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RATINGS: 2550   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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3.2
User37895 (3042) - - JUN 5, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2008 Re-rate, 1/12/08, just ahead of the BA version. All roasty coffe type flavors to accompany the aroma and pitch black appearance. Bitter roast and hops in the finish. Light smoke and ashe appear with warmer temperatures, thoroughly uninviting, it is what it is, an average brew. I stand by my original rating, although I can’t believe I came back to it. Stoopid marketing ploys is that BA stuff. Original rating: I won’t return to this one, as it was completely uninspired and boring. Poured pretty pitch black with a small tan head that disappeared quickly, although the lacing was outstanding. The flavor was resinous and had some chocolate to go along with lots of American pine style hops. Significant roasted touch to it all. Ended pretty bitter and just not to my liking.

3.9
timtheenchanta (70) - Clemson, South Carolina, USA - JUN 4, 2006
Pours thick with a half inch dark brown head. Not much retention and no lacing. Jet black liquid. Smells of coffee and heavy roasted malts. Very malty taste with some coffee and a slight hoppy balance. Chewy/bubbly mouthfeel that leaves a heavenly malty feel on the palate and not too much hops. A little thinner than I expected. Pretty easy to drink but I probably should have had a little more on my stomach first.

3.8
drainey (234) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 2, 2006
12 oz bottle. Dark black body with a large brown head of smallish bubbles. Aroma has some caramel and alcohol with some coffee notes. Flavor is very nice, highlighted by a molassesy sweetness, but offset by a coffee bitterness. Palate is thick but not too thick.

4.1
Dorqui (2260) - Brescia, ITALY - JUN 2, 2006
Really darkest color, black, dense and inscrutable. Beautiful dark nut creamy head, nearly coffee type; medium persistence. Complex and decidedly alcoholic scent; notes of liqueur, roast coffee, burned wood and resin. Wrapping and overbearing alcoholic scent but however soft. Very roasty, moderately sweet on the end.

3.8
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 1, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2011 Haven’t had one of these in quite some time. Still looks as smoky and delicious as ever, but I was surprised at how live the carbonation was and also that there was a more notable hop presence than I’d remembered (my recollection was that it was far more smoky and malty). Still a fine, distinctive imperial porter. Edit: I’m off this beer now, after having had a bottle literally explode while it was sitting on my kitchen table. I posted this somewhere in the forums: bought off the shelf, this was just sitting in my cool cellar and had been brought up to taste. Heard a loud pop from another room, beer and glass everywhere.

3.9
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JUN 1, 2006
Pours a dark brown color with a nice tan head that slowly fades. Very light lacing. Has a light roasted malt and very light citrus hop aroma. Flavor is chocolate and coffee with a decent amount of bitterness to back it up. Medium to full body. This is another beer that will get better with time. A must try.

4.2
buckybeer (666) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 1, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2006 This is a very nice porter. Pours a creamy black with nice sticky tan lacing. A great sipping beer. Re-rate - 10-22-06 Perfect appearance. Big tan frothy head. Awesome combination of malts, coca, and hops.

4.5
fbennett (293) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 31, 2006
Pours a dark brown with a thick tan head. The nose is very fresh crisp hops, bringing a pungent floural flavor to the nose. There is also a small citrus background with chocolate and espresso notes and no alcohal to be found. The taste is syrupy sweet, brown sugar, french vanilla coffee, with a balance of bitter piney hops. As I let this continue to warm some more vanilla and oak woodiness come to mind. This is a great porter one for sipping and enjoying slowly.

4.1
blankboy (7735) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 29, 2006
Bottle. Pours black with faint red hues and a large lasting creamy light-brown head -- not sure how it could look any better! Wonderful aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, dark fruit, brown sugar and more. Flavour’s just as good and has lots of chocolate, dark fruit, dark malt, resiny hops and alcohol and a nice long bitter finish. It hides the alcohol incredibly well. Great body for a Porter. This would be rated even higher if it had a little more "kick" to it but as it is it’s definitely Flying Dog’s best beer and a fantastic Imperial Porter.

3.6
schwaiger (90) - Laramie, Wyoming, USA - MAY 28, 2006
12 oz bottle. Poured black with a small, mostly lasting light brown head. Aroma of strawberry preserves, espresso, bandaid. As the glass warmed, raspberry espresso truffles, sweet port. Heavily sweet in the beginning, medium bitterness of coffee in the middle, long sweet coffee and fruity finish. Sweet chocolate flavors and noticeabel alcohol. Syrupy and sticky mouthfeel.


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