Imperial SmokED Brown Goose | Goose Island Beer Co.

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Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States

Style: Smoked Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by battlekow on 11-29-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 4 |  Reviews: 4
Photo of Blanchette
4.84/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! I managed to score a growler of this for $28. It's well worth the money. This is their Imperial Brown Goose, with Smoke. So basically a bourbon barrel aged smoked imperial brown.

This thing blows the O'Fallon Bourbon Smoke right out of the water. Perfectly balanced between the smoke and the bourbon sweetness -- booziness gives some bite that makes up for the lack of hops.

This one might be tough to drink all night. But I'm sure gonna try.

Hands down the best rauchbier I've ever had, in the top five for barrel-aged beers. This one's a treat.

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Photo of nlmartin
4.94/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer is a brew pub exclusive no growlers and no bottles. This beer was served in a snifter.

Appearance: The beer pours a very nice looking dark brown coloration. It has a very minimal light tan ring of foam.

Smell: This may have the most smoke character of any beer I have ever partaken of. The smokeness supports hints of dark fruit dates and raisins. Dark roasted coffee and chocolate combine with spicy heavenly bourbon.

Taste: The beer perfectly delivers on the smell.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is full bodied and lightly carbonated. The beers flavors are well combined and long lasting. This beer is dam near every thing I want in a bourbon infused beer. The beer is super smooth. Some folks would view this as a sipper. I think I could drink this one all night long inspite of the ABV. I dam near inhaled this beer.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

(Served in a snifter)
This now goes my the name ED only on there beer menu.

A- This beer has a dark black body with a few micro bubbles stuck to the side but no sign of carbonation other than that. The head is a thick milkshake consistency that is light tan and last for a good bit.

S- The smell of sweaty smoky malt has a nice earthy cedar note to it that is big and bold.

T- The slightly sweet cedar smoke flavor blends with big sweet dark toasted malt with a finishes of slight alder wood sourness. There are notes of dark black malt in the background that blend nicely with the smoke. There is a salty flavor to the smoke that comes through as the beer warms and gives another layer of depth to the beer. The finish has just enough alcohol taste to cut the sweetness and finish pretty clean.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a light alcohol texture in the finish that lets if finish clean.

D- This beer has great complexity and is a big beer. It would be nice to taste some wood notes in this beer but it is all smoke without the alcohol fire. Very complex and it would be great to age aswell.

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Photo of battlekow
3.36/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

"Affectionately called 'ED' in the brewery, this flavorful high-gravity beer is based on the Imperial Brown Goose recipe, but with 43% smoked malt and less finishing hops. These changes allow the smokey complexity from the beechwood kilning to come through more in the aroma and flavor. This beer was just awarded 3rd place at this years Chicago Beer Society fall tasting. Served in a Snifter."

I wasn't sure whether to classify this beer as a Rauchbier, Old Ale, or Wee Heavy. At the pub, I was leaning towards Wee Heavy, due to the chocolatey sweetness and lack of roastedness, but I think given the beer's pruney/raisiny characters, it's best called an Old Ale.

It looked good, imposingly black with a thin ring of dark brown bubbles around the edges. The chocolate and smoked meat dominated the scent and taste originally, but the pruniness really came out as it warmed. Definitely "Imperial." Bottom line, it was just too sweet without any balancing hops, and the smokiness made me borderline queasy.

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Imperial SmokED Brown Goose from Goose Island Beer Co.
4.35 out of 5 based on 4 ratings.
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