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Goose Island Beer Co.

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From:
Goose Island Beer Co.
 
Illinois, United States
Style:
American Imperial Stout
ABV:
11.7%
Score:
91
Avg:
4.08 | pDev: 13.48%
Reviews:
749
Ratings:
1,087
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Oct 03, 2020
Added:
Feb 02, 2009
Wants:
  263
Gots:
  543
SCORE
91
Outstanding
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Rated: 4.17 by Archfiend from Illinois

Oct 03, 2020
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.72/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Well darn if the reviews from 2014 don't keep coming. Drank this for the Chad Mendes/Connor McGregor fight that cost me a big parlay. I think the beer was 3-4 years old when popped.

Pours a black and thick pour, light brown head 3/4" deep. All roasted barley going on here, seems like a hefty hop bill too, this could be one of those stouts pushing 100ibu as well.

Taste definitely confirms the high ibu level, but with a massive dump truck full of scorched earth barley, its not like you taste the bitter hoppiness here like you would in a dipa. No adjuncts. Just a massive truckload of the basic ingredients in a beer. There was nothing in terms of sweetness with this beer, I don't know how anyone perceived that. It has a pretty dry back end and mouth feel to it. The alcohol tastes like maybe a 9% beer instead of clocking in at almost 12%. Very similar to their beer Big John. I imagine the base for BCS is pretty similar too. A little bit of a dark fruit note as it warms.
Apr 15, 2020
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Reviewed by SABERG from Massachusetts

4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured from a 22 oz bottle dated 02/06/2011 into the test glass
A - Dark as chalkboard, Gentle carbonataion leaves a thin mocha ring clinging to the glass wall. 7 charachters in search of an exit style.
S - Burnt dark chocolate brownie, just the crusty part, cocoa, a hint of coffee, vanila and some tannins. mature port and a hint of tobacco, and oddly some orange liquer
T - Dark choclate, some black pepper, anise, hints of vanilla, cigar wrap tobacco, mollases, and the slightest bit of smoked wood
M - Silky, delightful on the palate, sweet start, velvety cocoa, a nice wash of bitter, then only memories.
O - Spectacular, the cellaring has treated this well. So soft on the palate, with that delightful orange liquer and cocoa element. If I was smart I would have bought 2 back in 2011
Feb 06, 2020
 
Rated: 4.14 by Jangoon24 from Illinois

Jun 24, 2019
 
Rated: 3.86 by YvesB from Belgium

May 29, 2019
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
2011 vintage; drank on draft 9/18/14 @ Fischman's.

Brown/black hue.

Dark khaki head; nice lace.

Marshmallow, mild pickle & mild cherry flavors.

Thick mouthfeel.

Sweet pickle, black licorice & mocha flavors; dark cherry & marshmallow emerge as this warms.

Odd but interesting.
May 29, 2019
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Reviewed by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
22oz bottle. Bottling date is '02/19/10'.
Black colored body. Minimal light tan head, turns to an active surface bubbling. Leaves just a couple of tiny spots of lacing.
Aroma of dark roast, with light caramel and chocolate.
Taste is dark roasted malt, with sweeter chocolate and more bitter coffee. Dark fruits of fig and prune. Caramel and toffee. The aftertaste brings on a touch of vanilla, leather, and tobacco.
Mouth feel is a little more than medium, with a chocolate syrup texture. Lower carbonation.
The flavors are much more expressive and complex than are the smells. Quite amazing that the beer has maintained in the bottle for more than nine years. This beer has not developed a sour tartness often found with aged stouts. At five years in the bottle this must have been stellar. As experienced the beer is too sweet to be consumed at a brisk rate.
May 23, 2019
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Reviewed by 5toutman75 from Illinois

4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
3/6/10 bottling date on the label. My buddy and I were expecting it to be a mess given the age and we were very happy with how well it held up. I have another bottle from 2012 I think and now I’m excited to drink it. It still had a nice bitterness and dry fruit flavor to it. Prune and fig came up prominently. I know I read a long time ago that this was the base to BCS, but who knows. Goose has and always will do their stouts well. I’m saving this empty bottle for the collection. Next time I’ll taste test it versus a Darkness of the same year to see who wins.
Mar 16, 2019
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Rated by BEER88 from North Carolina

4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I think it’s past it’s prime, should’ve drank it a year ago because it’s a little oxidized.
Dec 14, 2018
 
Rated: 4.37 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania

Nov 26, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by chillin from Indiana

Jul 09, 2018
 
Rated: 3.71 by SaisonRichBiere from Michigan

Jan 20, 2018
 
Rated: 3.75 by Dirk_Chappelle from New Hampshire

Nov 24, 2017
 
Rated: 3.61 by Didier from New Hampshire

Nov 24, 2017
 
Rated: 4.04 by PrestigeWorldwide from Michigan

Nov 20, 2017
 
Rated: 4.23 by DVMin98 from North Carolina

Sep 24, 2017
 
Rated: 3.52 by madelf66 from Pennsylvania

Jul 28, 2017
 
Rated: 3.75 by TboneRN from Minnesota

Mar 12, 2017
 
Rated: 4.17 by smithj4 from New York

Mar 12, 2017
 
Rated: 4.18 by Bandi from New York

Mar 12, 2017
 
Rated: 4.39 by Josholson666 from Minnesota

Nov 30, 2016
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Reviewed by Boccu from New York

4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Pours dark with a nice head. Dark roast aroma. Taste: sweet and roasty dark malt driven taste with notes of chocolate, coffee, and dark fruit. Dark roasted barley malt with notes of dark chocolate, coffee, charred toast, biscuit, smoke, caramel, and yeast. Sweet taste of molasses and vanilla. Lots of dark fruit coming out from aging. Notes of cherry, prune, fig, raisin, and plum. Excellent stout.
Sep 18, 2016
 
Rated: 4.04 by sposter4 from Pennsylvania

Sep 16, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by OneEye78 from Texas

Aug 21, 2016
 
Rated: 4.1 by bb-magic from Florida

Jul 09, 2016
 
Rated: 4.49 by Mar02x from Netherlands

Jun 18, 2016
 
Rated: 3.77 by rawfish from California

Jun 06, 2016
 
Rated: 4.44 by Bammer21 from Illinois

Jun 01, 2016
 
Rated: 3.99 by EyePeeAyBryan from Arizona

May 31, 2016
 
Rated: 4.54 by diddy4l from Illinois

Apr 15, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by trxxpaxxs from New York

Mar 30, 2016
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Reviewed by PVMT from New York

3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
From a bottle dated 11/19/12. Looks and smells vaguely reminiscent of Bourbon County Brand Stout, but the comparison ends there. Perhaps due to age, the beer is bitter and funky (not good funky) and a little boozy. Not great.
Mar 13, 2016
 
Rated: 3.65 by tgates from Minnesota

Mar 07, 2016
 
Rated: 4.02 by Hohnbaum from Kansas

Mar 03, 2016
 
Rated: 4.5 by JohnofUpton from Massachusetts

Feb 16, 2016
 
Rated: 4.5 by CharlesK from Pennsylvania

Feb 08, 2016
 
Rated: 4.17 by MDDMD from Pennsylvania

Feb 08, 2016
 
Rated: 4.24 by Cubatobaco from Virginia

Feb 07, 2016
 
Rated: 4.55 by MuFugga from Wisconsin

Jan 22, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by 22Blue from Kansas

Jan 20, 2016
Night Stalker from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 1836 ratings