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Cthulhu - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 209
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 4.51
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 355
Gots: 37 | FT: 2
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:
Beer added by: jegross2 on 07-12-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Imperial Oatmeal Stout aged in an 18 year Elijah Craig Bourbon Barrel.
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Ratings: 209 | Reviews: 18
Reviews by thetomG:
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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

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Photo of HOPSareKey
4.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Review is based off notes taken while on tap at clybourn.

Pours an intense, opaque black with one finger deep chestnut head, which diminished within a minute.

Smell is a lovely melody of barrel, caramel, toasted marshmallow, and booze.

Taste is pretty much spot on to the smell. Big roasted malts, drippy residual caramel sweetness, fluffy marshmallow. Had to give it a tiny ding due to a slightly over the top booziness (which may have subsided by now).

very solid BA oatmeal stout. Perfect blend of all components.

Photo of SeanBond
5/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

FINALLY tracked this down after missing the bottle sale a year back.

Imagine Bourbon County as an oatmeal stout; this is it. Smooth, boozy, with a nice thick mouthfeel, the creamy marshmallow taste mixes with a pleasant alcohol burn to create something really great. This should be distributed, ala BCBS.

Photo of jono0101
4.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of 77apm
4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Chitex78
4.73/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of BrandonDZ
4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of jeonseh
4.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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5/5  rDev +10.9%

Photo of striker2160
4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of JasonFromLA
4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of timc100
4.14/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap - Cthulhu Tuesday fuckers!

Big whiskey aroma that is interestingly berry forwards. Lots of whiskey booze, some sweeter oak, light vanilla and nuttiness. Similar taste profile - a lot of the whiskey, and raw barrel notes but it doesn't have the smooth sweetness that I had expected being an oatmeal stout.

Very enjoyable, but not anywhere near bourbon county level.

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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of tywhite
4.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Gonzoillini
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.95/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.56/5  rDev +1.1%

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Cthulhu from Goose Island Beer Co.
99 out of 100 based on 209 ratings.