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English Malt Porter | Goose Island Beer Co.

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Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by robbyc1 on 06-07-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 11 |  Reviews: 11
Photo of botham
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

on tap at the Clybourn brewpub. pours bleck with a single finger of rich tan head that has good retention and leaves no lacings. a solid porter in the glass.

aroma is of roasted chocolate malts and a touch of coffee, with little else. very simple in the nose, but still well put together.

taste follows the nose with a pronounced coffee character. the coffee creeps up on the palate and stays well after finishing, but works well with the profile. a standard porter on the palate.

mouthfeel is medium bodied with a rich, malty quality that is just what a porter should be. very smooth and satisfying on the palate.

drinkability is good. as porters go, this is a solid example. there is nothing too special about it, just another good offering from GI. cheers!

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Photo of rtepiak
4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

an excellent looking foamy dark brown with a nice creamy head of off white chocolate. like the foam of a latte. nose is a solid sweet chocolate and a soft coffee and apple. on the sweet side but not overbearing on the palate. which has some fruit qualities in it. mainly apple. very fresh taste so it hard to tell if the earth plum quality of a english porter is there but its an great american porter with fruity qualities. very well done.

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Photo of robbyc1
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Here is an ale to define the style, a sessionable balanced porter that brings the malt and doesn't overpower.

Impenitrable off black with a nice tan head. Lacing is pronounced, and leaves a trail all the way down.

Nose of chocolate malt and a nice astringency.

Deep malt flavor with chocolate, dark fruits, not overdone and balanced just enough by the hops to give it a well balanced dry finish. Heavy as it should be in the mouth, adequate carbonation, by flavor a sipper but a very easy drinker for those cold nights at the pub. Bottle this one boys, at least in a growler.

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown color with a nice big tan head.

Scent of roasted malts, chocolate, butter, and bread. A good savory aroma, not overbearing.

Taste of grain, roasted malts, and chocolate. A simple and solid Porter.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with a small bite of carbonation.

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Photo of Viggo
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Clybourn before DLD.

Pours a very opaque brown, some red in the edges, medium but thick tan head, nice lacing, settles to a ring and layer, nice and sticky. Smell is super malty, nice and sweet, bready, chocolate, roast, biscuity and awesome. Taste is very malty, lots of toffee, sweet chocolate roast, bread, some vanilla, super maltbomb, pretty great. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, low carbonation, perhaps only second to the mighty Edmund Fitzgerald for porters.

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Photo of Lexx
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the Clybourn brewpub the night before Darklord day.

EXTREMELY dark Ruby color with with a thin cafe au lait head. HUGE lace.
The scent is a softly sweet, slightly irony cocoa with a tiny bit of bread and hops.
Oh my was this good. Lots of chocolate and coconut, but it actually predominantly tasted like malt balls. VERY enjoyable. Very dry finish.

I think this is the review with the most capital letters I've ever written.

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Photo of grub
4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

sampled on tap at the clybourn brewpub on friday. listed at 6%, not 5.6% as shown above.

pours dark brown, not quite black, with a thin dense tan head. drops slowly and leaves lots of lace.

aroma is good. light roast. just a hint of sourness. tons of malt. biscuits and bread. dark chocolate. hint of alcohol.

wow. taste is exceptional. light roast. dark chocolate. loads of biscuity malt. toasted biscuits for breakfast the morning after a holiday meal. light alcohol. low bitterness. bit of sourness, giving it just a hint of a baltic slant.

mouthfeel is great. medium-low carbonation is spot on. fairly big body, but with a nice dry finish.

drinkability is great. super smooth. this is a well balanced and incredibly enjoyable beer. this is definitely in my top 5 favourite porters, and something i would love to have available locally.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a 20oz imperial pint at Goose Island-Clybourn 4/18/07. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist.

A: Dark opaque black featuring no head or lace. Just a small ring.

S: Big nose of toasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, and hops.

T: Massive toasted malt profle that has the perfect amount of bitter hops. Chocolate comes on rather strong at the finish. Incredibly enjoyable.

M: Thin but good. Almost perfect for the style.

D: Very enjoyable and strangely refreshing for a porter. The chocolate finish is a winner!

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a dark opaque brown body that is to thick to let light through and a thin creamy tan thin head that sits on top for a good while.

S- This beer has a dark roasted chocolate malt aroma but is otherwise pretty clean.

T- The smooth lightly toasted malt flavor has a nice finish of chocolate malt that is faintly earthy. The chocolate malt flavor is nice and complex with some darker roasted flavors coming through as it warms but it doesn't have the characteristics of candy chocolate. This gives it a much better flavor this way. There is a slight tartness in the finish that has a nice depth to the malt and the bitterness of the roasted malt hangs on the tongue after each sip.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a slight watery texture in the finish.

D- This beer has lots of what, I would consider, tradition porter flavor with a nice twist of flavor and freshness.

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Photo of EvilKeith
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes of 9/14/2006 visit to G.I.-Clybourn

This one was a deep dark brown, nearly black in color. The head was a generous dollop of creamy camel colored foam. The lace was thick and clung to the sides of the glass.

The smell roasted, malt chocolate, and light mild smokiness.

The taste was roasted and toasty, sweet malt, mild burnt caramel notes, chocolate and a pleasant mild bitterness from the hops.

The body was medium-heavy and the carbonation was fairly light giving this porter a creamy, but slightly heavier mouthfeel.

I found this one to be very well balanced and well crafted. This is something I could easily call a session beer.

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Photo of CRJMellor
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown or black with thick gooey tan head and sheets of lace on the pint.
Aroma of dark chocolate, caramel and some wheat and bread crust.
Flavor of chocolate and espresso dominate with a hint of charcoal and deep resiny hops.
Mouthfeel is lightly sweet on the front with a modestly roasted middle with a hint of gritty charcoal and finishing with a short but strong and powerful hop bittering.
Drinkability is very good. Not quite enough malt to trult outstanding but a very good beer.

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English Malt Porter from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 11 ratings
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