Mild Winter | Goose Island Beer Co.

very good
905 Ratings
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 sneaks2210
3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of claspada
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear light brown color with a rather large khaki head that recedes to leave some minimal amounts of lacing.

Aromas begin with a large amount of toasted bread and caramel maltiness. There is a light spiciness and this continuing emerging minerally, biting spice which I assume is the rye but I am quite familiar with rye beers and it has never come across like this before.

The tastes follow the nose with some caramel maltiness that transitions into the chalky, minerally twanf with some moderate earthy hop flavors. The malt body seems to be lacking a punch or a signifigant flavor backbone and this taste comes across quite lacking.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. Finish is lacking and comes across watery and hollow with an unplesant twang. I love rye heavy beers so I don't think it is that.

Overall this was quite a dissapointment for me. I love solid brown ales, winter ales, rye ales, as long as they have a quality flavor profile. This one however does not and really misses the mark because of the hollow malt backbone and weak mouthfeel. The finish just lingers in an unpleasant way for me.

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Photo of TimoP
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at ShopRite Liquors last week, never having this before. I wasn't very familiar with English Dark Mild Ales and after having this, it's a shame that more aren't readily available on store shelves. While this wouldn't blow anyone away, it's a great beer for this time of the year since it's easygoing, easy to drink, and just strong enough to keep me warm at night. The flavors weren't overwhelming, but still meshed nicely from start to finish.

The pour to this was the color of molasses with a moderate head, decent lacing, and not much of an aroma to match. A fair amount of caramel in the nose, reinforced with molasses, pumpernickel, and a hint of licorice underneath. Slightly thin in the mouthfeel with the feel of a Schwarzbier or a Scotch Ale, without the stickiness or whiskey flavors. Instead, there's a dark floral tone to this, which was what everything faded too in the aftertaste. Some yeast here too, but nothing too cloying or sticky.

Just a hint of alcohol in the midst of everything and even though this wasn't a session beer, it would be easy to have a few of these in a sitting. Nothing stood out with this but nothing was offensive either and once in a while, it's good to have a beer like this for the transition from fall to winter. It tasted just slightly burnt without leaving any type of burning sensation, putting the "mild" into this Mild Ale.

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Photo of fatmusic14
3.09/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a standard 16 oz mug

A - pours a nice dark amber, minimal head with no lacing. not quite as dark as I was expecting or hoping for, but decent substance.

S - unimpressive. Smells like a light lager, non-distinct.

T - After the A and the S, the taste was impressive. Honestly it isn't going to blow your mind, but it tastes slightly herbal, with hints of cinnamon and paprika.

M - great carbonation, easy to drink. Aftertaste - terrific.

O - You can pass on this one.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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

Mild Winter is a dark brown color but is a very clear beer.
It has a malty smell with some sweetness.
The taste is of brown bread, malts and some spices. Slightly sweet, slightly bitter.

This beer is very flavorful, yet goes down easy.

Yeah, it goes down real easy. Very drinkable for a dark winter beer.

I tend to like beers like this. Good flavor, but not too heavy or to high of an ABV.

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2.25/5  rDev -40%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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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1.75/5  rDev -53.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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2/5  rDev -46.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of andrewjraab
3.18/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A. Dark brown almost black pour. Darkish off white head. Excellent head lines and lacing.

S. yeasty, spices, bread,malts. Not a big nose on this beer.

T. Malty, spices, smooth and rich and mild.

O. Overall this brew delivers on the description: it is a nice winter brew and truly mild. I just wish it was more robust as it just falls a little flat for me.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -26.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of fitz284
4/5  rDev +6.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Mild Winter from Goose Island Beer Co.
3.75 out of 5 based on 905 ratings.
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