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. raphael (1240) - 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. kepano (278) - 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 Dog’s 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. 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 don’t 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. Minker17 (14) - Franklin, Tennessee, USA - APR 11, 2006
This is a very well done porter. Although, it was a bit too heavy for my tatse. It is still a very well crafted beer and fans of porters that want a heavy porter will enjoy this.
MullMan (1099) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - APR 10, 2006
semi-opaque blackish body and a bit of browninsh gold at the edges. thick creamy burnt sienna head. aroma is roasted chocolate malt, black mission figs, and some sweet molasses. flavor is sweet molasses, rosted coffee malt, and some sweet black licorice. a bit of bitter in the finish/aftertaste. thank you for not making this into a hop fest and keeping a porter the way it should be! great tribute to Hunter Thompson. DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - APR 8, 2006
Ruby tinged black, lasting tan head. Roasty malt aromas, and a hint of coffee. Nice full mouthfeel that leaves a slight resinous coating. Wonderful flavors of rich dark roasted malts, coffee, bittersweet chocolate. Sicy, piney, herbal hops round out the malts nicely leaving a balanced finish. A little of the alcohol is noticeable, but certainly not a dominant feature. radagast83 (8011) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - APR 8, 2006
Bottle. Dark black. Very bitter. Thick, but not too bad. Not the best I have had in terms of porters, but decent enough. Too expensive for what you get though. SynergyXJ (510) - Blacksburg, Virginia, USA - APR 7, 2006
Very viscous black pour with mild yellowish head. Rich smoky aroma and can defiantly smell some alcohol. Fills my mouth with a creamy smooth feel. Porters are usually too thick for me, but this is by far my favorite porter. GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - APR 7, 2006
God this was awful. I will have to assume from my peers that I just got a really, really, really bad bottle of this stuff. It was undrinkable and embarrasing amongst the 10 people who were at our tasting. I will give it a future review again with the hopes that what I had was some anomallous horrible bottle not fit for human consumption, let alone rate it.