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RATINGS: 2620   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 don’t show it the proper respect. IBU’s: 85

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4.3
Miksu (5053) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - JUL 15, 2006
Bottled. Black color with dark, creamy and long lasting head. Clean roastiness, coffee and fresh birch leaves in the aroma. Soft flavor with coffee, charcoal and dark fruits. Long sweet finish with charcoal, birch and salty licorice. Not the most complex porter/stout but still highly enjoyable. The gonzo labels of flying dog bottles are also great!

3.9
TheOrange (479) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JUL 15, 2006
Again, on tap at Riverside. Nice black body, with a think off-tan head. Nice Malty aroma, maybe some chocalate and pine in there. This beer has a big flavor, the malts hit you pretty heavy. there are traces of the chocalate from the aroma and a bit a caramalize falvor Also, the alcohol is very noticable, this is not a beer that will sneak up on you. Good beer.

3.4
hopdog (12584) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 10, 2006
12oz bottle. Poured a dark black with reddish/brown edges and an averaged sized light brown head. Aromas of roast, light chocolate, light caramel, and pine. Tastes of roast, coffee, caramel, and pine. Should this be that piney - where am I picking up all the pine from. Alcohol content well hidden.

4.3
wnp22 (698) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 3, 2006
Tasted in Toronto. Obtained on a trip to Boulder Colorado. tasted in dimple mug. Deep black opaque appearance with creamy head (although slightly on the thin side) which is a tan / tobacco colour. Aroma is somewhat strange, all I can pick up is celery or vegitables. Wow, flavour is pretty nice, rich complex roasted malt, coffee cream, espresso and some toffe like caramel to finish - creme brulee. Alcohol is well hidden.

4
abb73 (27) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 2, 2006
The aroma is of caramelled malt. Pours a completely opaque deep, dark brownish-black with a dense chocolatey head that leaves a nice lacing. Flavors of smooth caramel, bitter sweet German chocolate, and espresso end with a burnt caramel aftertaste. It’s only been a year, but it is much smoother in ’06 than it was in ’05. I’ve got one bottle left...I wonder how long I should wait before drinking it?

3.8
Yeggo (38) - USA - JUL 1, 2006
PITCH Black... foam may STILL be on the glass. Really good. Had one with a friend who knows these things, and says it’s the best porter he’s had. Guess that means its’ good.

3.2
Beerfern (2) - USA - JUN 29, 2006 does not count
Jet black with about a 1.5 inch dark brown fizzy head. Aromas of bitter chocolate. Very mild wrt burnt malt or coffee flavors. Lacks presence for an imperial porter. Finish is of bitter citrus.

3.9
DrGonzoDEA (1) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 29, 2006 does not count
With cover work via Ralph Steadman, the label alone is worth the price of admision. Upon entry one finds a complex medley of flavors and a texture / apperance that would make the the good doctor proud.

2.7
Kiapepito (110) - Port Angeles, Washington, USA - JUN 22, 2006
I took one for the team since i enjoy hunter s. thompson’s work, but oh goodness... not only is it thick as corn syrup, but it was very heavy of thick tan head. thank goodness i only need 2 ounces to rate a beer... hahaha.. thanks to irishboy for this beer!

4
Ibrew2or3 (8614) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 21, 2006
Black with brown head. Sweet malt and burnt black patent make for a nice aroma. Taste is rich sweet malt that balances out the dry burnt malt of the black patent. Adds welcome complexity to the porter like malt flavor. Nice. I was expecting an over abundance of burnt black patent. This malt combo creates balance and added interest in the next sip. I also detect a bit of a port wine flavor and some wood. Very good beer.


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