Mild Winter | Goose Island Beer Co.

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373 Reviews
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 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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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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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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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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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Goose Island
Mild Winter
5.6 abv

LOOK: Pours a clear dark amber, off white foam that recedes to nothing. Cola like bubbles crackling at the surface.

SMELL: Toasted malts, cinnamon, bread and some earthy hops.

TASTE: In the flavor, palatable hop bitterness upfront giving way to roasted malts and a light spicing. Tasty brew with the malts winning out over time and stands alone as a solid dark beer.

FEEL: Medium bodied, well carbonated, finishes clean.

OVERALL: A sessionable winter offering that provides a good amount of flavor at a reasonable abv. Somewhere between a brown ale and winter warmer.

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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 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 tvv375ia
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

A-dark amber colored with a 2 finger head that leaves a little lacing as it fades

S-some carmel malt and a bit of fruit

T-carmel, bread with some dark fruits and nuts

M-good carbonation with a somewhat dry nutty finish

O-good easy to drink beer while not spectacular very solid

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. Grey head, moderate retention on a ruby/mahogany body. Aroma includes caramel malt with some light roast, some raisins, a hint of coffee and some candi sugar. Taste includes light coffee, some fig and some candy sugar sweetness. Very easy to drink, no objectionable flavors and should be appealing to most people.

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Photo of BeerBuckeye
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dark mahogany/amber color with small, 1 finger off white head.

S - Malty, light dark fruit, caramel, and nuts.

T - Lots of bready and caramel malt up front, a tinge of sweetness on the backend. Unoffensive and unremarkable.

M - Smooth, but robust and full

Overall - A decent beer here. Nothing incredibly special, but it does the trick.

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Photo of beergoot
3.49/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Excellent dark amber body with a very thick, very sticky head; beautiful rings down the glass. Faint malt and grain aroma; bread-like; equally faint rye spiciness. Slightly nutty, slightly roasted grain flavor with a strong, lingering hop bitterness. Medium body, smooth, clean.

Mild malt sweetness and a tad too much bitterness throughout. Good though slightly underwhelming.

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.46/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured right from the bottle with a VERY dark amber colour. Cream coloured fizzy head that died down; it didn't last more than a few sips. Nothing overpowering in the smell of the taste of the beer, except maybe a slight burnt taste/smell. No predominant malt or hop taste... pretty average. Slightly bitter aftertaste.

Would I buy it again? Probably not.

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Photo of Reaper16
3.47/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

served on-tap @ Egan's, Tuscaloosa, AL, into a pint glass

Pours the color of maple syrup, if not the consistency of it. 3/4 of a finger of cream colored head.

The aroma is pretty close to what a dark mild should be. Toffee notes, brown sugar notes, English ale yeast. But there's a couple of American wrinkles here: the green hop notes and the rye malt. It's far spicier than a typical English Dark Mild would ever be.

Which means that this doesn't end up tasting very much like a true dark mild. Pity, because I was in the mood for one. But I like the toasty, spicy rye and how it matches up with the smoother, more traditional malt flavors. The hops end up being welcome as a compliment to the rye.

The mouthfeel is too carbonated for an English beer style, but it doesn't detract from the beer. It makes this beer even more of a versatile pair with burgers or a rich risotto. Overall I like this beer, I'd be happy to down a pint or three at my neighborhood bar.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Almost two fingers of lightly tanned head. Clear, but not transparent, brown colored body.
Smell is roasted malt, chocolate and caramel. Really nice.
The taste is bitter beginning, roasted malt sweetness, solid chocolate ending.
Texture tends towards silky, low carbonation and medium body.
A good winter drinker.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very dark red, leaning to brown. The inch-and-a-half of head has practically solidified. Looks luxurious.

Toasted grains with some bitter aromas married with light spicing in the nose. Hoppy aroma of citrus and wildflower mixes in.

Hearty bitterness with both malt and hop contributors. Light spices with a tad bit of heat. Perhaps a bit attenuated, but nice and soft in its maltiness. The heavy roastiness would be too much if not for an earthy hop note that combines for savory. Spices are only really implied, at this point. Nothing mind-blowing flavor-wise, but above-average in execution.

Extremely smooth with a great swish in the mouth. The carbonation is at a medium level and adds to the overall feel.

Good English ale with a cold weather twist. An ambitious seasonal worth trying.

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Photo of greybeardloon
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bottled 10/9/12

A: Not much head or lacing, but perhaps I started too cold.

S: Metallic rye notes, herbal hops, some roasted, bready malt.

T: Bread and faint chocolate, herbal/vegetal hops are surprisingly prominent for the style (but not out of balance), rye comes through with a metallic pumpernickel flavor, especially on the finish. A nice, moderately hopped brown ale with rye.

M: Creamy, nice.

O: Easy to drink a few of these.

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Photo of TheOtherBob
4.53/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This reminds me of the old, long-mourned Goose Island Nut Brown that I used to drink in college, with perhaps more of a rye note. The Nut Brown was one of my favorites, so I'm glad to see a similar beer make an appearance.

The appearance is dark brown, with a good head that sticks around. I walked away for a bit while it warmed, and when I came back there was still a solid head. Nice.

The smell is a little nutty, with some raisin -- and clearly some malt hanging around.

Taste is what you expect -- malty, solid, smooth.

And it certainly felt good to me going down.

Overall, I don't think this is the best beer I've ever had -- but it's familiar, it's comforting, and it ...I mean, can I say this? It makes me happy. It's like an old friend. So for me it's a great beer -- even if it's not necessarily anything special.

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

Bottle poured into 16 oz. nonic glass. Dark golden brown with a finger of beige head and good retention. Nice lacing sticking throughout the glass.

Smells of roasted malts, bready, and spices. Is that rye? Nice surprise. Somewhat raisiny. Light earthy hoppiness in the background.

Caramel and bready malts. Definitely a big hit of rye - and that's not a bad thing. Slight touch of nuttiness. Light bitterness at the end adding a nice touch of balance.

Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Reasonably soft but with a nice dry bitter/spicy finish.

I like it. This is NOT a mild by any stretch of the imagination; I have no idea who would label it as such. The carbonation is far too high and the flavor is more of a well-hopped brown ale with rye. It's not a bad beer by any means. Actually, I'm disappointed I only picked up one in a mixed six-pack; it would be an excellent session beer for a cold Minnesota fall night like this.

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Photo of SerendipitousTaster
3.23/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I am new to this forum and wish that I could post reviews privately as it is not my intention to influence or inform others but to remind myself. I am not a beer tasting expert and do not know the proper etiquette or vocabulary.

That said, I found the first taste uncomfortably bitter but happily discovered the flavor mellow as I continued to drink. It did not quite reach the comfortable buttery body and flavor that I was hoping for because, labelled a "mild ale brewed with rye," it is too light for that level of body. this lightness, though, and warmth after the first few sips, makes it a comfortable beer to drink several glasses.

This is not an everyday beer for me but several pours would be a tasty treat on a winter afternoon or evening.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a deep copper/mahogany color with a big white head. The big bubbles entrapped within the head pop over time to leave a wonderful level of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is a blend of a bready, roasted, and yeasty smells. Mixed with these aromas are a very light spice and nutty aroma as well.

Taste – The taste begins of a bready and slightly caramel and brown sugar sweetened flavor. As the taste advances some roasted and spice flavors then come to the taste. The sweeter flavors lose a big of their ground more toward the end as some hop flavors begin coming to the tongue. With the hop flavors, which are mainly earthy in nature, comes some spice flavors as well which in the end leave a nice roasty flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is rather average as well.

Overall- A fairly decent winter ale as it’s not too heavy and yet maintains a nice flavor profile.

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Photo of wac9
3.61/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a great tasteing beer smells boozy but its not its a great tasteing beer for english dark mild ale if you like these beers s then you will like this low in acl so enjoy drinking it great taste low hop so enjoy this beer great color may be not great taste at frist sip but the rest of the beer it taste great and go down fine

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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 jsisko01
3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a very dark brown color with a centimeter thick, off-white head that dissipates instantly. Has nice lacing.

Smell - The aroma is kind of feint.. I mostly just smell roasted malts and a subtle sweetness.

Taste - Quite sweet with roasted malts, caramel, and a hint of chocolate and nuts.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with mild carbonation. Has a creamy texture.

Overall - I was surprised by this beer.. By the title I thought it was going to be a winter warmer but turned out being a dark ale that I actually enjoyed. Which is rare for me to say lol.

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Photo of Dave128
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adam's perfect pint glass. I am reviewing this probably a little after its prime so I will give it bonus points on categories I find lacking.

A - An easy to moderate pour yields about a half finger of pretty fizzy brownish head. The halo sticks around pretty well and there is some lacing. Body is red-amber in color.

S - Smells lightly of dark roasted malts.

T - As with the nose, it has a nice amount of roasted malt. It is biscuity and sweet up front. Finishes a little dry and smoky, but is great for the style.

M - Medium bodied and sticky. Light on the carbonation.

O - An easy going winter ale that's great for a cool night by the fire.

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Photo of Durge
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A dark golden brown color with a substantial oatmeal colored head and strong lacing. Very nice. The aroma brings chocolatey cardboard and mild nutty citrus. Sort of swampy in a decent way. The taste brings out more swampy malt and herbal hops. There’s a vague touch of chocolate and even some citrusy highlights. It’s medium-light bodied with even carbonation. Light caramel-coffee qualities with a midland feel of tingly refreshment that makes a somewhat dry finish. Decent, sessionable, nothing memorable but worth a try.

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