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RATINGS: 2610   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 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Blackbarrel (116) - new york, New York, USA - JUL 27, 2006
Thick, almost oily. Brings to mind singed pork sausages steeped in turpentine. I mean that in a good way.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ohnoitskristin (62) - Santa Cruz, California, USA - JUL 27, 2006
FANTASTIC. Definately have to agree with the "glug-glug" thing, thats exactly what it did when I poured it out. The thick, malty flavors carried over to the aroma. Both were very layered and packed a simple yet intese flavor that was extremely robust. A big palate-pleaser.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUL 23, 2006
Pours an opaque black with a rich brown head. Aroma is milk chocolatey with layers of succulent caramel. The body is silky and rich. The flavors are beautifully layered yet simple. A great chocolate and caramel mix with a nice amount of heat. The finish is sweet. This might have one of the more graceful bodies Ive ever experienced on a beer this big.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Braudog (6632) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - JUL 23, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2008 Poured like motor oil, complete with the "glug glug" ... except the giant marshmellowy brown head on top (its so thick, you can scoop it out like a milkshake on your finger). The seductive aroma is of whiskey malt and pine trees. The first quaff is enlightening, with a burnt timber aspect, but with a resounding dried fruit sweetness that presides. Exceptionally big, robust beer. Not what I should be drinking in this heat. Ill buy more this winter!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
burpfrank (299) - carpinteria, California, USA - JUL 22, 2006
This had a nice active head,very strong.Color Black.aroma was a biting chocolate malt.Tasted bitter chocolate and coffee.Strong body.sticky palatte.This may be the best imperial porter I have tasted.Very good.It has a cool cartoon on the bottle to boot!!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GuilTTy (733) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JUL 20, 2006
Bottle from the Foodery in Philadelphia. Very dark brown, clear pour with a meduim sized but tight dusky sandstone head. Plenty of coffee and semi-sweet chocolate along with roasted malt, vanilla and alcohol in the aroma. Very much the same flavors but with a healthy hop bitterness which balanced the chocolate sweetness quite well. Silky mouthfeel and a long, sweet finish with touches of alcohol, caramel and coffee.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GregClow (3392) - 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.


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