1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Cthulhu - Goose Island Beer Co.

Not Rated.
CthulhuCthulhu

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
98
world-class

151 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 151
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 11.19%
Wants: 296
Gots: 33 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Imperial Oatmeal Stout aged in an 18 year Elijah Craig Bourbon Barrel.

(Beer added by: jegross2 on 07-12-2013)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 151 | Reviews: 12 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by kdmcguire10:
Photo of kdmcguire10
kdmcguire10

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

08-05-2013 17:43:55 | More by kdmcguire10
More User Reviews:
Photo of BrandonDZ
BrandonDZ

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

11-19-2013 21:44:40 | More by BrandonDZ
Photo of jeonseh
jeonseh

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

This is a dark, almost black, brown with a slight milk chocolate color head that bubbles up. The nose is dominated by deep dark chocolate and whiskey. Taste is dominated by dark chocolate, oats, thick wheat like taste, sweet caramel, and a strong whiskey presence. The whiskey that comes through is strong and not as sweet as something aged in bourbon usually is (not sure what this is aged in). The body is thick and creamy as you would expect in an Imperial Oatmeal Stout. It coats the tongue and goes down smooth. The finish is astringent though from the strong alcohol presence.

11-18-2013 00:12:22 | More by jeonseh
Photo of CLCardinal84
CLCardinal84

Illinois

5/5  rDev +11.9%

11-21-2013 15:34:52 | More by CLCardinal84
Photo of JasonFromLA
JasonFromLA

California

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

09-21-2013 19:06:11 | More by JasonFromLA
Photo of weonfire
weonfire

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

02-21-2014 02:23:43 | More by weonfire
Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
UWBadgerFan4Life

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

08-09-2014 14:29:12 | More by UWBadgerFan4Life
Photo of Chip_K
Chip_K

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

03-05-2014 17:01:57 | More by Chip_K
Photo of Gonzoillini
Gonzoillini

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

08-24-2013 01:50:21 | More by Gonzoillini
Photo of Alieniloquium
Alieniloquium

Florida

3.95/5  rDev -11.6%

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black body. Small khaki head that doesn't last.

Smell - Bourbon is a little sharper than regular bourbon county. Oak is strong. Vanilla. Chocolate.

Taste - Again, very similar to bourbon county. Sweet caramel. Chocolate. Vanilla. Oak is strong. Bourbon throughout.

Mouthfeel - Not quite as heavy as Bourbon County. Just about as boozy, though. Medium low carbonation.

Overall - Very similar to bourbon county. A different bourbon character, though.

02-18-2014 02:25:57 | More by Alieniloquium
Photo of itsthepleats
itsthepleats

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

11-13-2013 12:44:13 | More by itsthepleats
Photo of Sisky
Sisky

California

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

04-26-2014 17:01:16 | More by Sisky
Photo of blindpiggie
blindpiggie

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

08-19-2013 20:36:30 | More by blindpiggie
Photo of incubuscience
incubuscience

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

09-21-2013 19:21:26 | More by incubuscience
Photo of Atomicskis5
Atomicskis5

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

08-10-2013 05:04:32 | More by Atomicskis5
Photo of Benm2c
Benm2c

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

08-01-2013 13:14:18 | More by Benm2c
Photo of enelson
enelson

Illinois

5/5  rDev +11.9%

04-28-2014 00:22:52 | More by enelson
Photo of DrunkAl
DrunkAl

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -16.1%

06-18-2014 16:37:34 | More by DrunkAl
Photo of jegross2
jegross2

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Reviewing the Cthulhu from the Goose Island Brewpub (Clybourn) out of Chicago, Illinois.

Score: 95

Tap pour served in a 12 oz snifter and enjoyed on 07/11/13.

Appearance: Deep, dark brown in color; practically black in appearance. Vague ruby tones at the outer edges of the shiny body when held to the light. Served with just a ring of tan head around the glass. Below average lacing, but good retention. Imposing, but fresh in appearance. 4.5/5

Smell: Vanilla, brown sugar, caramel, chocolate and notes of raw oats (kind of like smelling a tube of Quaker Oats, only subtler here). Nice bourbon-forward nose without overwhelming the chocolatiness from the base. No roastiness. The more the beer warms up, the more marshmallowy vanilla that comes through in the nose. The vanilla character in the nose is quite reminisce of Three Floyd's Bourbon Barrel Aged Vanilla Bean Dark Lord. Around room temperature, some twenty minutes after the beer was first poured, I detect some maple in my final wafts. The oat character gradually disappeared as this beer warmed up and aerated. 4.55

Taste: Tastes just like the nose. Bourbon, vanilla, marshmallows, brown sugar and chocolate with lingering caramel flavor. Really excellent flavor profile. The vanilla flavor is quite delicious, and as the beer warms up and layers on the tongue the marshmallowy vanilla flavor gradually intensifies. Bold and flavorful, but smooth. Just a touch of alcohol warmth without any boozy bite. There is a nice brown sugar and waffle syrup flavor complexity to the backbone flavor that shines best at room temperature. Overall, the brew reminds me of a vanilla-infused blend of fresh Bourbon County Brand Stout and the white wax (Elijah Craig 18) 50/50 Eclipse imperial stout on the nose without any of the "fresh" booziness of either. Quite excellent. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-full bodied, very low carbonation. Sticky and slick. Sweet profile, but no sweeter than fresh Bourbon County Brand Stout. 4.5/5

Overall: This beer is a total vanilla bomb that is sweet, but not cloying. I loved how the notes of marshmallow, bourbon and chocolate complemented each other here, with the vanilla taking an increasingly prominent role as the beer warmed up. My only suggestion would be to add some roastiness or coffee flavor to help counterbalance the sweetness and add an additional layer of complexity.

Cost: $10 for a 12 oz pour.

07-12-2013 00:30:28 | More by jegross2
Photo of Hopsiam14
Hopsiam14

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

12-05-2013 05:18:01 | More by Hopsiam14
Photo of largadeer
largadeer

California

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

04-18-2014 03:30:15 | More by largadeer
Photo of mendvicdog
mendvicdog

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

10-23-2013 14:56:43 | More by mendvicdog
Photo of sgoro
sgoro

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

11-19-2013 19:59:47 | More by sgoro
Photo of badboy7113
badboy7113

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

11-20-2013 00:12:39 | More by badboy7113
Photo of oline73
oline73

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

10-24-2013 00:36:49 | More by oline73
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Cthulhu from Goose Island Beer Co.
98 out of 100 based on 151 ratings.