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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 18, 2006
Semi-opaque and inky black in color, with mahogany edges and a dotted, sandy sheaf on top. Lime juice gets squeezed over bittersweet chocolate, and licorice root shoots up the nose. Cocoa bricks get injections from lactic acid and lemony esters. Dry, bitter roasted chocolate dryly sluices through with tannic black licorice sticks and souring lactic acid. Broiled caramel with charred edges shingling off of the gritty, tart cube. Effervescence dies quickly, and a thickly, tannic-soured stream of chocolate takes the bittered cake. Soured, cooked mocha coolers get an irrelevant splash of dried papaya excretions, falling into said glass rather than the intended smoothie. Thanks for sharing, Chuck!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 17, 2006
Bottle provided by the incomparable MIBRomeo at the Magic Porch party! Bottled on 7/21/06. Poured a beautiful deep brown with about 1" of creamy darker brown head. Nose was spicy and lively with brett funk really taking over.. the porter presence was greatly diminished, but some burnt chocolate and some vinous notes remained. Again a huge brett presence in the flavor, overshadowing the porter characteristics... sharp vinous notes, lactic acid, and burnt chocolate stood out.. The palate really thinned out from the bug treatment.. flowed decently, but wish it retained a bit more body. Intriguing. Thanks Chuck!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brigadier (3635) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - DEC 17, 2006
Milwaukee YeHA! 2006

Thank to MIBRomero for opening this to kick things off. This was the first of a few brett beers in a row. My stomach did not enjoy the experience but it was fun to compare a few to see how it impacts different types of beers. This one retained its baltic porter traits while taking some intruiging characteristics.

Aroma / Appearance - Peppermint candy canes, sweaty shoes and chocolate truffle form a nose that is simultaneously inviting and shocking. The pour was deep block with no head. The lacing clung tenaciously to the sides of the glass as I drank, leaving behind layers of tan foam.

Flavor / Palate - As much of a shock as the nose was, taking a sip was evn more of a kick in the teeth. The chocolate and caramel characteristics of the baltic porter were accompanied by a sour vinous consistency. It was definitely an unusual and unique combination of flavors. I dont think I could drink this unless I was in the right mood and only on a full stomach.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sombeast (151) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 16, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2006 Sampled at the Falls Tasting: Rebottled from on tap. Black brown, small head. Lightly bitter, big brett sour twang! Slight astringency in finish. Outrageous.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hezron (614) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 16, 2006
Chocolate, vinous chocolate, oak, vanilla and a touch of brett but it isnt too strong in the aroma. Dark black in color with a thin light brown head. Crazy flavor... sweet and sour,...buttery chocolate that is balanced with fruity brett. End of the flavor has a bit of a grainy finish. Palate is very dry,..the brett really thinned this one out. Really interesting, it tastes like an infected porter. Huge thanks to MIBRomero..awesome.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ernest (7596) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 18, 2006
Multiple samples, GABF 2006. Head is fully diminishing. Body is dark brown to black. Aroma is moderately malty (roasted/burnt grain), with notes of wood, alcohol, whiskey. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, soft carbonation. Dull aroma; scorched grains and booze for the most part. Sourish flavor and watery, so not pleasant in the mouth department either. You probably have to be a big fan of the regular Gonzo to enjoy this.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - NOV 15, 2006
GABF 2006. Aroma is all oak, too much oak and not enough everything else. Very sour, cherry kriek flavor. It is not what I expected. Thin, no thanks. I like brett & sourness, but it takes away from this entire beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (6168) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - NOV 11, 2006
Unlabeled bottle at Falling Rock. Called Gonzo Brett. Pitch black with absolutely no head. Thick oily legs ooze down the glass. Nose is wine, tart fruits, hints of vinegar and muted roastiness. Taste is thick roasty malts, tart fruit flavors, wine, light hops, faint coffee and sourness. Body is leaning towards medium-full and has some oily and slick feels about it. Theres also some moderate astringency to this. Ends with more wine, tart fruits, chocolate, roasted malts, and more sourness. This, overall, was especially sour with a lingering lactic tartness throughout the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - NOV 3, 2006
Much like everyone else...sampled at the GABF this year. Dark black color..there was a hint of a head nothing more. Big vinous tart nose....slight hint of roasty malt, but had to fight to find it. Full-bodied, thick mouthfeel....flavor wasnt as pleasurable as Id hoped...vinegary, sour roastiness...definitely burnt offerings. I see where theyre going with this, and thats sort of interesting...just not my style.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - OCT 26, 2006
Unlabled 750ml @ Falling Rock and more @ GABF 2006: I love Brett. Poured black with a minimal head. Awesome tart funk leather aroma over orasted malt and coffee. The flavor was tart, funky, and notes of coffee. Full bodied but silky soft.

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