Aviator | Goose Island Beer Co.

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Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States

Style: German Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.60%

Availability: Winter

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Added by silenius on 02-07-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 7 |  Reviews: 6
Reviews by silenius:
Photo of silenius
3.61/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served at a "Winter Warmer/Strong Ale/Barleywine" tasting at Goose Island's Clybourne brewpub.

Creamy tan head like espresso crema with a dark but see-through body. It has a maple syrup nose with a hint of spice. It has a raisiny and fig taste profile, but the slightly oxidized aftertaste would make me tire of it quickly. It has a clean finish and thick mouthfeel.

Goose Island says it is their strongest lager and is released around the holidays every year. It is brewed with a blend of 7 malts and aged nearly 2 months before tapping.

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Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.37/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Since moving to Chicago, I've become an avid Goose Island drinker and thoroughly enjoy their beers. I'd say Ryan and I average about one trip a week, and often eclipse that mark.

Served in a snifter at the Clybourn location.

So far, Aviator is my favorite GI offering. It's a dark, raisin-colored brew with a creamy light brown head. The aroma is slightly sweet, like syrupy figs.

The flavor is layer upon layer of sugary sweet dark fruits - figs, raisins, dates, etc., with a soft malt profile. I probably couldn't drink a whole lot of this, but it's an outstanding sipper, particularly alongside the Stilton burger.

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Photo of robbyc1
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aviator version 2005, drank it in April 2006 at a tasting, brewmaster said it's a bit stonger this year compared to 2004 (7.6%), but with the added 4 months of age, it should be mellow for its strength.”

Apprearance deep brown, malty and hoppy smell. Terrific malt start. A high-gravity brew, not too sweet, with a good hop background. A very, very good beer. Becomes fruity the more you taste it. A solid brew for this type.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

20th Anniversary Release; Sampled March 2009
As I pour this beer it visually reveals a viscous heft and has an interesting cranberry aroma. An average pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a two-finger thick, amber tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a dark amber, full brown color that shows a clear, cranberry amber hue when held up to the light. The aroma is rich and malty, but leans towards raisin and berry aromatics at times. Spicy brown malt aromatics are joined by toasted whole-grain bread notes, richly caramelized malt aromatics that are not quite burnt, but certainly concentrated, though not cloying. The nose is quite nice and is in fact spot on for a Doppelbock; spicy, bready, dark fruit notes and rich smelling, just like a hearty Bock should be.

The beer has a spiciness to it up front, and it even has a light tartness to it. The flavor is a bit more roasted than the aroma would have suggested; it has a burnt acidity, it gets a touch acrid at times and has some charred malt notes that linger on the palate. This is not roasted like a stout, though it is in the Porter realm of roast flavors. The carbonation adds a fizziness and accentuates the tartness that lingers in this beer. This almost tastes lactic at times, which seems to accentuate a tart raisin-like notes and perhaps even a hint of tamarind. Some warming alcohol contributes a warming quality and a spiciness to the finish.

When served cooler, the tartness is tamed a bit more, which allows the rich, toasty malt character to come out a bit more. Browned malt character, rich toasted brown bread, and a light malt sweetness are also a bit more noticeable. This is not overly heavy, but it is certainly a sipping brew (especially when you consider the complexity).

This is thoroughly enjoyable, but I find myself dwelling a bit on the tartness here; it seems like it might be more than just dark grain and poor mash PH control, but it is not so tart that I can definitively say it is an infection. This is tasty though, in fact, with this flavor profile and if it had a substantial wheat character, it would make a really nice Weizen-Bock. In the end this is stylistically a bit off, but it is still quite tasty.

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Photo of botham
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

on tap at the brewpub on Clybourn. pours a dark chocolate brown color with no highlights and a single finger of dense, tan head. no lacings.

aroma is rich and malty up front with notes of caramel, chocolate, and a tinge of alcohol. subtle earthy tones round out the profile.

taste is malty up front, with caramel and chocolate notes and no roasted or burnt quality to speak of. finishes on a nutty note with an alcoholic note upon finishing. leaves dark, warming malt notes behind.

mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a malty, bready texture and a smooth and warming finish of dark malts. nice on the palate.

drinkability is good. this is a smooth and rich doppelbock with a nice malt complexity and a pleasant profile without getting too boozy. cheers!

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Photo of PopnLoads
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of htomsirveaux
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle tried 9 Mar 2009. Courtesy of autumnaldave, thanks!

Poured in a 0.4 L BBK stein before realizing the bottle suggested something more in the shape of a becker so poured the rest in a 0.5 L Adambrau becker. Medium sized tan foamy head. Well carbonated. Cloudy coffee brown in color. Smells like dried cherries, stone fruit and lots of chocolate malt. Initial taste is of dried cherries, chocolate, sour fruit, and burnt caramel. Lots of dried cherry throughout, fruity without being too sweet. Finishes tart and sweet. Aftertaste is a linger fruity tartness. Medium body, milky mouthfeel. Ethanol seems like more than 7.8%.

A tasty doppelbock that is not overly sweet.

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Aviator from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 7 ratings