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Cthulhu | Goose Island Beer Co.

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

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Imperial Oatmeal Stout aged in an 18 year Elijah Craig Bourbon Barrel.

Added by jegross2 on 07-12-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

75cl bottle with the gold wax, poured into an unlabeled snifter on 24 August. Thanks to Dustin for breaking this one out.

Pours with a fairly typical black body, very dark and opaque. Minimal tan head that disappears quickly. Not much lacing to speak of. Just about typical for a BA stout.

The nose is pretty straightforward. Plenty of bourbon, some vanilla, some oak. Doesn't smell particularly sweet. It is rather bourbon forward without much of the underlying malts showing up. Would have expected some chocolate, some coffee, etc. but it still doesn't come out even as the beer warms up.

I'm sorry but the flavour profile on this beer is disappointing. It's a smooth combination of bourbon, oak and a little bit of toffee and not a whole lot else. Its not complex at all. It's got a one-dimensional sweetness to it, which was rather disappointing. It's good, but nowhere near the hype it got on its release.

Mouthfeel is pretty typical for a BA stout. Full bodied, smooth, with a decent bit of heat on the back end. Still a sipper though.

Definitely highly overrated. I can't believe this beer traded 1:1 for Fou' Foune. I think the combination of low bottle count, the Goose Island name and packaging blew this beer up. It's a big barrel-aged stout that fails to deliver in terms of what we have come to expect from Goose Island at Fulton and Wood. We need to remember that this is the brew pub's handiwork rather than the main Goose Island barrel-aging program and add the according amount of hype. This beer is Parabola-good, but not much better than that.

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look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black body. Small khaki head that doesn't last.

Smell - Bourbon is a little sharper than regular bourbon county. Oak is strong. Vanilla. Chocolate.

Taste - Again, very similar to bourbon county. Sweet caramel. Chocolate. Vanilla. Oak is strong. Bourbon throughout.

Mouthfeel - Not quite as heavy as Bourbon County. Just about as boozy, though. Medium low carbonation.

Overall - Very similar to bourbon county. A different bourbon character, though.

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Cthulhu from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 4.49 out of 5 with 270 ratings
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