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Candy Cane Cthulhu | Goose Island Beer Co.

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4.52/5
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28 Ratings
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
gooseisland.com

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
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Reviews:
8
Ratings:
28
pDev:
8.41%
 
 
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Ratings: 28 |  Reviews: 8
Photo of eppie82
3.79/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On draft at Goose Island - Clybourne.

No semblance of foam whatsoever. Extremely dark black liquid. The aroma is huge amount of peppermint and candy cane. The flavor of peppermint really overpowers any semblance of a Bourbon County beer or barrel, really. The feel is sticky but medium thickness.

If you're a peppermint fan, you will like this undoubtedly but it certainly wasn't one of my favorite beers while there that day.

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4.81/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of kidzord
3.69/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.49/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Better than base Cthulhu imho. The 5 oz pour they serve it in is about perfect. Creamy and rich without being overly sweet. Mint balances the roast, chocolate and alcohol notes well.

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Photo of Farnswurth
4.31/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brewskis
4.79/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Chitex78
4.97/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Holland
4.25/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BRami127
4.71/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Not much of a candy cane scent or flavor, but rather something similar to Ande's mints (chocolate mints).

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Photo of ahermsen
4.94/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Yarni28
4.74/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Far better than the original Cthulhu IMO. Where the original is very sweet, the candy cane version is pulled back a bit with the addition of the candy canes with a subtle bitterness from the mint. This basically tastes like Thin Mint Cookies.

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4.66/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of stouts4me
4.95/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Black as expected, first smell is huge peppermint candy cane blast , the taste is equally impressive, great base beer with infusion of the Christmas candy delight. Your mouthfeel is a littlebit chewy , good coat-ability, gotta put this top 5 of all time tastings.

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3.5/5  rDev -22.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -6%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

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4/5  rDev -11.5%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

Photo of atomic
5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was skeptical about this, but decided I'd give this guy a whirl during my lunch break. Split the 5oz snifter with my girlfriend.

First reaction, WOAH tons of peppermint. Then it sort of dissolves in your mouth into rich oatmeal bourboney goodness.

Not sure how this could be improved in any way.

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Photo of SeanBond
4.91/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pretty excited to taste this one--It's the perfect combination of the original Cthulhu with hints of peppermint on the nose and in the aftertaste. Not quite as thick as BCBS (for reference), and there's a little more taste of alcohol as the beer heats up. Either way, an awesome beer, perfect for Christmas, and one I wish they'd brew more often...Can we please have a yearly release of this?

4.8 Overall

Re-review: Moreso even than last year's version, the '14 CC Cthulhu has an incredible candy cane presence. Both the nose and the actual taste are incredibly minty, and play perfectly off the base beer. Last year this was one of my favorite beers, and not only has that not changed, but this beer has improved. Incredible.

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Photo of agwalters
4.76/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

So lucky to have been there to enjoy this holiday treat. I love Cthulhu but yet I was skeptical of what peppermint would do to the base beer. I was stunned to find that it absolutely crushed. A bourbony and mint-forward treat. An absolutely delicious Christmas present. Wow.

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Candy Cane Cthulhu from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 4.52 out of 5 with 28 ratings