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RATINGS: 2559   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Unique69crazy (120) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 22, 2008
This brew was quite tasty and smooth flowing throughout. High malty notes of coffee adds to a great aroma. Good flavor, but a weak hoppy taste leaves me slightly disappointed. Overall, a great drink and I plan on buying this again in the near future.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mothman (120) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 14, 2010
Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a pint glass. Head is nice fluffy brown. Leaves some amazing lacing (it was pretty pretty) Color is jet back with a hint of brown. This beer sure looked and tasted amazing. The smell is a sweet malty coffee with a nice mix of grassy hops. The taste follows quite along with the smell. It has an excellent balance of hop and malts. You can definitely taste the alcohol in this 9.2% beer. The mouthfeel is wonderful as it very very smooth. But let me tell you this; this beer is very, very filling. This is a definite keeper! The first of the mixed pack, which means I have high expectations for the others! A definite must try. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 09-28-2008 00:42:49

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
johnluvsbeer (120) - Arizona, USA - MAR 19, 2012
Very dark oak brown. The smell is sweet dark chocolate and roasted malt. Taste is burnt malt bitterness giving way to sweet dark fruit. Hops are strong and citrusy coming in at the end. Full bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
killroy (120) - BULGARIA - DEC 27, 2015
Black color with tan head. Aroma: chocolate, coffee, roasted malt. Taste is similar. Good one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bermod (119) - Jyvskyl, FINLAND - MAY 17, 2009
Smooth, syrupy sweet aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee and licorice. Something common with Ngne ؒs IS. Sweet chocolate, coffee and smooth roasted maltiness in flavor. Dryish and moderately bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jnelson_22 (118) - Heerlen, NETHERLANDS - JAN 12, 2010
Pours a deep black with a robust, brown head. Plenty of hops on the nose, coupled with dark chocolate malt, coffee and hints of cloves or sweet cinammon. Immediately bitter on the tongue, followed by plenty of coffee with hints of chocolate and deep fruit, like plum. Follows through with plenty of hop bitterness and a lingering taste of sweet coffee malt and the warmth of alcohol in the back of the mouth. Thick, smooth mouthfeel. I found this one surprisingly bitter, though I guess I should have know better by the 85 IBUs... Well balanced by the rich malt, and a good example of an imperial porter, but not one that will find its way into my fridge very often..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
forsides (118) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 3, 2009
dark brown enough to be called black. rich tan head. deep rich caramel and coffee malt and hops nose. notes of piney hops with bitter chocolate roasted malt

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
edfitz (118) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - DEC 28, 2006
This is really good. Black with a tan head. Very smooth. It does not taste like it is 9.5%. Very malty and smooth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Flyer (118) - Hartland, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 25, 2007
A very interesting porter. Pours a dark chocolate color with a substantial head. The first thing you notice is a grapey aroma, but the roasty malts come in quickly. The flavor is nice, lots of roasty notes, with that grapey overlay (which isnt entirely a positive, but at least its different for a porter). What pluses this for me is that its one of those beers whose alcohol seems to waft aromatically through your head as your drink it. Definitely worth a try, and maybe a repeat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
chokmah33 (118) - San Luis Obispo, California, USA - APR 4, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2008 Dark chocolate, burnt sugar, toffee, and almond aromas. Fig and overly-ripe cherry alongside a bitter oaky floral hops bouquet. Smells like the dankest porter ever. Intial mouthfeel and taste reminds me of red wine. I didnt find it to bitter, I enjoyed the citrus pucker that builds in the mid. Sublte creamy texture is impressive. Malts give you something to chew on. Gentle smoky (grilled meat) and woodsy flavors up front. Chocolate coffee roasted malt backbone, cherries and carmelized peaches in the mid. Finish is pure bitter chocolate around the campfire satisfaction.

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