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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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3.2
WaddlingPlatypus (186) - Durham, ENGLAND - JUL 17, 2016
355ml bottle at the Head of Steam, Durham. Dark brown pour with a mocha head. Aromas of dry coffee and dark roasted malts. Flavours of light red berries, and acrid woodsmoke.

4.1
MikeMac (185) - Wyandotte, Michigan, USA - FEB 3, 2006
Pours a black/ brown color nice frothy to foamy brown head Roasty chocolated aroama. Big chocloate to licorice flavor.Balanced out by some hop flavor Smooth creamy finish very nice..

4.4
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.

3.9
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.

3.8
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

4.2
birocotsios (184) - - MAR 13, 2016
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2017 Bottle. Black with brown foam. Strong aroma of chocolate with a coffee and brandy note. Strong sweet taste of chocolate mousse with notes of brandy, mocha and plums. Sweet aftertaste with a touch of butterness.

3.8
bierkitty (183) - Elysburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 29, 2011
Sable brown with with good tan head. Roasty, thick and molassasy with a smoothness that hides the 9.2 % alcohol. A bit of astringency became evident as it warmed, but still it was a yummy treat.

4.4
Gpnterojd (183) - 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.

3.9
WolfsBlood84 (183) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - FEB 16, 2008
UPDATED: APR 27, 2009 12 Oz. Bottle - Vintage 2003 - An incredible surprise! I thought I’d had this beer before, but not such a vintage! Given to me by a dear Bud-hee who loves Hunter S. Thompson but, alas, not (good) beer. Poured dark brown/black with a nice tan head and good lacing. Aroma of chocolate, caramel, malt, tobacco, earth, small hops. Taste was quite the same but I simply could not believe how hoppy this had stayed after 5+ years. Aftertaste is pure bitter, chocolately hops. This along with Three Floyds Alpha Klaus are absolutely among the best and most flavorful porters I’ve ever had. Normally I don’t even drink porters - I head straight for the stouts - but this is better than many of the stouts I’ve tried. Ina word- delicious.

3.6
sethbreaker (180) - 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


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