Icarus - Goose Island Beer Co.
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3.78/5 rDev -0.8%
Thanks Geist, a rarity for sure. A decent little barleywine but I sort of failed to see what was special about it except that there wasn't much of it around, and now even less.
Beer is brownish and hazy with almost no head, at least no serious attempt at one.
Aroma is sweet, raisin, malt, smells like a barleywin.
Beer is sweet and medium in body, hides the alcohol well in a palate of malts and sweetness. The finish is nice, mildly bitter, sweet, nice, good. I enjoyed it but I'm unsure if I would return to it. Other beers like Arctic devil, Perfect Storm, King Henry are amazing beers, this wasn't in their league.
09-27-2012 21:07:39 | More by drabmuh
District of Columbia
4/5 rDev +5%
The beer is hazy and copper hued with a small, broken head of off white bubbles. The aroma brings butterscotch, oranges, booze, malt, candies, sugar. The flavor is decent, offering everything promised in the aroma. A bit sweet. Present alcohol, though not terribly in your face. Moderately low carbonation. Smooth on the palate. Overall, this was ok.
09-25-2012 06:09:08 | More by Huhzubendah
3.9/5 rDev +2.4%
12oz bottle into a tulip. 2005 vintage (ICARUS1536 printed on the label).
A: Pours a dark amber-brown with a decent off-white head.
S: Thick oxidized aromas and faded hops at first. Sugary molasses, figs, browned apples, cardboard. Some pleasant vanilla and spice notes come out as it warms.
T: Mildly sweet caramel, cooked apples, treacle, hop bitterness which fades as it warms, old hop leaf, carrot cake. Becomes richer and smoother as it warms, with lots of vanilla, cloves, and toffee notes coming out.
M: Medium-bodied with light yet crisp carbonation.
O: At first it seemed like this beer had been ruined by age, but it became surprisingly tasty as it warmed up. I probably wouldn't go out of my way to get another bottle, but it actually became quite enjoyable and interesting as it sat.
09-12-2012 01:49:32 | More by Etan
3.23/5 rDev -15.2%
Served in a Local Option cervoise.
Grabbed a bottle o' this from the Vintage Bottle Program at Clybourn. Figured I'd split it with VDubb during a visit. Why not? It pours a slightly murky sunset amber-ruby-sienna topped by a finger or so of cream-white foam. The nose comprises biscuit, pine sap, light caramel, light menthol, and a mild feather-brush of grapefruit zest. The taste leans heavily on the biscuit, with the pine and grapefruit combining to provide a small tinge of bitterness that tries to pervade for the duration. Unfortunately for all involved, the flavors kinda drop off near the finish. There's also a clear sense of oxidation going on (dammit, it's been seven years, after all), what with a touch of cardboard and a bit of thinning in the body. Speaking of which, the body is still a lithe medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a surprisingly crisp finish. Overall, I'm bringing age into things here and calling this guy pretty nice for his age. Sure, oxidation has taken its toll, but things could be a helluva lot worse. As things stand, it's still fairly enjoyable, but it is disappointing that the flavors don't wanna linger, hang out for a bit after the party's ended. I'd definitely have another were one offered to me.
08-01-2012 17:26:49 | More by TMoney2591
Icarus from Goose Island Beer Co.
85 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.