Extremely Naughty Goose | Goose Island Beer Co.

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Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.60%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Really tasty bourbon forward brown. The base beer is a vehicle for the bourbon with enough sweetness to smooth it out and a nice toffee finish. If you're a fan of bourbon notes and flavors, the beer pretty much takes a backseat to the bourbons. Very well made.

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Photo of Chaney
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Clybourn location.

A: Mahogany in color, with ruby slivers poking through under closer inspection next to a light source, and virtually no head. Looks dangerous.

S: Little to no smell, with just the right amount of sweetness and with only a tinge of nuttiness under very close inspection. Very muted, yet effective.

T: If this is a brown ale, then I'm Oprah Winfrey. Pretty much an English barleywine, very hot, but still it was of the candy-coated variety. I didn't get the same nuttiness I got from the nose, more like caramel and toffee. Complex!

M: Sticky icky, but in a good way. That really slowed me down and allowed me to appreciate the subtleties. Virtually no lacing whatsoever.

O: Pretty remarkable high octane entry for sure. They really need to bottle this one as part of a reserve series.

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Photo of birchstick
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Clybourn pub. Pours a very dark mohagony brown color with a small head. Nose contains a bouquet of dark fruits, including sweet plums, caramel malts, and a touch of tobacco. Taste starts off with caramel malts that's move on to the dark fruit flavors that were picked up in the nose. Finishes with a nice bitter pone hop flavors mixed in with sticky caramel malts. Mouthfeel is a little thin an somewhat watery. Overall, this is a really nice imperial brown ale.

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Photo of jegross2
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Reviewing the Extremely Naughty Goose from Goose Island Brewing Company out of Chicago, Illinois. This is a recent re-brew of a long-retired offering.
Score: 92

Tap pour served in the Clyborn Goose Island Brewpub and enjoyed on 11/16/12. Review is from iPhone notes.

Appearance: The color is dark syrup, reminisce of King Henry, with strip of brown highlight atop the body. Served with a thin layer of beige head that settles to thin ring around glass. Below average lacing, average retention. 3.5/5

Smell: Roasted malt, chocolate, and faint coffee. Toffee and mixed nuts too. Faint honey-like sweetness. 4/5

Taste: Roasted malt, nuts, chocolate malt and cocoa. Toffee too. Light caramel malt and booziness in the finish. Very malty, but in a good, complex way. The flavors really linger on the palate. This beer i bold in flavor with a little boozy kick. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, low carbonation. Syrupy mouthfeel with moderate stickiness. Very malty! 5/5

Overall: An excellent malt-heavy beer, and one of the best brown ales I have had the pleasure to enjoy. I am very glad that Goose Island brought this one back!

Recommendation: Seek this one out if you get a chance, though be forewarned that the sticker price is a bit high. I imagine this beer would age well for some period of time, but have no clue how the 2006 bottle release is holding up.

Pairings: Beer bread with honey butter.

Cost: $10 for a 10 oz tap pour.

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Photo of Treebs
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at GI Clybourn, served in a snifter.

A: Pours a dark brown color with ruby highlights where the light hits. A tan head forms on the pour and recedes to a thin ring that leaves some soapy lace.

S: Chocolate malt with a light roasted malt background and a nice hint of sweet booze.

T: Big candied sugar sweetness with a nice mix of booze and chocolate malts. Nice roasted undertones with a little touch of honey and fruit. Nice toffee and nutty combination really round out a balanced taste.

M: Medium bodied with a pretty full mouthfeel. Nice medium carbonation level with a little sweet kick to it.

O: Very good. A little boozy and sweet, but it's really good and I really liked it.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter at the Clybourn brewpub.

I winked a little when I ordered this... It pours a very deep black-brown topped by a half-finger of glowing light tan foam. The nose comprises cocoa, light mild coffee, toffee, toasted malts, and light tobacco leaf. The taste brings in more of the same, along with some walnuts and oak, and with the toasted malts coming through as smokier now. The body is a hefty medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a slightly chewy feel. Overall, a damn fine imperial brown, one that I hope to see on-tap more often 'round here.

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Photo of kevanb
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Let it be known, this is un-retired and back on tap at GI Clybourn as of 10/12/2012.

Pours a super dark brown, borderline black, massively opaque. A nice thick, bone colored head rests atop the beer, about a half finger high, recedes pretty quickly, lots of film stays behind. The aroma is great, super chocolate forward, a bit milky, but with nice smooth malts, nuts and toffee, They describe it as milk chocolate in the nose, I don't quite get that, but it's certainly got a dairy element and a chocolate element, but the nutty and rich toffee complexity adds a lot of character to the nose. The flavors are impeccable, lots of smooth malt, mild hazelnut and a bit of almond sweetness, chocolate plays so well with the hazelnut, not quite to nutella proportions, but complimentary flavors, lots of smooth dark malts, not quite grain like, but rich and flavorful, toffee, nougat and a touch of caramel are present. I was blown away by the depth of richness, without going overboard or getting too sweet, perfectly done. The body is great, milky, creamy and big, low carbonation, spot on, goes down super smoothly.

Verdict: Blown away here, I had to have another full pour of this it was so good. I can only imagine what the original barrel aged version was like, I kept thinking this could only benefit from some time in a great barrel. Even without the barrel, this was incredible, great smooth quality, rich flavors with a great complexity, satisfying in every way.

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Photo of AdmiralDiaz
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Happy Gnome

Pours a medium-dark brown with very little head that doesn't stick around too long. Smells strongly of brown sugar and raisins with lots of alcohol coming through. Taste is pretty much the same as the smell, but a little more complex with hints of chocolate and a satisfying alcohol sting. Mouthfeel is of average carbonation and thickness. Drinkability is pretty good for the 8.6 abv. I'll probably never get the chance to try this one again, but it's one of the better browns I've had.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.41/5  rDev -18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cask at Goose Island - Clybourn. Served in a snifter. This batch was listed at 10%.

A - A half finger of persistent tan foam that settles to a near solid cap and collar. Nice spotty lacing, Dark brown with transparent ruby highlights. Good looking cask brew.

S - Cocoa and nuts, light floral and piney hops, rum-soaked dark fruits. There's a lot of fusel alcohol in the nose, which is distracting and quite unfortunate.

T - There's an unfortunate touch of earthiness, wood, and cardboard, particularly in the finish - perhaps this has been on cask for too long. Biscuit and cocoa malts, and thankfully much better hidden booze - nowhere near as hot as it smells. Maybe a touch of spice. There's some lingering bitterness as well.

M - Smooth, creamy, medium body, with obviously lower carbonation. There's a little bit of warming after a half glass, but nothing out of line with a 10% brew.

D - Thanks to the texture and the well-hidden ABV in the taste, this is actually pretty easy drinking. It just tastes kind of stale/old. I'd like to try this on-tap again to see how different it is - I had a taster a few months ago and I don't remember the same amount of dirt/earth flavor.

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Photo of botham
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on cask at the Clybourn brewpub. pours a deep chocolate brown with amber highlights ad two fingers of rich and thick tan head. excellent retention and no lacings.

aroma is a rich mix of chocolate and nutty notes with a sharp alcoholic note alongside smooth roasted malts.

taste is of caramel and chocolate malts along with a base of alcoholic sharpness and a touch of dry hops on the back end. the nutty note from the aroma is drowned out by the hops on the back end.

mouthfeel is full bodied and super smooth. probably the only evidence of cask conditioning.

drinkability is decent. overall, this is so rich that it loses much of its 'cask' allure. that being said, it is still smooth and well rounded. cheers!

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Photo of brdc
4.62/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap, poured into a 7 oz glass, then into a goblet as it is too good to have just a little glass, at Stub & Herbs.

Dark brown, closer to blck than to brown, thin head that quickly drops to a ring. Nice, but the appearance might be its only flaw.
Sweet aroma, fruity and caramelized, with a faint piney note in there as well.
Full bodied, medium to low carbonation, feels velvety on the palate, and very easy to drink considering the ABV. Sweetish and caramelized, minimal heat, fruitiness, and a faint hoppy bite to pretend some kind of balance. Sweet but never cloying, an excellent beer that I wish would make it into a bottle.

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Photo of maximum12
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Stubs. Haven't seen this one anyplace before, & was excited to try it.

Not brown at all, but rather a ruddy amberish, especially pronounced when held up to the glow of a big TV. Smell is perhaps the weak point, a touch of bourbon & malt, understated, not much going on.

Extremely Naughty Goose makes up for it in taste. This is what bourbon should taste like: light, smooth, muted, not overpowering or scorching the hair from my ears & chest, but mellow, soothing. This resting on a bed of toffee & sweet malts that melded grandly with the barrel characteristics. Full & creamy. I could have downed several of these without blinking & (maybe) without falling down. It's beers like this that remind you of that full dinner you should have had.

Excellent brew. Goose Island, swirl this one into bottles & sell it to us geeks. We'll buy it.

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Photo of KeefD
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Stub n Herbs. Pours a dark amber color, bordering on brown, with a nice 1/2 inch white head that surprising left some wispy rings of lacing down the goblet. Caramel, chocolate, nuts, and some herbal hops are the dominate aromas, with a hint of alcohol. Upon first taste, I get some chocolate and light nutiness. After the second taste I started to pick up a little bit of smoke and sweetness. Something familiar that I can't.... quite... put... Ahh, that's it! Roasted marshmallows! Yep, that's what it is. The sweetness of a marshmallow with a hint of sugary, burnt caramel flavor. Hop bitterness is low, light earthy and woody notes on the finish. It's sweet, but not quite cloying. Complex to be sure, but some more hops would have added depth. Medium bodied, smooth carbonation. This was a very taste brew indeed, but at $10/10oz pour, I don't see myself having this one again any time soon.

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Photo of Mistofminn
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stopped by Stub and Herb for the Minnesota release of this treat. Pretty pricey, but well worth it.

The color was a surpringly translucent shade of dark nut brown. Creamy khaki head that had excellent staying power, and left delicate strings of lacing around the glass.

The smell was roasty, very sweet with nuts and toffee and caramel, and a very defined oak and bourbon character that lets the alcohol level be known.

To me, the woody and bourbon notes are much more muted in the nose, and more pronounced in the taste department. Initially you taste a pretty thick and sweet, toffee like brown ale, that in itself would be a good beer. Then not a split second later you get the woody and earthy character, followed by the bourbon. Alcohol makes its warming presense known.

To me, and I could be very wrong, it tastes as if the same barrels used for the Bourbon County Stout were used in this, or at least similar barrels.

The mouthfeel is definitely on the heavier side of medium, but I wouldn't go as far as to say it's too thick. Very smooth and creamy, the bourbon has really mellowed out the flavors and taken away any hop bite that was there before. Great stuff. Drinkability is very good considering the alcohol level and the blast of flavours you get. I finished this one too fast, and if not for the price tag I would have ordered far more.

Overall, a solid offering from Goose Island. I can't say I've ever had a Bourbon Barrel aged Brown Ale before, so this was a unique and pleasant experience. I can't wait to try Night Stalker.

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Photo of blackenmn
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap into a small glass:

Appearance and Smell: Served a nice dominating brown with some definite gold/orange hue to it. Had a nice dense thin head which left sparce lacing down the glass. I also noticed quite a bit of carbonation for a brown ale. The smell was a suprise, noticed a thick whiskey smell with a underlying toffee and citrus like scent.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Taste was very unexpected. Started off like it smelled. The decent ABV showed itself in the form of a smokey whiskey/bourbon like bite which settled into a really thick caramel and toffee like sweetness. Really transformed in the mouth. Not too much hop presense noticeable, but it was there none the less. The great sweet aftertaste which the alcohol presence rolled over with each new sip is really which made the brew for me.

Drinkability: It wasn't a sessionable one thats for sure. Definitely a great sipper though. Really liked the brew and would definitely give it another go if given the opportunity!

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.38/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this right after the Night Stalker, and while I thought it to be good, Night Stalker was a very tough act to follow. This beer struck as me being similar, but lighter and with significantly less hoppiness.

It pours black, with decent head. Aroma was dark and roasty with a good amount of chocolate and nuttiness. Seemed more reminiscent of a Porter to me than anything else. Flavor was really rather sweet and offered more roastiness, but again, seemed mild following the Night Stalker. Mouthfeel was pretty light.

Not bad.

I had this on-tap at the brewery.

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Photo of Stygr
4.9/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow...I can't say enough about it.

It was everything I would ever want in the style, except available in bottles.

It was like a mouthgasm on ectasy.

Color of a nice thick porter, with the creamiest khaki head. Carries a head like a piping hot cup of hot chocolate, smooth with the tiniest of bubbles. Lacing layers like the most beautiful striations in a rock wall, but not chunky, refined.

Smells of the nicest, most balanced levels of roasted nuttiness, wrapped in the lightest of rich toffees, and ignited by the smoooth warmth of alcohol wealth.

This beer tastes almost exactly how it smells, slightly sweeter on the tongue, but soooo smoooth. With just enough bitterness that you salivate for more as soon as it hits your tongue, and then again while you drink, and then more as soon as you swallow.

Mouthfeel is somewhere in between liquid satin, and melting velvet. But clean enough that your mouth feels quite refreshed on the finished, due to the wonderfully balanced bitterness of the finish.

Drinkability isn't the right word to describe it. If I had an unlimited supply of this for one night, I would drink until I puked, and then again, and one more time after that.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip at Goose Island-Clybourn 3/5/09.

A: Served a dark caramel/reddish cola-brown color with a tall 1 or 1 1/2 finger head that's light brown in color and leaves a mess of sticky lace in the glass.

S: Aromas of toasted malt, caramel, dark chocolate, spicy licorice, and hops.

T: The taste is more complex than the smell here. Flavors of sweet caramel, bittersweet chocolate, grassy green hops, brown sugar/molassas, and dark fruit.

M: Thick, sticky, and creamy. Almost shake-like. Touch of dry bitterness in the finish. Quite sweet with a bit of fruity & tangy hops.

D: I've always enjoyed Naughty Goose in the past, but this will make it hard to go back to. Awesome!

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very dark; nearly opaque through a 5 oz. tasting glass. Light brown sugar head with moderate retention.

S: Sugary sweetness with residual fruit esters. The malt comes through under the fruits. Faint hop aroma.

T: Quite sweet with the alcohol hitting the back of the throat. Hints of black licorice; greater presence of dark fruits and at least a little black cherry. Definite bite of alcohol.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Crispness on the tip of the tongue and a slight tingle on the way down.

D: Can't get enough--hard to stop and write between sips. My
favorite offering from Goose Island yet.

Other Notes: Had at the Wrigleyville location on 02.28.09. The menu there calls the beer "Extra Naughty Goose."

From the menu: "A brown ale with a bite. An American interpretation of an English classic, with lots of domestic Tettnang and Cascade hops to complement the choclaty roasted malt character. Served in a tulip for $7.

[EDIT: Fixed a typo.]

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Photo of gorby10826
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

60% more malt 40% more hops
A- opaque Red/Brown

S- Very nice. Can't really compare it to anything I have had before. Sweet Fruity nose.

T- Sweet fruit and malt. Toffee/carmel finish. Bittnerness shows up later on. As you let it sit it further develops.

M & D- Medium body, light finish. Smooth. Made me think I could drink a few more.

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown color with a light tan head and a very thin ring of lacing.

Scent of dark fruits, and sugars. Not very complex but it had a very nice depth to it.

Taste of brown sugar, dark fruits, a hint of alcohol, and some earth. The best Brown Ale I have had in some time, Goose Island does some great work.

Mouthfeel is medium heavy bodied and very smooth, a low amount of carbonation carries it nicely.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip glass)
Twice the ingredient of Naughty Goose is what the menu says.

A- This beer has a dense opaque brown body with a thin sticky dark tan head. The body is too dense to see much carbonation and the head fades to a thick ring about half way through the beer.

S- The smell of caramel malt with dark fruit has a nice sweetness to it. A faint green hop finish has a pungent note to it that helps support the malts.

T- The big dried fruit sweet malt flavor has flavors of caramel malt and banana taffy with a slight circus peanut note coming though as the beer warms. There is a sweet malt finish that has a hop bitterness starting to pop through as the beer warms.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a tight little fizz finish that clean the sweetness off the tongue and a warming soft alcohol heat that helps the process.

D- This beer is big and sweet but smooth and easy to drink. As the beer warms its nice to get some hop bitterness coming through that helps to keep this beer exciting.

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Extremely Naughty Goose from Goose Island Beer Co.
4.16 out of 5 based on 60 ratings.
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