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Epidurale | Goose Island Beer Co.

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Boto on 03-23-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
4
Ratings:
4
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
9.93%
 
 
Wants:
4
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Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 4
Reviews by silenius:
Photo of silenius
3.73/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours with a yellowish head and dark brown body. This is a malty barleywine which may because it has been aged (brewed for the brewmaster's daughter's 5th birthday last year- whenever that might have been).

Smells like maple syrup and brown sugar in the nose. Hits with hop bittering but quickly switches to a very sweetened cafe au lait taste. Almost reminiscent of Starbucks's espresso and cream in a can. Somthing about it makes me tire of it quickly. I think it is slightly too sweet to be all that drinkable.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep russet color with a very minro ring of tan head and thin coating of lace.
Aroma of thick sweet malt, drak fruit and citrus with just a hint of some peat.
Flavor of rich caramel with black currant, molasses or honey and some orange peel and other citrus notes. Somewhat one-dimensional but very nice flavors.
Mouthfeel is puckering sweet to start that then moves to a dry hopped spciy middle and finishes with a palate coating and pronounced alcoholic pop.
Drinkability is very good. Right on to style for me.

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Photo of avaulteriam
4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Incredibly sweet. Fruity taste with caramel notes, some toffee. Hides the alcohol quite well. Chewy mouthfeel, the snifter they brought me was probably just enough, perhaps a bit too much of this uber-sweet brew. Good beer, though. To me, this is how a good barleywine should taste, if only they'd bring it back...

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Photo of Boto
4.8/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Draught: This was supurb! This wonderful example of a barleywine poured a deep, ruby red color. There was almost no head to it. There was a slight whiff of alcohol to the nose, and an almost like sherry-like quality to the aroma. A very sweet, rich, complex taste, with fruit undertones.

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Epidurale from Goose Island Beer Co.
4.23 out of 5 based on 4 ratings.
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