Mild Winter
Goose Island Beer Co.

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Mild Ale - English Dark
Ranked #74
Ranked #39,320
3.7 | pDev: 11.89%
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
Mild WinterMild Winter
Notes: Toffee color, dark bread aroma, caramel and rye flavor, medium-light body.
Reviews: 371 | Ratings: 904 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Bierwolf from Missouri

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Jan 31, 2012
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StJamesGate from New York

3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep ruby chocolate with a steady white film that trails. Nose is heavy roasted malt - almost like the Guinness brewery tour - plus snappy rye spice. Dark Ryvita, roasted chestnut and carob nibs in the malts with more rye spice and earthy hops. Tingly finish, tight clove linger. Medium, chewy, lively.

Not easily to find a Rye beer that's not also trying to be something else. This showcases all the best aspects of the grain in a sturdy but drinkable beer. And I don't even like rye beers, generally. If there's any knocks, too fizzy and hops don't show for much - that keeps it from the "A".

Totally the wrong style tag, but totally the right name.

Dec 14, 2010
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suspect from New York

3.18/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass. This is my first sampling of an English Dark Mild Ale.

A: Pours a clear dark brown color. Aggressive pour leads to a 1 finger light tan head that fades relatively quickly leaving not much lacing.

S: Nutty, grainy and lots of malt.

T: Rich malt flavor with nuttiness and some caramel. This one isn't mind blowing but EDMA's aren't supposed to be.

M: Light-medium bodied brew. Carbonation is definitely not overpowering.

O: A supremely easy drinking brew with good flavors. Not one I'll run back to get but if there were a bunch a a party I wouldn't be disappointed.

Dec 21, 2012
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ahentz from Illinois

4/5  rDev +8.1%

Mar 31, 2013
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sbricker from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Nov 14, 2011
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Swiatek6 from Illinois

5/5  rDev +35.1%

Dec 14, 2011
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beernads from Florida

2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

Jun 05, 2013
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Brew33 from Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Jan 22, 2013
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AngusOg from North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Jul 30, 2013
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prisoner1572 from Illinois

3/5  rDev -18.9%

May 10, 2012
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roadhouse from Florida

4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appears a nice crystal clear dark copper color with a two inch off-white head that continues to rise due to the lively carbonation. Leaves some moderate lacing.

Aroma is sweet with caramel notes mostly, with the rye coming through as a mild spiciness. Not overly complex but very nice.

Taste is sweet and caramelly up front with a stong fruity note that diminishes throughout sips that comes in midway through that is straight up delicious, with a mild spiciness towards the end from the rye. Simple and delicious.

Mouthfeel is medium-light, with a nice smoothness, that is slightly crisp. Nice and creamy.

This one is a definite winner from GI. Highly sessionable beer that I enjoy even more than Honker's or IPA. I will be putting down a few of these tonight they are just too good.

Dec 31, 2008
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jtingue from New York

3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance. Hazy, but transparent brown in color. Pours with and maintains a finger of head. Lacing is great.

Smell. Very malty with smells of molasses and bread. Also quite floral.

Taste. Starts out with roasty and bitter malt. Some fruit and floral esters build, along with some molasses like sweetness. Roasty bitterness retunrs to start a floral and fruity finish.

Mouthfeel. Thin body, low carbonation

A very enjoyable beer. Lots of complexity, especially for such a low avb beer. I wish I could have done the taste more justice in my explanation, but this one is really hard to nail down.

Jan 20, 2012
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KimbarkBrewCrew from Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

May 11, 2012
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mwa423 from Ohio

3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Nicely clear reddish brown color with very little head, but what is there is sticking to the glass nicely.

S - Rye malt some spiciness.

T - Mild malt flavors, but the rye spiciness comes through and makes this an interesting winter beer.

M/D - Mouthfeel is smooth, drinkability is ok but the rye actually chases me away from this one. Usually I down rye beers like water, but this one just isn't doing it for me.

Feb 18, 2010
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logmacschlog15 from Iowa

4.01/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 12/7/10. Drank on 12/29/10. Served in a Dogfish Head Snifter.

Appearance: Pours one finger of creamy, toasted marshmallow colored head. Dark brown, almost black. Tints of cherry cola and amber when held up to light. Lively carbonation and beautiful lacing.

Smell: Toasty notes of caramel and toffee, as well as a slight hint of cocoa.

Taste: A mellow, caramel sweetness followed by notes of chocolate. Subtle bitterness of piney, earthy hops on the finish. Very well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. The creamy head and lower carbonation make this a smooth drinker and a pefect match to the caramel sweetness.

Drinkability: Very smooth and very drinkable. A well balanced mild and overall a good beer to enjoy in the winter.

Dec 29, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

May 20, 2012
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Gehrig from Illinois

4.26/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chestnut brown with burnt orange highlights supports two dense fingers of slightly tan froth, with good duration eliciting a good first impression. I like the flavors that emerge in the smell, but it's rather faint--hazelnut, ginger, and fruit. The taste is much better than the aroma, full of hazelnut, cherry, ginger, and coriander. Malt dominates, but citrus hops protrude now and then to provide a fine balance. The rye malt provides a sweet-and-sour taste, making this a distinct rye winter warmer. Creamy smooth but with good hop flavor and texture, this is sure to please and easy to enjoy.

Excellent beer, and I'm glad I bought extras.

Dec 12, 2008
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Shrews629 from Kentucky

3.47/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Mostly clear brown/dark copper/dark amber in color. White head with not much size, retention, or lacing. Some burnt orange and yellow highlights around the bottom and sides.

Smell - The aroma reminded me of some burnt toast and earthy malts. A touch of caramel in the nose also.

Taste - The taste provides the burnt toast with some roasted chestnut type flavor. Some earthy malt. Not a whole lot of bitterness present. Not picking up the caramel as much in the flavor.

Mouthfeel - Medium mouthfeel. Mostly crisp, but not leaving much on the palate. Rather smooth also. Dry.

Drinkability - This beer is alright. Easiliy drinkable. I like the burnt toast flavor ok. I could have a few of these at one time. This could be good in the Fall as well as the Winter.

Feb 08, 2011
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soroka24 from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Dec 31, 2012
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Tilley4 from Tennessee

3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a couple of these for myself and an upcoming trade...

Pours a beautiful deep reddish brown... Massive head.. Fairly clear... Pretty good appearance.. Seems to match the season...

Very deep sweet maltiness with hints of the rye used as well as a kiss of hops... Would like to see more of a rye presence to this one. Very rich aromas...

Rye bread flavors big time here.. Very earthy and rich and malty and a touch sweet.. Its surprisingly warming as well... Still wish there was more rye and less pure maltiness. Still pretty good though.

Pretty good little session brew... A few things I might change if I could but its hard to complain about them. Glad I got to try this brew...

Nov 17, 2010
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GrindFatherBob from New York

3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass this beer is a clear ruby with an inch of pillowy white head, and moderate lacing. It smells of toasted grains and fresh rye bread. Malty up front with a crisp rye finish, delicious. Mouthfeel is slightly thin and very carbonated. Overall a great winter session beer.

Mar 30, 2011
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Avi from Texas

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Jun 04, 2012
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spointon from Illinois

3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this one on tap at Cemeno's Pizza in Joliet, IL on 3/24/2009.

A= This ale poured a mostly clear dark red-brown color with a 1/2" creamy tan head. The head slowly settled to a thin creamy cap and left loads of lace down my glass.

S= Aroma was a nice but muted mix of dark malts, sweetness, and earthy English hops.

T= Lots of dark malts and a syrupy treacle sweetness up front. Nice spicy rye character all through the middle. Faint earthy hops add a nice character. Reminded me of some winter warmer ales I have had. The finish was a little spicy and nicely malty.

MF= Medium bodied with a soft carbonation and chewy rye mouthfeel.

D= A very drinkable ale that I will drink again gladly. Paired very well with pizza.

Mar 25, 2009
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wcintula from New York

3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The style is something newer to me, so once I have a few more, I'll see how they all stack up. The head on this beer was creamy and tan, and lingered for quite a bit. I thought the beer showcased the rye very well as it was present in the smell and the taste. The roasted malts were also very smooth and mellow which allowed the rye to shine through. Other spices are present in the smell and taste, the carbonation is low and it allows for a very easy drink.

Feb 03, 2011
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jgarvis from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Sep 04, 2012
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