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Dishonest Stout | Goose Island Beer Co.

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Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
"Sour American Stout aged in Evan Williams bourbon barrel."

Added by MasterSki on 04-04-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 10 |  Reviews: 6
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Grohnke
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Sour Stout?! Yes please. I was pretty excited to try this one when I was at GI for dinner. Had the Dishonest Stout before dinner. Served in a snifter.

Loads of tart cherry on the nose, accompanied with some slight roast and subtle chocolate. It would have been nice if some of the chocolate and roast came out a bit brighter, but nonetheless, an enjoyable nose.

Densely black color, impenetrable by light. Short tannish/toasted marshmallow head, that doesnt have much staying power..I believe it fell before I took my first sip. Holding the beer on an angle, you get to witness some extraordinarily beautiful purple and deep reddish hues on the edges.

With the first sip, you just get blasted with sour cherry, it immediately puckers up all surface area in your mouth. At this point I was very excited, as I do love my sours. But then all it was, was sour cherry. Wheres the chocolate (the descriptions states "chocolate covered sour cherry")? Wheres the roast? The vanilla? Some roast comes out on the finish, but wow, is its ever so slight. As it came down to temperature, naturally, the chocolate came out a bit more, along with some nice wood flavors on the finish.

This did not really drink like a stout. I thought the body was far too thin, and overly carbonated. Finishes dry.

Overall, it was an awesome idea (seriously, how good does wood, stout, sour, cherry, chocolate and vanilla sound together?!), but i think the execution really wasnt there. Maybe this one was rushed on their end. I hope to see it come back in a more balanced, and exciting way. And when it does, I also hope that it drinks richer like a stout should. As my friend said at dinner, this beer definitely lives up to its name.

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Photo of codsmith
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: black but with slight red color when in the light. very thin and sparce head, but nice lacing

S: mellow whiskey, wood, molasis aroma with a twing of sour cherry

T: smooth on the beginning, opens up the sourness towards the middle, but finishes dry without a big lingering sour flavor.

M: medium bodied with a very dry finish.

O: not a huge sour beer fan, but this one really seemed to work with aging in evan williams barrels.

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Photo of goalie33
4.79/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Other than a re-review of hopslam, I have stopped reviewing beers here, but this one earned a return to reviewing. Served in a snifter at the Goose Island Clybourne brewpub.

A) Looks like a stout. Not much more to say, other then very little head, but that can be a function of both the barrel aging and the snifter it was served in.
S) This is where things started getting interesting. A symphony of bourbon, roasted malts, and sour cherries. Nothing is overpowering anything else, rather everything meshes nicely together.
T) WHOA!! I was greeted by roasted malt, and the espresso notes that one would expect out of a stout. This is followed by sour cherries which plays well off of the chocolate from the roasted malt. The finish sees the sourness continue, joined by vanilla and bourbon. Those are subtle, but not to the extent that you have to look for them to find them.
M) Medium body, really coats the mouth. Very little carbonation. Wonderful lingering mix of sourness and bourbon fades into just the bourbon.
O) An unbelievable unique, innovative beer that just floored me with the concept and how well it all worked. Like I said, I was so impressed with it that I felt compelled to write up a full review rather than just giving a numerical 'had' rating. If you happen to be in Chicago on a day when they have this at the brewpub, it is a worthwhile detour to stop in and give this one a try.

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of AgentZero
3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A black, stout-like looking beer with a small brown head that dissipated and left behind some tracings of lace.

S - This smells exactly like burnt toast, not sure how else to put it. The more I smell it, the more burnt toast I get. Maybe this is just burnt/roasted malts, but I've never smelled anything quite like this before.

T - A lot of lactic sour notes, followed by some small amount of bourbon. The lactic sourness really dominates this to the point where I am having trouble tasting much else. Some of the roasted notes do manage to come through at the end.

M - Medium bodied with a dry finish and a nice bit of carbonation.

O - Not a bad beer, seems quite experimental. Like the great MasterSki pointed out, there is a lot of flavor for a lower ABV beer, but the sourness makes this a bit of a sipper for me more than anything else. Interesting, and it gets points for that, but it was kind of hard for me to get down.

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4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Goose Island's Clybourne Brewery; served in a snifter.

A - Nearly black appearance, nearly opaque with deep ruby tinge at edges. Thin, cream-colored lacing.

S - The smell is dominated by bitter dark chocolate and roasted malts with hints of bourbon, any sour scent is minimal, at this point you would still be expecting a pretty normal stout.

T - A wave of sour notes is dominant at first, but this fades into a very long series of malt flavors, dark chocolate and roasted flavors are dominant. You can just pick up on a little vanilla and bourbon in the background. A slight cherry flavor lingers from the sourness, blending into a chocolate-covered cherry taste.

M - Medium carbonation, finishes very dry.

D - The finish and ABV on this one make it very drinkable. The flavors on this brew are incredible, definitely one of the most tasty and interesting beers I've had in a while.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

"Sour American Stout aged in an Evan Williams Bourbon Barrel. Dark chocolate aroma, sour chocolate cherry, vanilla, and bourbon flavor. Medium body."

Served in a snifter. Guessing this is based on Honest Stout.

A - Served with a finger of light mocha foam that settles to a thin cap, leaving behind splotchy lace. Black body with a ruby glint at the fringe. Pretty impressive for only 5.5%.

S - Lots of dark chocolate, faint earthy bourbon, light vanilla, hint of lactic sourness.

T - The taste is a lot heavier in lactic sourness and acidity. Dark chocolate cake, light bourbon and oak, and roasted grains in the finish. I'm guessing this is not the first use of this bourbon barrel. Reminds me a little of Old Max.

M - Zesty carbonation, medium-light body, and a very dry, tannic finish. Could use a little more heft, even thought it's a smaller stout.

D - This was pretty good, and especially flavorful for the lower ABV. Would make a pretty good session option. If it weren't so expensive I'd have it more regularly.

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Dishonest Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 10 ratings
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