Naughty Goose | Goose Island Beer Co.

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

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 70 | Ratings: 154
Photo of GuyFawkes
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From old, undated notes. Drank on draft.

Dark brown color.

Small off-white; no lacing.

Nose of slight hops, slight roasted coffee.

Medium thin mouthfeel.

All the flavor of a brown ale; easily drinkable. Someone said it's like a Moose Drool; do I need to revisit that? Tons of flavor, but a session vibe. A winner.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours brilliant medium brown with a 1" cream to light tan colored foam collar that persists and provides sheets of lace. Roast, a little chocolate, light caramel on the nose and palate with just the right amount of hop on the end to balance the light malt sweetness.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Draft at Churchkey in D.C.

The beer is dark brown with a thin beige collar. The aroma is fabulous. Vanilla, chocolate, malt, bread, a touch of booze. The taste is so smooth and easy going, it's hard to believe the aroma can be so powerful. Gene and I both marveled over the bold and assertive quality of the beer despite it's low abv. The power of an imperial brown ale or barleywine with session-like drinkability. Great stuff.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Iron Monkey in Jersey City, NJ

A: Pours a clear dark brown in color with light to moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation and some dark reddish amber highlights. The beer has a half finger tall foamy beige head that slowly reduces to a very thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Just shy of moderate aromas of nutty malts and toasted dark malts.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of toasted dark malts with some light hints of fruity sweetness and some nutty flavors as well. Light amounts of bitterness in the finish that only lingers for a short amount of time.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: A very good example of the style and very enjoyable with all of the nutty flavors and aromas. Easy to drink and quite enjoyable.

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Photo of metter98
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap at Iron Monkey, Jersey City, NJ

A: The beer is very dark brown in color. It poured with a half finger high beige colored head that died down, leaving a thin head covering the surface and lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of nutty malts are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has lots of flavors of nutty malts along with slight hints of roasted malts.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I really liked how this beer was packed with aromas and flavors of nutty malts. It is a very good representation of the style.

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Photo of SHerninko
4.16/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap @ Craft Ale House
Deep brown maduro. Slight tan head. Keeps tiny ring around d the top.
Smokey flavor, deep flavors. Coats the tongue.
Overall a good brown. Like a strong porter or lightweight smoky stout.
Great with chocolate or a nice cigar.

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer was served from the tap at Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY at their Goose Island vs. Founders Split Tap Takeover. It arrived in a thinned, stemless chalice glowing a deep golden-amber brown. It held a one finger head of tan, creamy bubbles. This showed okay retention, leaving lacy rings down the glass, and atop the surface. A chill haze was noted, but without sediment. Carbonation appeared moderate. The aroma was bright with toasted pale and caramel malts, stark and biting Belgian yeast, bittered cranberries, and sourdough breadiness. Cutting with sweetness and further tartness was citric peel, light oak barreling, walnut oiliness, and light booziness. With warmth the malts deepened into near coffee varietals. Our first impression was that the flavoring showed an excellent balance between the soured oak, Belgian yeast, and browned malts. The flavoring opened with tannic soured oak, sweeter caramel malts, bittered yeastiness, raw cranberry pucker to cut, and a bright bite of equally as raw citric hops. The peak followed with more soured yeast, and big breadiness of rye and pumpernickel to balance the initial bitters. The finish washed through with mineral wheatiness, cashew and walnut nuttiness, more pale malts, citric hops, and fresh strawberry fruitiness. The aftertaste breathed with more subtle oakiness, soured plastics, dried cranberry and apricot skin, and citric rind hoppiness. The body was medium, and the carbonation was high. A swirl around the mouth produced big froth and foam. Otherwise there was big cream, smack, and pop to each sip. The mouth, while initially coated and cooled, was eventually dried with boozy and oaky astringency, with pucker from the citrus. The abv was appropriate, and the beer sipped easily.

Overall, the best thing about this beer was the uniqueness of flavoring, and the big, soured, and bready aroma. We were impressed with this beer for the style, as they add a nice woody component through the barreling, and a good biting hop on the back, without skimping on the warming bready malts, nuttiness, and winter fruitiness. This was true through the nose, and through most of the flavoring. With too much warmth on the beer, however, the plastics become overexpressed in the taste, which may slow some drinkers down.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a medium chestnut brown, little head. Scent is nutty, roasty with notes of light grass and citrus. Taste brings a nice smooth nutty flavor, minimal roast, light caramel, decent hop profile - citrus, grassy, herbal. Smooth body, medium bodied - could use a bit more heft. Solid, well rounded brown - about 80% brown ale / 20% IPA in construction.

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Photo of plaid75
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a deep amber hue with a two finger frothy off white head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured round earthy malts with some chocolate and a touch of smoke.

The taste consisted of burnt caramel, cocoa and an earthy smoke accented by a balancing grassy hop.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style with a vigorous carbonation.

Overall a tasty and complex brown ale. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap, served in a pint glass

Pours brown color with mahogany highlights. The head is a bubbly off-white and fades rather quickly to a thin layer. Not much lacing left behind.

Malty and sweet with some nuts, bakers chocolate, cherries, earthy hops, and burnt brown sugar. A bit of a reserved nose, tame and clean.

Sugary malt with just a touch of roast and cocoa to help maintain some balance. Nuts, dark fruit, brown sugar, toffee, and just a touch of smoke. The finish is on the sweet side with some dryness from the nuts and earthy hops.

Medium body with a bit of a watery feel. Thin through the middle with some sugary sweetness mixing with a touch of alcohol in the finish.

A decent holiday brown that was worth trying. Not a hug fan of the style, but this was better than most.

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Photo of MusicaleMike
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On draft at Capone's. Served in a tulip glass.
The pour itself was not great, considering there was very minimal head, but the beer I could tell, was very attractive. Bright ruby brown in color with what appeared to be a decent clarity. There was decent lacing on the tulip glass as well, so were it served with a larger head, might have seen some good rings.

The aroma is hinting at berries...I can pull off some toffee, butterscotch...and then strawberries. As soon as I smell strawberries, it becomes hard to smell much else. Definite fruitiness here, with little to no roasted malt aromas.

The flavor of the beer is in line with the aroma, with a bit more complexity to it. Hops are more obvious and prevalent in the flavor, with some hints of sage grass and Fuggle hops. Notes of burnt sugar, strawberries, Goji berry, toffee, but again, not much roastiness here. There is a good amount of carbonation, leaving the body somewhat fluffy and medium thickness.

This is definitely a beer worth trying. Unique, in that I usually associate some level of roasted grain flavor with a brown ale and this seems to have none of it. I like the fruitiness of the beer, and the hops have an earthiness that goes well with the overall profile.

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Photo of portia99
3.56/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this one deep in the cellar...22oz bottle (bottled on 4/10/08) poured into a Portsmouth 20th Anniversary glass.

A - Pours a bit muddy, medium brown in color, floating particulate, strong carbonation bubbles and a finger of creamy tan head with foamy lacing on the glass.

S - Sweet malt, grainy with nice caramel notes, mild molasses. Hops are practically non-existant, touch of roasted malt.

T - Malty base, roasty with a hint of coffee, caramel sweetness, touch of astringency, some earthy dirtlike flavors.

M - Medium body with a mid level carbonation that is very creamy. Warm, mild sweetness and roasted malts and a mild hop presence make for a super smooth beer. Easy drinking and quite sessionable.

O - Wasn't sure what to expect out of this one...a lower alcohol beer that has been sitting in my cellar for four years...could go either way. Happily, this still is a pretty solid beer. Not sure what it was like at release time, but it is aging pretty well. Whatever hops were there have largely disappeared and left this as a smooth malty beer that goes down easily. A bit sad that I missed this fresh, but happy that it still is a good, tasty beer.

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Photo of Treebs
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Clybourn location during the King Henry release. Served in an Imperial pint glass.

A: Pours a clear dark brown with a dark amber edges. A thin light tan head forms on the pour and leaves some splotchy lace on the way down.

S: Some caramel malts with a touch of smoke and roast. Light toffee as well.

T: What a treat this was. There was a great caramel and toffee malt bill that gave it some sweetness with a nutty roastiness and a touch of smoke. The finish was a light, sweet chocolate.

M: Medium bodied that greatly carbonated with a sweet chocolate taste coating the palate. High drinkability.

O: I was pleasantly surprised by this guy. Would definitely have a again.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hazelnut brown with just the slightest bit of a reddish tint to it around the edges. A very nice amount of carbonation was evident in the streams of bubbles that were chaining up from the bottom throughout the session.

mix of cereal grains and bready malts that gave it a very nice base to work off of. As it warmed up I detected some nice light grass like hop notes in there as well some of banana to be more specific that were coming through and giving it a little more balance. The aroma overall was pretty classic, maybe with a little tweak of hoppiness to it, but a good representation of the style in general. lots of malts, this was completely to be expected. Cereal grains, bready and earthy tones dominating, but then fading under increasing pressure from caramel like sugary notes that seemed to really bring out the best in this one. Deep flavor profile which surprised me to be honest. A nice long dry finish capped it off

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Photo of chadn
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I enjoyed a pint of this from the tap at goose island, clybourn.

Overall an easy drinking, well balanced beer that was tastee but a bit too dry and a bit too carbonated for me.

Pour was nice, a deep dark color with an inch head initially.
smell was light, taste was full, mostly malt with hints of cocoa and hops.

I bet i could sit and drink a ton of these.

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Photo of doughanson78
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Goose Island brew pub. Poured into a pint glass.

A: Hazy medium brown color, some light coming through. One finger tan head with decent retention and lacing.

S: Nice cola coffee aroma. A light floral hop aroma coming through.

T: Coffee cola as in the nose, with a slight hint of chocolate. Light floral hops in the middle and the finish.

M: Light to medium body. Medium carbonation. Decent creaminess.

O: A good brown, considering it's not one of my favorite styles. Don't compare to Dogfish Head's India Brown.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a clear dark brown color ale with a large thick off-white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of lightly smoked malt with some residual sugar and some black chocolate notes. Taste is also a mix between some chocolate malt with light subtle traces of smoked and nuts with light residual sugar which provides a very nice balance. Body is a bit light with good carbonation. Good example of how to pack loads of while keeping the alcohol level to a reasonable amount.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the the brew pub... Stunner body, a dark but clear brown, hints of amber. A huge light tan head that is really smooth and creamy looking, good lacing... The aroma comes across to me sterile, too clinically executed, no character. Light nut, alcohol, and roast. Right notes, just doesn't do it for me... The taste is much better, chocolate with a roastiness to it, hazelnut finish. A little dry for my liking, but complex and tastey. Mouthfeel is too dry but nicely carbonated...Easy drinker.

Not as nutty of a brown as I'm used to or used to liking, but a more clinical approach that is pretty good. I'd drink again.

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Photo of Lesbrad
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a bar in Chicago, this was the only good draft beer they had, so I drank about 10 of them in one sitting.

Highly sessionable. Pleasant in every way. I don't remember all of the specifics, but I bought some six packs as soon as I could find them and while not as good in the bottle, they were plenty good to drink and drink them I did.

No full report on this beer, but if you like brown ales, you will dig it for sure.

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Photo of fastpass17
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled in 2008 and tasted in August 2010.

A: mahogany brown in color with a one finger head which quickly fades but with good carbonation.

S: caramel with light rum smell.

T: spice, brown sugar, molasses.

M: begins with a bite and finishes with a lingering alcohol taste.

D: one or two bombers, definitely.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Paired with BBQ and some stupid sci-fi show my girlfriend likes. Sort of a I'll give you a beer if you watch my show trade.

Light brown color, almost a dark amber. Beige head recedes into a collar that corrals a thin skim. Leaves a lace squall it's wake.

A perfectly balanced beer in all aspects. Sweet cocoa and fruit aroma with a herbal hop floating amidst it all. Taste is impeccably balanced with a sweet caramel tinged toasted chocolate biscuit malt vs. a fruity kick with in the middle. Hops for flavor accentuation and balance. Great beer.

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Photo of DoppleJock
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber poured into pint glass.

A: Poured a clean, dark reddish-brown. One-inch head with lots of carbonation pitting. Dissipated fairly quickly but had decent lacing.

S: Roasted malty start with a mild hop bite. Dark fruits.

T: Roasted malts, semi-sweet chocolate and caramel. Tiny bit of vanilla. Pretty good stuff.

M: Full-bodied. Super-smooth and silky.

D: Might be my first order next time I visit Goose Island's brewpub. Good stuff.

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Photo of papat444
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to MasterSki for this one. Shared with my wife with our supper, burgers & chicken wings.

Poured from a bomber.

Appearance: Pours a maple syrup colored body with a nice haze and a good sized head.

Smell: Reserved but i'm able to coax out some caramel & hops.

Mouthfeel: Nutty with some caramel and overlaid with roasted notes. An underlying hop bitterness nicely compliments the taste. A hint of chocolate in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, tends to the malty side. My only gripe is for me i felt the carbonation was a little too high and hampered the mouthfeel. It was a little distracting.

Drinkability: Put aside the carbonation and everything about this brew is very easy to drink. I could see myself getting this again.

Overall: A tasty and solid offering that i quite enjoyed.

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Photo of robobor
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a twenty-two oz. that I've had for a bit less than a month. Bought two for 2.99 apiece from Binny's and had planned on saving this one for Thanksgiving, but totally forgot about it. Nice brown color, kind of like a dark cream soda. Head down from two fingers to one, seems to be staying at one. Even lacing. This is clearer than the one I drank before, I'll keep my eye out for a haze as I finish the bottle. Smelled malty and sweet like brown sugar, little vanilla as it sits. Roasted malt flavor, some dark sweetness. Not a whole lot of complexity but very pleasant to taste. I would characterize the mouthfeel as low-medium (rather than medium-low...), with some nice carbonation. Overall a good beer, but I'm not finding anything that would bump it over into the "exceptional brown ale" category.

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Photo of mdwalsh
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours with a brilliant, 3 finger, white head, which holds on for some great longevity. The beer itself is colored with a reddish hued brown.

S: Very light and weak. Some burnt sugar smelling malt, and maybe just a touch of some spicier hops.

T: Nutty, malty. Some chocolate but pleasantly simple and nicely naughty. Filling and rich without being decadent.

M: Medium bodied and smooth, it could use some more sparkle and fizz.

D: Superb.

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