1. BeerAdvocate on your phone?! True story. Try the beta now.

Caber Toss - Goose Island Beer Co.

Caber Toss
No picture uploaded.
Have one? Upload it now.
BA SCORE
80
good

12 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 12
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 25.22%


Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jrallen34 on 01-15-2011)
View: Beers (269) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Reviewers
Ratings: 12 | Reviews: 5 | Show All Ratings:
Photo of Melicita
Melicita

Maryland

3.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this a couple of days ago at the Clybourn Brewery in Chicago served as part of a tasting flight. Smell is of caramel malts with hints of floral hops. Taste is malted and of sweet whiskey, much like a sugary scotch. Has an interesting zest kick to it and an earthiness in the finish.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2012 20:48:06 | More by Melicita
Photo of TMoney2591
TMoney2591

Illinois

3/5  rDev -12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a snifter at the Clybourn brewpub.

Finishing off my latest visit to Clybourn with a Scotch ale. Right on. It pours a mostly clear amber-brass topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam ...Okay, this ain't like any Scotch ale I've ever seen before... The nose comprises light orange zest, black pepper, cardamom, and mild toffee. There is an awful lot of dark, peppery spice in there and not much else. The taste brings in more of the same, along with some sweet caramel, vanilla, and a kiss of smoke. Better. The body is a light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, this is one wacky version of a Scotch ale. It looks and smells nothing like tradition would dictate, and the taste only comes through on that expectation in small doses. It does seem that things have improved since the other reviews, but it's still not what I would call a good Scotch ale...

Serving type: on-tap

10-08-2012 15:50:37 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of emerge077
emerge077

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft at Goose Clybourn.
Caber Toss refers to a traditional Highland Scottish log throwing competition. I'd expect this to be a big bastard of a Wee Heavy with that name.

Saturated deep copper gold color, leaning more towards orange on the spectrum. Much lighter color than what's typical for the style, which is generally dark reddish brown. Caber Toss has a fingers width head of foam on it, and it laces a little on the sides, leaving some spotty flecks inside the glass.

Malty aroma, simple husky grain, lightly toasty.

Flavor is very malty, zero sweetness, no suggestion of smoke or peat at all. Toast, apple, specialty malt, lightly woody. A medium bodied and malt driven beer. Fairly simple and not that hard to figure out. Absolutely no trace of the 7% abv.

Not a typical Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy, as it lacks sweetness, peat/smoke, yeast esters, and a reddish color, but it's a nice example of what simplicity can achieve... if approached objectively.

Serving type: on-tap

02-23-2011 19:19:01 | More by emerge077
Photo of Gunslinger711
Gunslinger711

Indiana

1.3/5  rDev -61.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Tasting notes 2-16-11.

Taken from a flight, served in sample glass.

A - Average amber/red color. No head to speak of, minimal lacing.

S - Smells like skunked Coors or Bud Light, straight up.

M - Smooth mouthfeel.

T - Definitely tastes like it smells, I've had skunked Coors, dirty draft line Coors, kegs too old Coors, this is what it tastes like.

I asked the waitress if anyone else had complained about it, no one had. After reading the other review, I'm beginning to think this is the taste they were going for...why, I'm not sure. The waitress was kind enough to give me a replacement beer for the flight.

Overall: Never drink again.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Goose Island Clybourn, 1800 N Clybourn Ave, Chicago

02-17-2011 06:42:48 | More by Gunslinger711
Photo of jrallen34
jrallen34

Illinois

3/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at GI, into a tasting glass....Pours a clear dark gold. A full thick off white head with great retention and lacing, looks awesome....The aroma is super malty, tons of toffee with a hint of a scotch finish. So-so...I can't really stand the taste. Its skunky scotch, they claim this is sessionable, not at all, especially not at 7%, alcohol comes through way too much.


This is a miss, skip.

Serving type: bottle
@ Goose Island Clybourn, 1800 N Clybourn Ave, Chicago

01-15-2011 19:34:45 | More by jrallen34
Caber Toss from Goose Island Beer Co.
80 out of 100 based on 12 ratings.