Naughty Goose - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 152
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 42
Gots: 2 | 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

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Beer added by: EagleTalon on 09-06-2002

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Reviews by silenius:
Photo of silenius
4.77/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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!

More User Reviews:
Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

roast, a little chocolate, brilliant medium brown to chestnut, just the right amount of hop on the end to balance the light malt sweetness.

Photo of jeonseh
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(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.

Photo of dirtylou
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Southernbrew
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of russpowell
4.74/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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!

Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of EagleTalon
4.8/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of CRJMellor
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of metter98
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of plaid75
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a deep amber hue with a two finger frothy off white head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured round earthy malts with some chocolate and a touch of smoke.

The taste consisted of burnt caramel, cocoa and an earthy smoke accented by a balancing grassy hop.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style with a vigorous carbonation.

Overall a tasty and complex brown ale. Very enjoyable.

Photo of papat444
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to MasterSki for this one. Shared with my wife with our supper, burgers & chicken wings.

Poured from a bomber.

Appearance: Pours a maple syrup colored body with a nice haze and a good sized head.

Smell: Reserved but i'm able to coax out some caramel & hops.

Mouthfeel: Nutty with some caramel and overlaid with roasted notes. An underlying hop bitterness nicely compliments the taste. A hint of chocolate in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, tends to the malty side. My only gripe is for me i felt the carbonation was a little too high and hampered the mouthfeel. It was a little distracting.

Drinkability: Put aside the carbonation and everything about this brew is very easy to drink. I could see myself getting this again.

Overall: A tasty and solid offering that i quite enjoyed.

Photo of nickynick
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Goose Island Naughty Goose poured a very nice full ruby/brown.
The smell was a little light with sweet malt and hops. The taste was of bittersweet chocolate. The hops and malt work together nicely to create this flavor. Mouthfeel was good, ceamy. Drinkability was good as well. Overall a nice beer. I hope that goose Island keeps this beer around. My only complaint is that it is only available in 22oz bottles.

Photo of mdwalsh
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours with a brilliant, 3 finger, white head, which holds on for some great longevity. The beer itself is colored with a reddish hued brown.

S: Very light and weak. Some burnt sugar smelling malt, and maybe just a touch of some spicier hops.

T: Nutty, malty. Some chocolate but pleasantly simple and nicely naughty. Filling and rich without being decadent.

M: Medium bodied and smooth, it could use some more sparkle and fizz.

D: Superb.

Photo of GbVDave
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a 20oz imperial pint at Goose Island-Clybourn 2/20/07. This version was listed as 5.2% abv.

A: Dark cloudy brown with some ruby tinting. One finger khaki colored head.

S: Aromas of roasted malt, chocolate, and green hops. Very nice.

T: Take everything from above and add a mildly tart fruitiness, brown sugar, and toffee to wrap it up.

M: Thick, creamy, and very full in the mouth.

D: This is not your typical one-dimentional brown ale. Very enjoyable from beginning to end.

Photo of donkeyrunner
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Paired with BBQ and some stupid sci-fi show my girlfriend likes. Sort of a I'll give you a beer if you watch my show trade.

Light brown color, almost a dark amber. Beige head recedes into a collar that corrals a thin skim. Leaves a lace squall it's wake.

A perfectly balanced beer in all aspects. Sweet cocoa and fruit aroma with a herbal hop floating amidst it all. Taste is impeccably balanced with a sweet caramel tinged toasted chocolate biscuit malt vs. a fruity kick with in the middle. Hops for flavor accentuation and balance. Great beer.

Photo of rfgetz
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a medium chestnut brown, little head. Scent is nutty, roasty with notes of light grass and citrus. Taste brings a nice smooth nutty flavor, minimal roast, light caramel, decent hop profile - citrus, grassy, herbal. Smooth body, medium bodied - could use a bit more heft. Solid, well rounded brown - about 80% brown ale / 20% IPA in construction.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Iron Monkey in Jersey City, NJ

A: Pours a clear dark brown in color with light to moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation and some dark reddish amber highlights. The beer has a half finger tall foamy beige head that slowly reduces to a very thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Just shy of moderate aromas of nutty malts and toasted dark malts.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of toasted dark malts with some light hints of fruity sweetness and some nutty flavors as well. Light amounts of bitterness in the finish that only lingers for a short amount of time.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: A very good example of the style and very enjoyable with all of the nutty flavors and aromas. Easy to drink and quite enjoyable.

Photo of AgentZero
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Very nice looking, strong colored beer. Dark brown with no hints of red.

S - Toffee, some chocolate. A little smokey, mild sweetness very hard to dectect. Nice malts.

T - Nice full flavor, toffee and some hints of chocolate. Almost smokey. Full bodied rich flavor. Smooth finish with very little aftertaste.

M - Not as heavy as I was expecting. Decently solid, the right amount of carbonation.

D - Easy to drink and full of flavor. Could do a couple of these without any trouble. Very nice beer

Photo of karst
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This bad bird flew away with the gold medal at the 2003 GABF. I had two glasses poured by brewer Miguelle. I found it better that their Red Velvet (served from the bottom of the cask 10-2-05 - opened 5 days earlier).

Naughty Goose poured deep crystal clear brown with red glints and 2 fingered persistant head and lace.

Aroma of coffee, chocolate, roasted malts and milly spicey U.S.Tettnanger hops.

Flavors follow as semi-sweet cocoa, coffee combine with the citrusy Cascades (bittering and flavor hops). Some fruity esters - could not get Miguell to say much about the yeast used. Although this brown ale has some American hop bit it is a very nice malt base that stays light on the caramel. Body is medium with a creamy mouthfeel. Enough IBUs to dry the finish but not cover the complexity of the chocolate and roasted malts at the end.

Very drinkable and at 5% abv a good session ale. "May I have a second glass, Miguell? I am ranking this third of the ten Goose Island brews I have had to date. Bourban County Stout a runaway 1st followed by Matilda.

Photo of bmwats
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 650 ml bottle into a standard pint.

A: Medium-dark brown. Low carbonation pours into 1 finger, foamy, tan head. Slowly settles leaving a little blanket of foam on the surface. Nice beer ring lacing remains.

S: A subtly sweet malt and a little nutty.

T: Bitter malt. A bit of a hoppy bite. A bit nutty or maybe some bittersweet chocolate. . . but just a hint.

M: Has a light body, but hearty and robust. Biting hops remain.

D: Very good. Nice balance of flavor and feel.

Very nice atmosphere. Great appearance and basic, but full nose. Nice flavor balance, maybe just a bit too bitter, but not by much. Nice body. Really good quaff.

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Naughty Goose from Goose Island Beer Co.
86 out of 100 based on 152 ratings.