Double Date
Goose Island Beer Co.

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Quadrupel (Quad)
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4.37 | pDev: 7.55%
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Notes: Belgian Quadrupel aged for 10 months in 12 year old Elijah Craig barrels.
Reviews: 12 | Ratings: 67 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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RNbeerfan from New York

4.31/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Caramel, copper, brown
S: Burnt sugar, dark fruit, bourbon
T: Caramel sweetness with enough dark fruit to balance it out.
F: A touch on the thin side
O: This is starting to oxidize. It didn't detract from the beer, but I don't think this will improve much more.

Jul 02, 2017
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mothman from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Copper brown color with tan head.

A lot of bourbon and oak. Vanilla, toffee, and caramel. Plums, raisins, and molasses. Warming and smooth. Full bodied.

This is more of an american quad with a big barrel presence. I like it!

Oct 23, 2016
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.56/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Very little head, dark murky brown.

Nose little oxidized, caramel, fudgey, cocoa candy.

Taste syrupy candy, little cocoa caramel, little booze, sweet candy, sticky, etc.

Nov 12, 2015
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rudzud from Massachusetts

3.94/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared with JLindros and friends.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a hazy dark quad hue with a light wisps.

S - Aromas of bourbon, quad, dark fruits, caramel.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, nice bourbon, decent quad notes. Nice caramel as well.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, but a bit syrupy.

O - Overall this beer was a rather standard for a quad.

Serving type: bottle

Nov 12, 2015
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ShanePB from Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle. Dark murky brown with some reddish tones. Thin tan head, minor retention ring. Aromas of bourbon, dark fruits, yeast and caramel. Flavors are big on the bourbon which I quite enjoy. Candied fruits, nuts and caramel. Hints of classic Belgian yeast. One gripe, it could use some more body.

Oct 21, 2015
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PHBoiler from Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lacks the depth of dark fruit, oak, and caramel I would expect from the style and non-BA counterparts from Belgium. Mouthfeel did not have the viscosity that could carry the barrel.

Aug 24, 2015
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mrn1ceguy from Illinois

4.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Standard quad appearance but no head. Nose is just alcohol burn, but taste is surprisingly smooth with little burn. Taste is more quad than barrel. Overall solid.

Aug 23, 2015
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chIAhawks89 from Illinois

4.66/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Had this on tap at the release.

This is an excellent quad. It almost reminds me of a BC barleywine but better. The barrel flavor is noticible and really well done. Raisin and vanilla notes with a smooth finish. Only knock is its a tad thin

Apr 10, 2015
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AndyEdgar from Illinois

4.47/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2x 5oz glasses from draft at release party

More of a barleywine than a Quad IMO. Don't really pick up on any of the aftertastes associated with Belgian yeast strains. Really a great beer with an outstanding nose, clean finish, and wonderful bourbon presence. Just a touch thin for 10+%.

Gonna hold off a bit before I crack open a bottle and see what develops with some time.

Apr 09, 2015
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jegross2 from Illinois

3.32/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Reviewing the Double Date, a quadrupel aged in Elijah Craigh 12 year old bourbon barrels for 10 months from the Goose Island Beer Company out of Chicago, Illinois.

Score: 80

Tap pour served in a snifter glass and enjoyed on 04/08/15.

Appearance: Clear, barleywine-standard caramel brown color. Served with a bubbly ring around the glass of tan head. Minimal lacing/retention. 3.5/5

Smell: Dark fruit, raisin, brown sugar, caramel, and bourbon. Rich, and inviting. 4/5

Taste: Tastes a lot like it smells - a bourbon-spiked mix of dark fruit and caramel/brown sugar notes. Very barleywine-esque, with notes of vanilla oak too. Sadly, the finish is crisp and weak. While I like the flavors present, they come across "watered down" -- like a robust barleywine concentrate cut with too much water. 3.5/5

Mouthfeel: Very thin bodied, low carbonation (a little undercarbonated). Sweet profile, but not in a Dark Lord kind of way. The wateriness of the brew kills any sort of linger and makes it fall a bit dead on the palate. 1.5/5

Overall: Despite a solid aroma and flavor that drinks like a good barleywine, this brew's watery viscosity and lack of a finish holds it back overall. Definitely worth a pour, but $27 for a bottle seemed awful steep for what it was when something like Nomad Batch #1 is slightly cheaper (and not subject to the hype machine of a sub-500 bottle count, brewpub-only release). Maybe the bottles are better?

Cost: $27 for a 750 ml bottle or $6 for a 5 oz draft pour.

Apr 09, 2015
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Kurmaraja from California

4.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Murky appearance with a head that subsides quickly. With a dubbel I expect some head retention but I'm assuming the barrels mute that. Smell and taste follow the same path - rich with dates, plums, vanilla, oak, toffee, maybe creme brulee-ish even. A bit of Belgian spiciness lingering under the bourbon. I can't really see how folks are claiming this is more of a barleywine. The sweetness is toned down as is the viscosity and there is no hop presence. The bourbon definitely sits on top of the Belgian yeast notes, or perhaps it's that the yeast notes meld with the barrel (Elijah Craig's noted stewed dark fruit character for example seems a good companion for a Dubbel). Room temp shows it off to full effect in aroma and flavor. Finish is a bit less coating or robust than expected but a truly excellent beer.

Apr 09, 2015
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Goatboye from Illinois

5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Boozy aroma, caramel nutty goodness hints of maple and vanilla. Brown head quickly dissipated dangerously smooth. Rich sweet finish. You get the most out of its characteristics at room temp

Apr 09, 2015
Double Date from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 67 ratings