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RATINGS: 2557   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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3.7
nolankowal (938) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 22, 2006
Bourbon and sourdough aroma, with a thick dark pour with a dark tan head. Flavors of alcohol, roasted malts, and bakers choclolate. Very, very rich for a porter...albiet an imperial porter...never tasted a porter this thick....good stuff. "Good people drink good beer"....indeed.

3.7
Lowe1983 (1621) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - FEB 7, 2006
Pours a black color with dark brown head. Aroma is of hops, chocolate, malt, and a hint of fruit. The taste is similar with a nice finish of hops. Very good brew.

3.7
DrnkMcDermott (3130) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2006 12 oz. bottle, no date stamp. Thought I’d better break into my cellar for one, since reading about how some of them have been gushing. Luckily my bottle seems okay. Pours with a big brown head, though there does to be a bit of bacterial smell above the bitter coffee aroma. As the head thins out, it leave a thick lace in the glass. Deep black body in the glass. Texture is thick and maybe a tad harsh. But the taste is big and throaty to match. Coffee and chicory malts, or maybe I can describe it as Kahlua like. Roasties this time don’t overwhelm the big American hop load. Some stout sourness. I’m glad to find out this batch will probably stay all right and stand up to some cellaring.

3.7
raphael (1288) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 14, 2006
thick chocolaty head, darkest possible brown & opaque brew. aroma of sawdust & chocolate, hop tang below. the edge of the burnt initial taste is smoothed out by the sweetness whose dark chocolate is interrupted by a frothy hop. appropriate body & goes down very smooth, when alcohol rises and mixes a coffee & kahlua cocktail.

3.7
PeterA (342) - EL SALVADOR - APR 19, 2006
Cherry aroma. Dark brown, almost black color with a medium light brown head. The flavor starts as cherry, but finishes as espresso. The mouthfeel is slightly astringent, maybe from the alcohol. Overall, a good beer.

3.7
bager (2120) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - MAY 9, 2006
Bottle. Black coloured with medium brown head. Slight aroma of soap and liquorice. Hiigh carbonated. Flavour is very malty and slightly spicy. Also a faint scent vanilla.

3.7
shrubber85 (11573) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JUN 8, 2006
Bottle. Very fruity aroma - orange, grapefruit, peach with moderate hops as well. Opaque black brown color with moderate head. Slightly sweet malt flavor up front, very light apple undertone with an ashy hops finish. Tastes fairly light despite its appearance. A nice smooth beer - I would have liked it better if the fruitiness came out more in the flavor.

3.7
reedcd2 (47) - USA - NOV 27, 2006
Almost black body with a dark tan/copper lasting head. The hose was sweeter, more stoutlike compared to a suprisingly bitter taste. maybe not ideal bottle condition? some hops in the aftertaste.

3.6
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 12, 2005
This one came on strong and stayed strong until the end. A lively vinus aroma hits you first, with a little chocolate. The chocolate onslaught continues in the flavor, with a creaminess that makes you think that whole milk was used instead of water. Finish is a little bite-heavy as the body thins. This beer is a closer.

3.6
hopscotch (11182) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 17, 2005
Bottle... Pitch black ale with a small, creamy, well-tanned head. Excellent retention. The nose is chocolatey, woodsy and lightly smokey. Well-balanced flavor is lightly sweet and chocolatey up front. Tangy, burnt and lightly bitter with a pinch of salt on the backside. Medium to full-bodied and silky with lively carbonation. Lengthy, lightly bitter, chocolatey finish. Nice brew from a brewery specializing in less-than-brilliant crossover beers... a diamond in the rough this one.


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