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RATINGS: 2595   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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ajwilliams (132) - , Indiana, USA - DEC 14, 2008
Beautiful pour with a rich chocolate head. Aroma of roasted malt, hops, coffee, plumb, brown sugar. Bitter predominates, but lets plenty of other complexity through. Coffee and caramel are the major notes. Smooth feel and very drinkable. Hunter Thompson is the man. They launched his ashes into space, and that is awesome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
OnWisconsin (132) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 29, 2012
A nice very dark brown almost black beer with about 3 fingers of head, brown sugar in color in a tulip glass. Aroma had a nice light aroma to it with some sweet chocolate followed by a perfect hop aroma, from the west coast with that hint of pineapple.!! Taste is pure sweet chocolate up front followed by just a little heat of the alcohol, not at all bad for a 9.2 abv. I think the abv kills off most of the IBUs as I cant taste much of the hop that has been added to this beer but at the same time the hops hides most of this 9+abv. Mouthfeel has a bit much carbonation but as it sits it improves much in this regard. This is a porter that will be nice and sweet in about 3 years out of the cellar...

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
iggynelix (132) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 16, 2013
Tap sampler. Opaque dark brown with a cream thin head. Aromas of cereal and Caramel. Round mouthfeel with a short finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerloverEJ21 (131) - Georgia, USA - OCT 17, 2006
Wow, this beer was great! Havent had many porters, but this beer is on the top of my list. On tap at a locl bar. Pour is thick and dark as night. Slightly sweet taste, mildly bitter, roasted coffee, toffee, fruity, kick in the face delicious. The taste is filling and satisfying, and the abv will give you a run for your money. This is not a beer for regular lager beer drinkers, but I thought it was great!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gameface23 (131) - Haverhill, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 13, 2008
Poured pitch black with a dark tan head. Smell was roasted coffee and chocolate and a very slight hint of alcohol. Similar flavor. I thought it was well-rounded with a decent mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
stankenk (130) - Maplewood, Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2008
Pours a thick deep dark brown. The nose is a strong coffee with subtle chocolate notes. Comes across the palate very similar; but it has a very faint chocolate undertones.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
killroy (129) - BULGARIA - DEC 27, 2015
Black color with tan head. Aroma: chocolate, coffee, roasted malt. Taste is similar. Good one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerGuyTWMore (128) - Florida, USA - JUL 21, 2009
Pours a dark brown with little-no light getting through; brown head laces. Malt upfront on the nose with hint of hops, some chocolates and oak aswell. Roasted malt and smoak up frront with chewy chocolatey coffee middle. Finishes with a nice warming brandy alcohol flavor with all flavors lingering. Medium-full body. Added points for the cool hunter thompson artwork. Let this one warm up to you! (definitely a cold weather brew)

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
IEBAILI (128) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 23, 2007
Pours black, thick and opaque with a rich mahogany head. A Bordelais waiter I worked with once stuck his nose in a glass of 20 year old first growth bordeaux from a great vintage and announced that this shit could make you believe in God. This beer is threatening my atheism. Roasted nuts, caramel, toffee, coffee, earthy, foresty hops. Something rich and warm and natural that evokes toasted oak, even though as far as I know this beer is not actually oaked. I cant wait to try the version that is barrel aged. The alcohol is niether obtrusive nor hidden, but contributes positively and harmoniously to the overall flavor of the beer. Enough hops to create tension with rich maltiness. The texture is practically perfect, like syrup in the mouth but not cloying after swallowing. The flavors linger, and a touch of tart fruitiness emerges at the end. A long, complex finish with an aftertaste of figs or maybe dates.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
RedXIII (127) - Powell, Ohio, USA - MAY 30, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2009 An imperial stout in disguise. Raven black with dark brown head. One of the best looking beers Ive ever seen. Flavor is complex without being overwhelming. Great blend of coffee, roasted nuts, chocolate. Very smooth mouthfeel and finish. This is simply a great beer and one of my favorite porters.

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