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Imperial Brown Goose - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Imperial Brown GooseImperial Brown Goose

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162 Ratings
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Ratings: 162
Reviews: 122
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 12.2%
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-29-2004

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.
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Photo of woosterbill
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2006 bottle into a tasting glass. Huge thanks to Chris for busting out this vintage gem.

A: Clear mahogany body with a nice layer of persistent off-white head. Very nice retention and lacing for an old barrel-aged beer.

S: Lovely, full, round aroma of bourbon, oak, vanilla, and nutty caramel malt. Very straightforward, but when the straightforwardness is this delightful that's not a complaint.

T: Follows the nose precisely. Delicious, sweet, barrel-heavy, and great.

M: Soft, well-carbonated medium body. Perhaps a bit overly frothy, but pretty darn good.

O: Age has treated this one really well (although I never had it fresh, of course), as this was definitely one of the softest, most delicate, most balanced, and easiest-drinking bourbon barrel beers I've ever had. The barrel is the dominant component of this brew's flavor, and yet there's nary a hint of booze, astringency, or harshness of any kind. Delightful.


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

Poured dark brown with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Heavy toasted malt, wood, bourbon and cherry with a small alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Heavy bourbon woody and vanilla flavor with a heavy bourbon bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a standout beer.

Photo of hopsbreath
3.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to black13 for sharing this at a recent tasting.

A: Amber with oatmeal head and some spotty lacing. 3.5/5

S: All bourbon with nothing else other than the vanilla that typically goes with -bals. 3.5/5

T: Buttery bourbon. The base brown is simply a delivery system for the dark liquor. That can be a good thing if the bourbon is good quality. It is here. 4/5

M: Average body with low carbonation and a slightly sticky finish. 3.5/5

O: Not bad overall. Good brown alcohol presentation, good delivery. 3.5/5

Photo of seeswo
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2006 bottle.

Pour is a hazy light brown color with a nice head atop. Smell is a really nice combination of caramel, brown sugar, toffee and bourbon/whiskey. A nice swirl really brings this out. The taste is like the nose - a nice, light caramel, brown sugar and toffee carried through in a brown ale body and mixed up with a touch of spices and big bourbon/whiskey flavor. After several years, you still get hit pretty good with the barrel flavor, which is maybe a touch too boozy, but still really nice. My only complaint about this beer is that it that either the base beer is a touch too thin both in body (and a bit over carbonated) and flavor to support what it is trying to be, or time has taken this beer down just a notch. Overall, it is a really nice package and a cool delivery of a barrel-aged beer that isn't really like most that you get to try.

Photo of jedwards
3.99/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Jwale73 for opening this up.

Pour is cloudy and light coffee brown with a large but quickly dissipating head. Smell is excellent, caramel and whiskey with notes of honey and brown sugar and a hint of alcohol. Taste is similar, leading off with maple sugar and finishing with a dry, almost astringent note and a touch more alcohol heat. Mouthfeel is initially lacking, suffering from some overcarbonation that is mitigated by a few swirls in the glass and mellows out to a frothy texture.

Would love to sit on a bottle of this for even longer and see where that caramel note is going, but it tastes great now.

Photo of vfgccp
2.67/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

- Tasted at Split Thy Skull 2011 at Mugs Alehouse -

A - Murky dark ice tea. Clean white head that sits low in the glass.

S - Bright brown sugar. Whiskey. Vanilla, Oak.

T - Dry, almost woody, barely. Toffee sweetness. Some honey. Hint of oak. Flavors are nice but they feel disconnected.

M - Medium-light body with a lingering dry woody bitterness.

D - The flavor profile keeps me from grabbing a second.

Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: The pour quickly carbonates out of the bottle. In the glass, the color is a mostly clear maple color with a huge bubbly off-white head. Great retention and a little bit of lace on the glass.

Smell: A great strong bourbon aroma dominates, but the Christmas spices, oak, and sweet caramel malt are there as well.

Taste: Great taste up front. Sweet malt, oak, and bourbon up front. The bourbon dominates but allows the Christmas Ale to come through with the spices. No real hoppy character due to the age.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is fully and bubbly. It feels like there are large exploding bubbles in my mouth. Somewhat smooth and creamy, but the bubbly carbonation is the most noticeable. A little bit of bourbon touches the throat and warms the stomach. Actually a little bit light feeling -- bourbon plus a lighter bodied base beer will do that.

Drinkability: I definitely like this better than the Christmas Ale. Probably cost-prohibitive to regularly drink at this point, though.

Photo of CrellMoset
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL foiled and capped bottle - very nice presentation - courtesy of a BA whose name is memorialized in a now dead excel spreadsheet, lost to the ages. Whoever you once were, many, many thanks. 2006 vintage (the only vintage) and the perfect beer for the first white Christmas in Georgia in 128 years (for several reasons), this one was poured in to a large snifter.

Appearance: Pours a rusty cocoa auburn, deeply hued, opaque at the center but readily translucent at the edges. The transparency reveals a massive amount of carbonation, relatively fine but not pinpoint, emanating from every side of the snifter and racing upwards. The carbonation was foretold by the extremely audible hiss that rose from the bottle upon the breaking of the seal, but I didn't expect it to be this ferocious. Nonetheless, it works, largely because it helps elevate and replenish what is a very attractive head. Lightly beige, the two finger crown slowly fades to a creamy, meringue-like collar that slopes up the sides of the snifter from a uniform, solid, thick surface dusting, all being constantly replenished by the torrent of carbonation below.

Aroma: An incredibly odd aroma. It's almost tart, wine-like in places, full of tannins and woods. There's a definite orange juice-like note that floats along above this one, particularly when it's still rather cold - perhaps from the earthyness of the wood mingling with yeast esters. Giving this one time to warm will yield some rewards, at least, if you like bourbon. Spicy, slightly solventy, and sweet, the rye is a little more prominent here than in the mouth, rising above a faint underpinning of toffee and toasted nuts in a pleasant but admittedly pretty strong showing.

Taste: An interesting take. The base beer is definitely a brown ale, and doesn't provide nearly the same accompanying to barrel aging as does, say, a barleywine or a RIS. So if you like bourbon, this beer is for you ... not because it has more bourbon, per se, but instead because the balance is struck completely differently. The base beer is decidedly balanced in sweetness - hints of toffee and caramel blend with light toast. It's a little glassy, and suggestive of dark fruits without ever actually evidencing them (cherry is just outside of my taste periphery), but wonderfully nutty, rich, full of almonds and toasted pecans and slight festive spice notes. The combination of the nuts and the caramelized sugar here (perhaps in combination with the bourbon) is suggestive of the best kind of pecan pie, if you know what I mean. The bourbon barrel aging adds quite the intense element. It's smooth and mature, likely both because of the length of the aging as well as because of the age of this bottle (4 years or so now). Sweet and mellow, with a slight kiss of spice and very little heat - only a nice, faded warmth - it melds beautifully with a ton of toasted oak notes and a few kisses of coconut. Vanilla is present but an afterthought. The bourbon grows stronger as this one warms, unsurprisingly, and is particularly evident in the finish. Indeed, the end of this beer is pure bourbon, sweet and cut only ever so slightly.

Mouthfeel: What made this beer so attractive also pretty thoroughly disrupts the mouth. An already moderately bodied beer has been thinned further by the spirit addition (enough to raise it from 5.6% to 9%!), and the high carbonation makes for a bit of a rough ride. Exploding, eruptive, erratic, excited effervescence disrupts the even smoothness that you usually want out of a barrel aged beer, though it's perhaps less of a problem here, given the flavor notes of the base beer. That is, you don't expect creamy smoothness from a nutty brown ale, so when you don't get it, it's not quite as disappointing as it could be. It gets much nicer as the carbonation slowly begins to fade, so perhaps crack this one and let it sit open a little while as it warms to allow the carbonation time to dissipate.

Drinkability: As an aside, one of the things that's always amazed me about Goose Island is how much liquor they manage to coax out of their barrels. Night Stalker starts at 11%, but is 13%+ when it comes out in the form of BCS? The Christmas Ales are 5.6, and then nearly double after a while in the barrels to form this beer? Oy! But I digress.

This beer was good. Not great, but good. If you like straight bourbon, you'll be more a fan of it than if your only experience with the aforementioned is in the form of barrel aged beers. At 9%, I can't complain too much about the drinkability in terms of alcohol content, though I will note if for others who find this prohibitively high. All in all, this was a fairly flavorful sipper of a brew that was perfect for Christmas Day - definitely one to be respected, but over the course of three hours while watching "Elf," it hit the spot.

Photo of joshuaseresse
4.62/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2006 bottle. Got this from MrFootstones, thanks a bunch, Brian! This bottle was a Christmas present for my girlfriend, which she got early. She was nice enough to open it tonight and share it with me :) Poured into my darkness snifter:

A - Black/dark brown with a huge amount of head. Creamy white head that dies down eventually but sticks around for a while. Pretty suprised with the carbonation since this is almost 5 years old. Would have given this a 4.25 but I rounded down this time.

S - The smooth bourbon is upfront. Both barrels are united in quite a deliciously smooth dance. Brown sugar is top smell, followed by earth and oak barrel. Butter scotch and nice creamy candy follow along the way. Just great!

T - Creamy, smooth bourbon barrel. Follows the nose with brown sugar, toffee, butter scotch and caramelized candy. It is fantastic! The barrels mix really well here and I'm quite impressed.

M - I'm really suprised that this is soooo carbonated for a beer almost 5 years old, which is slightly the downside for me. Although it is nice that it is carbonated, it is sort of fizzy carbonated and distracts from the smooth bourbon presence that I wanted to feel in the mouth. After the fizz subsides, the smooth, velvety feel sets in and finishes very nicely. But the carbonation...wow!

D - Way to easy to drink. I had this on tap at Busters in the cities a month ago and thought it was crazy awesome...and so did my girlfriend. I just had to get myself a bottle, and thanks to Brian I had the chance to try it again. It's a solid brew and I wish I had more. I'll seek it out again, but it's slightly hard to find. Delicious!

Photo of BieresDesMoines
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I wanted to try this for so long, then I heard it was getting kind of crappy.... so I didn't really want to try it. But I was all over it when the Goose Island rep brought it out at Des Moines Brew Fest. Pours a deep reddish brown with a good head that leaves a lace and has a good retention. The aroma is nutty with some bourbon, some molasses, some iodine, and some chocolate. The flavor has some cherry, some bourbon, and a lightly tart character. The beer is earthy and woody with notes of chocolate and port with some mild spiciness. Turned out to be pretty good!

Photo of Jwale73
4.07/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to johnbjaeger for the opportunity to try this one. 750ml bottle served in a chalice. Pours a hazy chestnut with a cream/frothy, tan-colored head that disperses into a thick skim across the surface with a large dollop in the center. Some slashes of lacing evident during the tasting. Nose is fantastic on this one. Bourbon and buttery notes, with molasses and maple syrup expressing itself as the brew warms. Taste consistent with nose; however, not quite as bold. There's also an earthy and woody quality that comes out in the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is medium-light in consistency with a lively, albeit overly assertive, carbonation. I've been wanting to try this beer for a while and I was not disappointed. Unfortunately, the carbonation is a little too aggressive and detracts from the overall experience. Nonetheless, a very drinkable Old Ale.

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Spycow for the hook-up. I enjoyed our in-person trade.

To those holding a bottle of this, crack it now!!! It is fading fast!!!

A - It pours a thin hardwood brown, like iced tea, with just a bit of very short-lived tan froth from the hard pour.

S - Great barrel aromas remain, but the base beer is faded. Still, I pick up nice cinnamon-mulled impressions, and some of the booze aromas strengthen/enhance the maltiness. Mostly I get mild Bourbon aroma, very mild, fused with a very pale (barely roasted) barley.

T - The taste is just as the nose suggests... The potential for this beer to be - as good as it gets - does exist. But I feel like this is missing segments of flavor due to the negative effects of time. The malt is fairly faded, and has not become rich or toffee-ish or dark-fruity, it has become simply faded and less impactful on the whole. The barrel has faded, too. And more than I would like. At this point, it is like a mellow whisky-tinged English Brown Ale.

M - Thin, retaining some soft carbonation, somewhat creamy despite lesser viscosity.

D - Going downhill, I would imagine...

Photo of glazeman
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

2006 bottle shared by airohead2001. The oldest beer I have had to date.

A: Dark brown in color and mahogany when held up to the light. The beer pours with a 2.5 finger head that is off-white in color and has excellent retention and lacing. I was really surprised by the amount of carbonation in this.

S: There's some bourbon on the nose as expected, but the thing that came through pretty strongly for me that was quite unexpected was cherry pie. It wasn't the smell of sour cherries as in some sours, but was quite interesting none the less. Also a little bit of caramel can be found at the finish.

T: Very good flavors, but not as intense as I would have liked. There is definitely some bourbon up front. Then throughout the drink I notice some wheat/graham cracker, and a little bit of dark fruit.

M: A light bodied beer that has a fairly high level of carbonation. Still, it sits on the tongue well and has a wonderful aftertaste.

D: Incredibly drinkable. Goes down super easy as it's fairly light, the alcohol is undetectable and the flavors are clean, crisp, interesting, complex, and deep. A very unique beer and really unlike anything I've tried before. To me, this was almost a cross between a bourbon barrel barleywine and a good hefeweizen, which I know sounds kind of gross, but it actually turned out really well.

Photo of airohead2001
3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

Wanted to try this one for a long time. Made the decision to pick up this $30 bottle from Lush on Halsted on the way home from a White Sox game in the beginning of summer. Enough about baseball, bring on the Hawks - defend your chalice, 2010 Stanley Cup Champions! Split with glazeman.

A - Dark brown with a massive 4 finger gray head that eventually fades to a 1/4 finger head with excellent retention. Nice thick lacing coats the walls of the snifter.

S - Bourbon, overripe dark fruits, touch of vanilla, and slight citrus hops and malts through out. Smells similar to a bourbon barleywine, but not quite as good.

T - Pretty unique. Nutty vanilla, bourbon, and bitter hops with the finish. Very sweet, but nice. The bourbon doesn't overpower the drink, but rather is a sweet introduction to the roasty malts and bitter hops that follow.

M - Slightly syrupy, but yet thin - almost watery towards the end. Not really what you're looking for in a barrel aged brew.

D - For a barrel aged beer, drinkability is really where this beer shines. The 4 years in the bottle has really mellowed the heat on this. No burn at all. Perfect.

Photo of ne0m00re
3.97/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

09/11/10- Had this one on-tap at Jackie O's barrel-aged release party.
A: A funny copper brown dullness, the nice cream head died to a good film.
S: Bourbon caramel, brown sugar and raisins, mild vanilla wood, mild earthy green hops.
T: Everything expected from aroma. Nice.
M: Frothy, slightly syrupy.
D: Really good.

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.57/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Jackie O's barrel aged festival, served in 4oz pours. The beer was lighter colored than I expected, being that the base is an "imperial" brown ale and all. It was light tan colored, fairly clear, with a few large bubbles on top, not covering the entire liquid.

The beer smelled more neutral than you'd think, a little bourbon mixed with sweet malts and caramel. It's definitely a pleasant aroma, just more muted than what you normally get from a bourbon aged dark beer. It tastes kind of subtle too, on the sweet side but in a light way, with a nice lingering hint of bourbon after each sip. Maybe even some vanilla too, possibly from oak (not sure). The alcohol isn't really noticeable with the exception of the bourbon flavors, everything is sort of subtle.

The body is very lightly carbonated, just shy of flat really, and this is probably why the head looked so flacid. The beer has a smooth and easy drinking feel to it as a result.

I've never tried Imperial Goose before so I can't speak to how the bourbon barrels change it, but nevertheless I'll guess that it removes some carbonation and adds nearly every flavor that I tasted. I was glad to get the chance to try this, but I wouldn't recommend anyone search too hard for it.

Photo of koopa
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 vintage 750ml bottle received in a trade with wedgie9 thanks!

Appearance: Pours an attractive silky dark brown with a 1.5 finger soft off white (in the gray/brown direction) crown that shows moderate retention and lace.

Smell: Nice soft/refined chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, oak sweetness, earthy wooden notes and roast malt thing going on here. The flavors are really well integrated and if they were a bit more pungent I'd give this one a 5.0

Taste: Same as the nose but the bourbon is much more prominent. Just a whisper of alcohol warmth but a grain alcohol note becomes more apparent as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Good smoothed out body but with lots of fine carbonation in the crown. Body is too thin in my opinion.

Drinkability: Great flavors and a light body help but a grain alcohol like quality and strong bourbon presence makes it quite boozy.

Photo of billshmeinke
4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2006 bottle poured into a tulip.

Murky brown body. Sorta ruby at the outer regions. One finger head reside to a nice layer of patchy foam on top. Nice oily leg, no real lacing though.

Smell is quite sherry like. Tons of oaky vanilla, ripe dark fruits, a strong dose of bourbon. There is also a mild cheese ring like scent.

Taste of rich sweet malts evoking caramel and vanilla fudge. Followed by a hint of sherry, oak, vanilla and bourbon. Taste is quite mellow (probably from it's age).

Mouthfeel is light feeling. Medium bodied with high carbonation. Reminds me of a belgian quad in terms of mouthfeel. Hot in the belly with an oaky, slightly resiny bitter, and dry finish.

Really smooth with no trace of heat.

Photo of coldmeat23
4.95/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 55 degrees, then fridged for about 15 minutes prior to opening
2006 BATCH (The only one, so far?)

Pours a nicely dark shade of brown. A very easy pour produces an almost three-finger head of foam. It's light brown in color and very dense and creamy, in appearance. The retention is great and the lacing is in very thick strands that are extremely sticky.
Excellent appearance.

HUGE notes of bourbon, accompanied by a strong oak presence. I can't believe that this is four years old and still has a nose like this. Wow. Definite notes of big, sweet, malts in here, as well. Mild traces of dark fruits and maraschino cherries.

Man, that is tasty. The nose prepares you for a huge bourbon bomb, but what you get is an incredibly well-balanced flavor profile. A big presence of smooth maltiness is met by some great notes of dark fruits. Figs, dates, raisins, cherries, and more. This is all encompassed by a smooth layer of bourbon and some nice hints of oakiness.
This is delicious.

This one is full-bodied and has a mild-to-medium level of carbonation. The carbonation is very smooth and nicely creamy, although it could benefit from just a touch more creaminess.
This is the only thing keeping this one from a perfect score, for me.

This is absolutely tasty and drinkable. The 8.00%abv sure doesn't hurt either. That's low enough to not really worry too much about your consumption rate. Not like you'll be slamming bottles of this, especially at the price, but you could easily nurse a bottle or two, over an evening.
More proof that Goose Island is a world class brewery. As if I needed more proof....

Photo of womencantsail
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Jacob for sharing this one yesterday. Dated 2006.

A: The pour is a darkish amber color with a moderate off-white head.

S: There is a nice bourbon and booze note to the beer, but it's not overwhelming at all. A nice vanilla and almost honey like aroma on top of a bit of malt.

T: A bit of oxidation on this one--mild stale brown sugar taste. Certainly some bourbon and vanilla, along with a nice malty sweetness throughout.

M: Medium to full bodied with a soft carbonation.

D: A very nice beer. The bourbon and barrel contributions are there but not overwhelming nor too subtle. Nicely done all around.

Photo of HopHead84
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Bottle shared by Javier, thanks! The beer appears deep brown with a light beige head and crimson highlights. The aroma showcases big caramel notes with accompanying vanilla and a monstrous bourbon presence. Excellent. The flavor opens with a huge bourbon flavor that carries through to the long finish. The caramel presence is huge and there's a light oak presence. There's a nice level of heat to this. Great stuff.

Photo of professorninja
4.97/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had this after trying a few local porters and stouts at the Bomb Shelter in Milwaukee. Awesome, awesome beer.

A - Dark, rich brown. Like a melted beer bottle.

S - Bourbon cake.

T - Carbonated bourbon. I love these bourbon barrel aged beers. This one tasted like it was beer barrel aged bourbon. Soooo good.

M - I have to go back to the cake metaphor. Like drinking liquid cake.

D - Can I have some more? Seriously? If I didn't have to drive that night, I would have bought three or four more glasses, easy. Shit was pricey, too.

Photo of chaz01
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap for another great beer event at Chappy's Tap Room in Dayton, OH. Served in a short wine glass.

A: Dark Brown, Mahogany color, small head that quickly recedes.

S: Brown sugar, molasses, rum and alcohol along with dark fruits of plums and dates.

T: Sweet, very very sweet, molasses and sugar with a hint of coriander. Lots of boozy whiskey and alcohol flavors as well, although I tasted more straight whiskey and alcohol than more complex flavors of bourbon.

M: Rich, thick full bodied beer.

D: This isn't something you would drink a lot of, but makes a great nightcap or desert beer.

Photo of Bitterbill
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another bottle traded to me by TATTORSO. Thanks Jeff!

2006 black wrapped and capped 750ML bottle, with a small label on the back that says...$30.

I removed the cap and it started to gush. Thankfully, I only lost an ounce or 2. I wanted to serve this at rrom temp so I guess I paid the price...

It pours a deep amber colour with a 2 finger head of foam and some good lacing.

The smell? Bourbon and wood. Bourbon and wood. So, I guess saying alcohol in the smell would not be out of order? ;^) Bottled in 06 and this much of a "hot" smell intrigues me.

The taste is much smoother than the smell insinuated. Yeah, the bourbon and woodsy flavours are there with some lightish notes of vanilla but I can *just* taste the base beer here...the Brown Ale, that adds just a touch of chocolate and an ever so light presence of some nuttiness, but it is tough. In my mind and palate, this is *still* a "hot" brew that hasn't seen its real glory days. I imagine this would change in what....another 5 or more years? Maybe for the better, maybe not. A hard call.

It is, imho, pretty light bodied from what I expected and the carbonation is brisk, especially noticeable during the swallow.

Drinkability? A very slow sipping brew because of the ample and in your face abv and the dominant flavour of Bourbon but.... do I like it or dislike it? I give it a thumbs up due to the fact that it is still Winter around these parts and the warming is welcome. I would not want to drink this on a hot summer day as I would not for most Old Ales.

Photo of MbpBugeye
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at The Pub in Polaris. Any time I see those bronze and black goose heads I go for a glass.

A- Deep brown, and very murky looking. Not much head at all. The beer looks thick as you see it sliding down the sides of the glass.

S- Boozy and sweet. Lots of dark fruits. Malty, raisiny, figs, bread, brown sugar and toasty.

T- Pretty much straight up whiskey. A very smooth and sweet whiskey.

M- Thick, almost syrupy at times. Hot and boozy.

D- This one is a hot boozy beer. If you dont like whiskey or brown liquors you wont really like this one. I happen to love big boozy and hot beers. I found this beer to be delicious.

Imperial Brown Goose from Goose Island Beer Co.
93 out of 100 based on 162 ratings.