Liquid Inspiration Stout
Goose Island Beer Co.

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Stout - Oatmeal
Ranked #212
Ranked #21,920
3.89 | pDev: 9.51%
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
Very Good
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rhoadsrage from Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a jet black body with a thick meniscus of tan head that is sticky. A bit to dense to see any carbonation.

S- The mellow chalk note gives way to a deep chocolate malt aroma

T- The cream and fresh chocolate malt flavor has a slight soapy and fruity flavor that grows a bit as the beer opens. There is no hop bitterness but more of a gentle roasted black malt bitterness that lingers in the after taste.

M- The creamy thick texture is smooth with no alcohol heat noticed.

O- The soapy fruity flavor covers the malt a bit as it opens which is already a bit light. I didn't get much hop flavor out of this as the description mentioned.

Nov 28, 2012
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jegross2 from Illinois

3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing the Liquid Inspiration Stout from Goose Island Brewing Company. This beer is sort of the successor to Goose Island's original, and now retired, oatmeal stout.
Score: 89

10 oz snifter pour at the Goose Island Brewpub in Wrigleyville on 03/31/12. Review is from iPhone notes.

Appearance: Jet black color and totally opaque from what I can tell in this modestly lit establishment. I put my iPhone on full brightness, and none of the light cut through the beer. Served with a finger-plus of khaki-colored head that slowly settles into a thin layer. Awesome lacing and retention. 4.5/5

Smell: Oats, roast, coffee, and citrus hops. Light chocolate. 3.5/5

Taste: This is a surprisingly hoppy oatmeal stout. Roasted coffee and piney citrus hops of upfront. Toasted oats and a light smokiness too. Nice bitter blend of raw biter chocolate, coffee and hops. Finishes with oats and hops, but only the oats flavor lingers. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, light carbonation. Oily mouthfeel. Slightly bitter and citrusy finish. 4/5

Overall: Essentially black IPA with oat characteristics. Reminds me of a hoppy Nw Glarus Road Slush. This is a solid beer that I would certainly drink again if offered, but the $7 price tag for a 10 oz pour, especially for what this beer is, gives me some pause (by comparison, a six pack of Road Slush will only cost you a buck more). The beer is well balanced and not overly hoppy. I could see some IPA haters somewhat enjoying this one.

Recommendation: Definitely have a glass if you see this one on tap.

Pairings: Reuben on rye.

Cost: $7 for a 10 oz snifter.

May 01, 2012
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RblWthACoz from Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice smooth oatmeal stout. Good rustic tones that speak oatmeal with a thick yet still smooth liquid feel. This is a nice oatmeal stout; a little hot, but it works nice enough. There are some wrinkles in this one that could stand to be ironed out, but it's nice enough. Drinkable.

Apr 14, 2012
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TMoney2591 from Illinois

3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a snifter at the Clybourn brewpub.

Nothin' like a good bit o' liquid inspiration, amiright? This stuff pours a very dark black-brown, highlighted with faint streaks of ruby, topped by a finger of cream-tan foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, light toast, and a decidedly light hint of maple syrup buried deep in the background. The taste holds notes of light roasted malts, the inside of an orange peel, bitter coffee, mild toasted biscuit, and very light cocoa powder. The body is a light-leaning medium, with an expectedly light carbonation and a creamy feel. Overall, an alright stout, but one that comes off a bit too bitter, too acrid for my tastes.

Mar 22, 2012
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NorthsideFred from Illinois

3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Goose Island Wrigleyville. Mardi Gras weekend... everywhere!!!!

10 oz pour into a snifter for $8.

Looks awesome. Black with an awesomely inviting tan head.

Smells somewhat muted, buy not bad. This will sound crazy - buy I pick up hints of celery.

Tastes good but a little blande.

This is a medium bodied beer, with a very nice finish.

Overall, I'd say this is a great beer.

Feb 18, 2012
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birchstick from Colorado

3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Clybourn

A - pours black as night with a perfect 1 and a half finer head

S - smells of sweet fruits and smokey malts

T - taste starts off with a bunch of fruity flavors, including bananas and some cherry flavors. This fades to A nice roasted, smokey malt flavor. nice delicate flavors and well balanced.

M - super creamy and smooth from the cask conditioning

D - pretty solid is a lighter stout, which works well because the flovor profile is still in depth and intereting. Good stuff!

Aug 13, 2011
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AgentZero from Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Black beer with a fine bubble, tan head that left the sides of the glass clean.

S - Roasted chocolate, malts, little bit of coffee and leather, some earthy tones. Also, this is not hoppy. I was expecting something more like Night Stalker given the description, but doesn't smell hoppy at all.

T - Taste is about like the nose, with roasted malt, cocoa, earth tones. Maybe some mild hops as it warms up, but not very hoppy at all.

M - Smooth, fairly fool bodied.

O - It's not bad, has a decent amount of flavor but it's not oustanding. Doesn't deliver on the hop promise though.

Aug 03, 2011
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ColdPoncho from Ohio

4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Clybourn 4-21-2011
From notes

I'd had this about a year before and remembered it fondly, so when I was back and had a chance to try it again for a review, I couldn't pass it up.

A - Pitch black with some red on the edges, good compact tan head.

S - chocolate, dark fruits, rawhide, banana, hops, smoke. This is a great combination of notes and a great nose.

T - Sweet, roasty malts, hoppy dry finish with a lingering taste of coffee. Not quite what the nose presents, but a good taste nonetheless.

M - Aggressive, full-bodied, and smooth. A serious beer.

O (D) - This is a good beer. Good and interesting in taste, not too heavy. Well done.

May 23, 2011
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Thorpe429 from Illinois

4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours pitch black with a nice tan head. Fairly persistent at a half-finger or so. Nose is nice with a really fantastic combination of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and a bit of resiny pine.

The taste really kind of loses the hops and sticks to the stout base, which I'll only complain about a little bit as that is quite nice as well. The roasted character shines with good coffee and chocolate. Good body with a nice dry roast. Drinks quite well and is a beautiful concept.

Nov 12, 2010
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kbutler1 from Minnesota

3.26/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Draft. Got as part of a sampler at GI Clybourne pub. Dark hoppy stout. Subtle chocolate and roast malt aromas in the nose. Dark black color with a tan head. The aroma is more minimal than I would have expected, not a knock in my opinion. The flavor is ok, roasted malts along with some leather. Medium mouthfeel, a little lighter than I expected. Good lace left on the glass.

Sep 24, 2010
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jrallen34 from Illinois

3.72/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is supposed to be a hoppy stout, this is not a hoppy stout at all, totally misguided by the brewery on this one...A black pour with a light tan head, ok retenion but not a ton of lacing...The aroma is roasted coffee with a bit of somke, no hops...Taste is more of the same, roasted coffee. As it warms finally a ray of hops show through.

A so-so stout, English style, not hoppy, and not worth getting, especially if when you think of hoppy stout you are expecting Darkness or Night Stlalker.

Aug 14, 2010
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samie85 from Illinois

3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviwed from notes. Originally consumed at the Clybourn Brewpub on 1/29/10.

A-Poured a pitch black with a dark tan head.

S-The aromas are of roasted and chocolate malt, and a hint of floral hops.

T-Deep, dark chocolate, and finishes with a roasty, dry, bitter finish.

M-It was a medium bodied beer with a moderate amount of carbonation.

D-This was one easy drinking beer. I enjoyed it quite and would like the chance to experience it again.

Feb 04, 2010
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Florida9 from Illinois

3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown to black in color, but still slightly translucent gives this beer the impression of being dirty water. A pitiful, big bubbled head leaves little in the way of lacing.

S: Muted scent of coffee and dark roasted malts.

T: Dark malts, coffee. To a lesser extent, chocolate. There is a floral or pine flavor from the hops giving this beer a dry hop finish. Interesting.

M: Medium in weight with heavier than expected carbonation levels. Dry with a slight bitterness.

D: Despite being a fairly ugly looking beer, the lighter weight and higher carbs make this one quite drinkable. Personally I found this hopped up stout to be far more approachable (and more balanced) than the much higher touted Nightstalker.

Jan 30, 2010
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dirtylou from New York

4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-tap, Goose Island - Clybourn

cell phone notes

appearance: served in a nice GI imperial pint - dark chocolate body with a bubbly cream-chocolate cap and good retention

smell: bright, fresh green hops very evident at first whiff. sweet chocolate, espresso, oats and other roasty aromas also present

taste: This beer was awesome - like a little baby version of a very hoppy stout that people trade children for on this site...The hops were wonderful - green, fresh, resiny - just awesome. Typical oatmeal stout traits were present - sweet smooth chocolate, oats, light espresso. Should have gotten a growler...

mouthfeel: smooth, medium body, creamy and jagged from the addition of hops

drinkability: good

Aug 31, 2009
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tedsox31 from Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this beer on-tap at the Clybourn Brewpub. The appearance was pitch-black and had a nice tan-head that left lovely rings along the side of the glass.

The smell is of malt, chocolate, grains, and oddly enough, very strongly of hops.

The taste was of malt and chocolate and oats. The overall presence however was hops, and it was weird, in my opinion. I expected something a bit sweeter, so this may have had something to do with it.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Not much in the way of carbonation. Overall, I would not have this again, but it was an interesting example of the style.

Oct 20, 2008
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joe1510 from Illinois

4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

64oz Growler
Goose Clybourn

Liquid Inspiration chugs from the growler to the glass midnight black. When backlit blood red highlights show through only were the light shines. A creamy beige head grew to a modest one finger on the pour and eventually faded to a skim coat and thick collar. The receding head leaves jagged mountains of lacing on its way down.

Goose Island was generous with the hops in this stout. Bittersweet baker's chocolate and roastiness are first and foremost laying down a strong foundation for the hops. Dark roasted coffee grounds swim through here and there but freshly cut pine needles and grapefruit pith fill my nose. The hop profile plays off the roastiness nicely. As a matter of fact the more I stick my nose in the glass the more I like the big roastiness along with the big hoppy character.

Bittersweet chocolate jumps out immediately, almost cocoa-like, segueing into the coffee grounds and roastiness with little effort mid-palate. Mild fusel alcohol rises up enough to cause a drying sensation while pine needle, resinous hoppiness makes its presence known on the finish. The swallow pulls out bitterness from the roasted qualities but more so the hop presence.

The medium body runs along the tongue rather quickly with help from the lively carbonation. While it works through there is a velvety creamy feel on the tongue. The alcohol leaves behind some spiciness while the hops eave a moderate bitterness.

This stout is made for drinking. The higher then average carbonation keeps this beer flowing and the dry finish makes me need another drink. This growler will disappear fast today.

This is another good stout from Goose Island's Clybourn pub. I've become a huge fan of generously hopping these malt driven styles as of late. This is a damn good stout worthy of a growler fill anytime.

Sep 28, 2008
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botham from New York

3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

on tap poured into a pub glass at the Clybourn Brewpub in Chicago. pours opaque black, with a half finger of tan head. moderate lacings.

aroma is mildly hoppy, with coniferous undertones, as well as roasted malts up front, with more subtle notes of chocolate and burnt malts in the background. a rather simple profile for a brew this dark, yet still rich in the nose.

taste is of roasted malts up front, with notes of chocolate, caramel, and a touch of toffee. upon finishing, mild coniferous hops balance out the malt, leaving a lightly bitter aftertaste.a good contertaste to the strong malt front.

mouthfeel is full bodied with a creamy texture and a mildly bitter finish of residual coniferous hops and roasted malt. the brew is suprizingly lighter in body than one would expect, with the appearance and profile taken into account.

drinkability is good. this is a solid stout with a nice profile and a good mix of flavors. smooth and rich drinking with this one. cheers!

Sep 19, 2008
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johanvond from Wisconsin

3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Inspiration Stout was an experiment at trying to hop up there Oatmeal Stout with a ridiculous amount of hops. This sounded good so here are my thoughts.
The Stout that was set down was near black in color with a big kaki head. This two fingered cloud that was supported by fine bubbles. There was some minor chill haze. The body was moderate with not to much carbonation. The theory of adding more hops to the oatmeal stout sounded good but didn't live up to my expectations. The roasted malt aroma was lessoned. The flavor started out the same but was cut by a hint of dark fruits. The fruit gave way to some hops cutting down the roasted malt that is pervasive in the oatmeal stout. The after taste was kept dry.
I'm not saying that is a bad beer but I'd based off the discription expect something with more of a hop profile. I would also like to try it again next to the oatmeal stout.

Jul 07, 2008
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GbVDave from Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a 20oz imperial pint at Goose Island-Clybourn 6/22/08. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Served a charcoal colored pitch-black with a creamy light-tan head. Lots of sticky lace left behind.

S: Nice aromas of roasted malt, toasted oats, and chocolate.

T: Roasted malt, chocolate, sweet toasted oats, and bitter floral hops with a nice dose of char in the finish.

M: Starts very smooth and creamy then takes on a slightly prickly note at the finish. Very sticky.

D: Very nice. Could easily do with a couple of these guys.

Jun 24, 2008
Liquid Inspiration Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 51 ratings