Goosinator - Smoked
Left Hand Brewing Company

Goosinator - SmokedGoosinator - Smoked
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German Doppelbock
3.92 | pDev: 14.03%
Left Hand Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Goosinator - SmokedGoosinator - Smoked
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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Transcribed from old session notes.

This one has been lost in the back of the basement cellar for four years.

Surprisingly, it's still quite drinkable, and even maintains a vigorous smokey bacon presence in both the aroma and flavor after all this time. At this time the balance between malt sweetness and smokey presence reminds me of some of my favorite BBQ sauces, and there is certainly nothing undesirable about that. Also, it seems less salty than most other smoked beers that I have had. The malts are only partially oxidized, I estimate about a 3 out of every 10 'parts' ratio blend of cardboard to caramel, certainly nowhere near bad enough to be drainpoured. Oh yes, and it's gone dead flat, but I can't really blame it for that. It does still have a lovely hazed amber color to it, but the carbonation has been completely shot by the accidental over-cellaring. Texturally, it suffers from the loss of carbonation, it has become rather stodgy and sluggish on the tongue...but not so bad that I would dare to label it as 'syrupy' quite yet.

So, this beer seems to deserve (IMO) to join the Alaskan Smoked Porter in that small category of "exceptions to the rule against cellaring smoked beers". Even though I accidentally overdid it... It held up unusually well over time.

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Photo of indymedic
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell Pretty smokey but with some chocolate and fruity aromas mixed in.

Look This beer is dark carmel in color transparent in the light. light cream colored head with very little lacing.

Taste Definitely a lot of smoked malts in this brew. very smokey at first with hints of vanilla in the back of the mouth. A little bit of an alcohol taste with everything but not overwhelming.

Mouthfeel just the right amount of carbonation a good dark lager but pretty light and smooth

Overall Great beer. I had the regular Goosinator previously and this is a very good variation. I would buy this again.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from 2007 thanks to Jeff.

The pour is a dark amber color with a finger or so of khaki colored head. There's a pleasant smokiness to the aroma, almost like smoked almonds. A touch of sweet toffee malt, maybe some a hint of chocolate. Toasted malt is also present. Tastes decently smokey, but there is a really nice sweetness and nuttiness to it. A little bit of salt in the background. Medium body with medium carbonation.

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Photo of crossovert
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2007 vintage, expensive bottle. When I bought it I didn't feel I was buying a doppelbock.

It pours a deep brownish plum with a fizzy off-white head that produces a bit of lacing.

The smell is smoky with a bit of a floral bouquet. There is also some cocoa and malt sweetness.

The flavor is sweeter than expected. It has a nuttiness to it that goes pretty nice with the campfire smoke flavor.

It is a nice smoked doppelbock, a bit sweet and alcoholic, but nice. Not the best one I have had but it is solid. Probably not worth the price tag however.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle. Bob can always be counted on to bring the smoke. 2007 vintage.

The beer pours a hazy brown color with a white head. The aroma is great. I get a lot of ashy notes, but there is also a nice malt backbone behind the smoke. I get some toffee, caramel and some brown sugar. The flavor is heavy on the smoke. There is also some a nice amount of malt as well as some sugary sweetness. A very nice beer because you can get the doppelbock notes as well as the smoked notes. The smoke is dominant, but the malty sweetness is also a big player. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of nerdrocker101
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2007 vintage

Appearance: a clear brownish orange with with a slim off white head that quickly disspates to a thin bubbly layer

Aroma: an amazing smoke profile, almost like a campfire

Taste: somewhat salty flavor mixing with some caramel and light smoke

Mouthfeel: medium body, moderate carbonation and a lightly dry finish

Drinkability: I like this beer for the some reason I like kettle corn. A well rounded mix of sweet and salty.

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Photo of Schmittymack
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From tasting on 13 Aug 10. Poured a copper/brownish color with decent head. Picked up some caramel with a slight hop bitterness and a whole lotta smoke; I thought it was great/unique for the evening. Don't think I could do/want a bomber of this by myself but to share it or maybe do one pint would be fine by me. If you like smoked brews and can still find this, give it a shot.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.37/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Another one from Friday night. 2007 was apparently the only year this one was smoked. Poured a nice copper color, with a little head. Although I got a little caramel, and a little hops, on both the aroma and the palate, I mostly get smoke: sweet, minerally, overpowering smoke, but not necessarily in a bad way. Good, but wouldnt want a lot of this one.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer review from BA Mag Dec 2007.

When in doubt, smoke it. Smoked beer is gaining popularity and with extreme beer not losing ground, Left Hand smoked this German-style Doppelbock.

Semi-clear tawny brew glows in the light, the head drops a good amount of lacing all the way down the glass. Soft but prominent smoky nose with a substantial dry malt character and faint whiff of alcohol in the aroma. Full jacket of malt, on the dry side, but layers of malt unfold with each sip and more so as the brew warms up a tad. Clean lager palate. Toasted grain with a hint of caramel is the base, the even-keeled smoke flavor sticks to the palate but is never enough to trump the malt. Hops are light but some bitterness comes through in the middle. Alcohol is clean and somewhat deceiving. Finishes with a long, faded smoke and toasted grain flavor.

Smoked beer is an acquired taste, you may say it is a love it or hate it character. All we have to say is thank you very much for such an exceptional beer.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a clear deep amber color ale with a huge foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of of sweet malt with a side of toffee and light lingering finish of smoke malt. Taste is also very interesting with a well balanced mix between some smoked malt with some toffee and caramel malt. Body is full with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. I very much appreciated the balance between smoke and caramel and toffee malt.

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Photo of BirdFlu
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Rating of a 2007 bottle - pour is surprisingly light. It's not a light color, but you would just expect it to be darker. Smell is sort of your typical doppelbock. The smoke is only slightly there. This carries thru to the flavor as well, what's expected to be some sort of malty smoke bomb only has a slight essence of any smoke (maybe because of the approx 2 years aging?). This is a welcome character because I often find smoke to be way too overpowering and bullying out the other flavors. Other than that you've got a malty beer, the raisiny/fig flavor isn't too sweet. Mouthfeel is full-bodied, sort of your typical bock. Easy to drink, doesn't get too heavy and you could easily drink the entire bottle on your own. Not the most exciting or delicious beer but still good.

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Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

06/07/09- Purchased at Sun Devil Liquors in Mesa, AZ and shared at a recent tasting.

Presentation- 2008 release, both caged and corked. Poured into my Orval chalice.

Appearance- Dark brown colored pour with a light brown off white tint to the 1/2 inch head. Left some light lace markings.

Smell- Lots of smoke...aged roasted salty meat aroma with some chocolate malt buried beneath.

Taste- Very smokey. Tasted like burnt bacon with liquid smoke poured over it. There is some chocolate notes and even a very slight hop presence. Mostly a salted smoked meat flavor.

Mouthfeel- Lower carbonation level. Smooth and salty aftertaste.

Drinkability- I really despise smoked I did this one...but I can detect a good smoked beer when I rarely have one. The more I hate it, usually the better it is I am told...thus the higher rating. I can see how this would go good with a BBQ dinner though.

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Photo of oakbluff
3.35/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 ml 2007 vintage- shared with fisherman34. Pours a coludy dark golden, with reasonable head. Nose- the smoke is there, but not overpowering. Lots of sweet malt. Taste- initial hint of smoke, then overpowered by the thick sweet malts. Bready, tad surupy. Not as much smoke as I was hoping- age may have caused it to fade. Little no hops discernable. A true malt bomb, with a boozy finish. The thick sweetness causes drinkability to suffer beyond one glass.

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Photo of csmiley
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - The cork on this one is a tough cookie to say the least. Had to break out the pliers. Not much of a pop when the cork comes out. Pours a nice dark amber / chestnut with an off white head topping out at just under one inch. It sticks around for a minute or two before receding to a thin cap. An decent amount of lace is left behind in the glass.

S - No doubt about what kind of beer this is. Starts out with a heavy smokey aroma followed by a touch of charcoal. Gets a little sweeter midway to end. Mostly towards the end though. Notes of caramel and toffee try to push through to give some idea of balance. This one is just too heavy on the smoke to let that happen. Alcohol is not evident in the smell.

T - Smoke dominates the flavor at first. Once that fades some dark fruit comes through and does reach at least a semblance of balance. Some of the malty bock flavors come in on the backside. Deep caramel malt and maybe a bit of cocoa. Alcohol is barely noticeable in the flavor.

M - Medium bodied with a nice level of carbonation. Finish is dry and smokey with a light level of sweetness. Smooth overall.

D - Drinkability is good. The large smoke profile was almost too much but as the layers of this beer peel away the complexity starts to show. Eventually the smoke starts to really work. Alcohol is hidden well which helps the drinkability. Compared to other smoke brews this one is pretty good. Glad I got the chance to try it.

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Photo of zeff80
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out an amber color with hints of ruby. It had a very foamy, tan, three-finger head that left very thin rings of lace.

S - It smelled very smoky, like a campfire. Also, some roasted malt notes.

T - It tasted of burnt toast maltiness with a nice smoked flavor. Spicy and a little bacon-like.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A medium to full-bodied beer.

D - This is a nice smoked beer. I just wish more of the dopplebock flavors came through.

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Photo of SilentSabre
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2007 vintage corked and caged 750mL. I purchased this immediately upon release with the intent of laying it down for about a year first.
I went into this not knowing what to expect. I was fairly sure I'd enjoy it, as I am a huge fan of rauchbiers and a huge fan of pairing rauchbiers with BBQ, brats, ribs, etc. However, I was unsure what an American smoked "anything" would be like, not to mention, this isn't even a rauchbier, it just happens to be smoked.
It poured up a lovely, cloudy, red-bronze colour with a two finger thick, sandy coloured head. Very attractive. The smell blew me away. It actually smelled like a raw pack of bacon like you'd make with breakfast and perhaps a little bit of brown sugar. Absolutely spectacular smell! The taste is kind of a combination of BBQ hickory smoke, any number of German Oktoberfestbiers (we'll say Paulaner for the sake of argument), and the slightest nuance of alcohol if you're looking for it. Very malty and very smokey. Wonderful! Mouthfeel was right about the weight I would want it at for this type of beer, being almost oily, but I wouldn't go that far. Quite heavy. A magnificent beer, indeed. Of course, I must state again that I am a big fan a rauchbiers and I know many people are not. I wish I had another one of these to match up with some smoke brats or some pork BBQ sandwiches...

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Photo of Pencible
3.01/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This poured an opaque brown with tan head. It smelled very smoky with noted of oak, coffee, and barley malt. It tasted heavily of smoke, with salty bacon, copper hops, and roasted barley malt. It was thick with lots of carbonation, and had a bitter and smoky aftertaste. Overall this beer was far too smoked for its own good. All the character of the other flavors were muddled by it. There was also noticeable alcohol, which made it even more difficult to drink. Nevertheless, it was quite an unusual and interesting experience to drink once.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I grabed this 2005 bottle in Ohio on my last trip through, it had been stored in the fridge for a while and I was all over that. 750ML vinatge 2005 bottle was served at cellar temperature in an oversized wine glass. This one was consumed on 09/16/2008.

The pour was very nice with a rich dark brown being presented in the glass. Nearly opaque, though I could definitley see some sediment floating around in the glass. The head was nice, about tow inches at first but settling down quickly after that, leaving behind some nice side glass lace in its wake.

The aroma was much lighter and much sweeter then I would have thought it would be. Lots of smoke, for sure, however there was a ton of caramel malts mixed in that were actually quite dominant. The flavor was quite the same, well at first anyway as I picked up some nice light peat flavors that were wrapped up in a caramel infused ale. Rich would be an understatement as it warmed it go oh soo subtle, and even more complex. Some dark fruits started to show their head, fig, maybe grapes even, providing a subtle, yet definitly definable tart character to the mix. Smooth, creamy, borderin on full bodied feel was nicely carbonated any anything but thin. It was a sipper, though I have to admit that by the end, i was gulping the big bock like it was nothing.

Overall this was a seriously good beer that held up very well with time. I would have no issue with paying the 12 bucks for this one again as it was rich, lightly smoked and delicous. One of the better beers i have had from them for sure.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml. bottle, corked and caged. "2007 Bottle Conditioned".

Pours a slightly hazy dark chestnut body with copper highlights and an orange glint. The frothy tan head holds remarkably well and leaves craggy rings of lace with each sip.

The nose is clearly smoky, expressing beechwood, amidst a sweet, bready, toasty, and caramelish maltiness.

In the mouth it's medium-full and lightly creamy with a very fine-bubbled, natural, median carbonation that leaves it smooth and easy to drink.

The flavor is as the nose suggests, with a good amount of smokiness, but not soo much that it's overdone. It works well to complement the maltiness, and lends an overall depth to the beer that would otherwise not be possible as it enhances the complexity of the malt. Some floral and spicy hops make an appearance at the swallow, and it finishes dry. Surprisingly, the smokiness doesn't build on the palate in a negative way. It lingers, but very nicely.

Really nicely done. Quite enticing in its balance and complexity. Certainly worth seeking out for fans of beechwood smoked malt - one of the best I've had!!!

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Photo of baggio
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[email protected], shared with my old man.

A: Murky brown with a small beige head. Lace disappears quickly.

S: Ham, Bacon, Sweet malts.

T: Ham, Honey, Caramel, Dark Chocolate, Salted nuts.

M: Even tho it is very rich and complex, it goes down really easy. Low carbonation on this one too.

I can't help myself, i just love smoked beers. This is a really good example of one that i recommend to anyone who's into smoked beers and even to people who might be interested in trying one as it is an, for me, easy drink.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My 3rd and last American beer on 4th July 2008.

This cork and caged 750ml bottle (2007 brew) cost me an arm and a leg, from Utobeer in London.

As I eased the cork out the bottle hissed at me and an aroma of German Smoked Ham hit my nose.

I did a single pour, firstly into a Westmalle Trappist Chalice, when that filled I transfered without interupting the pour, to a Hoegaarden Grand Cru stemmed Tulip glass. Sadly I didn't see the sediment rise, so the Grand Cru got a Gnats Foreskin of sediment within its tulip.

The Westmalle glass held a lightly hazed dark mahogany brown/red liquid, the Grand Cru, a cloudier mix of the first glass. Both had a weak fading tan head that retreated to a wisp and collar.

As mentioned earlier, the aroma was of smoked ham, malts were also there. It reminded me greatly of Bamberg (Northern Franconia) and the Rauch (smoked) beers produced there.

The taste followed on from the aroma, with the alcohol coming into the taste, obviously hidden in the smokey smell. This is a beer to have with smoked meats or a cigar (I am not a fan of either). Having said that, it is also the sort of beer any self respecting beer student should try at least once. I am glad I have.

Like most Lager based beers, there is always a body/richness/thickness/smoothness issue. This was fine, but the same sort of beer using a top fermenting ale yeast would maybe have had more presence about it.

Most enjoyable and a fitting end to my 4th July American evening (Colorada evening really).

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Photo of BeerSox
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into mug.

Cloudy brown hue with a bit of a red tint and a one finger tan head that settles to a thick cap.

A lot of the toasty malt aroma is masked by plenty of smokey aromas.

Again in the flavor, the smoke is the dominant flavor, giving way to some caramel malts and a little chocolate. Full bodied with a good amount of carbonation. The smoke lingers for a while.

Probably a little too smokey, but still rather enjoyable. Rather complex after a year. Recommended.

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Photo of FleeVT
3.66/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 2007 bottle-conditioned, corked and caged, bomber.

A: Pours a beautiful copper orange with a thick off-white head and nice carbonation action that endures.

S: Holy campfire and bacon, batman! It's tough to get through the smokiness on this one. There are some sweet malts in the background but they are almost impossible to distinguish.

T: The palate is not quite as smokey as the nose, but that just means it's a step down from forest fire. You pick up a lot more of the sweet malts, with tendencies towards the darkest of chocolates. The finish is nice and warming, showing off it's higher alcohol.

M: A heavier beer, but not thick and chewy. It's got enough carbonation to give it a refreshing crispness for its medium to full body. The alcohol content helps cut through the texture as well.

D: Well, if I left this at first sniff and sip, I may have rated this beer poorly. You have to let this one warm up to you. At first I found the smokiness offensive to the nose, and only acceptable on the palate. As you progress through this doppelbock, though, the beer really begins to open up, especially on the taste buds. A unique beer that will be fun to show off of have at a bonfire.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.78/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

When I opened my bottle, it popped and fizzed like New Year's champagne, so be careful and have a nice big thirsty towel ready!

Aroma is rich and malty with a strong hoppy undertone and hints of spice and fruit. It pours a delicious-looking, cloudy mahogany with a thick, buff-colored head that is fairly persistent. Flavor is rich and mouth filling - mainly malty, with a hint of hops, some smokiness, a touch of caramel, a little sweetness and a little bitterness. Texture is lively and sassy. Give 'em a (left) hand!

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Photo of DrDogbeer
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the Union Brew House. Poured into a 12 oz flute. Pours a dirty dark brown with a small off white head. The first thing that hits you is the smell- smokey! Taste is much of the same - smoked, roasted malts. Little bite in there from the alcohol. Very filling and full of flavor too. Impressive beer.

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Goosinator - Smoked from Left Hand Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 80 ratings