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RATINGS: 2547   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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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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3.6
ChazMania (669) - Oceanside, California, USA - JUL 30, 2006
UPDATED: APR 25, 2007 Bottled. This is a high abv porter for sure. Thick, dark pour. Aroma is malty. Initial taste is chewy semi chocolate, dark raisin and caramel. Slightly on the thinner side of other porters I have sampled.

4.5
Yeahitsnolan (51) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUL 28, 2006
Great beer and GREAT porter. Poured blacker than black. By the aroma itself, you can tell it will be a thick n’ malty kick ass beer. Smooth great taste till the very end! Also at 9.5%ABV it will leave you feeling gooood.

4.1
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
ohnoitskristin (62) - Santa Cruz, California, USA - JUL 27, 2006
FANTASTIC. Definately have to agree with the "glug-glug" thing, that’s 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
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 I’ve ever experienced on a beer this big.

4.8
Braudog (6763) - 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 (it’s 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. I’ll buy more this winter!

4.7
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
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
GregClow (3402) - 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, it’s 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 you’re making a tribute to HST, you’re probably not aiming for mellow.

3.8
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 couldn’t 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!


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