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Imperial Brown Goose - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Imperial Brown GooseImperial Brown Goose

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

158 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 158
Reviews: 122
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 12.44%
Wants: 98
Gots: 9 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Blend of Goose Island's 2004 and 2005 Christmas Ales, both of which were aged in 4-year old Jim Beam and 12-year old Heaven Hill barrels.

Bottled once in 2006.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-29-2004)
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thegerm87

Connecticut

3.76/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This must be one if the last bottles out there at this point. Decided to open it as I'm sure it's well past it's prime.

A - pale white, frothy head. Mildly dark brown body. Plenty of carb present

S - cherries, non-descript Christmas spices, slight oxidization

T - dark, artificial cherry, up front. Raisin bread, very light chocolate, mild alcohol rolls through the middle. Bourbon (partially contributing to the cherry flavor), vanilla, caramelly sweetness with a moderate bitterness finishes.

M - frothy and light. Not too sticky but still the beer stays well past your sip.

O - I'm happy I opened this when I did. I'm guessing it's past it's prime but I'm happy to have tried it. Pleasantly surprised with it despite it's flaws.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2014 03:14:48 | More by thegerm87
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MystikCelt

New York

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

01-02-2014 04:52:45 | More by MystikCelt
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TPONY51

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

10-22-2013 04:56:22 | More by TPONY51
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kif

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

08-13-2013 20:20:36 | More by kif
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pathman

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

07-05-2013 23:47:10 | More by pathman
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BostonPhilly

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

06-24-2013 16:48:04 | More by BostonPhilly
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

05-26-2013 19:30:07 | More by Slatetank
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wyatt13

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

05-12-2013 15:51:29 | More by wyatt13
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Snudge4Ever

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

04-30-2013 01:51:29 | More by Snudge4Ever
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harrymel

Washington

3.59/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

2006, opened with PhineasGage when he was in town.

Pours a nice dark tawny with a fleeting sheet of light tan foam. Smells sweet and rich. Lots of nougat, vanilla, toasted malts and a bit of turbinado. Taste was dark malt, nutty brown character, some oak, a bunch more vanilla, some cocoa (really faint), plenty of oxidized malts and a good leathery tone. Medium on full bodied with a watery feel from the seemingly lower carbonation. Happy to have had it, wouldn't probably search for it again.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2013 04:31:15 | More by harrymel
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Kelp

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

04-22-2013 20:58:57 | More by Kelp
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matjack85

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

02-11-2013 19:35:38 | More by matjack85
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DerekMorgan

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

02-01-2013 00:20:03 | More by DerekMorgan
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jderosia603

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

01-20-2013 03:33:27 | More by jderosia603
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pzymali

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

11-08-2012 23:14:29 | More by pzymali
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t0rin0

California

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

10-07-2012 03:12:16 | More by t0rin0
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Pete27lax

New York

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

09-15-2012 02:59:04 | More by Pete27lax
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ucis

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

09-04-2012 17:56:56 | More by ucis
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ajs4bd

Missouri

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

07-13-2012 17:22:29 | More by ajs4bd
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overvolting


4.83/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I sampled this for the first time at a craft brewfest in 2012.
Goose island said they recently recovered some bourbon casks they had misplaced and this was in them, aging for 6 years instead of the usual 8 months, in the casks. Yes this was batched in 2006.

Wow.
I felt bad with every sip that I was depriving the world of tasting this nectar but like that last dorito in the bag, it was impossible to resist it.

Very smooth and dozens of flavours delivering bourbon like an irish car bomb wrapped in a psychedelic amazing techicolour dreamcoat.

I tried other bourbon stouts and they were not in the same ball park. In fact, this one almost ruined the beer show for me because nothing compared to it.

Edit: I forgot to mention that according to goose island, I killed the last sip. This no longer exists in their possession.
Sorry!

Serving type: on-tap

07-08-2012 03:59:33 | More by overvolting
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coreyfmcdonald

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

06-19-2012 14:35:02 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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s1ckboy

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -4.3%

06-11-2012 14:19:44 | More by s1ckboy
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asafarc2

Rhode Island

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

06-11-2012 05:31:08 | More by asafarc2
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GrindFatherBob

New York

5/5  rDev +19.6%

06-04-2012 12:28:23 | More by GrindFatherBob
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice little surprise found its way on tap in front of me. Pours a clear dark brown with a thinnish off white head that quickly dissipated. Wow that's got some bourbon going on in the nose! Hints of sweet caramel and a chocolate try to round out the aroma but this is quite the bourbon bomb. Flavor is what you expect brown sugar and caramel malts layer underneath a mountain of oak and sweet bourbon. Long lingering alcohol burn long after every sip. Medium body with a light level of carbonation and a sweet and hot kind of mouthfeel. This is definitely a d sipper, but I could see myself enjoying this on a cold winter night.

Serving type: on-tap

06-03-2012 21:42:53 | More by johnnnniee
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Imperial Brown Goose from Goose Island Beer Co.
93 out of 100 based on 158 ratings.