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Honest Stout | Goose Island Beer Co.

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Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States | website

Style: Foreign / Export Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Fall

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Added by joe1510 on 12-23-2007

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Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 41
Reviews by TJBurgess:
Photo of TJBurgess
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in 20oz Goose Island Imperial pint glass at the Clybourn location.

A: Dark brown/black with 2 fingers of head. Pretty good retention and carbonation is present.

S: Dark roasted malts, coffee, and chocolate. Pretty impressive overall.

T: Much bigger than anticipated! Roasted malts, chocolate all follow the smell. Light, but big on flavor.

M: Good carbonation, full bodied for a stout at ~6%.

O: A great session stout. I would drink this regularly.

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Photo of jjd315
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of aasher
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was lucky enough to try this while visiting the Clybourn location. It arrived a midnight black with a light dark khaki head which laced the glass. It looked like a stout should. The smell was roasted and rich. It even had a bit of bitter chocolate to it. The taste really impressed me. It was very rich and had more chocolate than I expected. The roasted coffee flavor was superb. It drank so, so smoothly on tap, it was perfect. If I would've had more time I would've had more than one. It was very, very drinkable. It also went perfectly with my Cuban Pork sandwich.

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Photo of JohnBender
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AgentZero
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice black beer with a tan head that receded to a thick ring and partial cap. Big splotches left on the sides.

S - Roasted malts and coffee notes with healthy side of caramel. Great roasted presence with some earth tones.

T - Rated is solidly robust with a nice malt backbone. Sweet toffee taste and roasted character. Tastes bigger than the 5.5% it says on the menu.

M - Full bodied and appropriate carbonation.

D - A solid single stout that I can drink again.

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Photo of Gstolas
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of WillCarrera
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at GI Clybourn. Served in a pint glass.

A- Pours totally jet black with a half-finger of creamy tan head.

S- Roasted malt, char and dark chocolate.

T- Similar to the nose, big roasted, slightly smoky malts, some chocolate and toffee.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth creamy feel.

O- A pretty decent, simple stout, I would drink this again but I've had much more interesting offerings from Clybourn.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass at the Clybourn brewpub.

Let's get some stouts, boyos! This one pours a very dark black-brown topped by a finger or so of tan foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, light char, grass, and a touch of molasses and dark chocolate. The taste brings in more of the same, with the bitterness of the char and dark chocolate really coming to the fore. The body is a solid medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a generally smooth feel. Overall, a nice stout, but a bit too bitter for my tastes.

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Photo of Antnyd82
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of brandoman63
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of JNForsyth
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of cosmicevan
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Kirk for the awesome growler in the growler plus BIF. 64 glorious ounces!

a - opened the growler and filled my southampton RIS oversized snifter. the beer poured a thick and creamy looking brown which settled much darker. thin off-white head that didn't hang long. future more aggressive pours yeilded a frothy head, but never one that hung out for more than a moment or two.

s - roasted charness. kind of porter-like which to me is fairly represented in many brews of the style. some coffee. smells nice.

t - roasted malts with a definite porter char to it. there is a fruity thing in the background too...almost cherry. pretty solid stout. as it warmed, some cocoa powder came out in the flavor, but all in all nice charred flavors.

m - smooth and cooling. not super heavy, but definitely bold. leaves a bit of a tingle.

o - overall, solid offering. really nice on this unseasonably warm day. the 64oz should be perfect to watch the giants crush the seahawks! thanks again kirk...really glad i got to try this draft only (at least at this point) offering from GI. very nice stout and one that i'd definitely drink again.

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Photo of NateMac13
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of mkennedy119
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of adamk1978
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of dlello2
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of paco1029384756
3.87/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with almost no head and no lacing.

Scent of rich malts, maple syrup, almonds, and vanilla. Nice and balanced, not over the top, full and rich, good stuff.

Taste of roasted malts and chocolate start, some coffee come in and lasts through the finish. Not especially complex, but nice and rich, just like the scent.

Mouthfeel is full and smooth, it would be a little better with some more carbonation.

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Photo of kidzord
3.51/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Chris-1911
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of birdsellam
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.41/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft poured into a pint glass

A: Goose Island Honest Stout is gratuitously black in color with a thin line of tan head.

S: Roasted and chocolate malts predominantly comprise the aroma with hints of coffee in the back. Traditional but nice.

T/M: The taste followed suit with dark and smoky roasted malts, some nuttiness, subtle chocolate, a medium amount of carbonation, and some more of the coffee been in the finish. Again, very traditional, but in a good way.

It’s a good, “honest” stout.


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Photo of bsuedekum
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of Halfbrother83
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mdfb79
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From 01/23/13 notes. Had this on tap at the Clybourn brewpub in Chicago.

a - Pours a dark brown, almost black color, with one finger of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks like a really nice stout.

s - Smells of roasted malts, bitter chocolate, toasted malts, and some light cream. Nice, but nothing too complex here.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, bitter chocolate, milk chocolate, cream, oats, toasted malts, vanilla, some sugar. Taste is better than the nose and a step up for me.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Smooth and easy to drink; no heat to it at all.

o - Overall a pretty nice foreign stout, but tough because I found Resolutions, Black Seas, or XL on tap/cask all better than this one. Some nice sweetness in the taste though the nose is a little lacking, and easy to drink. A solid foreign stout but with so many other great GI stouts/porters on tap, would go for one of those other 3 again before going for this one.

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