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Goose Island Beer Co.

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From:
Goose Island Beer Co.
 
Illinois, United States
Style:
Stout - American Imperial
ABV:
11.7%
Score:
91
Avg:
4.08 | pDev: 13.48%
Ratings:
1,836
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Oct 03, 2020
Added:
Feb 02, 2009
Wants:
  263
Gots:
  544
SCORE
91
Outstanding
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Ratings by Bubba83:
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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
by Bubba83 from California

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter at around 50 degrees. Special thanks go to Kegatron for including this bottle as an extra, yes you read that correctly.

Pours a deep dark brown color, mostly black unless held up to the light. The head was 2 fingers width, creamy, and dark tan. Good retention and excellent lacing down the sides of the glass.

Aroma is quite complex, lots of hop character in the forefront. The hoppy characteristics are of the citrus variety, but it is also quite grassy and fresh tasting. From the malt and alcohol, I'm getting, black licorice, alcohol sting, cherries, roast, and chocolate.

Wow, it tastes exquisite. Chocolate at first, but not overly sweet chocolate, more like bitter-sweet. This is followed quickly by TONS of black licorice, with some roast and cherries in the background. I'm not really getting any coffee flavors, but I also get a lot of dark fruit flavors like raspberry and blackberry, which I absolutely adore. Finishes up with a bunch of citrusy hops which seem to blend seemlessly with the dark fruit flavors and the alcohol cherry flavor.

Feels great too, oily and viscous, smooth, creamy, and coats the mouth fully. Exactly what I am looking for in an imperial stout.

I know they made this beer with aging in mind, but I honestly can't imagine it improving past the point it is at now. A mammoth of a beer, and one that I can say is decidedly better than its bourbon barrel aged counterpart. Some alcohol is present in the swallow currently, but I think it's actually at a good level now and contributes to the overall profile. Went down smooth and easy as it warmed. What a lovely beer.

Jun 26, 2010
More User Ratings:
 
4.17 by Archfiend from Illinois on Oct 03, 2020
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3.72/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by rodbeermunch from Nevada

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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4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by SABERG from Massachusetts

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
 
4.14 by Jangoon24 from Illinois on Jun 24, 2019
 
3.86 by YvesB from Belgium on May 29, 2019
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4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

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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4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

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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4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by 5toutman75 from Illinois

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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4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by BEER88 from Washington

I think it’s past it’s prime, should’ve drank it a year ago because it’s a little oxidized.

Dec 14, 2018
 
4.37 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania on Nov 26, 2018
 
4 by chillin from Indiana on Jul 09, 2018
 
3.71 by SaisonRichBiere from Michigan on Jan 20, 2018
 
3.75 by Dirk_Chappelle from New Hampshire on Nov 24, 2017
 
3.61 by Didier from New Hampshire on Nov 24, 2017
 
4.04 by PrestigeWorldwide from Michigan on Nov 20, 2017
 
4.23 by DVMin98 from North Carolina on Sep 24, 2017
 
3.52 by madelf66 from Pennsylvania on Jul 28, 2017
 
3.75 by TboneRN from Minnesota on Mar 12, 2017
 
4.17 by smithj4 from New York on Mar 12, 2017
 
4.18 by Bandi from New York on Mar 12, 2017
 
4.39 by Josholson666 from Minnesota on Nov 30, 2016
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4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Boccu from New York

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
 
4.04 by sposter4 from Pennsylvania on Sep 16, 2016
 
4 by OneEye78 from Texas on Aug 21, 2016
 
4.1 by bb-magic from Florida on Jul 09, 2016
 
4.49 by Mar02x from Netherlands on Jun 18, 2016
 
3.77 by rawfish from California on Jun 06, 2016
 
4.44 by Bammer21 from Illinois on Jun 01, 2016
 
3.99 by EyePeeAyBryan from Arizona on May 31, 2016
 
4.54 by diddy4l from Illinois on Apr 15, 2016
 
4 by trxxpaxxs from New York on Mar 30, 2016
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3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
by PVMT from New York

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
 
3.65 by tgates from Minnesota on Mar 07, 2016
 
4.02 by Hohnbaum from Kansas on Mar 03, 2016
 
4.5 by JohnofUpton from Massachusetts on Feb 16, 2016
 
4.5 by CharlesK from Pennsylvania on Feb 08, 2016
 
4.17 by MDDMD from Pennsylvania on Feb 08, 2016
 
4.24 by Cubatobaco from Virginia on Feb 07, 2016
 
4.55 by MuFugga from Wisconsin on Jan 22, 2016
Night Stalker from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 1836 ratings