Dark Traveler | Goose Island Beer Co.

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Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by kmpitz2 on 03-27-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 37
Photo of kmpitz2
4.62/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The growler cracks with a decent hiss of carbonation, filled to the brim. A vigorous pour is needed to keep it from spilling. This produces a finger and a half of tan head that falls to half a finger that sits nicely over the beer for the duration of the glass. There is a slow yet steady stream of carbonation visible helping to maintain the head. The aroma on this brings strong roasted maltyness, with just a hint of a bready backbone to it. There is almost a nutty quality to it as well. As it warms I get just the slightest hint of alcohol The lines are as clean as can be. The flavor follows suit, with a stronger nutty flavor with the roasted malt being more subdued. The middle brings a nice and mild bitterness that carries through to the finish. If there was such a thing as noble hop bread, that is what the middle of the flavor tastes like to me. I really like the kiss of hop bitterness that sits on the finish along side some really tasty bread notes. This is a tasty beer. The mouthfeel has a creamy quality to it, with a moderate carbonation that fits the rest of the beer very well. I am not sure the mouthfeel could be any better. Overall, this beer is clean and delicious. A keg of this would not make it past the month mark in my house. I'll be sad when the growler is done. Very sad indeed. I hope this one makes it into the rotation again, as it is really damn good.

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Photo of emerge077
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Multiple drafts at the release party at Hopleaf. Congrats go out to the brewing team, Dave, Keith, Brian, and Ken... and a high five to Dave for the concept of a MDL with some interesting twists to it.

Black body with dark brown edges, the pint arrives with a finger of creamy tan foam on top, the surface creating a convex dome that rises above the rim of the glass. The retention is good, and a persistent patchy skim remains for the entire glass, and there's also a fair bit of lacing around the edges.

Nutty toasted malts in the aroma, dry and rich with hints of coffee and dusty blocks of unsweetened bakers chocolate in the periphery. There's a unique note that comes and goes, a slight hazelnut coffee inflection that's hard to pin down but keeps you sniffing trying to figure it out.

More nuttiness in the flavor, toasty and bready with a substantial malt character and an underlying noble hop bitterness that compliments subtly. A Czech pils yeast added a finely dry finish, showcasing the Caramunich malt. It drinks more like a light and dry porter, definitely feels substantial, though it's light to medium body never sacrifices maximum drinkability here. Extremely smooth due to the addition of 3 varieties of wheat and Belgian oats. Out of the 16 MDL's i've reviewed on here, this is by far the best.

I and many others went through a number of pints, and we were more than a little envious of the liter boots the brewers were equipped with.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in an American pint glass)
A- These beers pour a dense almost opaque charcoal brown with a thin film of light tan head that last a good bit. A few tiny bubbles trail up the side of the glass.

S- The well lagered aroma has fresh hints of deep roasted malt that takes on an earthy black cola note as it opens up. It does have some nice subtle depth.

T- The smooth taste has a nice full but lagered dark malt flavor with some roasted flavor but no bitterness from the malt. There is a slight oat tartness and a rounded earthiness to the finish. There is just a hint of sweetness to the finish that it adds freshness to the malt with out becoming sweet. A nice mineral water taste comes through in the middle as the beer opens up.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a crisp little fizz brick that cleans the finish and adds a bit more body to each sip. No alcohol heat was noticed.

O- Dark lagers are the only style I can drink from a boot (2L glass) and many of those are a bit dull and one dimensional. This has a nice full flavor but is clean and just shows through hints of dark roast and some dark toast notes but they stay soft enough to keep in mysterious and the last sip wants me to take another sip. Delicious.

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Photo of Florida9
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
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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Photo of tjsdomer2
4.18/5  rDev 0%
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 TMoney2591
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served in a shaker pint glass at WhirlyBall - Vernon Hills.

Sittin' down, enjoying some NBA playoff action, absorbing the unique WB atmosphere, and drinkin' some Goose. This stuff pours a dark midnight sienna topped by a finger of sandstone foam. The nose comprises clove, brown sugar, maple syrup, toasted malts, and a hint of flowers. The taste brings in more of the same, though the syrup comes through a bit sweeter, a bit of nuttiness is added, and a mild and vague fruitiness enters into the equation near the finish. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, an enjoyable and highly drinkable brew. This is the only Fulton and Wood offering I don't know the backstory for, so I'm not sure what twists the guys put on the traditional Munich dunkel, but this stuff is good times, indeed.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
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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Dark Traveler from Goose Island Beer Co.
4.18 out of 5 based on 37 ratings.
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