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RATINGS: 2616   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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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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4.1
Likeburning (149) - Franklin, Tennessee, USA - JAN 6, 2006
This deep chocolate colored brown headed beer is one not to miss for porter fans. Very thisk and hearty, best enjoyed with good friends during good times. Hints of different coffees and other dark herbs? Heavy and smooth. Especially great for a medium sized brewing company.

4
BossHossBikes (148) - California, USA - AUG 17, 2007
Bottle. As soon as I popped open the cap, I got a face full of aroma. I realized I was in for something amazing. The pour is a very opaque ebony with a dark tan head that lasts and creates nice lacing. After swirling the beer in my snifter a little to create some head and trap a good amount of aroma, I leaned forward to take a whiff. I smell lots of roasty espresso as well as cocoa, hops, vanilla, some earthy spicy notes, and some dark fruit tanginess. Im even more excited about tasting it now. I take a sip. ...Wow. Its very viscous. The carbonation is moderate. Its somewhat oily to the tongue as well. The flavour is intense. The smokiness is most prominent. Coffee is also distinct. Cocoa becomes a little more noticeable as the brew passes the tongue and the smokiness subsides. Bitterness also instantly hits as the brew passes the tongue. But its more like a smoky bitter. A minute after a sip, I feel like Ive eaten smoked meat. Im still trying to convince myself that this isnt an imperial stout.

4.3
performula (148) - Heart of the Rockies, Colorado, USA - OCT 22, 2007
This has to be the best Imperial Porter. Probably tied with my favorite porter for flavor and taste. Medium head. Chocolate, and roasted scents. Tastes delicious. Malty finish with a slight hop ending.

3.6
simoneopazz (148) - , ITALY - APR 15, 2011
sicuramente non il mio genere,ma devo riconoscere che un ottima birra,forse un p troppo invadente al palato con le sue note di caff e caramello.

3.8
Allara (148) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 8, 2011
12 oz bottle. Pours deep black with a think, long lasting tan head. Malty aroma with some hop character coming through. Medium with a bitter slightly dry finish. Malt notes upfront with some roasted coffee notes that give way to some hop character that ends with a slight alcohol, bitter bite. Despite the description, the beer is very well balanced and enjoyable. A more robust porter, but enjoyable! Overall: (A)

3.6
Skvader (148) - Malm, SWEDEN - OCT 26, 2012
Gives a nice light brown head which only remains as a haze throughout. Aroma has dark chocolate and wood. Taste is smokey and coarse yet somewhat sweet as strong coffee with brown sugar. Aftertaste is first a sharp bitterness than almonds and similar nuts.

4
piwnanuta (148) - Warsaw, POLAND - JAN 19, 2017
Aromat: wanilia; kakao; czekolada deserowa; w tle kawa Smak: gorzka czekolada; melanoidyny; delikatnie słodkie; popiołowe; dużo chmielu; alkohol ukryty; Piana: średnie oczka; utrzymuje sięprzez jakiś czas; beżowa; Kolor: czarny; bez prześwitw Potężnie nachmielony imperialny porter. Najbardziej w tym piwie podoba mi się goryczka. Coś jak blend mocnej kawy z chmielem. Do tego popiołowość w posmaku. Tylko dla doświadczonych smakoszy. Kojarzycie ten moment gdy za mocno nachyliliście się nad ogniskiem/grillem i wciągnęliście trochę popiołu, to jest to samo uczucie. Wydawałoby się nieprzyjemne, a jednak. Do tego ta kawa z czekoladą. Daje niesamowitą pełnię piwu. W smaku po sporym ogrzaniu zaczyna wychodzić wanilia, ktrej na początku nie czułem. Rozgrzewa z każdym łykiem, a alkoholu jak nie było tak i niema. Średnio wysycone i gęste.

3.3
kpresley77 (147) - Jackson, Georgia, USA - JUN 20, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2008 Bottle pours black with thin brown head. Aroma is coffee, resin and alcohol. First taste is sweet, coffee and spicy. Has alcohol and hops body with sweet coffee finish. ABV is very noticiable.

4
DiabolikDUB (147) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 14, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2009 Poured from Bottle into Snifter glass. Pours a deep, thick black with a nice one inch tan head that very slowly dissipates into a fine film around the glass. Very classy looking. The aroma is of bitter chocolate and slight dried fruits and roasted malts. WOW... The flavor on this is packed with striking coffee bitterness, chocolate, licorice, and just a touch of smoke and maybe leather. The alcohol has a lasting warming presence. The mouthfeel is suprising medium-bodied and ends with a semi-dry finish. Classy. Overall, I am extremely impressed with this beer. While there is an obvious presence of alcohol, I would still drink a couple of these through-out an adventurous evening.

4
Eckato (147) - Gulfport, Florida, USA - JUL 30, 2007
Poured from bottle...thick and dark dark dark. Little tan head that adds to the overall effect...I love not being able to see light through the brew...head disappears...very much a deep molasses aroma...wow, very smooth and smokey in flavor...this is nice and at 9.5% alc. Oh man I like this...will have to get some more for the cupboard...


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