padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - MAR 31, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample tasted at "Spring in the new year with brett" at fordests house. Wow I finally got to taste the beer that toncatcher hauled all the way back from the brewery that is no longer there. Good stuff.
StefanSD (2191) - Lakeside, California, USA - MAR 30, 2008
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasting, courtesy of Fordest’s event. Beer #10. Brown pour with a tan head. Big aroma of raisins, dates and coffee. The flavor, unlike the aroma, was soft and a bit muted. Taste was of dark fruits, dry porter, molasses and wood. The mouthfeel is full and satisfying. The finish was long and bittersweet with a touch of brett. Overall: not bad, but not my favorite.
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - MAR 30, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle purchased by toncatcher at GABF 2007 for $8. A very limited release. Brown-black color. Flatish. A hint of Brett phenolic aroma. A little sour. Aroma of some raisins. Some ethanol. Flavor is mild like an aged porter. Roastiness has faded.
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a darblack with a thick dark brown head. Aroma of strong sweet vanilla and chocolate roasted malts. Very strong vanilla taste up front that finishes with a dry/ bitter chocoate maltiness. Also has a strong alcohol taste providing a strong warmth that doesn’t mask the high abv. very well. I prefer the regular Gonzo Imperial Porter.
bbp182 (255) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 26, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black color. Smell is very awesome. coffee/sepresso/chocolate smell. alcohol is a lttle present. has a coffe/chocolate taste. a little disappointing. expected more. but still a good beer. way too carbonated. other then that it’s good. will age really well.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - NOV 25, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 20, 2008 Name: Gonzo, Extra Special
Appearance: black, fine brown head, streaks of drippy lace,
Aroma: woody cobweb aroma on top of dark chocolate and a fruity tartness,
Body: creamy body,
Flavor: rich dark chocolate flavor, lots of creamy oak character, touch of tartness, nice balancing bitterness, light alcoholic fumes,
Name: Gonzo, Extra Special
picking up more bret character in the flavor but it is still mild enough to be an accient to bring out the oak and bitterness,
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 15/20
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - NOV 24, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at 6 months old. Pours a very deep chestnut brown with inky black tinting, not entirely opaque. A thin chocolate brown head is quickly and fully diminishing. The aroma is intensely chocolatey. Medium-full roast signifies the resistance of the original brew to the inevitable attack of Brettanomyces. The Brett is strong - it resembles bold vinous structuring with webbed intricacies. Whiskey and coffee notes are light and complimentary, even if a bit out of place. Hops are mellowed by so much else in each inhalation. Minor plummy and jammy notes disperse as they reach the depths of the olfactory senses. Alcohol is well hidden. The flavor is solid, an amicable blend of a good base beer and some minor funky tweaks. Fully roasty and chocolatey, sweetness is medium amongst a backdrop of still-strong vinous character. The Brett is soft and glides past the tastebuds, only pausing briefly to greet the tongue with hints of tartness. Bitterness is light, unintrusive. Mild smoke lingers in a silky smooth finish that once again eludes to jammy characteristics and sultry chocolate. The mouthfeel is full bodied, lowly carbonated and agreeable. I can’t wait to rerate another bottle with some more time under its belt.
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy kp. Thank you sir for sharing this rarity! Pours oily black, with a tiny light brownish head. The brett is really potent and obvious in the aroma. Jumped out at me right away. Almost a mintiness to it that was also intriguing. The flavor was really unique. It pretty much tasted like what it is. A hoppy porter with brett. The roastiness and light chocolate really come through up front, with the brett being more noticeable in the finish. Made for a cool beer to drink. Thanks again kp!
CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - NOV 16, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks KP. Poured an inky black color. Aroma is roasted, with a touch of cocoa. The brett is there, but is still fairly mild. Flavor is roasted and the alcohol is very evident. Seems a touch disjointed, but is still a delight to drink.
notalush (4992) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 3, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to goldtwins for sharing - man, we sure Daned it up on this one, didn’t we? - dark brown pour - slightly vegetal aroma, with notes of dill and celery, black cherry in the mix - very faint, young brett character that hasn’t really started to take hold yet - dried herbs and cocoa - alcohol is fairly present - some flavors of chocolate-covered fruits - mild acidity - needs more time so the brett can take hold.