Imperial Brown Goose - Goose Island Beer Co.
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Reviews by Phatz:
4.33/5 rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
WOW! To say Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Brown Goose just doesnt even begin to describe the glories of this Old Ale. Many in our company felt the booze and bourbon was too high but as a bourbon fan myself I must disagree and sing a loud my praise. I am not going to fall to my knees in worship but the thought crossed my mind. This is damn good beer.
Appearance: Pours a gorgeous dark brown color with an ivory head that never completely fades during the entire duration of the beer. The lace is thick and sticky. Odd to see that much head retention on a 9% abv beer. but nice.
Smell: Bourbon hits you right from the start. Sweet caramel vanilla and oak with some raisins and apples and more musty earthy woodiness. Magnificent.
Taste: It starts of with an intensely sweet caramel flavor but the alcohol warmth actually serves as a balancing agent for the beer. There is a burnt caramel and smoked wood flavor with heavy dose of dark roasted malts and cocoa flavors to back up the sweetness.
Mouthfeel: It is extremely palate coating and smooth with rich soft body and a dry long lasting finish.
Drinkability: This beer is desert. Nuff said. Delicious!
Hope this is helpful.
Serving type: bottle
07-31-2007 03:57:24 | More by Phatz
More User Reviews:
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
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
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.
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.
Serving type: on-tap
07-08-2012 03:59:33 | More by overvolting
Imperial Brown Goose from Goose Island Beer Co.
93 out of 100 based on 159 ratings.