Mild Winter | Goose Island Beer Co.

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Mild WinterMild Winter

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

Style: English Dark Mild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Toffee color, dark bread aroma, caramel and rye flavor, medium-light body.

Added by botham on 08-17-2008

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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A rye not a mild, recent bottle. Refreshin with that rye edge. Moderately pleasant aroma, arising from a medium yellow body topped by good amount of bubbled head. Lace follows through. Very drinkable, refreshing. Warms the body on a cold night.Average mouthfeel, a little edgy but smooth.Drying aftertaste.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2.5 finger frothy head with nice lacing and good retention on a brownish amber cloudy body.

S: strong malt aroma with nutty notes.

T: Much more roasty and smokey than I was expecting. The rye is actually detectable with this one with a musty sweet finish and not to bad of an aftertaste.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation. wet finish.

Overall: Not a bad rye beer. This one actually has a rye note to it and transitions nicely between the malt and sweet finish.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the BevMo Holiday Beerfest held at Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a clear dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt and caramel aromas. Taste is much the same with a mild roasty and hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

this is a lot better than I thought it would be! it pours a darker copper color, pushing brown but just barley maintaining its red tint. its got a luscious off white head several inches tall and holding on pretty well. the nose is the English malt and caramel sweetness I expected, not really convincing me this is anything special. some dryness rather than sweetness though, and my palate always leans that way, so I take a sip. the first thing I notice is how mellow the sweetness factor is. I am allowed to taste the rich English malt, but I don't have to deal with its usual residual sugars. there is also a mild bittering hop finish that gives some nice balance. im not sure what the yeast is, but it almost comes across like a lager, finishing crisp and super clean for a beer of this malt persuasion. good carbonation, soft like a cask, and not filling at all. I could session this big time. overall an impressive regular beer from goose island, usually their sixpack stuff comes up short for me, but I thought this was an excellent cold weather brew, and one I will stock the fridge with come fall.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.41/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a deep brown color with a light tan head on top. The retention leaves a bit of film on top of the beer and the lacing is scattered. The smell of the beer is of earthy toasted malt. The taste is also a bit toasted with a very light chocolate flavor and a touch of hop bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is creamy, it's smooth and very drinkable. Overall it's a malty brew, it's gives off some nice English elements. It's a good brew.

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Photo of metter98
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear brownish amber in color. It poured with a thin off white head that quickly died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of dark malts with hints of spices (from the rye), caramelized malts and sweetness.
T: The flavor is good but subdued, having flavors of toasted malts with hints of caramel. There is some sweetness in the initial taste.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite flavorful and is also very sessionable.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.38/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An incredible surprise currently on tap at Pazzo's.

The beer opens with a bright amber, golden, orangy hue that seems to glow in the glass. A froathy eggshell colored head forms on top of the glass and laced, retained well down to the last sip.

Aromas favor the carmel, toffee, malty notes first with a spicy, malty rye pepperiness that makes a seamless transition into the classic Goose Island floral hop character. Very inviting aroma.

Flavors also portray the malt profile that is caught somewhere between an Amber Ale and a Brown Ale. Again the spicy rye notes provide the perfect bridge going into the hop floral hop notes at mid-palate.

moderate body that seems malty-rich up front, but has an evaproative quality that lifts off of the tongue and whisps into a classic hoppy dryness for maximum drinkability.

The beer tells the same story from the appearance and aroma to the taste and texture. Very consistant throughout and a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of brentk56
3.46/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear dark amber color with a massive, three finger head that delivers strands of lacing

Smell: Caramel malt and rye bread

Taste: Opens with a bit of caramel that quickly swerves to the spicy rye and modest hop character; after the swallow, the sweetness of the malt tends to dominate, though the spicy rye character lingers in the background; somewhat fruity, too

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with gentle carbonation

Drinkability: A different "winter beer" but I was hoping for a bit more spicy rye character than such a malt forward beer; had I not known about the rye, I might have not been so predisposed

Thanks, ghostee, for the opportunity

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Photo of kojevergas
2.93/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in Castle Rock, Colorado.

Served straight from the fridge and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a pinkish beige two finger head of nice cream and thickness, and good retention. Body colour is a vibrant amber-auburn. Transparent and translucent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Toasted malt, biscuit malt, and mild fruit esters. A below average strength aroma.

T: Sweet malt, some amber malt, biscuit malt, and clean fruit esters. Balanced but simple. Clean and pleasant to drink, but lacks complexity or subtlety. Not layered really at all. Hop presence is minimal. A bit too sweet.

Mf: smooth, wet, clean. Decent carbonation. Okay palate presence.

Dr: Drinkable but underwhelming. Rather pedestrian. I wouldn't trifle with it again. Meh. A decent offering from Goose Island.


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Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a semi-opaque, dark burgundy/copper color with a small, foamy, off-white head. It left behind some thin rings of lace.

S - It smelled very malty with nice rye notes.

T - Good rye flavors blend with sweet dark malts and caramel. It has a slight hop bitterness.

M - It was crisp and smooth with a dry finish. A medium bodied brew.

D - This is yet another good beer from Goose Island. This is a nice ale for a winter night.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into my tulip. Color is garnet-copper with a white head that sticks around for a pretty decent amount of time. The nose is pretty tame with just a bit of rye and light caramel. The taste amps it up with caramel, rye, some floral hops, some orange, and a little spice. Nice feel and drinks quite well in the end, althogh it is somewhat choppy at certain points.

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Photo of mothman
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Sam Adams Sensory Glass. Bottled on 10-21-08.

Appearance is a copper orange. Pours an off white head that stays around for a while and leaves pretty good lacing.

A rich malty smell is present, with rye. Taste is quite similiar, but the rye sticks out a lot more. It reminds me of wheat bread also.

Mouthfeel is wonderful. It is so clean and just wanders aimlessly and goes down smooth.

This beer is very easy to drink. Not my type of beer, but I was shocked by how much I actually liked it. This would make a nice session beer.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 10/24/2012. Pours fairly crystal clear reddish brown color with a nice 2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, raisin, fig, apple, toast, toffee, dark bread, light nuttiness, light rye spiciness, and floral earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and decent strength. Taste of caramel, toast, raisin, fig, apple, toffee, dark bread, brown sugar, light nuttiness, light rye spiciness, and floral earthiness. Light bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, light fruits, toffee, dark bread, light rye spiciness, and floral on the finish for a bit. Nice balance and robustness of flavors; with hardly any cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a nice dark mild ale. Good balance and robustness of flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of jlindros
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice big fluffy 2 finger head that fades semi slowly with tons of layered lacing, the beer is a clear mahogany brown color.

Nose had plenty of toasty brown malts, caramel, nutty, light candy like, little grainy, some herbal slight earthy hops.

Taste starts with juicy toasty malts, again lots of toasty brown malts, caramel, nutty, hint of molasses, etc. Also herbal hops bring light estery almost vegetal like flavors, light husk, and they turn earthy and slightly spicy. Finish is fairly bitter, more earthy herbal hops, little spicy and oily feeling, light sticky sweet malts lingering.

Mouth is med bodied, nice carb.

Overall ok but not great. Malts are quite nice, but the hops are not as much so. Too much overall on hops especially the herbal flavors for a mild, even an English mild. But still fairly tasty and drinkable.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ahh, it's clear to me now. I couldn't figure out the spiciness in this beer until I went to write this review and saw that it was a rye beer. I'd never expect that of a "mild", so good twist Goose Island. Yes, now it all makes sense. I've just been over-run by spicy beers this season that I couldn't see the tree for the forest.

It poured a clear, very deep amber-almost-chestnut body with a ruby cast and orange highlights. The creamy white head held remarkably well, and it left rings of lace throughout the glass. The nose was restrained, but clearly malty, and oddly gently spicy. In the mouth it was medium, or perhaps medium-light, but with a dextrinous edge. The carbonation was fine-bubbled and at a moderate level, and it was gently fizzy but then creamy across the palate once warmed. The flavor followed the nose, and it was mainly malty with a soft caramel edge and a bit of spice. I searched for something to reveal what it was, not exactly finding any cinnamon, or ginger, or any other flavor, but got nothing. It was simply peppery spice. I thought that it was a very mild blend of spices that held steady in the background and didn't really reveal itself. Obviously, that was the rye, but I couldn't see that at the time. And not unlike a rye beer, it finished dry, and mildly spicy-peppery, but also with a bit of hop flavor. Quite nice. Superbly rounded and remarkably well balanced.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear amber, with near finger of creamy eggshell-white head. This retains with some thinner looking richness, leaving a thick cascade of foamy lacing behind. The aroma smells of toasted bread, with some softer buttery caramel textures coming out as well. Hops bring some floral notes and a touch of fruity citrus to the table, while the rye is giving off some lighter feeling gentle spiciness.

The taste is actually quite aggressive with the hops and rye up front, being full of spice and earthy grit. This is backed by a mix of biscuits and caramel (which has a nice toasty edge to it), as well as some extra bitter fruit character. Finishes with a very dry and spicy feel that lingers with leftover notes of roast and hops. The mouthfeel is lighter-medium bodied, with a sharper feel on top and then a much more creamier and easy flowing carbonation underneath.

This was decent but I would have liked to have seen the hops and spice toned down a bit in the taste. I really enjoyed that mix of breadiness from the malts and rye in the aroma and could have standed to have some more of that coming through.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

A: The beer is a medium brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, chocolate and some hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with a hearty but not too heavy malt character followed by a mild sweetness from flavors of chocolate, caramel and honey. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid poundable beer to drink for a long time if you’re in the mood for a style.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear brownish amber color with a very thing off white head which quickly dies down. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Aromas of malty sweetness with some hints of spices (possibly rye).

T: The overall flavors of this beer are slightly subdued but the beer is delicious - great complexity in the flavors. Dark malts, toasted grains, and hints of caramel.

M: Light to medium bodied with low to moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Interesting flavors and quite easy to drink - definitely a session beer that I would have no trouble enjoying again and again. It is rather unfortunate that this is not such an easy style to get since I find these beers to be right up my alley.

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Photo of mactrail
2.93/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Quite attractive in the Duvel tulip with a generous sudsiness that makes the first gulp a mouthful of foam. Dark brown in color with virtually no lacing in the glass.

Starts out with a very bitter bang, which seems to subside but returns in power for the aftertaste. A hint of fruity hops but mostly it's just the bitterness. Extremely thin. Starts with some roasted malt which provides a welcome warmth, but there is more of a mineral taste, some club soda, and a dirty finish. Burnt raisin toast.

Overall this is too bitter and way too strong to be anything but an "English inspired" Mild. Among my least favorite alleged Milds. From the 12 oz bottle.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark pumpkin that appears nut brown with orange accents when *not* backlit. A generous crown of khaki colored foam looks good atop the beer. Multiple glassy bubbles become soft craters as the pop, while shredded sheets of lace find their way to the glass. What's not to like?

The nose is reminiscent of an earthy-spicy brown ale, which is exactly as expected given the ingredients. The mixture of pale malts and dark malts (chocolate, roasted) end up in the caramel-like middle, while the rye and the hops add the earthiness and the spiciness.

When it comes to flavor, the above description can't be improved upon, so I won't even try. Goose Island calls Mild Winter a mild American ale, but there's enough rye character for the above style to be accurate. This isn't a mild ale and it isn't a strong ale. It's just right for easy wintertime drinking. Or even springtime, like now.

The flavor profile includes toasted brown bread, toasted pecans, steely caramel-toffee and a peppery spiciness that is the beer's defining characteristic. 28 IBUs might not seem like much, but Willamette and Tettnang hops keep the finish tightly focused and pleasantly crisp. This really is well-constructed craft beer.

The mouthfeel easily holds up its end. It's medium in a general sense (keeping ABV in mind) and holds on in fine fashion, with no rough edges or buzzy bubbles in sight. This would be a great ale to pair with just about any sort of pub grub.

Goose Island Mild Winter is a wonderful addition to the GI seasonal lineup. It's different enough to be interesting and is delicious besides. My crystal ball says that several sixers (at least) will be in my future every winter. May they all be mild.

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Photo of russpowell
3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up in Wichita, pours caramel with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Average head retention

S: Slight toasted malt & not much else

T: Peppery rye, dryness & a bit brown bread up front. Rye flavors dominate as this warms along with a bit of grainyness & dryness. Finishes crisp & dry

M: Medium bodied, low carbonation, crisp

Drinks alright, could do a few with a Reuben sandwich to be sure, other wise, I could take or leave this

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass it revealed a nice copper hued amber color with a head that was maybe an inch or so high and balanced out well along the walls of the glass. Aroma was heavy hops at first, citrus and pine, but as it warmed some balance is brought forward by bready malts and hints of caramel. Nice and smooth, clean finish had a nice bite to it but mellowed tremendously as it went down leaving a semi dry, semi sweet finish in its wake.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I had this at Champions, served chilled on tap in a pint.

The color is deep bronze with translucent clarity and thin cap of off white cream with tiny beading. The smell is very nice with grain odor and mild bready scent of yeast with subtle fruitiness and malt augments with a light spice note. The feel is very good with a nice amount of carbonation in the mid range with a hint of sweetness but enough spice to balance things out.

I really like rye beers and this one is great for the very reason I enjoy them, you can taste the rye malt in this, it has a mild toasted flavor with subtle sweet and mild nutty earthiness there is a light herbal hoppiness which is just enough to keep it all balanced, a very flavoral, yet not overdone beer. I really can't imagine many ways to improve upon this except maybe more of the same I really thought this is a great winter beer and would certainly order this any time it is available.

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Photo of Jason
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with a bottled on date.

LOOK: Nearly clear dark brown, healthy looking head

SMELL: Toffee, herbal, rye, yeast, fresh bread, faint dired plums

TASTE: Caramel, buttery, spicy rye, smooth, medium body, leafy hop, deep toasted grain, mild chocolate, faint raisin, brown bread

Very much a winter beer from look to taste, the rye adds a uniqueness and some depth. I know they are calling it a Mild of sorts but this one would do better with a bit more strength which would amp up the maltiness and fruitiness. We all know Milds can be bigger.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From 12/13/12 notes. Had a pint of this in NYC at Donolly's; have had it 2 or 3 times lately.

a - Pours a somewhat clear bright orange color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of caramel malts, toasted malts, bready malts, light spice, and biscuit. Super malty, but I like it.

t - Tastes follows the nose. Lots of malts, spice, and yeast, bread, biscuit, and light caramel. More spice than the nose. I like the nose a bit better.

m - Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. Pretty easy to drink but a little over carbonated.

o - Overall a pretty good dark mild ale. As expected, super malty, and a little spice in the taste. Would have it again, especially at a bar with not a ton of craft options.

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Mild Winter from Goose Island Beer Co.
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