Goose Island Beer Co.

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Brown Ale - English
Ranked #42
Ranked #33,359
3.77 | pDev: 10.88%
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
Very Good
Notes: Chocolate color, honey and tobacco aromas, nutty flavor, medium body.
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Reviews by BucannonXC5:
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BucannonXC5 from California

3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Stone Ruination IPA pint glass
From: Vons in Lakeside, Calif.
Price: $13.99 for a variety 12-pack
Purchased: Feb. 5, 2015
Consumed: Feb. 5, 2015
Misc.: Bottled on Oct. 23, 2014

Poured a very dark brown, almost black, color with two fingers of khaki-tan, frothy head. No lacing. No retention. (Sight - 3.00)

Smelled chocolate, nuts, honey, caramel, toffee, faint vanilla, honey, light fudge and chocolate syrup. Seemed to be forced and fake. (Smell - 3.50)

Tasted chocolate, nutty malts, honey, sugary chocolate, bitter coffee and leather. Reminded me of a slightly better Shock Top’s Honey Bourbon Cask Wheat. (Taste - 3.50)

Medium-to-full body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt finish. (Feel - 3.25)

Didn’t really care for this beer that much. Won’t have it again after these three. (Overall - 3.25)

3.40 | 78 | B-

Feb 06, 2015
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UncleJimbo from Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brown ale poured clear and dark-coffee brown with a hint of red when held to the light. There was rich tan foam, and lively carbonation. The smell was very nice: caramel, sweet malty, a bit of chocolate - a rich "creamy" aroma. The taste was malty with some coffee and caramel; not overly sweet with some hop bitterness, and a lingering caramel flavor. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with a balance of hops and caramel. This was a very drinkable dark brown ale.

Thanks to feloniousmonk for this bottle.

Feb 20, 2003
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Megahertz from Missouri

3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle in a lager glass.

A - Very deep red to brown. Moderate head with large bubbles. Leaves some lacing.

S - Slightly nutty with a bit of cherry and chocolate in the background.

T - Initial biting carbonation followed by a mild honeylike sweetness. Mid is slightly chocolatey with a distant nutty note. Finish is faintly cherry with a good nut note at the end.

M - Light body that is not helped by the carbonation level. Could be better.

O - A decent, drinkable english/american brown ale hybrid.

May 21, 2012
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IdrinkGas from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Jan 29, 2014
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bowzer4birdie from Illinois

4/5  rDev +6.1%

Jul 30, 2014
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Spaceman_Jer from Colorado

3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Jan 29, 2015
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quasimoto from Ohio

3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured a nice dark caramel/chocolate with hints of crimson and had a nice fluffy tan/beige head, with large bubbles. The aroma was of toasted malt, caramel, honey and a slight astringency on the end. It had a taste of roasted malt, molasses, burnt caramel, charcoal and oak. But when I wasn't looking it hit me with the flavor of a very creamy choco-mochachino ice cream. The mouthfeel was very slick and creamy. Light on the pallette with little carbination. Overall, this is a very top-notch nut brown ale. I'd enjoy this as a session beer also due to it's low ABV.

Jul 23, 2005
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botham from New York

3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. pours a deep chocolate brown color with minimal highlights and a finger and a half of rich, tan head that takes a couple minutes to subside. no lacings.

aroma is lightly roasted, with a smooth and malty base and a lightly grainy profile. a very light hint of coffee plays off of the nutty undertones of the brew, giving the profile a nice mix of flavors, while remaining nicely subtle.

taste is malty, with a lightly grainy profile, and a roasted bakcbone. nutty undertones are present here as well, along with a bit of burnt malt as well. overall the brew might lack a bit in richness, even though it is wonderfully proportioned.

mouthfeel is medium bodied with a smooth and creamy texture. the malts here would suggest more of a porter than a nut brown, with the lacking body being the only give away.

drinkability is good. this is a smooth and semi-mellow drinking brew that has a pleasant warming quality, perfect for an autumn evening. cheers!

Sep 11, 2008
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rlee1390 from Indiana

3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Deep clear amber brown, one finger head

S-Roasted malt, caramel and nuttiness to it.

T-Decent bitterness, lots of nuts and caramel. Malt isn't as present as i thought it would be

M-Little thin, not much carbonation, a tad watery as well.

O-Except for the mouthfeel a decent brown ale, however the beer is too on the watery side.

May 20, 2012
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Sludgeman from District of Columbia

2.5/5  rDev -33.7%

Nov 28, 2012
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vikingron from Illinois

3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Feb 09, 2015
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WVbeergeek from West Virginia

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Tawny ruby brown hue with a creamy toffee tan head leaves retains well as it slowly dwindles leaves behind thick patches of scattered lacing not bad. Aroma: A nutty chocolate toned edge in the forefront with creamy milky sweetness in the finish with roasted edges I feel this beer is a very nice representation of an English Style Nut Brown ale. Taste: Smooth flowing wave of darker roasted malt sweetness tailed by a touch of bitterness characteristics that shine is the toasted nut with caramel edges very nice chocolate creaminess in the finish. Mouthfeel: Medium body very silky texture light carbonation allows this very quaffable. Drinkability: Nice brew I could definitely see myself drinking and enjoying this side by side with Sammy Smith's version.

Jul 24, 2004
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GilGarp from Colorado

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 26 Aug 2013.

Served cold into a Sam Adams shaped glass.

Goose Island's nut brown is a nice medium brown color with good clarity and thick off white head. It settles fairly quickly and leaves little lacing.

Aroma is malty and sweet with pleasant notes of nut and caramel.

Flavor is balanced but leaning towards the sweet end. More toffee and caramel, nuts, and a British yeast. Very low bitterness and almost no hop character at all but that's ok for these style.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated with good balance and drinkability.

Overall a very nice warm weather session ale. Maybe not the most exciting beer a Goose Island makes but a solid year-round offering.

Feb 07, 2014
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csurowiec from Maryland

4/5  rDev +6.1%

Mar 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Sep 01, 2012
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kinggimp from Wisconsin

3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Sep 03, 2015
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RBorsato from Virginia

4.6/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark brown color with ruby red highlights and a low light brown head. Light roasty and chocolate aromas. A light roasty and fairly strong chocolate character. Light in body but leans towards medium with a light creaminess.

1. Best by 04/11/02 -- Tasted 10/28/02
2. Best by 05/20/03 -- Tasted 01/18/03

After a few tastings of this beer over time, I feel it is best after it has aged for a bit -- after all, it is bottle-conditioned so can afford to be.

Oct 31, 2002
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Walken from Massachusetts

3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Goose Island: Nut Brown Ale (Bottled 02/09/10) (Tasted 04/14/10)
12 oz. bottle, poured into an imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Dark brown, almost opaque in the glass, eegad. Three finger head of mocha foam , encircled by big soapy bubbles, that dies down into a crown relatively quickly, leaving some nice patches of lace on the edges of the glass.
Odor: Toasted pecans, brown bread, faint whiffs of chocolate, roast and earthy hop.
Consistency: Fat bodied sucker, on the high side of medium bodied with a relatively limp carbonation that lends a smidge of effervescent dryness to counter the monstrous body.
Flavor: Brown bread all over, hints of chocolate in back, slight fruitiness around the edges, all of the flavors hit at once. The flavor kind of thins out in the finish, little bit of chocolate/roast character. Dry, smooth and malty.

Not awe inspiring, but not bad at all. For my taste, I wish it had a bit more chocolate and fruit character to compliment and counter the huge body, respectively.

Apr 14, 2010
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mikerems from New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Oct 14, 2012
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Roger85 from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Jan 30, 2013
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BB1980 from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Apr 01, 2015
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Winter from Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an almost opaque brown with a foamy light tan head. Aroma consisted of chocolate malt, roasted caramel and nuts. Taste is of bitter chocolate, burnt malt and a strong smokey finish. The finish kept reminding me of the taste of a full-bodied cigar. Very complex and satisfying brown ale.

Nov 10, 2002
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happygnome from Minnesota

3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: pours a dark brown color with about a half inch of head that dissapears quickly leaving small thin layer of lacing over the top of the beer
s: cocoa, roasted malts caramel hints of vanilla and nuts
t: toasted malts hints of cocoa as well as vanilla and nuts
m: medium bodied beer with average carbonation

overall, this is a very solid offering very sessionable very nice and not overpriced

Aug 25, 2008
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ItsBeer4Me from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +6.1%

Apr 20, 2012
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GFD400 from New York

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Sep 21, 2013
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