RATINGS: 2557   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 don’t show it the proper respect. IBU’s: 85

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mcberko (18573) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 5, 2010
12 oz. bottle from Brewery Creek, pours very dark brown / black with a tan head. Roasted malts upfront on the nose, with an unusually strong hops aroma. Flavour of very strong hops, unexpectedly for a porter, sweet fruits, strong liquorice and bitterness at the end. Unique brew - most excellent.

Oakes (18543) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 8, 2007
Ok, first off we’ll skip all that crap about how much of a pain in the ass it was just to get this beer. Most of you are probably sitting there with your pud in one hand and a Gonzo Porter in the other thinking “Shit, dude, just go to the store.” And that’s the frickin’ problem. I live in Canada, man. There really is only one store I can buy this stuff. Hey, cheers to mgermani for posting about that. That’s community spirit right there. But yeah, Point Grey is pretty far out of the way for this eastside boy.

Been watching hockey all day – actually kind of funny drinking a Denver beer the night those wankers (except Sakic, he’s no wanker) get eliminated. What glass? Harvey Porter, too right. It’s my go-to glass for quality porter of all types. Don’t use it for stout. Don’t use it for bock. Probably should use it for bock. But don’t. It’s the porter glass and that’s all there is to it.

Pretty damn close to black. But not quite. Thirteen years ago that would be black. Beaumont taught me that black usually isn’t black. Nice creamy head and not a widget in sight. Nice to see somebody out there still thinks that brewing talent is better than technology. Did you know that the Vancouver public just voted Subway for “best sandwich”? Yeah. Those are the same dumb cunts who think a widget head is better looking than this thing. I think a lot of folks have forgotten that opinions should only come from experience and brains – the rest of the people should shut the fuck up. I don’t want to drink this mother until I’ve blown off a roll of film on it.

Now smell this. Rich dark and singed fruits like plum, dates, pomegranate and raisins. Burly roastiness, tempered by abundant malt sugars – so clean and simple but so effective. And a hint of woody, grapefruity hops. It’s all there, dude. Complex as all hell and bang on to style, such as “imperial porter” is a real style. More like a fun interpretation of a few older, established concepts. But that’s for another day, cause today I’m drinking.

Big and soft, this fills the mouth with decadence. The fruits are more pronounced with raisins and burnt plums taking lead. There’s some roast in there, too, and a ton of smooth, milk chocolatey malts. And then the alcohol washes over you. One of the best feelings in the world, ladies and gentlemen, that first wave of ETOH on the brain.

Really well-structured beer. Rich and delicious. It’s beers like this that remind me why I drink beer. Cause sometimes you find a beer that’s worth trekking across town and paying through the teeth for. Fuck yeah.

chrisv10 (18218) - DENMARK - APR 24, 2010
355 ml bottle. Dark brown body with brown head. Flavour is roasted malt, chocolate and hops.

TBone (18038) - Pori, FINLAND - OCT 23, 2005
Bottled (vintage 2005)
Opaque black, big expresso head. Coffee, chocolate and hops in the aroma. Cold coffee, some herbs in the flavor. Liquerish, roasted. Roasted aftertaste too. Not so full bodied than with this ABV you could guess. A bit unbalanced - good anyway.

yngwie (17173) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 17, 2006
Bottled at Plain Kitchen, Gothenburg. Dark black (!?) beer with a large, dense, tan head. Chocolate, coffee, licorice and some alcohol in the aroma.The flavor has chocolate, coffee, licorice, burnt malt and sweet, fruity notes. The body could be fuller, but it is definately not thin. Quite mouth-drying with a very long coffee-bitter finish. (060824)

jtclockwork (17100) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 3, 2010
Pours black with white head. Nose is chocolate, vanilla and licorice. Taste is roasted malts, baker’s chocolate, licorice, bourbon and smoked wood.

FatPhil (16914) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUN 13, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2008 355ml bottle (Punavuoren Ahven, Helsinki) Pours black and a dark espresso head. Bitter and sharp (CO2) aroma. Taste varies from sip to sip. Always malty and richly roasted, a little burnt even, and strongly, but not offensively, bitter. Often tastes of coffee, and some oiliness. Very well balanced, very tasty.
Rerate - aroma jumped out of the glass more; taste smoother, less oily; knocked up aroma and overall by 1 each.

brokensail (16633) - Dublin, California, USA - FEB 21, 2010
A: A 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. The beer is pretty much black and has a very fluffy tan colored foam that stays around forever. S: The aroma is somewhat disappointing. Coffee, roasted malt, some mild chocolate. T: The primary flavors in this one are the same as the nose: coffee and roasted malt. There is also a bitterness on the finish that could be due to the malts or the hops. M: The body is medium and the carbonation is moderate as well. D: Despite the fact that this beer is nearly 10% alcohol, the booze is quite well hidden until it really warms up. This is a good beer, just not great. I’m glad I picked one up to try, but nothing terribly special.

Benzai (16527) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 14, 2011
Bottle said ’barrel aged’ gonzo imperial porter, so I hope this is the correct beer. Pitch black opaque color, smell lightly coffee, burned malts and chocolate. Taste the same. Slow drinker this one.

Dedollewaitor (16315) - Odense, DENMARK - JUL 14, 2007
Piych black with good creamy brown head. Thick & lasting. Roasted coffee, chocolate & hops. Filling creamy smooth body. Sticky hoppy end. Good lacings. Wauw - this is very nice!

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