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RATINGS: 813   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89/5   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Hunter S. Thompson once said, "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." Consider this our professional version of Gonzo Imperial Porter. Aged and seasoned for three months in wood barrels from our neighbors at Stranahans Colorado Whiskey, this ale has a well-balanced taste and abundance of character. The taste will remind you of sweet chocolate, dry oak, and smooth whiskey with a memorable, velvety mouthfeel.

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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3 (8493) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 1, 2007
Big thanks to Crizay for sending this brew down for the tasting. Pours dark brownish with very tall mocha head. Nice lacing too. This is a good looking beer. The aroma comes off roasty and without really much sweetness. Still the maltiness smells rich and inviting and then the barrel aged aspect commands the imbiber to drink. The flavor attacks my palate all at once from each competing note. Theres roastiness, a wood bourbon combination, astringent malts, alcohol and molasses. The notes seem to compete too much and dont really meld and play well together. Maybe it could use additional aging. Darn tasty anyway.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 1, 2007
Bottle. Nose shows lots of hop character. Citrus with a sharp sweetness sits on top of a strong malt backbone of chocolate and toffee. Beautiful black, ruby tints and a most impressive fluffy brown head. Very interesting interplay between hop and malt flavors. Hops show up first, providing some citric acidity, and fold into more appropriate porter characteristics, lots of chocolate and coffee. Definitely scores high for the balance and complexity. The sourness lacks a crispness in the palate to support it, but its hard to take point away from such a solid brew. This one has tons of depth, not just in flavor, but conceptually. It bridges a gap I perceived between the first runs of the Gonzo, which I remember as smokey and dark, and the newer batches which I think came across more hop-heavy. Ive never seen so much citrus in a porter, and so much malt flavor to a hoppy beer of any style. Fantastic.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Braudog (6582) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - OCT 23, 2007
Caged and corked. Poured midnight black with an erupting head of tight, bubbles of tan. The aroma is pleasantly woodsy and vaguely liquored. The drink is a powerful hurricane of thick, robust flavors of licorice, whiskey, smoked peat, and fermented raisins. I actually prefer the regular Gonzo, but this is a big ol beer for a big ol appetite. (#3154, 10/23/2007)

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TGLBeer (10) - Delaware, USA - OCT 22, 2007
750ml bottle. This is the best Imperial porter to date. Balance, Harmony, beautiful. This takes the original Gonzo, and adds a little character to it. The slight vanilla and oak taste opens this beer up. Any bourbon drinker will taste the added beauty in the finish with the slight Alcohol taste that not present in the regular gonzo. Coffee (light) Dark bakers chocolate (light ) and an alcohol taste ( light). A great beer, and a fine testament to an amazing brewery. The do not let down. Enjoy.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 17, 2007
Vanilla and oak on the nose. Pours black with no head. Bourbon up front, oaky, good chocolate malt flavor with some bitter coffee in the finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 14, 2007
Tap GABF 2007 aged in stranahans whiskey barrels. Jet black pour w/ tan head, good lace. Sweet butter, vanilla, whiskey & oak aroma. Touches of brown sugar and oddly hoppy. For a BA dry hopped and grassy was a surprise. Well coated thick palate. Light whiskey buttered toffee, roast malt touch of chocolate. Very good.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dmac (6037) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - OCT 5, 2007
750 ml expensive ass bottle shared at Glouglouburps rooftop tasting. Perfect looking with a viscous looking super dark black body and a large tan dense as a storm cloud head. Aroma of oak, semi-sweet chocolate, sour cherries, alcohol and a slight bit of funk. Palate has a lot of alcohol warming, a bit too much for my taste, and a medium palate with light carbonation. Flavor is dominated by alcohol but underneath that there is some detectable wood, chocolate and dark fruit sweetness. Perhaps a little more cellaring time will help the alcohol fade.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - OCT 5, 2007
Poured an opaque black color with a large tan head. The aroma was woody and dry with light smoke. Then came vanilla and mild to moderate whiskey. There was also a good amount of sweet roasted malt but it took a little while to show. The flavor was of sweet roasted malt, chocolate, light vanilla, and light alcohol. Very good balance. Nice warmth.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fro2218 (471) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 3, 2007
Poured nearly jet black. A thick tan head. Oaky and vanilla in nose. Dark Chocolate, oak, coffee, vanilla, caramel and alcohol.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
holdenn (2113) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 2, 2007
750 ml bottle thanks to xnoxhatex for brining this to andrews Bachelor party. We put this up against the regular gonzo. Pours a dark black with a beige head that laces away. Oaky vanilla nose with lots of alcohol, bourbon, and brown sugar. Sweet flavors of brown sugar, chocolate, alcohol, bourbon, dark fruit, and a dryness from alcohol and sweet bourbon. The alcohol is really too much here putting this out of balance and a little difficult to enjoy.


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