Lazarus | Goose Island Beer Co.

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Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Born out of the second runnings of Bourbon County Brand Stout, Lazarus isn't your standard "small beer". The deceiving alcohol blends with the roasted malt and the chocolate sweetness packed into the body of the beer.

Added by sidetracked on 04-24-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 19 |  Reviews: 6
Photo of Alpar
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of BRami127
4.23/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Last time I had this was at a Goose Island Tap Takeover at The Beer Bistro in Chicago, IL. Poured into a taster glass.

A: Jet black color with a dark tan head. Not much lacing in the glass

S: Similar to BCS, but weakened scents of chocolate and hints of coffee. Not as "boozy" as regular BCS,

T: Weaker form of BCS as expected. Still has some chocolate and malt flavors, but not that boozy hit that comes with BCS.

M: Medium bodied compared to a full body I get with BCS. Easier to drink than it's "big brother".

O: Goose Island calls this beer the "2nd running" of BCS which I don't quite understand. It's not Nightstalker which is referred to as "Baby BCS", but I guess if you can mix Nightstalker with whatever was leftover in the BCS barrels you'd get this beer. I liked this beer. I don't know why this isn't going to be bottled though.

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Photo of Kaveman
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Treebs
3.42/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had on tap at the GI 25th Anniversary Party. Served in a taster glass.

A: Pours a dark black color with a dark tan head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thin ring that leaves some minor splotches of lace down the glass.

S: Heavily roasted malts, some anise and dark chocolate. It's a pretty straight forward stout. Nothing in the nose distinguishes it from any other baseline stout.

T: Lots of anise and bakers chocolate with some heavily roasted malts. There a slight woody taste to this with some deep chocolate notes.

M: Medium bodied with a medium low carbonation level. Drinks lighter than 9% abv with a smooth and creamy finish.

O: This was ok. It was solid all around, but nothing substantial that made it seem differentiated from any other stout.

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Photo of ackeeper
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of AgentZero
3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Goose Island's Rare Stout Night.

A - Dark brown colored beer with a beige head that didn't stay for long at all and left nothing on the sides of the glass.

S - Roasted malt, bitter chocolate, some coffee, pretty straight forward.

T - A seemingly unsweetened stout that is a little dry. Roasted malts, some unsweetened chocolate, some bitter coffee. Pretty boring.

M - Lighter side of medium, thought it needed more body. Active carbonation and a dry finish.

O - Not a great beer, I think of this more like a dry stout than an imperial, and I'd highly recommend the Honest Stout over this one. It's not horrible, but Goose Island has many better offerings.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Revolution's Fistival. Served in the corresponding taster glass. I realize the alcohol is higher, but in some ways this is more of an American Stout in process and flavor profile.

A - Pours with two fingers of dark tan foam that settle to a thick cap, leaving no lacing. Dark brown body with ruby transparency at the fringes.

S - Roasted grains, light baker's chocolate, earthy hops, hint of black coffee.

T - Very dry, roasty, and low in sweetness. Most light cocoa and toast, with a tiny bit of coffee.

M - Light, tingly carbonation, medium body, and a dry roasty finish. The listed 9% is shockingly well-hidden.

D - It drinks like a small beer, even though it's 9%. Not the most complex taste - there's very little residual sugar seeing as this is the second time this has been fermented. Dangerously drinkable though, and an easy way to get hammered if you like dry stouts.

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Photo of Sean9689
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Goose Invasion @ Small Bar Fullerton.

A - Pours a dark brown, cream-colored collar, whisps on top leaving no lace or retention.

S - Oak, roast, dark chocolate.

T - Dark chocolate, roast, oak, malty sweetness. The alcohol is really well-hidden and I'd never guess this was 9%.

M - Medium, good carbonation, roasted/dry finish.

O - Probably one of my least favorite variants that have to do with BCS (this is the 2nd runnings). It's solid, but not a whole lot going on here to get excited about.

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Photo of sidetracked
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Small Bar Fullerton for the Goose Island Tap Takeover.

Served in a snifter. Clear black with mahogany highlights and a light brown head.

Smell is bitter roasted malts, bitter, unsweetened chocolate, and a little roasted coffee.

Taste follows the smell with bitter roasted malts dominating and a little chocolate and coffee also present. Slight sweetness at the finish as it warms.

Medium body, light/medium carbonation. Clean finish. Alcohol well hidden.

Really interesting--the relation to Bourbon County Stout is noticeable, but a much lighter body and a lot more bitterness. Probably wouldn't drink more than one of these in a sitting.


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Lazarus from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 19 ratings
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