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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 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JPDIPSO (5668) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (10644) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 16, 2006
From Nick @ flying dog in trade. Pours a brown color w/ some dark ambers in it and not much of a head. Aroma is odd. Definate bret notes some sour fruits and a good oak aroma some light malts and has even a light wine. Palate was fairly light and easy well coated. Flavor is a nice tart fruit w/ a hint of vinager in it lightly sweet.. some malty aromas lots of sweet fruits after the tart part. A bit sweet for my touch but nice and quite good.

   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Doodler (317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 16, 2011
750 bomber - thanks to Ratman for this. Pours a clear wine-reddish color with very little head or lacing into a New Belgium globe. Aromas of zinfandel and oak, with hints of cherries and zest. Flavor was more tart than expected for a Heller bock, with a sweet,funky palate and a sour cherry fruitiness.. Finished with a tart, vinous note. Quite the crackerjacks box.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bitbucket (2165) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - FEB 11, 2007
Bottle. Pours a hazy copper with a ring of white foam. Malty lemon aroma with some brett. Medium body and carbonation. The taste has some wood, tea, nuts, apricot. I pick up a bit of oak in the finish.

   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (13414) - 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 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.

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