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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yespr (40447) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 30, 2009
33 cL bottle, courtesy of CaptainCougar. Pours dark brown to black with a small tan head. Aroma is roasted malt and solid brett-ish with a smooth chocolate and roasted malt. Nicely roasted and with a smooth fruity brett note. Dry and smooth into the far finish. Nice one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ungstrup (34334) - 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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 30, 2009
Bottle 35,5 cl. Courtesy of CaptainCougar. Pours an opaque black with a light brown head. Amazing aroma of Brett and lactic acids. Solid body, burned malts and fruit with lots of Brett and fruit. sweet vanilla in the finish with some malty bitterness. 300809

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Travlr (21437) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Theis (15150) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 6, 2009
Bottle at Papsø’s - Thanks to CaptainCougar. Black - brown head. Burned, licorice, brett - lovely mild brett, coffee, barrel, light bourbon, oakey, coconut, light sweetness. Lovely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (13272) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 7, 2007
Corked and caged 750 ml bottle poured a nearly opaque brownish black with no head. Aromas of fruitiness, soy sauce, choclate some barnyard, some vinous notes and a hint of leather. Palate was light bodied crisp lightly tart and slightly dry. Flavors of cherries, grape, light soy, light chocolate, some vinous notes and a hint of leather with a crisp lingering tart finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (13235) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (12717) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAR 10, 2006
(750ml bottle) Pours a dark brown body with a moderate tan head. Aroma of oak, orange, lemon, and roasted malt. Rich, dessert-like flavor of butter, vinous, brett, vanillla, and a hint of cocoa with a sticky mouthfeel. Truely an unique twist on a baltic porter. Thanks for sharing Lumpy!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (12101) - Escondido, California, USA - OCT 22, 2005
Bottle at Flying Dog. Pours black with brown notes and no head. Aroma is earthy port yeast (horse hair) and has that aged character. Flavor is wine-like with earthy sour yeast body and fruit notes. Dark bodied and thin palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - NOV 25, 2007
UPDATED: APR 20, 2008 Name: Gonzo, Extra Special
Date: 11/14/2007
Mode: Bottle
Source: Brewery

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
Date: 11/16/2007
Source: tasting

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
Rating: 3.7/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **4

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