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RATINGS: 2610   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 dont show it the proper respect. IBUs: 85

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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BlackForestCO (978) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - JAN 12, 2008
UPDATED: APR 20, 2008 Poured from a bottle. Poured a deep brown/black color with a thin tan head. Aroma of dark chocolate and some hops. Flavor is nice and complex. Chocolaty malt leads into an inviting leathery-steak taste, and ends with bitter hops and coffee. Super smooth, but it still has a bite that keeps you coming back. Nice beer for sure.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Robro54 (5) - Rock Hill, South Carolina, USA - JAN 16, 2008 does not count
This beer was tasty but thin on body. I expected a bit more maltiness. It was a light for a stout but in a good way. The head ws very thin which indicates a small amount of carbonation. With all the boldness in beers of the day this one was a runner up but yet very drinkable and smooth.

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BigDavesBwg (22) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - JAN 20, 2008
This brew surprised me, to say the least. Most of the HG beers I have tried tend to have that "tingle" that ruins the palette after a few sips, but not this one. A very well balanced beer. I would buy it again and definately tell a few friends.This is a great beer, just as Hunter S. was a great man.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
anotherbassman (11) - Athens, Georgia, USA - FEB 25, 2008
This is a good beer at a good price. I purchased a six at my local bottle shop. It pours dark and oily with a small deep tan receding head. It is black on all accounts with the exception of a touch of brown around the top. The aroma is as if you were letting bread rise while you ground coffee. Sweet with a little touch of bitter. The flavor is deep. There is a pronounced sweetness that slowly leaves you with a touch of coffee and a nice taste of dark chocolate. The texture is oily. This beer hits the back of your throat and doesnt leave. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Norton (333) - Southside, Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 23, 2008
Bottle. Essentially black with a light orange head that does not linger very long. Peppy. Best aspect is toasty flavor. Enjoyable and not at all weighty. I had 4 of these and was ready to rock.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - JUL 6, 2008
Bottle, thanks to beastiefan2k. Black pour, good amount of brown head. Aroma is roasted malt / oats. Flavor is the same, lots of roasted oats, chocolate, and burnt licorice. Decent beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jbuzz (829) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 1, 2008
A very nice rich molasses and chocolate taste and feel. Smooth, med carbination. very easy to drink

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
french tickler (649) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 7, 2008
Shared with Pyrozoid. Pitch black poor with a frothy brown head. Aromas of cedar, chocolate, molasses, roastes hazlenuts, sea salt, dates. Salty, creamy, lactose with a good bitter profile and ok sweetness. Heavy body with slight carbonation. Added flavors of toffee, coffee and a hint of mint. Complexe aromas and flavors... yet for some reason it was lacking a little je ne sais quoi in regards to mouthfeel.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ZazuH (42) - Brentwood, California, USA - FEB 1, 2009
(12 oz btl) Pours a milky black w/ a thick, tan head which diminishes somewhat, but leaves a nice lace behind. Earthy hops combine w/ the rich malt creating an aroma of black strap molasses. Bittersweet chocolate-covered espresso beans is the best way to describe the taste. Theres a hint of dark fruit in there as well. Finishes smoky w/ a nice hop bite.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gunnar (8884) - Sandnes, NORWAY - FEB 13, 2009
Bottle.Pours black with a big brownish head. Hops de luxe aroma, also some spices.Tastes of coffee, chocolate, long aftertaste. Balanced.


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