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Gonzo Imperial Porter

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Flying Dog Brewery
Denver, CO

Style: Porter
ABV: 9.0%

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After his suicide, the Flying Dog Brewery wanted to create a beer to honor Dr. Hunter S. Thompson. The result was the Gonzo Imperial Porter, a beer that anyone who likes good beer would be honored to have made in his or her honor.

Gonzo Imperial Porter has a rich, dark chocolately sweetness that fills the palate with every drink. The sweetness is never overwhelming, and there is a strong bitterness to the aftertaste to remind you that this is a serious beer.

With its high alcohol content, it is likely to help any writer live up to the gonzo spirit. But that is part of what makes it good.

Keeping with the theme, the packaging is illustrated by artist Ralph Steadman, who did the drawings for Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, The Curse of Lono, and other Thompson works.

The Flying Dog Web site says this is only made in small batches, so you should grab it when you see it. I don’t know if this is a marketing ploy or not, but when you see a four-pack of Gonzo Imperial Porter on the shelf, definitely grab it. It will be worth every sip.

Reviewed by Baby-Boy Jackson on September 26, 2006.
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