Flying Dog Extra Special Gonzo

Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler


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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).

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - MAR 31, 2008
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
StefanSD (2446) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - MAR 30, 2008
Tasting, courtesy of Fordests 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wetherel (1875) - Cupertino, California, USA - MAR 30, 2008
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2007
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 doesnt mask the high abv. very well. I prefer the regular Gonzo Imperial Porter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bbp182 (255) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 26, 2007
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 its good. will age really well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kp (10882) - 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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - NOV 24, 2007
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 cant wait to rerate another bottle with some more time under its belt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2007
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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - NOV 16, 2007
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
notalush (5856) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 3, 2007
Thanks to goldtwins for sharing - man, we sure Daned it up on this one, didnt we? - dark brown pour - slightly vegetal aroma, with notes of dill and celery, black cherry in the mix - very faint, young brett character that hasnt 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.

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