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Imperial Brown Goose - Goose Island Beer Co.

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

162 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 162
Reviews: 122
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 12.44%
Wants: 98
Gots: 11 | FT: 2
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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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.

thegerm87, Jul 26, 2014
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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

2006, opened with PhineasGage when he was in town.

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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!

overvolting, Jul 08, 2012
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Imperial Brown Goose from Goose Island Beer Co.
93 out of 100 based on 162 ratings.