ED (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 GbVDave on 03-09-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 9 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by badbeer:
Photo of badbeer
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown with red hues around the edges. Beige head with some lacing and retention. Smokey, bacon, roasty, charcoal, reminds me of BBQ and campfires. In the taste I got smoke, bacon, charcoal, caramel, and cherries. Low carbonation and medium body. I could drink tons of this, thankfully we had a growler to consume courtesy of General_Gao. Hope they make this again.

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Photo of jeonseh
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at GI Clybourn brewed pub and served in a snifter.

A - a dark chocolate brown color that had a golden copper hue to it. This bit of color is actually what reminded me that this was not a big stout as much as a brown ale. Came out with a small head that slowly dissipated and left a small trail of bubbles on the side. Could not see any carbonation or anything else really happening inside the beer either as it tended to have a reflective sheen to it.

S - a mixture of a sweet chocolate smell that mixes in with a hint of toffee. Intertwined with these sweet flavors was a big whiff of smoke flavors that reminded me a bit of the smell of the smoke that comes from a hickory BBQ

T - At first, the big taste notes were the sweet toffee that comes in. However, before you know it, this flavor was completely dominated and overtaken by the big, deep hickory wooden taste that comes through. Definitely can tell that they smoked this beer with some wood as this really seemed to dominate the brew. At the end, it became a bit roasty as I got a hint of dark chocolate coming in which was nice to counteract some of that smokiness.

MF - There was very little carbonation as the beer tended to sit a bit dead in the mouth. Also, thought that the body was a bit thin especially considering everything else this beer had going on for it. I would have liked it to be a bit thicker and stickier as it seemed a bit watery to me.

D - Overall a good beer that was worth a try but have to say that the smokiness aspect of this one really started to get to me afterawhile so that makes this a bit hard to drink. However, they did do a really nice job of hiding the ABV as I could not taste a hint of alcohol which is hard to believe given the 9%.

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Photo of pwoods
3.55/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

On tap at Goose Island Clybourn.

Served in a snifter.

A: Deep brown, nearly black, completely opaque. Short head on the pour. Some lacing.

S: Very smoky with a meaty/beefy note to it. Tons of smoked malts with plenty of sweetness.

T/M: Smoky as hell but damn tasty. Great maltiness with a nice mix of sweet and savor flavors. Tastes kind of 'meaty' but I don't think that's a great description. Very robust. Nearly full body with medium carbonation.

D: I had this with a garlic and Stilton cheese burger(bloody fucking rare MMMMmmm) with garlic fries... was absolutely perfect with it. Once it warmed further and the meal was over(nothing to cut it with... let alone anything as powerful as my meal), the smokiness became cloying. Alone, this is a bit over the top, but with a meal with rivaling flavors, it's damn good. I do have to take off some points, though(mostly drinkability but a touch from taste and mouthfeel, too).

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Photo of emerge077
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of GbVDave
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a snifter at Goose Island Clybourn 3/3/08. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Dark, dark brown. Nearly black. Topping this is just a tiny tan ring...no head, no skim, and no lace.

S: Big aromas of charred wood, vanilla extract, smoked honey baked ham, and savory smoked gouda.

T: Burnt campfire wood, vanilla, toffee/caramel, smoked salami, and some sweet dark fruit.

M: Smooth and spicy. Pretty sticky with a tangy coating finish.

D: A lot of interesting flavors and aromas coupled with well hidden alcohol makes this one dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of sweethome
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I rate this compared to other smoke beers - and it did a great job. I was not sure to start because I was very dissappointed with the Imperial Brown Goose.

Big smokey nose. Complex and full flavored. The smoke dominates. An excellent job of integrating the smoke with with a big beer. I would love to have this with smoked salmon or smoked meats.

Excellent beer.

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Photo of Stoneman78
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On draft at Goose Island Clybourn

Appearance is a dark brown/black hue, layer of dense white cream sustains, thick lacing

Smell is mostly smoke and roast malts, hints of brown sugar, chocolate, and light hops

Taste is initially light smoke malts, transitions to some roast/coffee/chocolate malts, earthy grass hops mingle with smoked meats and finishes with alcohol warming

Mouthfeel is full-bodied, smooth slightly viscous texture, prickly carbonation

Drinkability is moderate, this is a lightly smoked beer dominated by meaty flavors and alcohol, it would be tough to drink too much of this one

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Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of rmacs
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

1.) the appearance is a dark murky brown, nice medium head that fades down to nothing.
2.) Smells great, nice smokiness and roasted sent coming of of it.
3.) Amazing taste big, bold, toasty, and lastly amazing smoky flavor...
4.) good mouth feel not to heavy but enough body there to carry the prominent flavors and sweetness of this brew
5.) not bad for such a high gravity beer, easily have more than one without feeling full.

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ED (Imperial Smoked Brown Goose) from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 9 ratings