Honest Stout
Goose Island Beer Co.

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Stout - Foreign / Export
Ranked #39
Ranked #18,086
3.93 | pDev: 8.65%
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
Very Good
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ChicagoJ from Illinois

3.51/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

7/3/18: $5 draft pour, 16 oz into nonic glass at Goose Island Clybourn. Black liquorice pour, thin tan lacing. Strong pleasant roast coffee aroma, balanced by chocolate. Light tasting, coffee and malt, Creamy texture, light carbonation. Overall good offering.

Jul 04, 2018
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joe1510 from Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

64oz Growler
Goose Island-Clybourn

Honest Stout enters my pint glass as black as a moonless night. Zero light comes through the black body. The edges of the glass won't even allow any light. A two finger brown head formed on the pour that slowly fell to a thick crown. As the beer disappeared some moderate sheet lacing was left in spots.

Smell is deep and rich. A heavy hand of roasted barley sricks around front to back with the occasional appearence of freshly ground coffee. Molasses, caramel, dark chocolate and cocoa flash in and out making this an enticing stout. This smells like it's going to be a tasty complex stout.

Every aroma I mentioned shows up in the flavor but in a more robust way. The roastiness is large and lasts throughout with the dark bittersweet chocolate adding a great complexity. There's some half and half like creaminess along with the freshly brewed coffee. This is an all around delicious stout. The flavors transition flawlessly from one to the next.

The body is on the lighter side of heavy with an excellent silky smooth mouthfeel. The swallow brings some chewiness before leaving a mild bitterness from the roastiness.

The abv keeps this from being a session beer but it's without a doubt a stout with which you could easily sip away the afternoon. A perfect beer for this bone chilling Sunday.

This is an impressive stout from Goose Island. Another one of the great brewery only releases. That place does nothing but impress me. The more I visit the more I start to think this is one of the best breweries in the country.

Notes: "This velvety, export style stout is perfect for cold winter days. Brewed with Black Barley, Roasted Barley and Caramel Malt for a rich, roasty flavor and aroma. Served unfiltered for the darkest of pints, this is an incredibly smooth and satisfying stout."

reviewed: 12/23/07

Aug 19, 2013
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mdfb79 from New York

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From 01/23/13 notes. Had this on tap at the Clybourn brewpub in Chicago.

a - Pours a dark brown, almost black color, with one finger of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks like a really nice stout.

s - Smells of roasted malts, bitter chocolate, toasted malts, and some light cream. Nice, but nothing too complex here.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, bitter chocolate, milk chocolate, cream, oats, toasted malts, vanilla, some sugar. Taste is better than the nose and a step up for me.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Smooth and easy to drink; no heat to it at all.

o - Overall a pretty nice foreign stout, but tough because I found Resolutions, Black Seas, or XL on tap/cask all better than this one. Some nice sweetness in the taste though the nose is a little lacking, and easy to drink. A solid foreign stout but with so many other great GI stouts/porters on tap, would go for one of those other 3 again before going for this one.

Jan 28, 2013
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kylehay2004 from Illinois

3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the Clybourn location.

A: thin head No lace really on a jet black body.

S: coffee, roasted malts and vanilla.

T: follow nose well with sweet vanilla throughout but moving from roasted malts to piney and coffee bitterness in the finish.

M: smooth medium in body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: this is a nice flavorful stout with a strong coffee presence which I prefer in this style. I also had this on cask and the chocolate flavors are incredible but these are hard to pick out on the tap version.

Aug 11, 2012
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TMoney2591 from Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass at the Clybourn brewpub.

Let's get some stouts, boyos! This one pours a very dark black-brown topped by a finger or so of tan foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, light char, grass, and a touch of molasses and dark chocolate. The taste brings in more of the same, with the bitterness of the char and dark chocolate really coming to the fore. The body is a solid medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a generally smooth feel. Overall, a nice stout, but a bit too bitter for my tastes.

Apr 02, 2012
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MaximalC from Illinois

3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours nearly black, though the discerning observer will find trace amounts of burgundy near the periphery. Tan head is slight and hardly lingers. Flavor is of dark, roasted malt with a hint of cocoa. A slight alcoholic twinge is lurking there somewhere as well. I had a really hard time getting a handle on the flavor profile because I was drinking Goose Island's Dublin Stout alongside it, but I will say I found it to be less creamy and slightly more complex than the rather straightforward Dublin. I'd probably have to have it again to give it a more objective review, but this time around I found it to be a decent, if unremarkable, stout--certainly more akin to a porter than say, an imperial stout.

Mar 31, 2012
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WillCarrera from Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at GI Clybourn. Served in a pint glass.

A- Pours totally jet black with a half-finger of creamy tan head.

S- Roasted malt, char and dark chocolate.

T- Similar to the nose, big roasted, slightly smoky malts, some chocolate and toffee.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth creamy feel.

O- A pretty decent, simple stout, I would drink this again but I've had much more interesting offerings from Clybourn.

Feb 12, 2012
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TheBeerAlmanac from Kentucky

3.41/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft poured into a pint glass

A: Goose Island Honest Stout is gratuitously black in color with a thin line of tan head.

S: Roasted and chocolate malts predominantly comprise the aroma with hints of coffee in the back. Traditional but nice.

T/M: The taste followed suit with dark and smoky roasted malts, some nuttiness, subtle chocolate, a medium amount of carbonation, and some more of the coffee been in the finish. Again, very traditional, but in a good way.

It’s a good, “honest” stout.


Oct 17, 2011
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cosmicevan from New York

4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Kirk for the awesome growler in the growler plus BIF. 64 glorious ounces!

a - opened the growler and filled my southampton RIS oversized snifter. the beer poured a thick and creamy looking brown which settled much darker. thin off-white head that didn't hang long. future more aggressive pours yeilded a frothy head, but never one that hung out for more than a moment or two.

s - roasted charness. kind of porter-like which to me is fairly represented in many brews of the style. some coffee. smells nice.

t - roasted malts with a definite porter char to it. there is a fruity thing in the background too...almost cherry. pretty solid stout. as it warmed, some cocoa powder came out in the flavor, but all in all nice charred flavors.

m - smooth and cooling. not super heavy, but definitely bold. leaves a bit of a tingle.

o - overall, solid offering. really nice on this unseasonably warm day. the 64oz should be perfect to watch the giants crush the seahawks! thanks again kirk...really glad i got to try this draft only (at least at this point) offering from GI. very nice stout and one that i'd definitely drink again.

Oct 09, 2011
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TJBurgess from Illinois

4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in 20oz Goose Island Imperial pint glass at the Clybourn location.

A: Dark brown/black with 2 fingers of head. Pretty good retention and carbonation is present.

S: Dark roasted malts, coffee, and chocolate. Pretty impressive overall.

T: Much bigger than anticipated! Roasted malts, chocolate all follow the smell. Light, but big on flavor.

M: Good carbonation, full bodied for a stout at ~6%.

O: A great session stout. I would drink this regularly.

Oct 01, 2011
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slogan from Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Went to brewery for this and was pleased.
Very dark and thick looking but didn't taste like I was drinking a malt.it was perfect a huge coffee /dark chocolate smell and went down very easy. A rich taste , A great stout that I wish I could get at home. I love goose island and was surprised that they made so many beers, I will definitely drink again.

Jul 03, 2011
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AgentZero from Illinois

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice black beer with a tan head that receded to a thick ring and partial cap. Big splotches left on the sides.

S - Roasted malts and coffee notes with healthy side of caramel. Great roasted presence with some earth tones.

T - Rated is solidly robust with a nice malt backbone. Sweet toffee taste and roasted character. Tastes bigger than the 5.5% it says on the menu.

M - Full bodied and appropriate carbonation.

D - A solid single stout that I can drink again.

Feb 26, 2011
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jrallen34 from Illinois

3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On-tap at the pub... Pours a very dark brown with a great sheeny glass look. The head disappoints though, the lightest of tans that only leaves a paper thing cap, poor lacing... The aroma is bit too subtle but yummy. An overall light coffee backbone that really entices me to drink it, however that's it so lacking a little complexity. What's there is excellent... The taste and mouthfeel particularly are too light, reminds me of an english porter. Bitter coffee, a hint of hops. Simple like the nose, but good.

A light stout but flavorful, feel takes some hits but I'd have again.

Feb 12, 2011
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aasher from Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was lucky enough to try this while visiting the Clybourn location. It arrived a midnight black with a light dark khaki head which laced the glass. It looked like a stout should. The smell was roasted and rich. It even had a bit of bitter chocolate to it. The taste really impressed me. It was very rich and had more chocolate than I expected. The roasted coffee flavor was superb. It drank so, so smoothly on tap, it was perfect. If I would've had more time I would've had more than one. It was very, very drinkable. It also went perfectly with my Cuban Pork sandwich.

Dec 13, 2010
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Rennpferd from Wisconsin

4.73/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had it while out and about. It was served off of a Firkin.

It was poured very dark, and slightly brown. It had a two finger off white head that was clingy.

It had a great roasted malt scent. It had chocolate accents.

It was very smooth with a nice lite malt taste. It had a medium body.

It was very drinkable. Something about beer out of a cask and pulled through a beer engine sure makes it great!

Apr 06, 2009
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paco1029384756 from Illinois

3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with almost no head and no lacing.

Scent of rich malts, maple syrup, almonds, and vanilla. Nice and balanced, not over the top, full and rich, good stuff.

Taste of roasted malts and chocolate start, some coffee come in and lasts through the finish. Not especially complex, but nice and rich, just like the scent.

Mouthfeel is full and smooth, it would be a little better with some more carbonation.

Dec 13, 2008
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