Matilda - Goose Island Beer Co.
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3.81/5 rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured from 12 oz bottle into tulip glass.
Appearance: pours a 2" frothy cream colored head which slowly falls with some mild lacing. Color is a amber-orange, cloudy with sediment in suspension. Extreme amounts of champagne-like streaming carbonation.
Aroma: banana and coriander, caramel, Belgian yeast.
Mouthfeel: medium bodied and slightly astringent. Finish is dry with a bit of lingering alcohol burn.
Flavor: sweet caramel and spices, raisins, a hint of pineapple, yeast rolls, strong earthy hop presence.
Overall: nicely done and a pleasant brew for sipping and contemplation.
Serving type: bottle
07-23-2014 02:50:11 | More by Foyle
2.36/5 rDev -41.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25
After hearing nothing but great things about this beer online, where I work, and on BeerAdvocate, I'm thoroughly disappointing Goose Island's Matilda, a beer that clearly looks to cater to those not so invested with Goose Island's more mainstream line. While the beer presents itself nicely in look and smell, the taste and mouthfeel leave something to be desired. The immediate taste isn't bad, effectively presenting an extremely yeasty but potent beer until it descends into a sharp, biting aftertaste that is along the lines of a cheap, high gravity malt liquor (I can equate it to the same kind of pungent taste of high-alcohol I got when swallowing Camo Silver Ice). After a few small to medium sips of this, the taste becomes overcompensating, to the point where the beer's introductory taste isn't even the slightest bit appetizing anymore, and I just sought to finish it as soon as possible. I can't see how this beer merits such exceptional ratings; it's one of the worst beers I've had all year.
Serving type: bottle
07-21-2014 03:39:43 | More by SteveJeremy
Matilda from Goose Island Beer Co.
90 out of 100 based on 3,496 ratings.