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RATINGS: 2572   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 dont show it the proper respect. IBUs: 85

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pfr (121) - Kbenhavn, DENMARK - APR 28, 2006
Bottel 33 CL Color - Black/Brown Head - Beige Aroma - Strong, Coffe Flavor - Bitter, coffe, Hops Good

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cobra (1100) - - APR 27, 2006
12 oz. brown, longneck bottle. No freshness date seen. Loud pfftt when opened. Poured out a completely opaque dark brown color, with a volumous tan colored head. Aromas are of caramels, chocolate covered cherries, coffee, fresh malts, and a background of earthy hops. Flavors are of hot chocolate with cherry syrup in it, yeasty bread, caramel sauce. Thick, rich mouthfeel. A pleasure to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ekarmst (44) - Ames, Iowa, USA - APR 26, 2006
Vintage 05G - 12 oz. brown glass. A rather simple nose dominated by a definite c-hop aroma. Clean. Malt aroma lower than expected for such a large beer. Roastiness and floral esters emerge as this sample warms. Pours an opaque dark brown with a huge brown head that fell rather quickly to a tight silky lace. Flavor is malt balanced fades to a simple roasty caramel middle with no hop flavor which carries through to the finish. Roastiness and caramel linger in the aftertaste. Medium full body with a bit too much carbonation contributes to a crisper than desired finish. A little alcohol noticed in the finsh. A decent beer that appeals mostly because of original gravity. Basically a wee heavy with some roast barley and american hops. Very drinkable and none obtrusive. A bit of smoke character and age would improve this beer greatly. Lay this one down.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
T2Tool (352) - Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA - APR 21, 2006
Granted I am a big porter fan and grew up reading "Rolling Stone", hence a Hunter S. Thompson fan, which means I had more than one reason to appreciate this beer. Ive had it only from bottles poured into glasses, and the high alcohol volume and how good it is and how smoothly it goes down had made my wife limit the number of them I can have at one time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PeterA (342) - EL SALVADOR - APR 19, 2006
Cherry aroma. Dark brown, almost black color with a medium light brown head. The flavor starts as cherry, but finishes as espresso. The mouthfeel is slightly astringent, maybe from the alcohol. Overall, a good beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hiphops (286) - caldwell, New Jersey, USA - APR 16, 2006
good yo. pours mad black like dirty motor oil. smells like kalamata olives but not in a good way taste good roasty molassessness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hawksfan17 (890) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - APR 15, 2006
Pours black, midnight black, with a thin head. Very complex beer, at first I smelled the sweet chocolate but as I kept smelling I picked up on the floral hops. The flavor is just as complex and good. It is rich, smooth, and velvety. It sort of tingled on my tongue for a second as I sipped it. It had a very sweet chocolate, dark roasted taste to it. Very nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
raphael (1193) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 14, 2006
thick chocolaty head, darkest possible brown & opaque brew. aroma of sawdust & chocolate, hop tang below. the edge of the burnt initial taste is smoothed out by the sweetness whose dark chocolate is interrupted by a frothy hop. appropriate body & goes down very smooth, when alcohol rises and mixes a coffee & kahlua cocktail.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kepano (267) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 14, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2006 I picked up Gonzo on a whim long after I had tasted samples of Flying Dogs unimpressive gamut. However, I was taken by surprise by this porter as of the pour, a beautiful deep black body lit by a few tones of rich brown sparkling through the glass. The thick tan head forms a soapy center progressively circumscribed by smaller and smaller bubbles, ultimately reaching a creamy edge. A surprisingly complex aroma emanates, reminding initially of apple syrup, supported by cappuccino, cream, milk chocolate, mushrooms, grapefruit and with warming a touch of banana. The fruits are reverbated in the flavor giving it a sweet character that pleasantly mingles with the milk chocolate, coffee and the finishing bitterness of dark chocolate. The smooth and creamy texture complements the flavor subtly, coating the palate just slightly. A wonderful surprise and a decidedly delectable brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - APR 11, 2006
Pours black with a dark brown head. Aroma is hoppy with some pear notes. Lush sweet malts provide most of the flavor. I dont taste chocolate or coffee as I expected. Instead this beer is fruity. I taste mostly pears. Also has some pine and floral hops which is interesting for me in a porter. Very smooth and leaves a beautiful lacing down the glass.

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