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Liquid Inspiration Stout | Goose Island Beer Co.

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Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by GbVDave on 06-24-2008

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Photo of rhoadsrage
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.

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Photo of dirtylou
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

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Photo of Demosthenes503
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of falconxman
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Loudiamonds305
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of karatebartender
5/5  rDev +28.5%

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of jegross2
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.

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Photo of fenix1300
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of GbVDave
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.

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Photo of samie85
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.

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Photo of johanvond
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
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.

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Photo of AgentZero
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.

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Photo of NorthsideFred
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.

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Photo of harrylee773
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of TMoney2591
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.

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Photo of brandoman63
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of cadaugherty
4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of spycow
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of olafphysics
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of Keener
4/5  rDev +2.8%

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Liquid Inspiration Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
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