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Mild Winter - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Mild WinterMild Winter

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very good

372 Reviews
very good

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Reviews: 372
Hads: 897
Avg: 3.75
pDev: 18.4%
Wants: 36
Gots: 30 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
English Dark Mild Ale |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: botham on 08-17-2008

Toffee color, dark bread aroma, caramel and rye flavor, medium-light body.
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Reviews: 372 | Hads: 897
Reviews by GRPunk:
Photo of GRPunk
3.72/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank as beer #2 of my 12 beers of Christmas 2011. Beer #1 was a Celebration Ale.

Bottle marked with a bottled on date of 11-17-11, poured into an imperial pint.

A- 1-1/2 finger, tan head drops and sustains at 1/2 finger, leaving really nice rings on the glass. Dark brown body is clean with moderate carbonation.

S- Good balance. Caramel malts with balancing hops at first. Definite infusion of rye. Something of a dark bread when it all comes together. Rye isn't necessarily prominent, but it's no wall flower. Other ryes with a lighter malt base and complimentary hopping may excentuate the rye a bit more. The maltier base, almost like some sort of brown ale or brown porter, keep rye in check. Hints of chocolate with warmth.

T- As aroma suggests, I picture a rich and hearty, German rye or multi-wheat bread. Bready and sweet malts. Tough to deny there's rye in there. Generous without overwhelming. Just a touch of fusal at the end of some sips. A little nutty at points.

M- Light carb. Light hop and rye bite. Light alcohol burn. Fairly lighter body than I expected.

O- It's a nice winter/holiday seasonal. Hearty and significant enough without overwhelming one's palate with spice, or bourbon barrels, or huge ABV. It drank quite nicely on a mild winter evening of my own (highs in the 50s during the second week of December). I guess it's not technically winter yet...

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More User Reviews:
Photo of davemarc87
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks to my dear friend for the sample. Pours into my totally sweet New Glarus Uff-da Bock nonic a copper red with a thick and everlasting beige head. Lovely aroma of fresh malt. Very spicy. Pepper. Taste has loads of banana and black pepper. Green like fresh mustard greens. Lots of pepper. Wow! Dark and lasting malt flavors. Aggressive carbonation and stinging rye oils attack the tongue. Very drinkable. Very good.

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Photo of jono0101
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of ajkiser12
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of sgoodship
4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at the JewelOsco grocery store on Des Plaines & Fulton in Chicago. Bottled on 11/11/08.

A: Dark brown at the top and more golden colored at the bottom. Nice one finger frothy head. Really nice spotty lacing as the brew is consumed. Every sip revitalizes the head.

S: Nice bready malt with an exceptional earthy, sour, dry rye malt.

T: Very tasty. A crisp, refreshing start that goes into a lovely round bready malt taste in the middle and finishes with a rye sourness that adds a sharp tang on the palette. Not that familiar with this style but I have found that rye is really appealing to me in general. I love how it quenches the thirst. As the brew warmed up, more of a caramel malt joined the action and it was a really nice addition. The combination of sweetness and sourness almost took on a lemony profile.

M: Feels almost medium bodied - so smooth. Full in the mouth but slight tingly carbonation combined with the rye is so nice and crisp.

D: Lovely brew. It's so easy to get carried away with big beers and forget to appreciate the lovely subtleties of milder brews. This is a wonderfully refreshing beer. Perfectly balanced and just right for a session.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours ruddy brown with garnet highlights and an inch of creamy off white foam that leaves great lacing. Toasted rye bread with grainy accents. Spicy with caramel tones and a subtle creaminess. A touch of coffee moves into an afterthought of hops.

Surprisingly creamy upfront with big maltiness and caramelized grains. Toasty rye bread flavors that are spicy and clean. Mellow hop bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy. A lot fuller in body that I expected considering the name and ABV. Overall, a tasty session beer that I can drink quite a few of.

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Photo of csmartin6
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of generallee
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of TimoP
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Twifiter
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Magister_Beav
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jason
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with a bottled on date.

LOOK: Nearly clear dark brown, healthy looking head

SMELL: Toffee, herbal, rye, yeast, fresh bread, faint dired plums

TASTE: Caramel, buttery, spicy rye, smooth, medium body, leafy hop, deep toasted grain, mild chocolate, faint raisin, brown bread

Very much a winter beer from look to taste, the rye adds a uniqueness and some depth. I know they are calling it a Mild of sorts but this one would do better with a bit more strength which would amp up the maltiness and fruitiness. We all know Milds can be bigger.

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Photo of Billolick
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ouncer, bottled on dating on the label. Pours clear darker amber, light tan head that leaves real nice, fine well developed lace. A touch of chocolate, light winter spice and toasty bread in the nose. Smooth, eminently easy drinking, session able offering. Light spice, toast, mild rye and lightly roasted malts. Nice stuff. Pleasant winter sessioner.

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Photo of tigg924
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, hazy, tan in color, moderate carbonation

Smell: big caramel malts and rye

Taste: pael malt, caramel malts, and rye in moderation throughout

Mouthfeel: medium/light bodied, medium carbonation, sweet start with a dry rye tasting ending

Drinkability: One of the best Goose Island beers I have had. I can really taste the rye, yet it is not overwhelming. I like how it combines with the pale malts. I could easily six this one.

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Photo of LyonsHead
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Brilliatn orange/red hues with a creamy off white head that sticks around for about half the drink.

S: Substantial toasted notes. a nice malty sweetness as well as some dark fruit esters

T: moderately toasty with a touch of roasted malt. there is a good malty sweetness. There is a real spicy character (rye) here as well. Firm bitterness to balance the sweet; no real hop flavor. There are dark fruit esters throughout and the finish is sweet bordering on too sweet.

M: medium body, smooth, very sweet finish with an alcohol warmth

D: for me this was a great beer that just finishes a little to sweet to be highly drinkable. good complexity of flavor though, and I really enjoyed it. I suppose a winter beer isn't designed to allow you to quaff a six pack. I am enjoying this pint while watching the snow pile up to around a foot and a half which seems to help make this beer better.

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Photo of Shankopotamus
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of ryancl
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of NicholasCasber
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This beer, was consumed by myself and my friend at Beck's on The Hill in Cedar Falls, and was in a pitcher before entering a pilsner glass. The color is a dark amber with hints of brown, producing a fairly white head, but the head itself had sort of a amber tint.

S: This is one of my favorite things about the beer, and I noticed it once I poured it into my glass. I got the strong smell of egg nog which I'm assuming is the dark rye used in the brewing process coming out.

T: The taste was absolutely brilliant with a nice, almost sweet finish.

M: Mouthfeel was off the charts with a nice little shimmer on the pallet to really brighten the flavors.

D: The drinkability was superior to other winter ales I've tasted, and would drink it again in a heart beat.

Overall, outstanding beer, almost wish it was around all season. I've always thought that Goose Island brewed some mighty fine beers, and after Matilda, this would be my second favorite. Cheers.

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Photo of bsp77
4.06/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Clear bronze with thin white head and nice lacing lines. Fairly unique color.

Smell: Spicy rye, light chocolate and dark fruit, and a slight nuttiness.

Taste: Light chocolate and toasted malts, with some dark fruit and a nice spicy twang from the rye.

Feel: Relatively low carbonation, light body but also quite smooth and "English". Slightly dry finish but not a typical dry finish due to the rye.

Drinkability: Ridiculously drinkable for a Winter seasonal. I don't have much experience with Milds, but I prefer this one over the few others I have tried.

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Photo of westcott
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of NilocRellim
3.46/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured right from the bottle with a VERY dark amber colour. Cream coloured fizzy head that died down; it didn't last more than a few sips. Nothing overpowering in the smell of the taste of the beer, except maybe a slight burnt taste/smell. No predominant malt or hop taste... pretty average. Slightly bitter aftertaste.

Would I buy it again? Probably not.

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Photo of mkrass
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of virinow
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of pat61
4.11/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Brilliant chestnut under a 1” quickly dissipating off-white foam collar.
S: Faint hint of chocolate, light malts.
T: Rich malts provide caramel and some rye spice
F: medium body and carbonation.
O: A pretty traditional English style brown ale.

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Mild Winter from Goose Island Beer Co.
85 out of 100 based on 372 ratings.