Goose Island Beer Co.

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Porter - American
Ranked #992
Ranked #39,492
3.61 | pDev: 13.57%
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 31 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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MasterSki from Canada (ON)

4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this a few times before, but never got around to writing a review. Part of a taster flight at Clybourn.

A - A finger of tan foam settles to a thick collar and partial cap, but minimal lacework. Dark brown body with transparent cherry highlights.

S - Some nice floral and citrus hops mingle with a caramel and milk chocolate backdrop. There's also some light roast character.

T - Less hop flavor here, but they make their presence known with some moderate bitterness in the finish. More in the way of dark chocolate, caramel, treacle, and a bit of apples and brown sugar.

M - Medium body, medium-low carbonation, sticky and chewy texture, and no obvious alcohol. Shocked this is as strong as the Barrel-aged Maibock.

D - Nice stuff that I'm always happy to order when I visit the Clybourn brewpub. I've had fresher batches with more hop punch, but the malt character is interesting enough to overcome fading hop aromas.

Jan 19, 2012
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TMoney2591 from Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in an imperial pint glass at the Clybourn brewpub.

Not sure what makes it franken-, but I'm game nonetheless. It pours a dark garnet-sienna topped by over a finger of golden tan foam. The nose comprises dark chocolate, roasted malts, and light molasses. The taste is just straight roast and a tasty way. Simple and effective. The body is a light-leaning medium, with no real carbonation to speak of and a silky feel. Overall, a very nice porter, one that doesn't try too hard but succeeds greatly anyway.

Jan 04, 2012
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Chaney from District of Columbia

2.75/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I had this on tap at the Clybourn location.

A: This porter didn't pour very dark at all... more like a dark red, cherry juice which was visibly thin in nature, and a slight beige head that really didn't add much.

S: The smell didn't have any sort of char or roast to help dictate its style or anything. The only thing I got was maybe a hint of "Nestle's Quick."

T: The taste was sort of a lactose-esque blah, with maybe a hint of coffee, and with a fairy thin body. Despite the menu stating this was infused with raspberries, I didn't dected anything of the sort.

M: Fairly thin, with a slight milky texture, and very little carbonation (which was fine). The lacing was slight and splotchy.

O: Cool name, uncool beer. This was infinitely disappointing.

Dec 27, 2011
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AgentZero from Illinois

2.73/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Black beer with a tan head that didn't leave much of anything on the sides. Very solid looking.

S - Coffee, roasted malts, bit of espresso. I think this beer is infected and starting to turn. Getting some lactic sour notes in there. Little bit of a hop profile.

T - Might have been good at one time with some coffee, chocolate, and roasted notes, but what has to be infection is leaving this with sour notes and a bit of unpleasantness.

M - Medium bodied, creamy, little bit of carbonation bite.

O - I've had this three times, and the first was pretty good. It keeps getting worse and worse though, not going to drink it again.

Mar 28, 2011
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JohnnyChicago from Illinois

3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Goose Island Clybourn; served in a snifter.

A: Deep, dark brown with an off-white head. Good lacing on this one.

S: Roasted grains, sweet malts, a bit hop fruity hops and a sour smell that you get from Foreign Exports.

T: Taste is a bit messy. All the flavours from the nose are there, but they seem to clash a lot. Alcohol is a little present, but its contained.

D: A solid porter, and a easy to drink brew, alcohol flavour is there, but not heat.

Overall: This is a decent choice, but there are too many other better offers at the brewpub. Its certainly not boring, but it needs a little refinement.

Mar 18, 2011
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emerge077 from Illinois

3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Glass arrives with a light khaki shade of foam on the surface, black with mahogany edges. Drippy arcs of lace form inside the glass. Retention is good and lasts for the duration of the glass.

Lightly woody and grassy, some hop presence in the nose, though not especially well defined or assertive.

Tangy dried citrus, candied orange peel, slowly building residual roastiness behind that, with some traces of dark chocolate. The hops seem faded a bit, but still lend a light earthy bitterness and plenty of flavor. Medium bodied, slightly lactic with trace diacetyl. Not especially flawed, though a bit disjointed. Drinkable... it's an interesting amalgamation of porter recipes, but ultimately not my favorite porter at Goose.

Feb 17, 2011
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Gunslinger711 from Indiana

3.06/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Tasting notes from 2-16-11

Served in a snifter.

A - Frank shows up as a solid brownish porter, holding it up to the light shows through a little bit, not too much. Decent amount, about a finger, lacing is also decent as it lingered.

S - First scent is a strong alcohol hit, which surprised me. The middle and end scents are solid malt smells, nothing specific.

M - Heavy mouthfeel, definitely bitey, definite carbonation.

T - Tastes like it smells, semi-roasted malt taste, slight alcohol burn on the end.

It's an excellently craft, but just average tasting overall. I wished this was served closer to room temperature, I have a feeling I would encounter more complexities in this beer. Would not drink again, but glad I tried it.

Feb 17, 2011
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Ohiovania from Ohio

3.02/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Great nose that didn't come through in the beer at all. It says this beer is a combination of their three favorite porter recipes... I wasn't impressed. Smell didn't come through into the taste until it completely warmed up and even then it was only slightly present. I guess I was expecting a lot more from this beer. Alcohol was very well masked, shame it was masked by some uneventful beer.

Jan 05, 2011
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rhoadsrage from Illinois

3.06/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Noted as 7.3 % ABV on the menu
(Served in a nonic)
A- This beer separates a bit like a nitro poured beer into a thick unblemished cream of light beige on top of a jet black body. The head last longer than the beer.
S- The soft buttery aroma has a slight band-aid note to it with an astringent black malt nose in the finish.
T- The flavors of butterscotch with milk chocolate underneath give way to a buttery finish. As the beer opened up the taste of sweaty feet and lots of diacetyls blended with some dark roasted notes.
M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a creamy texture that was thick but airy. There was a soft fusel alcohol heat that grew with each sip.
D- The mouthfeel was great but the flavor was odd with to much buttery flavors combined with the fusel alcohol notes and sweaty feet was too much for me to finish. This was a blend of 3 other porters but I have not tried all of those.

Jan 04, 2011
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Thorpe429 from Illinois

2.1/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the Clybourn location.

Pours a dark brown color with a really large tan head with quite the retention time and a ton of sticky lacing as it falls down my glass. The nose is a bit strange with some roasted notes and chocolate but then followed up with a bit of a chemical character and some slight diacetyl, which is really surprising for a Goose Island beer, especially here at the brewpub--something I've never quite experienced with them. Didn't particularly care for the taste either, as the buttery components came through more and a medicinal touch really came alongside this. Some slight sweetness lingering in the background. Some of the more-pleasant notes became more dominant as it warmed, though I never really started to enjoy this one.

Jan 02, 2011
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jrallen34 from Illinois

4.01/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On tap at GI into a tasting glass...Dark brown pour, a really good ran head, great cap and lacing, wonderful...The aroma is too sweet for a porter, tons of sweet chocolate, sugar, a hint of roast at the end doesn't balance...The taste is really sweet as well with dark fruits and chocolate, but on the finish their is a nice coffee finish, roasty and bitter. The finish and feel are both really smooth.

A porter that is a tad too sweet for me, but still pretty good and drinkable. I'd have again at GI.

Dec 31, 2010
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philosobeer from Illinois

3.56/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Had last night on cask at the Clybourn brewpub. Here are my notes from the bar.

Dark brown 'ruddy' and frothy thick cream tan head. Gorgeous casked.

A little bit of chocolate malt and some chemical alcohol on the nose. Maybe a touch of pine growth from the hops.

Rich and coffee like. Some taste of hop resins (American) shines through even the thick body, but not overpowering. Alcohol and solvent detract from otherwise smoothness. Above average, certainly.

Very fine beer to cask, it's creamy and smooth. Almost silken.

Something about the (on this occasion 7.3%ABV) alcohol and chemical tastes makes me think I should probably move on from this beer to something a little more clean. Nice to have one, though.

Dec 03, 2010
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manahansf from Indiana

3.84/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark and nearly opaque brown color with slight ruby highlights when held to the light. Thin but cream tan head gives off very little aroma. Only a slight nose of roasted malts. The taste begins with a sweet grainy flavor and then changes into robust earthy hop bitterness. Very well balanced and the smooth medium body flows well with the moderate levels of carbonation. The malty flavors return in the finish as it fades slowly and crisply.

Feb 02, 2010
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