Sweet, fruity, roasted, coffee taste. Roasted and coffee aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel, medium to high bitterness.
Bottle = Pitch black color, brown head. Nice, sweet, chocolate, vanilla scent. Sweet, malty, vanilla taste. Roasted, chocolate and coffee aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel, medium bitterness.

Draught at Bishops Arms Järntorget, on October 24, 2013.
On tap as vintage 2011 during "Porterveckan 2013".
Very very dark red to mainly black color, smallish but fairly lasting dark brown head. Sweet, fruity, dark dried fruits, nutmeg, cardamom scent. Sweet, malty, treacle, toffee, salty, chocolate taste. Toffee, roasted, light black coffee aftertaste. Smooth, full mouthfeel, medium bitterness that finishes dry and to the grainy side. Some visible, but not disturbing, alcohol.

Draught at Ölrepubliken on May 24, 2017.
Black color, brown head. Sweet, chocolate, slight roasted taste. Some coffee aftertaste, also sweet. Medium big a bit fizzy mouthfeel, medium low bitterness. Sweet, chocolate, roasted sent.

jbrus (4988) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - SEP 10, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2008 [email protected], Jun 08, 3.4: Coffee aroma. Black color, brown firm head, good lace. Sweet, coffee, roasted, bitter, bit thinnish. Still not impressed. [email protected], Sep 06, 3.1: Ok, it’s there. The coffee and sweetness. And it’s black too. But nothing really special about this one. Even the alcohol is well hidden. I’m not impressed.

Chthulhu (13) - Escondido, California, USA - SEP 5, 2006
Bottle. Completely opaque dark-dark brown, small dark tan head, wonderful smoky aroma and taste that lingers for hours. Thinking I should mve to Denver now ...

PHXHOPLOVER (50) - LAVEEN, Arizona, USA - SEP 5, 2006
Opaque black with a big tan head which quickly recedes to a ring which sticks, and provides a little lace. Lots of roasted barley flavor for a baltic porter, but good. Also, chocolate, with a little frutiness. A bit of lingering bitterness i dont remember from previous vintages. (06a)

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