Cthulhu
Goose Island Beer Co.

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From:
Goose Island Beer Co.
 
Illinois, United States
Style:
Oatmeal Stout
ABV:
10%
Score:
99
Avg:
4.49 | pDev: 10.47%
Reviews:
22
Ratings:
254
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Dec 09, 2021
Added:
Jul 12, 2013
Wants:
  373
Gots:
  52
SCORE
99
World-Class
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Notes: Imperial Oatmeal Stout aged in an 18 year Elijah Craig Bourbon Barrel.
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Rated: 4.24 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Dec 09, 2021
 
Rated: 4.44 by cd34 from Illinois

May 22, 2019
 
Rated: 4.55 by xShoWTeKx from South Carolina

Dec 04, 2017
 
Rated: 4.58 by RPM3334 from South Carolina

Dec 03, 2017
 
Rated: 4.5 by eawolff99 from Minnesota

Nov 25, 2017
 
Rated: 4.48 by ADG2995 from Missouri

Sep 22, 2017
 
Rated: 4.5 by Cynic-ale from Texas

Sep 21, 2017
 
Rated: 1 by Ssippisam from Minnesota

Sep 21, 2017
 
Rated: 5 by PC_Principal from Texas

Sep 21, 2017
 
Rated: 4.78 by Burgh1328 from Arizona

Sep 20, 2017
 
Rated: 4.5 by rabbott2 from Illinois

Sep 19, 2017
 
Rated: 4.25 by BEER88 from Washington

Jan 22, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by kylehay2004 from Illinois

Nov 12, 2016
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Rated by mdfb79 from New York

4.47/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
This was awesome; these guys know how to do BA stouts.
Nov 02, 2016
 
Rated: 4.22 by jaydoc from Kansas

Oct 24, 2016
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Reviewed by mothman from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Teal wax vintage.

Black with light tan head.

Thick and rich. Chocolate and cocoa. Lots of bourbon and oak. Warming heat. Vanilla.

Thick and velvety feel to it. Ends with a nice bourbon aftertaste.

An amazing ba stout. The barrel presence here is awesome.
Oct 23, 2016
 
Rated: 4.19 by nmann08 from Virginia

Oct 17, 2016
 
Rated: 4.69 by SDRedDevil from California

Oct 11, 2016
 
Rated: 4.13 by aaronyoung01 from New Mexico

Sep 30, 2016
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Reviewed by Jeffo from Netherlands

3.61/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Got this one from desp59 a while back. Cheers!

From a 750 into a snifter
Vintage: 2016

APPEARANCE: Clear dark brown pour yields a 1+ finger, looser, fizzy, light tan head with decent retention. Clear bistre brown body with lower levels of carbonation evident. Head fades to a half foamy wisp with no lacing on the glass. A ring remains until the end leaving some falling dots of lacing as the glass empties. A little light in color with a mediocre head.

SMELL: Bourbon, oak, toffee and butterscotch notes, with milk chocolate and vanilla cream. Not all that much base stout here, but there's plenty of bourbon barrel and it's quite forthcoming for sure.

TASTE: Lots of bourbon and alcohol up front. Toffee and milk chocolate, with some oat notes as well. Heavy bourbon at the swallow with a bold and lingering finish of oak, butterscotch and toffee sweetness, milk chocolate, sweet vanilla, oats and bourbon. Plenty of alcohol and sweetness, but again, missing some much needed base stout to bring it over the top.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. A little prickly on the palate but not too bad, goes down fine with a good scratch and burn at the swallow, finishing very sticky. Lots of heat lingers. Hot but not overly abrasive like some BCBS variants.

OVERALL: Good stuff all around. It’s pretty boozy with lots of sweet barrel flavor, which I can certainly appreciate, but for top scores, it would need some more base stout character as well. It’s gotta be bigger than the listed 10% too, but it’s a relatively smooth barrel heavy stout, and not nearly as abrasive as Bourbon County. If you like barrel heavy stouts, you’ll like this one. Thanks again desp59. Highly recommended.
Sep 27, 2016
 
Rated: 4.33 by M_chav from New Mexico

Sep 23, 2016
 
Rated: 4.7 by TboneRN from Minnesota

Sep 11, 2016
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Rated by IckyT2012 from Florida

4.25/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A solid beer with no flaws, but also not much personality. Its a black tuesday type stout, drinking almost like an old ale.
Sep 04, 2016
 
Rated: 4.55 by psweendogg from Connecticut

Sep 03, 2016
 
Rated: 4.27 by maljay26 from Florida

Aug 20, 2016
 
Rated: 4.5 by PassMeAZima from Kentucky

Jul 04, 2016
 
Rated: 4.33 by BeerOps from Illinois

Jun 12, 2016
 
Rated: 4.5 by devilfluff from New Jersey

May 27, 2016
 
Rated: 4.5 by mklisz from New Hampshire

May 24, 2016
 
Rated: 4.25 by PA-Michigander from Pennsylvania

May 20, 2016
 
Rated: 4.45 by KT123 from Pennsylvania

May 18, 2016
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Reviewed by FourFingers414 from Illinois

4.77/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
I forgot to review this one. Had it on draft at the release & was told it was the last 2 glasses. A lot of caramel & toffee, a little coffee & vanilla on the back end. Dark chocolate, figs & raisins are also present along with sweet tobacco & slightly woody.

Very drinkable & in no way would I compair this to BCS or any variants. This is a beast within itself.
Mar 24, 2016
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Reviewed by ChicagoJ from Illinois

4.17/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
3/4/16 Chicago ($8 6 oz draft pour into snifter at Goose Island Brewpub Clybourn). 2013 - Black pour, tan lacing, no carbonation. Whiskey, oatmeal malt aroma. Whiskey prevalent aroma. Sweet tasting, perhaps a bit too sweet, whiskey, vanilla taste. Very smooth going down, very thin texture. Overall very good offering.
Mar 19, 2016
 
Rated: 4.25 by ADTaber from South Carolina

Mar 12, 2016
 
Rated: 4.89 by controlfate from Illinois

Mar 09, 2016
 
Rated: 3.5 by MattMorin from Illinois

Mar 08, 2016
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Rated by Kevinpitts from Illinois

4.2/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
This stuff runs "hot" for sure.
Mar 05, 2016
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Reviewed by toolbrew from Indiana

4.47/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
2013 on tap at GI - Clybourn, poured into a snifter. Deep brown color with minimal lacing and carbonation. Some matly bourbony aroma. Initial sweet taste, followed by a slight burn and bitter chocolate finish. Thick mouthfeel. Great beer and a nice surprise!
Mar 05, 2016
 
Rated: 5 by HaveUSeenMyCellar from California

Jan 09, 2016
 
Rated: 4.94 by JimmyShaker1 from Illinois

Dec 20, 2015
Cthulhu from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 99 out of 100 with 276 ratings