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RATINGS: 28   MEAN: 3.93/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   EST. CALORIES: 420   ABV: 14%
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Dark Dark Goose The Inspiration We approached this mead with inspiration from the imperial stouts aged in bourbon barrels we love so much. These stouts have a small percentage of dark roasted barley that gives the burnt toasty flavors. But they also have a lot of malt background. We decided to see if we could approach a mead in the same way. The Coffee We took a field trip to Chazzano Coffee Roasters in Ferndale, MI to meet with founder and coffee expert, Frank Lanzkron-Tamarazo. As usual, Frank pulled out all the stops and soon we had about a dozen french presses of different coffees roasted to different levels. We evaluated each one for a couple of hours until we had just the right combination. We eventually settled on a blend of 75% Nicaragua Maragogype Superior Las Segovias (French roast), and 25% Yemen Mocca San’ani (full city roast). For a full explanation of the roasts, Chazzano’s website has an excellent explanation. The Honey We wanted the honey profile to be as rich and complex as the coffee we selected, so we eventually settled on a 50/50 blend of Wildflower and Buckwheat honey. Each was sourced in its raw form from beekeepers in Michigan. The Barrels After fermentation, the mead was aged in a bourbon barrel. In October of 2011 our co-founder, Brad, drove his piece of junk car to Chicago to meet with the head of Goose Island’s barrel program. He returned with a coveted barrel (on the roof of his car) that was used to age their Bourbon County Stout. We then aged the coffee mead in this barrel until the summer of 2012. Welcome, the Dark Dark Goose.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
gnoff (7445) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - NOV 19, 2013
375 ml bottle thanks to _angst_! Sampled on November 19, 2013.
Label state 14% ABV.
Clear dark brown color, no head, some oily legs. Vinous, sweet, alcohol, coffee scent. Sweet, raisin, vanilla, alcohol taste. Coffee, also dry grainy aftertaste. Warming alcohol. Smooth mouthfeel, medium high bitterness.
The coffee disturbs me, as do the too potent alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
_angst_ (2365) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 16, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2013 Bottle received in trade. Thank you rfraga7! Pours dark golden brown with no head worth mentioning. Smell is sweet with dark honey, charred wood, dark roast coffee, bourbon, hay, vanilla fudge, toffee, caramelized almonds, sherry, solvents and bees wax. Taste is sweet and tiny sour with caramel, bourbon, dark roast coffee, vanilla fudge, hay, dried pine needles, charred wood, lemon zest, sherry and alcohol. Mouthfeel is sticky sweet, round and medium to full bodied. Finish is sweet with dark roast coffee, sherry, bourbon, honey, dried pine needles and alcohol. Weird, interesting and tasty...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marsiblursi (2983) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 16, 2013
(Bottle) Pours copper brown. Coffee, honey, bourbon and flower nectar. Sweet and sticky. A sipper. Near full bodied.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
rlgk (9427) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - NOV 16, 2013
Bottle at "Darkness comes to town", 131116. Dark brown color, almost no head. Solvent aroma, glue, roasted notes, chocolate. Roasted flavor, fruity, roasted, glue, solvent notes, paint, sherry, some vinous notes. Rather bad, I’m afraid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ICEatALAMO (868) - Troy, Michigan, USA - OCT 5, 2013
Bottle. The pour is copper. The aroma has some very faint hints of coffee and bourbon. The taste reminds me of brandy, very nice and warm. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tom10101 (2218) - Quebec, CANADA - AUG 30, 2013
Bottle (375 ml). Shared by Pier-Luc & Julien, thanks guys! DISCLAIMER: This is only my 2nd Mead ever and I didn’t really liked my first either( Kuhnhenn Espresso Mead) so maybe I just don’t like Mead at all. Reddish brown with no head and no lacing. Aroma of coffee, hazelnut, honey and floral notes (reminds me of some average Brown Ale). Taste is heavily sweet with, again, a ton of coffee, honey, floral notes and light nutty presence. Medium body. This is complex, but there’s just too much coffee and I think the mix of coffee and honey make this barely drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
crossovert (6344) - Illinois, USA - APR 28, 2013
Interesting idea, its just super boozy, the cocoa, bourbon, and malt notes all have been infused.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Koelschtrinker (9996) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - APR 20, 2013
Weicher, sehr süßer Antrunk. Kaffee, minimaler Alkohol, gleichzeitig sehr süffig. Vanille, wenig Bourbon, süß. Unsüffig aber sehr lecker. /12/7/12/14/12

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tkrjukoff (3896) - SWEDEN - MAR 1, 2013
Bottle huge thanks to Greg. Pours nicely brown clear. Aroma is extremely intense sweet coffee honey and floral, adding bourbon impy and vanilla coconut too. Flavor is just like aroma an explosion and mix of all flavors in a well balanced mix, very velvety, nicely boozy and with so nice earthy tones; almost like a wet pot of flowers. Finishes longlived coffee vanilla sweet warming alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
boFNjackson (4024) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 14, 2013
Bottle @ a recent bottleshare... Poured clear brownish with no head. Nose had so much coffee and barrel character. Flavor wise was similar, but so much sweetness added into the mix. This tasted awesome. Coffee, barrel, sweet honey mead. Can’t go wrong with this delectable beverage.

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