Imperial Brown Goose - Goose Island Beer Co.
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Reviews by csmiley:
4.28/5 rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
10 ounces served in a snifter
A - Looks to be a deep brown that reveals some reddish tint when held to the light. There is really no head on the beer to speak of. A decent sized ring around the glass sums it up nicely. Lacing is average. This category could probably use a little tweaking.
S - Starts out with lots of vanilla and sweet bready aromas. The vanilla dominates at first but it is quickly followed by doughnuts. Alcohol is definitely noticed around midway and has a nice warming affect. Finishes up with some fig and a little more vanilla.
T - This is where the Imperial Brown Goose really stars to show it's potential. Vanilla and cinnamon get things going. Once they fade, this one reveals itself to be a fairly sweet and malty brew. It's a little spicy with hint of black pepper and maybe some allspice. Fruit comes and goes with hints of black cherry and fig. Alcohol is just right, warm and inviting.
M - Medium bodied with a carbonation level seems rather active on the palate. It kind of works though. There is a smooth creamy quality that works to balance things out nicely.
D - Drinkability is good. I'm surprised the 10 ounces disappeared so quickly. Goose Island has a winner in my book with the Imperial Brown Goose. The balance is flavors is done nicely. It's warm overall but that just adds to the enjoyment. Yes, I'll be having this one again.
Serving type: on-tap
01-30-2010 14:56:33 | More by csmiley
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 158 ratings.