Goose Winter Ale
Goose Island Beer Co.

Goose Winter AleGoose Winter Ale
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From:
Goose Island Beer Co.
 
Illinois, United States
Style:
American Brown Ale
Ranked #274
ABV:
5.3%
Score:
82
Ranked #26,409
Avg:
3.62 | pDev: 11.6%
Reviews:
73
Ratings:
254
Status:
Active
Rated:
Aug 03, 2021
Added:
Oct 31, 2015
Wants:
  5
Gots:
  138
SCORE
82
Good
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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Rated: 3.5 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Aug 03, 2021
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Reviewed by chum_husk from Minnesota

2.25/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25
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
 
Rated: 3 by smartassboiler from Illinois

Dec 13, 2019
 
Rated: 3.65 by RBorsato from Virginia

Mar 10, 2019
 
Rated: 3.5 by Mickt465 from New Hampshire

Mar 09, 2019
 
Rated: 5 by Kwright from North Carolina

Jan 24, 2019
 
Rated: 3.5 by robotic_being from Florida

Jul 16, 2018
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Reviewed by IronLover from Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
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
 
Rated: 3.19 by Chilmer from Iowa

May 26, 2018
 
Rated: 4.16 by nebula1999 from Connecticut

May 20, 2018
 
Rated: 3.14 by ibanez2k from Virginia

Apr 27, 2018
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Reviewed by nicholas2121 from Ohio

4.02/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
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
 
Rated: 3.26 by Sneef from Alabama

Apr 05, 2018
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Reviewed by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
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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Rated by nunitn from Arizona

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pretty mellow dark beer. I got it on clearance so I can't complain.
Feb 18, 2018
 
Rated: 3.75 by Beerbuddha from Florida

Jan 30, 2018
 
Rated: 3 by heerboth from Pennsylvania

Jan 28, 2018
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Reviewed by josanguapo from Spain

3.29/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
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
 
Rated: 3.52 by WormGod from New York

Jan 19, 2018
 
Rated: 3.69 by rfgetz from New Jersey

Jan 15, 2018
 
Rated: 3.14 by undomiel from Maryland

Jan 04, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by 1971bernat from Virginia

Jan 01, 2018
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Reviewed by damndirtyape from Ohio

3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
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
 
Rated: 3.25 by tjb27 from Minnesota

Dec 29, 2017
 
Rated: 3.33 by Craven from New York

Dec 29, 2017
 
Rated: 3.31 by Bammer21 from Illinois

Dec 28, 2017
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Reviewed by feuematt from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
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
 
Rated: 3.75 by PatrickCT from Connecticut

Dec 26, 2017
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Reviewed by Franziskaner from Missouri

3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
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
 
Rated: 3.74 by leprechaunandfatman from Ohio

Dec 19, 2017
 
Rated: 3.46 by Ichoosefiction from Belgium

Dec 17, 2017
 
Rated: 3 by AyatollahGold from Indiana

Dec 16, 2017
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Reviewed by SaltofOH from Ohio

3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
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
 
Rated: 3.57 by SaxmanRick from Minnesota

Nov 26, 2017
 
Rated: 3.35 by valkyre65 from Texas

Nov 16, 2017
 
Rated: 3.56 by HabaJohn from Illinois

Nov 14, 2017
 
Rated: 3.35 by tjmiller718 from Virginia

Nov 12, 2017
 
Rated: 3.68 by jaydoc from Kansas

Nov 12, 2017
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Reviewed by MichaelProcton from North Carolina

3.37/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
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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Reviewed by 57md from Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
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
Goose Winter Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 327 ratings