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Flying Dog Extra Special Gonzo

Flying Dog Extra Special Gonzo
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RATINGS: 64   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
A second fermentation in American Oak using Brettanomyces, a wild yeast, gives this beer a distinct complex and earthy character. ESG has been developed by our brewers for special occasions and will only be available through our tasting room for the time being (11% abv).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
haf (531) - Gijon, SPAIN - JAN 12, 2012
botella 33 Cl. La etiqueta, como todas las de esta cervecera, es muy original. Muy buena cerveza negra

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MrChopin (4303) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 30, 2010
Thanks DC crew. dark brown, no head. Thin, lightly fruity and boozy nose, hints of chocolate and oak. Bit sour flavor, stinging in the back with band aid, light cherry, very sparkling, bit spritely and chalky from fruit and booze combo.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (13314) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 18, 2010
75cl bottle, thanks Tammy. Flat dark brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, smokke, bittersweet chocolate, syrup, light chocolate. Taste is moderately sweet, smoke, syrup/milk chocolate, some cherry. Sticky full body, no carbonation.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nimbleprop (7560) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 7, 2010
750ml bottle that was presented at ’Brett Gonzo’. Pours an oily black with a spitty, brown head. The nose on this is absolutely wild: smoke, rubber, brown sugar, red wine, burnt toast, vanilla, sour mash, dates, raisins, wood. Flavor is boozy, sweet, red grapes, coffee, toast, licorice, sambucca (?), kahlua. Full bodied, sticky, salty finish. The flavor was a bit of a letdown.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Travlr (21644) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 30, 2010
750 ml bottle, hand-written label "Brett Gonzo," courtesy of one half of the lagerheads - thank you Tammy! Dark maroonish brown, no head or lacing to speak of. Aroma of prunes and raisins. Taste has prunes, dates, vinegar and port wine. Nice character and complexity. One of the top 3 beers of the session.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - AUG 30, 2010
750mL cork and caged with a hand written label that says Extra Special Gonzo. Thank you to the DC beer blogger who brought this to the tasting! You rock! Poured nearly jet black with lots of red bubbles flying around but no head. Aroma is incredible: big cherries, sour cherries, oak, dark chocolate truffle, sour grapefruit, very intense spiciness from the whiskey and oak barrel all layered on a massive smoky character, burnt caramel, and rich ganache that blend so well it is hard to describe. Taste is slick, oily, full of spicy whiskey, spicy oak, pepper from the barrel, and lots of sour cherry component. Perfect palate: slick, oily, tart, sour and still full-bodied rather than void. Really an amazing experience.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sebletitje (9348) - Enghien, BELGIUM - AUG 29, 2010
Wash. DC tasting. dark brown, no head, nice golden/tan lace aroma, mild sourness, chocolate malts with a touch of smoke? along with a mild oak barrel. flavors, woot woot, this is just tasty brew. I was hoping some sort of overly bretty beer, instead this is one solid porter. Lots of chocolate malts, mild sourness, dark fruits, elements of soy, light smoke, warming abv. Overall the malt profile just blends perfectly with the brett aspect of this blend. Light oak barrel with some hints of spiciness leaving a prickly palate. Complex and gets better with room temp, letting a lot of the malt profile to come through and add to the wild yeast treatment of Gonzo.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
pivnizub (10179) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - NOV 22, 2009
Bottle: Literally black, small lacy tanned head, sweet (port-)vinous nose with smoked and toasted malt underneath; solid sweet-bitter flavour, full bodied; full sweet "woody" and "smoky" finish, well balanced by caramel and bitter molasses. Superb stuff......

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ungstrup (34658) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - SEP 28, 2009
Bottled. A black beer with a dark brown head. The aroma has strong notes of alcohol and roasted malt. The flavor is sweet malty combined with notes of roasted malt, alcohol, and a bit of brett, leading to a dry and lightly tart finish. Thanks CaptainCougar for coming to Denmark and sharing this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 6, 2009
Bottle at Papsř’s - Thanks to CaptainCougar. Black - brown head. Burned, licorice, brett - lovely mild brett, coffee, barrel, light bourbon, oakey, coconut, light sweetness. Lovely.

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