D-Day | Goose Island Beer Co.

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

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Coal black color, dark roast coffee aromatics, Calvados soaked pear flavor, full body.

Added by MasterSki on 05-25-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing the D-Day from Goose Island Brewing Company. This is a barrel-aged variation of Goose Island's Liquid Inspiration Stout brewed with Calvados-soaked pears.
Score: 96

Tap pour served in a snifter glass and enjoyed on 05/24/12 at the Clybourn Pub during Chicago craft beer week.

Appearance: Pours a black coffee color with a thin layer of creamy mocha head that settles to a ring around the glass. Decent lacing, but below average retention. 4/5

Smell: Roasty chocolate, pears and percolating dark roast coffee. Smooth, subtle and rich bourbon and a hint of vanilla. Some fig flavor too, and a touch of brown sugar. The combination of flavors in the aroma is truly majestic. Everything is in perfect balance with each other! 4.75/5

Taste: Complex, smooth and chocolatey. Upfront, there is a delicious roasted coffee and roasted dark chocolate flavor followed by milk chocolate covered pears and a little of sweet brandy and molassey-bourbon. The flavors here are really rich and velvety on the tongue. Finishes with a bittersweet chocolate and raisin flavor. Pure complex stout harmony; like the nose, all the flavors here are superbly balanced. At only 7.5% ABV, this is a shockingly flavorful "light" barrel-aged beer. 4.75/5

Mouthfeel: Full-medium bodied with a level of carbonation that is on the lighter side of medium. Frankly, I felt this beer was ever so slightly over-carbonated, but not so much as to create a real problem or throw off my enjoyment of the beer too much. Silky smooth mouthfeel with a touch of stickiness. Roasty and bittersweet. 4/5

Overall: Like their candy cane-infusion bourbon barrel-aged Russian imperial stout, this is yet another Goose Island small batch brewpub and festivals-only masterpiece that needs to be bottled. I would easily purchase a case of this beer if it were made available. If Goose Island re-brews this one again (and I sincerely hope that they do) and turns down the carbonation level just a little bit, I have a sneaking suspicion this one would score on par with KBS.

Recommendation: If you ever see this tapped again, run -- don't walk -- to the brewpub and order a couple of glasses.

Pairings: Cinnamon apple sauce.

Cost: $9 for a 10 oz snifter.

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4.27/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Goose Clybourn.

A - Pours black, mocha head, thin collar, wisps.

S - Chocolate covered coffee beans, light vanilla, oak. No real fruity pear notes, mostly the coffee, roast, and chocolate notes...not complaining, just saying.

T - Coffe, roast, toasted malts, chocolate, light burnt sugars. Just super-easy to drink with no booze at all. I'm a huge coffee fan, so this beer really does it for me. If you're not all that into coffee, then I could see this not being your favorite.

M - Full, rich and smooth, good carbonation, creamy finish.

O - An excellent stout and something I would drink early & often, if it was available more often. When Goose is on, they're really on. Thanks for Jason for the heads up on this beer! Recommend.

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4.59/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Goose Island Clybourn. Served in a snifter.

A - Mocha foam settles to a near-complete cap and thick collar. Black body with faint transparent cherrywood coloration at the fringes. Could be darker, but not unanticipated considering the lower ABV.

S - Coffee, more coffee, some calvados and pear flesh, rich notes of vanilla, chocolate, and light notes of oak and whiskey. No obvious alcohol. Wonderful and potent.

T - Taste also has a hefty amount of coffee, with notes of oaky vanilla, light bourbon, and sweet beer flesh cropping up late. Bitter espresso finish with perhaps a hint of semisweet chocolate. Not quite as awesome as the aroma, but still quite enjoyable.

M - Medium-full body, moderate and unobtrusive carbonation, roasty and dry texture, with mild stickiness in the finish. A touch of warming alcohol reminds you that this is barrel-aged.

D - Great stuff. Killer coffee flavors, with lovely balancing sweetness from the calvados-soaked pears, and a near-session ABV. Well worth seeking out, and possibly the best thing I've had from the Clybourn brewpub. Hope they make this again some time.

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D-Day from Goose Island Beer Co.
4.56 out of 5 based on 10 ratings.
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