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RATINGS: 2565   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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4.1
Papsoe (25056) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 20, 2005
(Bottle 35,5 cl) Black and opaque with a handsome, creamy head. Lovely hoppy nose. Surprisingly sweet with great notes of caramel. Lots of roasted malt, lightly burned flavours. Very lovely. 031205

3.8
Beerhunter111 (22488) - P´Castle, GERMANY - MAR 28, 2014
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein sehr dunkelbraunes Bier mit schöner bräunlichen Schaumkrone. Geruch sehr röstmalzig, schokoladig, Kaffee, dunkle Früchte. Geschmack sehr röstmalzig schokoladig, Kaffee, dunkle überreife Früchte, minimal säuerlich.

4.3
Leighton (22301) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 21, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2010 "We were somwhere around Salisbury on the edge of Connecticut when the alcohol began to take hold." A delicious porter here. Strong and rich, the brew is dark with a thick, creamy head. Very malty. Some coffee flavor. Nice and heavy. Update: I’ve now, two years later, had about ever version of this beer possible, including bottle, draught (normal), cask, and last night nitro. Each time no let-downs. FD has definitely done some good here.

4.3
Rasmus40 (21977) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 11, 2011
Black with a fast disappearing brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, burnt malt, coffee and dark chocolate. Flavor is quite sweet and rather bitter. Dry and roasted bitter finish. I had this side by side with the barrel aged version. Brilliant. 150909

3.7
chriso (21656) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 3, 2005
Bottled at the London gathering, November 2005. Thanks to Captain Cougar for bringing this one over. Very dark, almost opaque, black colour. There’s lots of coffee in evidence here. Perhaps more than I’d expect in a porter, although I appreciate that the US interpretation is rather different from the British origins. But there is a sour, slightly lactic, edge that I do like in a porter and some good balancing hoppy bitterness. Quite rich and fairly impressive. I can see how some people might think that the elements are not perfectly integrated, but I found the clashes rather interesting and intriguing.

3.3
Koelschtrinker (21489) - K?ln (Cologne), GERMANY - MAY 25, 2011
Malziger Antrunk, vorerst noch überschaubar. Im Mittelteil kräftiger, nur minimal röstig, vollmundig, etwas schokoladig. Süßlich, schokoladig-sanft, ausgewogen, etwas scharf alkoholisch. Die Malzigkeit setzt sich weiter fort und bleibt auf angenehmem Level, im Abgang brotig. /11/11/11/5/11

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fiulijn (21214) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 26, 2005
UPDATED: APR 5, 2009 2009-03-10, bottle at Svea, Malmö, 7-4-8-4-16=39
Mature caramel aroma, malt, alcohol, hops. Very good body strength, caramel flavor, chocolate, hopping. Balanced and long final, with caramel and chocolate again, sweet and bitter. Very good.

2008-09-01, draught at Cockney Pub, Århus, 7-4-8-4-15=38
Black color. Soft aroma, chocolate, mild roasted malt, with notes of vanilla and smoke. Good body strength, good sweet chocolate flavor turning slowly into a more roasted malt type. Good, for a Porter, but not much my favorite style.

2008-02-07, draught at Bishop’s Arms, Malmö, 8-4-8-4-16=40
Black color, creamy head. Nice aroma, hoppy, with some roasted malt. Medium body structure, witha strong flavor of dark chocolate, rising dark malt to the end, and luckily good hop, and a light fruity freshness. Very good.

2005-09-25, bottle at Oliver Twist, 8-5-7-4-15=39
Black color, big creamy brown head. Strong resinous hoppy aroma, light phenol. Good body structure, silky, malty, light liquorice, chocolate, strong coffee. Very long final (coffee-like).

3.9
Theydon_Bois (20609) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - AUG 6, 2012
Bottle poured into a Snifter glass (Dec ’11) to a very dark brown, verging on black colour. Small head and plenty of lacing as I drank. Smells that hit me were toffee, chocolate, sweet malts. Taste wise, sweet, malty, slightly burnt flavour the thing that stood out was a sweet taste from initial sip to aftertaste, but not unbearably sweet!

4.1
saxo (19522) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 18, 2008
Bottle. Nice creamy brown head with excellent duration. Color is black. Aroma and taste are rich with licorice, roast malt, coffee and chocolate. Some fruity notes as well.

3.7
harrisoni (19318) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2005
Bottle at London Gathering Nov 05. The label on the bottle sparked an interesting debate over Hunter S Thompson and is he over-rated. Black beer with farily non existant head. Nice aroma and goodish balance. Chocolate orange and coffee dominate throughout. Pretty good, but as Duff says, this lacks a bit of the intensity you would expect from an Imperial


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