Shamrock Stout
Goose Island Beer Co.

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American Imperial Stout
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4.49 | pDev: 4.01%
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
Notes: Bourbon barrel aged stout infused with white chocolate, vanilla bean, lactose milk sugar, and mint. White chocolate and mint provide the base for this beer’s sweet dessert-like aroma, while the lactose provides body to complement a dry, alcohol warming finish. A small portion of vanilla beans are added to enhance the flavor without additional sweetness.
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Photo of npolachek
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Truly an amazing brew - the best I’ve had from Goose Island. Similar base to the regular but also had peppermint in it as well. Very rare - only brewed once a year!

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.39/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a very dark black color, with a very small head, and basically no lacing.

I expected this to be a mint bomb/disaster, but it actually wasn't. It's a sweet candied mint thing, almost like mint pistachio ice cream, with vanilla, chocolate fudge, sweet caramelly bourbon, and charred oak.

I guess this is basically mint BCBS, and it works super well. The mint is light and sweet, without getting into that medicinal toothpaste sort of garbage mint in beer usually evokes. It melds well with the sweet white chocolate and vanilla bean. Obviously the base stout is quite nice, providing the usual fudgy dark chocolate and bittersweet caramel. It's not very boozy, as the barrel is just warming and sweet.

This is thick and chewy, and pretty silky, with a good level of drinkability.

This worked significantly better than I thought it would.

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Shamrock Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 4.49 out of 5 with 3 ratings