overall
99
95
style
Serve in Shaker, Snifter

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 2582   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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3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - MAY 12, 2006
Serious deep black pour with a small dense cap of tawny bubbles--a nice chocolate frosting on a chocolate cake look. Lots of volatile fusel alcohol up front that really detracts from the rest of the aroma. Focused thought and sniffing reveal some pleasant coffee and a touch of caramel buried underneath the fumey burn. Smokey chocolate flavor mingles with a resiny hop character. Softly carbonated. The chewy sticky quality of the hops in the finish is distracting and off-putting to me. This beer tastes rushed: like something that was made with solid craft, but then wasnt given the time to get over being green and rough. Id like to try it again with some age.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 9, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2010 Vintage 2006B. Pours nearly black with a fairly small, light brown, pillowy head with decent longevity. Nose was a little subdued, but pleasant; earthy/cedar hops up front, with significant dark chocolate and burnt caramels backing with a slight coffee roast character and hints of smoke and currant. Again same flavors as the nose but much more powerful, almost like a mocha coffee flavor to go along with some anise and an excellent cedar wood tinge (strange, but enticing) with again some smoke and faint currant. The bittersweetness finally gives way to a decent bitter cedar and coffee finish with a light dryness. The palate really helps the beer tremendously; medium to full body with a soft to lively, smooth, chewy, silky feeling that is excellent. At first I thought the hops were inappropriate, but they really gave the beer a unique character that is matched by a great chocolate and slight roast malt backbone. Beautiful, somewhat complex, and unparalleled by any other porter Ive tried.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hammenlind (737) - Sundbyberg, SWEDEN - MAY 9, 2006
Pure black with a tan head. Roasted, spicy, burnt nose with hints of coffee and almond. Flavour is quite burnt and acidic. Some notes of dark fruits. Thick mouthfeel. Great bitterness. Warming alco-feel in finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
bager (2120) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - MAY 9, 2006
Bottle. Black coloured with medium brown head. Slight aroma of soap and liquorice. Hiigh carbonated. Flavour is very malty and slightly spicy. Also a faint scent vanilla.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - MAY 6, 2006
Pours a dark dark brown almost black with a darker bubbly (small bubbles) tan head that left great lacing. Aroma was sweet with chocolate, orange, light coffee, cherries and overall I was very impressed at the hop presence that came through in the aroma. Flavor had more of the hops coming through. Citrus, pine and some other various fruits that were mixed with a sweet roasty malt, coffee and a hint of chocolate. Very smooth on the palate with the alcohol well hidden. What a great hoppy Baltic Porter!

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
NewCastle1 (59) - Indiana, USA - MAY 4, 2006
Bottle. Pours a deep, dark redish color. with little to no head to speak of. Aroma is of coffee, chocolates, malts and maybe a touch of sour cherries? Taste is very nice. Has a nice bitter front to the beer. And then mellows out to a nice, smooth coffee finish. Coaffee, malts, chocolate, a slight bitter hop taste in there to. Not to bad.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Furseth (2142) - Kunglv, SWEDEN - MAY 3, 2006
Dark red,body, medium sweetness, medium bitterness. Balance between the bitternes and sweetness. Coffe flavor.A porter indeed.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - MAY 3, 2006
This one pours a pitch black body and a nice and foamy long lasting brown head. Aroma is sweet chocolaty and roasted with a pleasant coffee note and some orange and pineapple. Flavor is dominated by coffee roast with a sourish hint from the roast. Very full and chevy mouthfeel and biding on the tongue. Hoppy finish. IMO an excellent and underrated porter!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JugOPunch (83) - Nashua, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 1, 2006
12oz bottle: A nice aroma hops coffee and roast. Taste much the same with good balance between the coffee bitterness and the malty sweetness. No alcohol presence on the palate. A medium to full body with a smooth silky mouth feel. This is very tasty. Certainly the best Flying Dog has to offer. Ill definitely pick this up again.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bridge (659) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - APR 28, 2006
Lots of hoppy fruit in this, sort of like an IPA. That makes a lot of sense to me now knowing the hop content, but I was a bit perplexed at the time. Somehow it all works well. The flavour has a great balance which is well and truly favoured to the bitter side, but stays afloat. Nice depth on the medium bodied palate, a lovely lasting aftertaste. Damn good stuff.


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