Goose Winter Ale
Goose Island Beer Co.

Goose Winter AleGoose Winter Ale
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Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
Brown Ale - American
Ranked #315
Ranked #27,400
3.62 | pDev: 11.6%
Aug 03, 2021
Oct 31, 2015
Goose Winter AleGoose Winter Ale
Notes: Layered with rich, nutty chocolate notes and malty, roasted caramel flavors, our brown ale gives you plenty to contemplate on long winter nights.
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3.5 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Aug 03, 2021
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2.25/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25
by jimmah120 from Minnesota

12oz bottle - review from notes

Looks very dark, nice mocha cap of foam. Smells light and roasty. The taste is *very* light: cocoa malts and some earthy hops, but mostly very watery and grainy

A brown ale for people that don't like brown ales

Jul 31, 2021
3 by smartassboiler from Illinois on Dec 13, 2019
3.65 by RBorsato from Virginia on Mar 10, 2019
3.5 by Mickt465 from New Hampshire on Mar 09, 2019
5 by Kwright from North Carolina on Jan 24, 2019
3.5 by robotic_being from Florida on Jul 16, 2018
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3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by IronLover from Pennsylvania

Dark chestnut brown in color with excellent clarity. Poured with a short, creamy, off-white foam with medium retention. Light sweet malt aromas with hints of nuts and bread crust. Medium Light bodied with medium carbonation and a light creaminess through the middle. Grainy and sweet dark malt flavors up front followed by medium light hop bitterness. Grainy malt follows to the end. Finished with a lager-like cleaness with light grainy malt notes. Well balanced. Overall malt character was pretty light. This is easy drinking but doesn’t have a whole lot of character.

Jun 10, 2018
3.19 by Chilmer from Iowa on May 26, 2018
4.16 by nebula1999 from Connecticut on May 20, 2018
3.14 by ibanez2k from Virginia on Apr 27, 2018
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4.02/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by nicholas2121 from Ohio

Goose Winter Ale brewed by Goose Island Beer Co., With an ABV of 5.30% This American Brown Ale pours out a nice brown color with a small off white head. This brew has the look of cola, not saying that is a bad thing. The smell is rich with roasted grains and malts and sweetness. You also pick up on some nice hop bitterness in the smell as well. There is a lot going on in this brew, so far. Between the look and smell this is one inviting brew. Now for the taste, it is bold with roasted goodness. You first pick up on roasted grains and malts then a mild sweetness, with mild hop bitterness. The chocolate and caramel are a nice touch to this brew. There is nothing overpowering about this brew, it has a super nice balance to it. The body of Goose Winter Ale is a soild medium. I really enjoy how smooth this brew goes down. This brew would go nice with a dinner or a winner day. The mouth feel of Goose Winter Ale is Bold, Sweet, Rich, Roasted, Clean and Refreshing. Overall I am going to give this American Brown Ale a 4 out of 5. I would definitely look this brew up again giving the opportunity to. Goose Island Beer Co., Did a real nice job with this brew.

Apr 09, 2018
3.26 by Sneef from Alabama on Apr 05, 2018
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3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

Goose Island Beer Co. "Goose Winter Ale"
12 FL. OZ. brown glass bottle, "BOTTLED ON DATE: 06OCT17..." and sampled on 12MAR18
$2 @ Giant, Havertown, PA

Notes via stream of consciousness: I thought I'd better get this one in before spring begins. It's poured a crystal clear chestnut brown body with a ruby colored sheen to it. Unfortunately the fizzy light tan head dropped immediately. Perhaps I have a dirty glass here? I'll have to give it the benefit of the doubt. The aroma delivers a light bit of chocolate and caramel, and some apple and berry-like fruitiness backed by earthy, leafy, and gently spicy hops. The flavor follows the aroma but with the fruitiness take more of center stage than I'd expected it to. The caramel remains, as does the chocolate - well it's actually more like a light dusting of cocoa powder - and there is a nice touch of nuttiness to it as well. A median bitterness balances it (the bottle label lists 25 IBUs), and it finishes a little sweetish but mostly dry with some of the aforementioned hops lingering. It's light-medium in body which might explain the lack of head retention, and it's lightly crisp. Overall it's a nicely made, well balanced brown ale that's got some character to it but just doesn't have that certain je ne sais quoi that makes a beer magical.

Mar 12, 2018
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by nunitn from Arizona

Pretty mellow dark beer. I got it on clearance so I can't complain.

Feb 18, 2018
3.75 by Beerbuddha from Florida on Jan 30, 2018
3 by heerboth from Pennsylvania on Jan 28, 2018
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3.29/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by josanguapo from Spain

From Hopt. In Teku glass. Playing Al Emmo's. Nutty with some caramel. Pleasant but a bit unidimensional, lacking something that outstands, that makes me want to repeat

Jan 22, 2018
3.52 by WormGod from New York on Jan 19, 2018
3.69 by rfgetz from New Jersey on Jan 15, 2018
3.14 by undomiel from Maryland on Jan 04, 2018
4 by 1971bernat from Virginia on Jan 01, 2018
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3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by damndirtyape from Ohio

12oz bottle, bottled on Oct 10, 2017 with a BF0720 batch stamp. Served in a Libby stemmed porter glass.

Appearance: Clear dark brown to dark amber color when held up to the light. Initial white foam died back rapidly with no lacing.

Smell: Toasted malt, some caramel notes, some brown sugar and molasses.

Taste: Toasted malt, quite sweet with sugary notes and a hint of molasses. Finish is lightly bitter; a little bit leafy and a little bit English hop.

Mouthfeel: Light but prickly carbonation that comes across a little bit as fizzy. A little thin. Dry finish.

Overall / Drinkability: A bit of a no frills brown ale. Good, but not great. But easily drinkable and I think would pair really well with food.

Dec 29, 2017
3.25 by tjb27 from Minnesota on Dec 29, 2017
3.33 by Craven from New York on Dec 29, 2017
3.31 by Bammer21 from Illinois on Dec 28, 2017
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by feuematt from Pennsylvania

Dark brown colored beer with a slowly fading tan head. Taste is nutty toasted malts and caramel malts. Overall smooth and tasty. In my opinion a good beer.

Dec 26, 2017
3.75 by PatrickCT from Connecticut on Dec 26, 2017
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3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Franziskaner from Missouri

Mahogany brown in color with a fingernail of beige on top. The aroma is of chestnuts and caramel. I taste chestnuts, caramel with a light grassy hop bite at the finish. The mouth is light, smooth, and crisp.

Dec 22, 2017
3.74 by leprechaunandfatman from Ohio on Dec 19, 2017
3.46 by Ichoosefiction from Belgium on Dec 17, 2017
3 by AyatollahGold from Indiana on Dec 16, 2017
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3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by SaltofOH from Ohio

Bottled 9/21/17. Dimpled mug.

A: pours a dark Amber or reddish brown, cola-like with one finger Sandy head that quickly fades. Very active visible carbonation. Clear, though visibility is hard because it's dark.

S: some mild roastiness, but a pretty mild affair. Less hoppy than the other browns I've had lately.

T: surprisingly light and crisp arrival; hints of roasted malt, chocolate malt, and fuggle hops, but it remains light and ethereal.

M: true to appearance, the carbonation is high. This feels really watery, lager-like.

O: wow, what a disappointment. This is not a bad beer; it's not even missing the right flavor notes for the style - it has them - it just feels like you took a really good English brown and watered it down. I've had Milds with less than 4% ABV have more traditional English flavor (looking at you, Uncle). Overall, it scratches the itch, but I'll take Turbodog over this 7 days out of 7.

Dec 15, 2017
3.57 by SaxmanRick from Minnesota on Nov 26, 2017
3.35 by valkyre65 from Texas on Nov 16, 2017
3.56 by HabaJohn from Illinois on Nov 14, 2017
3.35 by tjmiller718 from Virginia on Nov 12, 2017
3.68 by jaydoc from Kansas on Nov 12, 2017
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3.37/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by MichaelProcton from North Carolina

Nice look to this beer, particularly if we're just calling it a brown. Very dark brown, though it shows some ruby tones under light, and though you can probably credit my accidental-ish superpour, it brought up thick, creamy dark khaki head. I frankly didn't like the nose, though it was probably well past its prime as a Sheetz discontinued markdown. I did get some nuttiness. The flavor is certainly more redeeming; you get the welcome, fullness of coffee and dark chocolate, but without much bitterness. Also a very smooth mouthfeel for the flavor, though perhaps a bit thin. I bet this would be great on tap by a fireplace.

Jul 15, 2017
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3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by 57md from Pennsylvania

Pours a lovely dark chocolate color with well over a finger of head. The nose is both bready and a shade astringent. The flavor is slightly nutty but a touch thin to be frank.

Jul 02, 2017
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