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Naughty Goose - Goose Island Beer Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

148 Ratings
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Ratings: 148
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 42
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: EagleTalon on 09-06-2002)
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Reviews by silenius:
Photo of silenius
4.8/5  rDev +24.7%

I bought a growler of this and have been drinking it while painting the new place. The girlfriend ordered it at Goose Island and I loved it from her glass.

Beer pours a dark brown with red and purple highlights when held up to the sun. There is a light tan head that forms a skim coat over the glass after a minute. Some small lacing.

Aroma is a beautiful marriage of chocolate, coffee , and hops! Truly balanced and beautiful.

Taste is slightly sweet cocoa, coffee, and a nice hops bite. They move on the palate like a dance twirling around each present and undulating. Bitter hoppy chocolate on the finish. Hops and chocolate do not sound like they would go together, but they do beautifully in this beer!

Mouthfeel is smooth and the light carbonation adds just the right balance. The finish is slightly drying.

Not many beers are this drinkable. Wonderful. I could go through pint after pint!

silenius, Aug 08, 2004
More User Reviews:
Photo of MyTBeerDrinker
1/5  rDev -74%

MyTBeerDrinker, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of jeonseh
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%

Had this on tap at the GI Clybourn on 3/31/08 and served in a pint glass.

A - a dark amber brown color that allows no light to penetrate its darkness. There was a small white head that sat on top and faded to very few bubbles. A bit cloudy in appearance and that adds to the light's inability to get through.

S - mostly caramel and chocolate is what comes to me. There is also a light hint of a roasted, hickory smokiness. Reminds me a bit of the ED but turned down a notch as this was really neither big not complex.

T - At first, I got a surprising hit of a citurs, I'd say orange, notes that cut through some caramel syrup sweetness. The smoked aspect of the beer really came through as well as the smoked flavors were a lot bigger in the beer than they were in the nose. There was also a light, bitter dark chocolate note at the end as well. Really just ED turned down a notch.

MF - medium carbonation on this one and I think it adds and helps bring out some of that citurs hops that I found so surprising. Not too sticky or heavy nor was it too watery which was nice given that the other beers I had that day I found a bit watery.

D - Overall this really just reminded me of the ED turned down a notch. The smokey aspect was not as big and the hops shined through a little bit more. Thought it was a decent beer and worth the try but not really one that I would get again especially because I have had much better beers at GI Clybourn.

jeonseh, Apr 01, 2008
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%

(Served in an American pint glass)

A-This beer had a dark almost opaque brown body with a thin film of tan head that had lots of rocky bubbles on top. No carbonation visible.

S- The smell of toasted brown malt and a hint of roasted malt added some depth to this beer.

T- The slightly sweet caramel malt flavor was balanced by a crisper dark malt flavor. There was a soft nugget or faint butterscotch note in the malt. The hop finish was of soft green flavor and a nice pineapple note.

M- The mouthfeel was medium-full with a slight creamy texture. There was a faint fusel alcohol note at the finish.

D- This beer had nice layers of malt but they just didn't taste fresh or distinct. Even as a session beer it didn't have the complexity in the layers and the alcohol finish, although faint was a bit of a distraction.

rhoadsrage, Mar 09, 2006
Photo of JoeBoxer522
5/5  rDev +29.9%

JoeBoxer522, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of dirtylou
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%

22oz bomber - picked up at west lakeview liquors in chicago, split and paired with some bloody burgers and grilled corn

appearance: served in an imperial pint glass - chocolate brown body with obvious amber hues, nice creamy beige cap and strong lacing

smell: not an overpowering nose - nutty, dry caramel malt, a touch woody

taste: lovely english brown - creamy, nice woody base, smooth caramel, a dash of chocolate, toasted grain, a touch smokey. well done here

mouthfeel: creamy, smooth, fulfilling medium body

drinkability: quite good

dirtylou, Aug 27, 2009
Photo of Southernbrew
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%

Note: while going through my IPAQ, I found this review that I wrote back in August while visiting Chicago.

Pours a lovely brown, good bit of head, nice lacing down the glass.

Nice aroma, some caramel sweetness and a very nice citrus hop presence.

Medium body, pretty smooth. Delicious flavor, some caramel, a bit of bitterness, a pleasant hop bite as well, nice to taste in a brown ale. Nice potent bitterness at the end.

It's been months since I sampled this, but I still remember how good this was. One of the best beers I had in Chicago.

Southernbrew, Feb 03, 2005
Photo of russpowell
4.78/5  rDev +24.2%

got this one from joe1510, cheers Joe!

Pours a ruby-tinged brown with a finger of tan head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Toasty malt, some leafy hops, some bready notes

T: Tons of toasty malt, brown bread, a bit of hazelnut & dryness up front. Toasty malty & a touch of grainyness as this warms, plus slight citric hops, & some caramel. Finishes nutty with great toastyness & a touch of grainyness

MF: Medium bodied, low carbonation & creamy, great balance

Drinks too damn, easy this is easily one of the best browns I had. Recommended!

russpowell, May 03, 2009
Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%

Bottled on date: 03/23/09. Into the Tyranena nonic glass...

A - Light hickory colored body with good clairity and amber tints. About a half-finger of off white head on top that reduces down to a spotty thin layer and no lacing.

S - Pine is quite assertive, with nice coco, pecan, grass (really nice Tettnang hop aroma here) and caramel notes backing it up. Manages to be rich without being to big.

T - A lot of toasty and nutty flavors present in this beer. Semi-sweet baker's chocolate and caramel were also noted, highlighted by some balanced esters. The hops do lend spice, grassy, and citrusy notes, and are just present enough to balance out the beer, and leave with a mild, nutty finish.

M - Medium body for a brown ale, with slightly more carbonation than I personaly feel is appropriate.

D - This is a solid example of an American Brown Ale. I would be interested to drink this side by the side Goose's Nut Brown Ale, because I feel that many of this things that are going well for this beer are present in the Nut Brown Ale as well. Expressive, but not overly assertive. Not quite what I think of when I think of a reserve beer, but a solid session beer none the less.

SammyDavisJrJrJr, Apr 04, 2009
Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%

Have seen these around for a little while and am in a brown ale mood so yeah, time to try this.

22oz bomber poured into the New Belgium gobblet.

A: Pours a deep ruby brown with touches of dirty coppper. It's topped with a loose quarter inch cap of a head that bubbles down into a soapy film on top of the beer but does manage to leave behind a series of very nice looking rings of sticky lace.

S: That familiar PB&J on toast come out once again and I really really enjoy it, not sure how it happens but it's a smell I can really get behind. Aroma is built more towards the leafy, earthier aspect rather than the full blown citrusy hoppiness which I am going to chalk up to the toasty and chocolaty malt parts of this beer.

T/MF: Opens with a chocolatly toastiness with earhty hops following up and closing out the first few sips of this beer. I initally want to say that this is a more malt focused American Brown Ale as the chocolate and toasted bread aspects of this beer lead me to believe, but after making it halfway thru this bomber it is becoming evident that there is a strong, underlying hop presence. My mouth is puckering and drying out a little bit and the beer even takes on some fruiter tones as it battles against the massive amount of malt in this beer and makes for an interesting drinking session if a bit heavy handed.

D: I like it but I don't love it, probably would pick up a six pack of this now and then if they were sold that way, but at that point I suppose I would just and could just pick up Goose Island's nut brown ale that comes at a substantially cheaper price tag and tastes just about the same.

bluemoonswoon, Apr 09, 2009
Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

GRG1313, Nov 11, 2013
Photo of EagleTalon
4.83/5  rDev +25.5%

An excellent brown ale. Tight, permanent head, deep brown color. Served at "cellar temperature" with very light CO2.--and that's a good thing! The aroma is of hops and moderately roasted malts. Chocolate malt/roast malt flavor. This beer is in a class with the best American Brown ales. The best of the six beers I tasted on my visit to the Clybourn brewpub.

EagleTalon, Sep 06, 2002
Photo of mikeburd1128
3/5  rDev -22.1%

mikeburd1128, May 10, 2013
Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Bottle: Poured a clear dark brown color ale with a large thick off-white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of lightly smoked malt with some residual sugar and some black chocolate notes. Taste is also a mix between some chocolate malt with light subtle traces of smoked and nuts with light residual sugar which provides a very nice balance. Body is a bit light with good carbonation. Good example of how to pack loads of while keeping the alcohol level to a reasonable amount.

Phyl21ca, Jun 28, 2011
Photo of CRJMellor
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%

Pours a brown with red highlights. Two-fingered tan head that fdes slowly and leaves an abundane of lace on the glass.
Aroma of roasted caramel, light chocolate and a fruity, oily hop profile jumps out.
Flavor is roasted barley, caramel, hint of sweet chocolate, nuts, coffee and a hit of ash or smoke, finsihing with some earthy bitterness.
Mouthfeel starts smooth and silky then shifts to a persistent moderate bitterness going down. Very nice transition and mouthfeel. This beer is why I seek out cask-conditioned beers.
Drinkability is very high as with most cask beer. Two was not enough of this beauty.

CRJMellor, Mar 10, 2004
Photo of leprakhan
4/5  rDev +3.9%

leprakhan, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

jaydoc, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of jegross2
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

jegross2, Feb 15, 2014
Photo of matjack85
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

matjack85, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of mikesgroove
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%

hazelnut brown with just the slightest bit of a reddish tint to it around the edges. A very nice amount of carbonation was evident in the streams of bubbles that were chaining up from the bottom throughout the session.

mix of cereal grains and bready malts that gave it a very nice base to work off of. As it warmed up I detected some nice light grass like hop notes in there as well some of banana to be more specific that were coming through and giving it a little more balance. The aroma overall was pretty classic, maybe with a little tweak of hoppiness to it, but a good representation of the style in general. lots of malts, this was completely to be expected. Cereal grains, bready and earthy tones dominating, but then fading under increasing pressure from caramel like sugary notes that seemed to really bring out the best in this one. Deep flavor profile which surprised me to be honest. A nice long dry finish capped it off

mikesgroove, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of Chugs13
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Chugs13, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

DrBier, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of metter98
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%

On-tap at Iron Monkey, Jersey City, NJ

A: The beer is very dark brown in color. It poured with a half finger high beige colored head that died down, leaving a thin head covering the surface and lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of nutty malts are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has lots of flavors of nutty malts along with slight hints of roasted malts.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I really liked how this beer was packed with aromas and flavors of nutty malts. It is a very good representation of the style.

metter98, Aug 19, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

mendvicdog, Jun 11, 2013
Photo of cestlavie
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

cestlavie, Mar 24, 2013
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Naughty Goose from Goose Island Beer Co.
86 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.