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RATINGS: 2616   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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4.2
TheBeerLover (1027) - DC Metro Area, USA - APR 7, 2006
Pours to deep brown color, with a tan head that fades, and a soft to moderate amount of carbonation. Lots of good dark chocolate, cocoa, sweet malt, and mild roast notes in the nose. The palate is soft, with a slightly slick mouth feel. Sweet malt, dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, and mild roasty flavors coat the tongue. This beer finishes with more good sweet malt and dark chocolate up front, then ends with a nice punch of hop bitterness, and some soothing alcohol heat in the finish. Very delicious beer, that would make the perfect beer to relax with after work, and a fantastic desert beer. The 9.5% abv is hiden well, making this strong beer, very drinkable, so beware.

4.1
vyvvy (6399) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - APR 5, 2006
Pours an oily dark brown, maybe black with a very dark brown head. Aroma has very dark roastedness with dark chocolate traces, burnt toffee and some alcohol. The taste has lots of roasted flavors and a thick oily body. Sweetness starts things off, followed by some dark chocolate tones, the finish has a dryness to the roasted aspects and then hops become noticable at the end. For the amount of alcohol included it is very well hidden. Nice beer, best Ive had from the brewery.

4
Reid (2527) - Salem, Oregon, USA - APR 5, 2006
Vintage "06A" Dark brown almost mahogany coloured beer, nice sized dark tan head thats frothy and thick. Aroma is mainlly roasty/ burnt toasted malts, smells like a good dark cocoa powder. Very smooth yet tasty toasty malts dominate , giving an odd sensation of dark chocolate followed by milk creamy choc, monor bitter after taste, alcohol barely noticed. Very very smooth silky mouthfeel..thick and luxurious. Very nice beer ,probably the best yet , that I have had from Flying Dog..very impressed despite the alcoholic volume I found this very easy to drink

4
Gr0ve (2177) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 5, 2006
355 ml bottle. Throws an enormous brownish white head. Whipped egg-white thickness to the head. Pepper and pine aromas. Fresh hop leaves and juniper berries. Roasted malts play an important role, but still does not come to the front. The juniper flavour is quite prominent and covers most of the other flavour components. Very interesting indeed.

3.9
bmanning (142) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - APR 3, 2006
Pours a thick, jet black with a massive dark brown head that disipates very slowly. The aroma is of chocolate, molasses, grassy hops, coffee, hazelnut, vanilla, and dark fruits. The flavor is good, but its not great. It has a nice balance of malts and hops, but is lacking in complexity. There is a wonderful finish however, a very delicious beer. The palate is creamy with a nice hoppy bite - it could use some more hops flavor though.

4
HoppedHead (106) - seattle, Washington, USA - APR 3, 2006
Pours a dark black with a thick tan head, decent foam stability. Roasty nose with hints of chocolate and sublte fruitiness. Flavor bittersweet chocolate with a carmel sweetness and a balanced hop flavor and bitterness. Rich and tasty

3.9
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 3, 2006
Dark opaque body with a kahki colored head. Aroma brings notes of chocolate and dark fruits with some light coffee and cinnamon in the background. Light roasted barley accompanied by chocolate and lots of dark fruit notes (cherry and plum). Milk chocolate and some light coffe in the finish. Very nice.

4.1
rickgordon (3874) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - APR 1, 2006
Bottled. Black colour. Aroma of dark fruits, a blend of licorice and chocolate, light sweetish menthol and tar. Big fluffy mouthfeel, yet not super big body. Rubbery/Tarry backbone in flavour. The finish is long and wonderful.

3.8
tjthresh (1871) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - MAR 30, 2006
05 vintage poured into a snifter. Poured with the color of rich milky hot cocoa with a thick mousey light brown head. Initial aroma is hops which slowly subsides to a chocolatey roasted aroma. The flavor is full, round, and long lasting. Starts with rich chocolate mocha and that carries through with tons of bitterness. The palate is abrasive. Maybe from hops. Maybe carbonation. Whatever it is is distracting. Over all a fine beer and well worth the time and money. Thanks Indra.

4.4
eggman (45) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2006
12 oz. bottle, purchased over a year ago, kept in standard fridge...Pours a solid black with a small, coral-like, dark tan head that diminished rather quickly. Very good lacing...Light toasted chocolate malts combined with heavy pine hops. Average alcohol taste with a hint of licorice...Full bodied, thick and creamy, with a soft burning carbonation and a bitter syrupy finish...Very long in flavor, with a light port-like sweetness coupled with heavily smoked chocolate bitterness...Dominates the mouth with a warm dark chocolate that begs you to take your time with it. Outstanding! (The one I had fresh over a year ago was not rated, but from what I can recall, it definitely has mellowed the burning alcohol effect. Delicious either way.)


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