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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beastiefan2k (3880) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - NOV 3, 2007
Thanks goldtwins. This is basically a beer in a transitional stage in life. Its not sure if it wants to be a slick roast chocolate porter or a funky lightly brett wild beer. So it kind of takes on both characteristics but none to a great length. What you have left in the end is a nice idea and a perfectly fine beer but also a 12 oz bottle that 8 people at a tasting could not even finish (ouch, now that I realize that I need to deduct a point).
12oz bottle, St. Paul tulip/snifter glass.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PilsnerPeter (3045) - Flushing, New York, USA - NOV 3, 2007
Bottle shared by goldtwins: Near black pour, topped by a khaki ring. The aroma has some odd esters, plasticy phenolic characteristics. Brett is evident, giving it an earthy spiciness. Slick body. Some chocolate comes through the boozy body. The brett has a presence, giving it a late, oakey dry finish. Its a little out of balance, flavors arent harmonious. I think it just needs a little time. Still tasty stuff though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 3, 2007
12 oz bottle shared by goldtwins. Dark brown with a thin tan head. Light herbal dill character, a touch of funkiness. Some light spice and vanilla over the rich chocolate that is typical of gonzo. Nice roasty finish, but it could definitely use a bit more time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (14500) - 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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tjthresh (1871) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - SEP 24, 2007
From a 750 ml corked bottle that the Lawrence Brewers Guild BrewFest. The bottle was provided by Dustin, who is working on his internship at Flying Dog
The beer pours brown with a slight sign of tan head. No visible signs of carbonation.
The aroma is chocolate, raisins, oak barrel, and a distinct brett tart aroma.
The flavor starts chocolate roasted with a brett finish.
Medium/full body. Silk/velvet mouthfeel. Slight signs of carbonation. Dry finish. I really enjoyed this quite a bit.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
egajdzis (6434) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 22, 2007
[BCTC 07] Poured an opaque black color with a medium sized, tan head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of strong funky brett, dark fruits, roast, and chocolate. Taste was roasty, and chocolaty up front, with sour cherries, and a sour bretty finish. Hands down my favorite FD, and head and shoulders above any other version of Gonzo.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 16, 2007
Bottle shared by MIBRomeo on 12/16/06: Pours a mostly opaque with dark brown edges and a thin, wispy dark tan head. Sweet and sour funky aroma has some fruity and chocolate notes. Starts with a tart, sticky earthy cherry flavor with some lingering dark chocolate. Interesting brew, but not quite as good of brett character as some Russian River beers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
UselessGdTaste (365) - Long Beach, California, USA - MAR 15, 2007
Bottle from 7/31/2006. Smelled almost like fish sauce. Sour, but in a good way. There was the sour thing, the porter thing, almost no sweetness...a lot of things that arent present in almost all beers. A great experiment that I think could have benefited from a tertiary bottle fermentation, as it was pretty flat. A bit of work and this could be something that is more than special.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JPDIPSO (6171) - Wauwatosa, USA - JAN 4, 2007
Opaque brown color with a small cover of tan bubbles. Aromas of dark chocolate, with a touch of citric zest and hopsack. Flavors of stewed raisins with a lactic and dry component. At times earthy at time sweet and fruity. Interesting. Thanks Chuck.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ofortuna (322) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 21, 2006
750ml bottle from "Magic Fridge 2006". Many thanks to MIBRomeo for giving us the opportunity! My first sip of the night and holy Brett! Horse hair and socks fresh from the gym interweave themselves amongst a tapestry of sour grapes and key limes. Working your way through the layers of complexity that the wild yeast tied together reveals a light, very light, hint of dark chocolate and roasted malt. Not to be outdone, the finish is dominated by a tart cabernet sourness that cold-cocks your palate to the floor. Thank you indeed!

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