Lucky Leiah | Goose Island Beer Co.

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

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Crimson color, vanilla aroma, bourbon and chocolate flavors, medium body. Aged in an Elijah Craig 18 Year barrel.

Added by ChugginOil on 11-25-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 8 |  Reviews: 4
Photo of harrylee773
4.75/5  rDev +26.7%

Photo of GbVDave
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a snifter at GI Clybourn 12/15/11. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist! Extra special thanks to Electric Hawk for bringing the rock later that evening!

A: Served a glowing burnt orange hue. Capped by a thin wafer of off white foam that left a few trace of lace on the glass.

S: Oaky vanilla and bourbon at the forefront. As it warmed, some aromas of sweet caramel-y malt came out.

T: As above with some elements of light fruitiness.

M: On the thinner side of medium bodied (maybe due to the slightly cold serving temp?) that made it feel rougher than it really was.

O: Similar in roughness to the Elijah Craig 18 year barrel aged Louisville. Maybe I'm just not feeling what the Elijah 18 is doing to these lighter colored styles? Again, I'd like to try another version of this aged in a different barrel.

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Photo of bertram
5/5  rDev +33.3%

Photo of leprakhan
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of jegross2
3.42/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewing the Lucky Leiah from Goose Island Brewing Company. No picture is available for this one, sorry.
Score: 82

Generous-sized draft pour served in an oversized goblet (because they ran out of snifters) at Goose Island's Black Friday release of King Henry.

Appearance: Pours a hazy red-orange sunset color. Served without any head. 3/5

Smell: Light oaky vanilla up front. Sweet brown sugar bourbon/whiskey aroma. 3.5/5

Taste: Mellow whiskey flavors upfront. Red grape sweetness. A little butterscotch. Some caramel. Light, sweetened bourbon dominates the finish, which lingers awhile. 3.25/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, minimal carbonation. Surprisingly sweet. 3/5

Overall: A balanced bourbon-flavored brew that lacks complexity. This is a solid oak-aged beer for people who do not like overpowering oak/vanilla/bourbon/whiskey flavors in their beer.

Recommendation: Not worth seeking out.

Pairings: Grilled chicken sandwich.

Cost: $10 for a "10 oz snifter" (actually served in a larger-sized goblet) at the bar.

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Photo of Treebs
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on draft at the King Henry release at the Clybourn location. Had on draft, served in a goblet. 6.2% ABV, aged in 18 year Elijah Craig barrels.

A: Very hazy dark brown with some hazy orange and red hues mixed in. Thin yellow head with some splotchy lace left on the way down.

S: Butterscotch sweetness and whiskey upfront, but the barrel is pleasantly integrated and not in your face. Slight malty aroma on the back end with a little fruit sweetness.

T: Whiskey forward with a caramel and tofffee malt profile with a sweet butterscotch and vanilla finish. Underlying fruit notes as well.

M: Medium bodied with a sweet after taste and lively carbonation.

O: This was barrel forward, but in a good way. Didn't really remind of a barrel aged Irish Red, but still a decent beer none the less.

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Photo of ChugginOil
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed @ the Black Friday Release Party.

Pours a hazy reddish brown color with a finger of white head. Fast dissipating lace.

The nose is bourbon forward with a sweet malty finish. Not over the top but certainly present.

The taste is thinned out bourbon mixed with some sweet malt but mainly whiskey flavors showing here. Tasting more like sour mash than bourbon.

The mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with a smooth finish.

Overall, decent brew but lack of body makes it unusually. Nonetheless, pretty tasty.

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Lucky Leiah from Goose Island Beer Co.
3.75 out of 5 based on 8 ratings.
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