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RATINGS: 2550   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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3.6
FlacoAlto (4214) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 11, 2005
Pours with a creamy, slightly frothy brown head that sits atop a midnight black beer. The aroma has a spicy hop note to it up front. There is an intermingling of pine and citrus hop notes with espresso & roasted malt notes, as well as a bit of chocolate. The beer has a thickish, creamy body. This beer is aggressively hopped, at least considering that I was not expecting much in the way of hop character in this beer. The fresh, herbal hop notes actually are the most distinctive part of this beer. Running throughout is a sweet, malty chocolate note that finishes out with an astringent sharp espresso note. This beer has notes of bergamot, grapefruit, and pine. This beer is perhaps a little on the light side, and could of course use a bit more malty notes to help tame the hop notes, but I am definitely enjoying this right now. This was a surprisingly pleasant beer, from a brewery that I honestly have not been all too fond of.

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
Dogbrick (13410) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 13, 2005
Surprise find at Kennedy’s Pub in Lewis Center OH. Pours a rich dark brown color with a medium light tan head. Thin rings of lacing. Aroma of chocolate, malt and a good amount of hops. Medium-bodied and tastes like a regular Porter just with more alcohol. Lots of chocolate and malt flavor, along with some hops and alcohol bite. The finish is decidedly bitter espresso and alcohol. Overall the "Imperial" tag feels tacked on but as far as the beer goes it was pretty enjoyable.

3.6
hopscotch (11177) - 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.

3.6
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUL 4, 2005
Bottle from clarkvv. Dark brown color with tan head. Hoppy aroma w/ light malt and coffee notes. Taste is hoppy, light water present and light malts. Stingy palate.

3.6
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - JUL 8, 2005
Bottle. Deep dark brown in color with a nice tan head. Malty and hoppy aroma. Roasty Coffee like aroma. Malty hoppy flavor. Roasty. Well balanced. Full bodied. Creamy. Decent.

3.6
fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 9, 2005
Nice porter. Dark, roasty, rich, and strong with a black color. A little bitter in the middle for my taste but overall nice balance.

3.6
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JUL 26, 2005
Dark brown pour. Awesome tan colored dense head. Lots of chocolate and piney hops in the nose. Smooth and chocolatey, with a whole lot of pine and citrus flavored hops. Sweet malty finish. Probably the best Flying Dog beer I’ve had yet.

3.6
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 3, 2005
(12oz bottle) The creamy brown head atop the black head reaches to the lip of the pint glass on the pour, and retains itself fairly well, ultimately leaving nice lacing. Aroma is medium sweet, chocolate, grapefruit. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit, chocolate, some roasty. Smooth medium-full body that is quite drinkable and dangerously conceals the alcohol very well.

3.6
bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 8, 2005
UPDATED: APR 26, 2007 (Bottle) Pours a black body with a large creamy light brown head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, pine, and grapefruit. Creamy texture with a soft carbonation. Flavor of hops and chocolate.


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