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RATINGS: 2568   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcmisko (356) - New York, USA - AUG 10, 2012
Pours dark brown with tan brown head. Smells dark roasted. Taste is dark, med and chocolate roasted malts. Creamy and smooth mouth feel. Med full bodied. Dark, smooth, and great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
60minuteman (1429) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2017
Tap from Marshall Stack. Deep and complex. Very rich maltness accompanied by slight hop and oak/earth. Powerful stuff. Dark pour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yy0pp (1372) - - JAN 14, 2017
Bottle. Black color with beige head. Aroma - Cocoa, roasted malts, choc, cola. Taste - Sweet, lightly bitter, r-malts, toffee, choc.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
CanCrusher (1020) - Ilirska Bistrica, SLOVENIA - JAN 12, 2017
Bottle 0,355L. Black color with the big, long lasting, frothy, light brown head. Gentle espresso aroma and thats it. Have a sip and HOHOHO, it really blows me away! Light to moderate bitter, chocolaty flavor of full bodied beer. It become medium bitter, slightly herbal with chocolate and a touch of espresso. It lacks of aroma, otherwise great!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hrabren (1056) - Zagreb, CROATIA - DEC 31, 2016
0.33 l bottle from Pivoteka, Zagreb. Shared with Vinja 666 and Goran. Thanks! Brown, off-white head. Red fruits, blueberry, malty, hoppy. Roasty with some sweetness. Full body, medium carbonation, lasting aromatic finish. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MisoW (3407) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - DEC 29, 2016
Bottle at home. Pours deep brown color, beige head. Aroma of coffee, roasted malt, chocolate, plums, brandy. Taste is quite sweet, medium bitter, dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, brandy, bourbon, vanilla.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gramoit (462) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 17, 2016
Quite different to what I was expecting it has all the characteristics of a excellent big porter but with strong hop hit. Everything aligns, sweetness, dark chocolate, roasty coffee and some hoppy hits.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
MattBeer95 (13) - Grno, POLAND - DEC 12, 2016
Piwo wysmienite. Wyglad niesamowity. Aromat ciekawy . Smak moglby by? lepszy ale zostawiam do oceny.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
imperial_suchy (96) - Rybnik, POLAND - DEC 8, 2016
Piwo czarne z beżową pianą. W aromacie czekolada i suszone owoce, delikatne nuty palone. W smaku suszone owoce, gorzka kawa, przypieczona skrka od chleba. Przyjemna goryczka, niskie wysycenie. Przyjemne piwo.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
shawnmurphy (32) - Plattsburgh, New York, USA - DEC 7, 2016
Even though my beloved Hunter S. Thompson would drink almost anything, he was partial to whiskey, particularly Chivas Regal and Wild Turkey, or tequila, but he also liked to drink beer as if it were water; while much of that beer was whatever flavorless yellow brew was available back in the day, he was open-minded enough to try beer with flavor. This is perhaps how he forged a friendship in Aspen with George Stranahan, the founder of this brewery, which has its roots in Aspen, Colo., even though now its brewed in Frederick, Md. Im unsure whether Hunter actually tasted this particular beer, but I think its safe to say he would have enjoyed it and not just because of its 9.2 percent alcohol. The 12-ounce bottle poured into a wide-mouthed goblet an opaque black with a tall whipped-cream-substance tan head. I find the aromas to be subdued, but I can faintly make out fresh-ground espresso and dark chocolate. The flavor is espresso latte, bitter dark chocolate, browned campfire marshmallows and sweet vanilla bean, followed by a perfectly balanced bitterness which is followed by a mellow boozy warmness. The bittersweet mouthfeel is lush and silky without being slimy and cloying. Like with all of the Flying Dog beers, it adorns artwork by Ralph Steadman, the British modern-day version of Pablo Picasso, except hes not an asshole (before you assail me, Im referencing the Burning Sensations tune from the Repo Man soundtrack). On the label it shows the famed skeletal Gonzo version of HST whose cartoon bubble is saying, OK, lets party. On the side of the label it shares the Hunter quote, It never gets weird enough for me. The Flying Dog Brewery has always had this aura for me. While partially reinforced by the HST and Steadman labels, Im also reminded of my introduction to this brewery in 1992 when I attended my first Great American Beer Festival in Denver. I recall Flying Dog handing out stickers that read, I like it doggy style. It became the theme of the night for drunken men to put onto the backs of drunken women this sticker and then bark and howl like a wild dog. It was sophomoric humor of which Hunter would undoubtedly approve, just as he would approve of his namesake brew the Gonzo Imperial Porter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DonGregorio (115) - POLAND - NOV 27, 2016
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2016 Bottle. Black beer with large light brown head, mostly lasting. Aroma of dark chocolate, dried fruits, plums, cocoa, with faint vanilla, coffee and resin notes - noble, malty with a touch of hops. Taste is really enjoyable, medium to heavy sweet, chocolate with a touch of dried fruits, followed by light to medium bitterness - roasted, coffee and resin. Some roasted aftertaste. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. Deep and delicious.

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