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Flying Dog Extra Special Heller Hound

Flying Dog Extra Special Heller Hound
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RATINGS: 17   MEAN: 3.59/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37/5   SEASONAL: Special   ABV: -
A second fermentation in American Oak using Brettanomyces, a wild yeast, gives this beer a distinct complex and earthy character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (13438) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUN 22, 2011
750 ml corked and caged bottle poured a clear reddish brown with a lingering ring of tan bubbles. Aromas of cherries, barnyard, oak, plum and raisins. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a dry tart finish. Flavors of cherry, grape, oak, barnyard and light carmel with a crisp dry tart lingering fruity finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (10658) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 9, 2006
Bottle... Mid-GABF ’06 at the Falling Rock Tap House, Denver... Murky, caramel-colored lager with a small, creamy, off-white head. The Flemish nose is of oak, vinegar, caramel and light smoke with a kiss of sourmash. Tart, acetic flavor with mild caramel sweetness, wood and just a whisper of bitterness. Full-bodied with an abrasive mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Finishes sour, bitter, then dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adnielsen (10490) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 16, 2011
Bottle shared with Doodler and Ratman. Awesome choice Don! Cloudy dark red brown appearance with no head. Tart, red fruity, Bretty, vinous nose. Tart, acidic, Bretty, horseblanket, red fruity flavor. Tart, red fruity, sour, oaky, Bretty aftertaste. Nice beer but shows no characteristics of a Heller Bock. I probably rate this higher for a sour ale style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 19, 2006
Bottled at the Magic Porch... thanks to MIBRomeo for scoring this brew! Poured a lightly hazy reddish/iced tea brown with only a few loose bubbles around the edges. Nose was of tart cherry and dust funkiness with underlying smoky caramel, toffee, and a hint of lemon... odd concept for a beer, but worked very well. Flavor was heavily laced with funky brett fruitiness.. really liked how it complimented the sweet toffee and smoked wood beneath. Sour on the palate with a light and somewhat grainy body.. felt good. This was a very unique beer that I am glad to have tried! Thanks Chuck!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 16, 2007
Bottle shared by MIBRomeo on 12/16/06: Pours a hazy copper mahogany with a thin ring of tan bubbles. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, light oak, and tart fruity cherries. Body has a nice balance of sweet caramel malt and tart fruity notes. An interesting and enjoyable brew.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 18, 2008
Pours copper with a thin tan head. Smells of caramel, fruity, some floreal hints. Tastes oaky and dry with a lot of sweetness. Barrel aging did not do this beer justice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheBeerGod (6029) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - NOV 11, 2006
Unlabeled bottle at Falling Rock. Called Heller Brett. Muddy brown with some ruby around the edges. Nose is strong wine and sour fruits. Not much of the bock aroma remaining. Taste is strong wine, sour fruits, some vinegar and faint malt. The sweetness is dominated by the wine character tart fruits. Body is under-carbonated with some slickness and astringency. Finishes with more sourness, tart fruits, wine and faint malts. Very sour beer and unfortunately, not much of the bock there at all.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JPDIPSO (5673) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 4, 2007
Hazed dark copper color with only a few bubbles adrift atop. Light oak and pale malts filter through the nose. Hint of sourdough in the backdrop along with some mild fruits. Smooth and full in feel. Flavors of Door County cherries, with a linger of sourmash. I like it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brigadier (3550) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - DEC 17, 2006
Milwaukee YeHA! 2006

Thank to MIBRomero for opening this right after the other brett release from Flying Dog. Whereas the Gonzo offset the infection well, I think this one came off a little differently. Infecting a hellerbock was an interesting experiment but I don’t think it should be tried very often. If you had given me this without a label, I might have thought it was from Russian River.

Aroma / Appearance - Wheat, lemon, bleach and a sour aroma form the first wave of sensory assault. After that comes some caramel and honey all wrapped in a tart package. If your sinuses were not clear before, you should have no problems breathing after smelling this. The body reminded me of dark stained wood with almost no lacing present.

Flavor / Palate - Sharp tart berries infused with chocolate syrup washed across my palate. It reminded me of some of the ’ation’ Russian River beers in the way the normal tastes battled the sourness underneath. This was a one of a kind beer. I don’t know I would want to drink more than one glass but it could be interesting under the right circumstances.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 16, 2006
Thanks Chuck for acquiring this rarity. The beer pours to a dark chestnut colored body with a "water-bubble" like head. The aroma smells quite nice with interesting wine components. Smells sort of like a Russian River brew. Tart fruits, oak barrel, nice. Perhaps like Temptation? The flavor is tart with a very nice brettanomyces infusion. Smooth. I like this one a LOT. The palate is smooth, dry, sweet, sour. Very complex.

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