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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Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 15, 2006
#1700: Pour is black with no head...chocolatey bretty aroma...some subtle bourbon too...nice chocolatey funky flavor with some sourness and bourbbon hitting the finish...there is too much going on in this beer for it to really be enjoyable...

hopscotch (11526) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 6, 2006
Bottle...Mid-GABF ’06 at Falling Rock Tap House, Denver... This beer rocks!... Pitch black ale with no head. Lots going on in the aroma and flavor... heavy notes of black cherries, wood, vinegar, dark fruit, dry red wine and a hint of coffee. Full-bodied and oily with soft carbonation. Pungent and burnt with coffee grounds in the lightly bitter finish. World class experiment!

1FastSTi (3358) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 2, 2006
GABF 2006. Bottle. Pours to a slick black body with no head. Nice viscosity. The aroma is hugely vinous. Sour lambic and interesting chocolate. Goes really well together. Intense chocolate and light sweet bourbon-like alcohol, nicely balanced acidity. Tart. Insanely balanced. Nice over powering tartness. Rich full feel. Bonus points for uniqueness and ability to pull it off.

MIBRomeo (2579) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 2, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2006 black pour no real head actually starts to lace a bit. Aroma made up of prunes choclates sour lambic notes hints of funkiness wood present w/ touches of vanilla... very odd and very nice. Well coated lightly tart nice pucker affect. Puckeringly sour fruit notes alcohol in the swallow light roasty malts hints of whisky and chocolates still. very different and very good.

bu11zeye (13288) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAR 10, 2006
(750ml bottle) Pours a dark brown body with a moderate tan head. Aroma of oak, orange, lemon, and roasted malt. Rich, dessert-like flavor of butter, vinous, brett, vanillla, and a hint of cocoa with a sticky mouthfeel. Truely an unique twist on a baltic porter. Thanks for sharing Lumpy!

peter (445) - Normal, Illinois, USA - MAR 5, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2006 Three cheers for Lumpy for providing this bottle. Deep dark body. Woody nose full of buttercream and brett. Flavours of brett, butter, lychee fruit treat the tounge. A lightly sour mouse like body contains a tiny saltyness with a warm twist of lemon on the final breath. Truely a work of art. And you only do art once.

Nuffield (4254) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 28, 2006
Bottle supplied by Lumpy, brought back from a GABF 05 trip to Colorado--a real rarity! Absolutely beautiful beer, in aroma and visuals especially. Dark head, very dark body. It warms with malts and vanilla, but has that sour, lambic touch. Normal palate, but the sour edge remains. You’ve got Baltic Porter and you’ve got funk, you’ve got an interesting beer.

Dickinsonbeer (5073) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 16, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2007 Tap at Falling Rock GABF 05. Pours black and thick just like th e gonzo. Aroma has a slight similaritly to the gonzo with the roasted malts, and heavy hop load, but other than that it is completely a different beer. Lots of Brett, sour cherries, cherry pie aroma, citrus, and acidity. Crazy barnyard aromas and flavors make for a great exotic representation of the style and beer, but I wasnt all that crazy about the overall way it turned out.

tiggmtl (4543) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 7, 2005
Mild brett aroma offers suggestions of pickles. Opaque, dark brown, oily body is topped by a low, white, fully diminishing head. Chocolate, vanilla, oak, brett flavours are muddied though complex. Plenty of herbal, grassy hops and moderate bitterness. Medium body is fairly syrupy with low carbonation. Well, it sure didn’t work for me, but luckily willblake was sitting next to me and was only to happy to finish my pint for me so that it wouldn’t go to waste. Sampled at the Falling Rock at GABF 2005.

Kevin (2218) - Montana, USA - OCT 27, 2005
i had a chance to try this on both tap and from a bottle. the bottle was better in my opinion. but it still was not good. the brett took everything i loved about the original gonzo and undercut it. there is no rich flavor left the sour biting taste dominates. the aroma was kind of cool though with the mix of chocolate and horse sweat. but the complexities are gone. it will just give you a bit of sweetness and fruit and smack you with with how sour it is. the bottle was calmer, had mour of a sour candy taste, but this is still not a brew i could enjoy. the sour and roast are just not happy together.

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