peter48er (185) - Liverpool, Merseyside, ENGLAND - JUN 8, 2009
Poured jet black with a small creamy head. I didn’t find the aroma particularly interesting; there seemed to be very little on the nose. The taste however was completely different. I was knocked out particularly, I think, with a strong suggestion of liqourice and some roasted barley & coffee notes. This certainly had the ’wow’ factor for me and has to be one of the best beers I’ve tasted in a long, long time. keidjxz (184) - Fullerton, California, USA - MAY 1, 2010
12oz Bottle. Pours dark red brown with an amazing amount of frothy and long lasting tan foam. The aroma is roasty with coffee and nutty qualities as well as a bit of resin and leather. The beer first tastes slightly sweet and moderately sour both of which fade away into an intense bitterness. dolemite77 (184) - Maryville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 26, 2008
HST, RIP... I had this once prior to my rating days, and I remembered thinking it was a bit too sweet... on this go around, it is just about perfect. Pours opaque brown, with more lacing than head... aroma is sweet cold coffee. Thick, rich brew that has flavors of coffee, some chocolate, grapefruity hops, and a nice dry finish. A big porter to be sure, but is relatively easy to drink. Being a great beer, dedicated to HST, I have to push this one up to the tops on my list. brontebeach (184) - Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2013
Lovely, end of session closure. Deep dark complex, smooth, coffee and chocolate.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone sethbreaker (179) - New York, Greater London, USA - MAR 13, 2012
Draft at Mugs Alehouse. Barrel aged version. Sweet and rich on the palate, I get brown sugar, molasses and caramel. Nice smooth mouth feel, It’s sweet but I like it
Gpnterojd (179) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 23, 2009
Aroma of pears, cherries, grapefruit, chocolate and coffee. Almost opaque, lightbulbs just manage to poke through its murky complexion. Small dirty slush head. Ampules of flavour - smoke, bologne, grapefruit, dark chocolate, lemon, apricot. Fantastic material for the tongue to dig through.
Dry on the palate. Leaves a large and warm imprint on the mouth and throat. Damn good. BiochemProf (179) - Boone, North Carolina, USA - JAN 9, 2007
1-finger dark brown foamy head atop a black (no light penetrates) pour. Strong citrus aroma mixed with roasted malt. Nice malty coffee taste followed by a pleasing sharp bitterness. Ahhhh porter! luvcasks (178) - USA - NOV 4, 2007
Good Lord... who ever called this an Imperial Porter was "ONTO" or "ON" something.... Fitting no style and deliciously indulgent with a potent punch. Fitting beer to be called Gonzo
Everything about this screams imperial stout and labeling it a Strong Ale is a cop out.
From the pour heavy like motor oil.. bark brown head and practically a black hole
Seductive dark aromas of bitter chocolate, some espresso, figs and raisin
Flavors to match the nose with a slight chalk and ever so slight tang to keep it from being heavy.
The finish being long, first dark malts then dried out by significant hop flavor
Overall: A great beer ready to drink now but with some age could be more indulgent as the hop bite dulls.
Cheers Flying Dog. kwerikson (178) - burlington, New Jersey, USA - SEP 28, 2009
it has a dark frothy head that is just awsome to look at. you can smell chocolate and sugar with the roasted malts in it. there is a hoppy tatse to it in the finish but mostly malty and full bodied trough the palate. aftertaste is nice and plesent. nice porter. tabernae (178) - Latina, ITALY - MAY 7, 2011
di colore nero, chiuma marrone. Aroma è profondo e complesso, cioccolato fondente, malto torrefatto,resine. al palato ritorna il cioccolato, con caffè, liquirizia e tanto luppolo. Corpo pieno. una grande porter.