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Fulton & Wood: Dark Traveler | Goose Island Beer Co.

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

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by kmpitz2 on 03-27-2013

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3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of steveh
3.49/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Stumbled on this at an out-of-the-way retailer and decided to take a chance. The last F&W I tried was pretty good. Wonder why this beer isn't on the F&W page at the Goose web site?

Bottled July 6, 2017 -- 3.5 months ain't too bad, I guess. Poured into my short Becher.

L -- Deep, clear dark walnut color with reddish highlights -- a little dark for a Dunkel. Dense tan head that holds up well and leaves great lacing.

S -- Earthy, lightly caramel nose with light hop spiciness. Light DMS with a good swirl.

T -- Roasted malt characters right up front. Some mild chocolate and dark fruit notes back and earthy hop bitterness blending with roasted bitterness. The roasted bitterness lingers long through the aftertaste.

F -- Medium body with a slightly astringent, dry mouthfeel.

O -- Ranking this beer to a Munich Dunkel (as even the label calls it) forces me to give lower numbers than if it had been called a Schwarzbier. Once again, a U.S. brewer wants to load up a Dunkel with big roasted malts -- and I don't understand the disconnect. A Munich Dunkel should be bready and rich with melanoidin character -- soft and smooth, not roasty and dry-to-crisp. Stand this next to a Köstritzer and cheer -- stand it next to an Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel and recognize the missed target.

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4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of thinwhiteduke
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of oldvines
4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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3/5  rDev -24.1%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of tjsdomer2
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Very dark chocolate syrup. Great lacing. I can't believe this is a lager.

Smel: Clean caramel.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Coffee and molasses. Good combination of malt and roast. Extremely clean mouthfeel.

Overall: A mouthfeel so good you won't believe it's a lager.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The Dark Traveler from Goose Island was on tap at our local bar and grill. The beer poured a hazy black with tan head that laced with every sip. The smell included roasted malt with subtle hop freshness. The taste followed the scent closely. The lighter ABV made the beer sessionable and the rich taste made it seem fuller in body than it actually was. Overall this is a decent beer....not my favorite style, but worth a try.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Florida9
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: very dark brown in color. Mostly opaque, but still abut translucent. Served with a minimal, creamy tan head. Some minimal head.

S: Pleasant aroma. Nutty. Some bready caramel and a touch of roast.

T: Dark caramel. Mild sweetness. A good bit of nuttiness and some dark fruit. Dark syrup on the back end.

M: Medium bodied, creamy, smooth. Virtually no bitterness.

O: a good beer and a very good representation of the style.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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Fulton & Wood: Dark Traveler from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 42 ratings
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