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Goose Island Bourbon Imperial Brown Goose (Draft)

Goose Island Bourbon Imperial Brown Goose (Draft)
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RATINGS: 57   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
Draft ONLY
Please note that this an annual release of the Imperial Brown Goose (on tap at Clybourn) aged in a bourbon barrel. No bottle ratings here! The bottled version was a blend of two Christmas ales that was bourbon barrel aged.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CloakedDagger (1969) - - NOV 20, 2013
Handbottle 35,5 cl. Pours an almost clear amber with an off-white head. The nose is Bourbon and nothing but Bourbon. Medium body, low in carbonation, a little toffeeish malts, licorice all sorts and then again sweet, vanillaish Bourbon. Never gets cloying or sticky though. Very nice. 201113

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ryanfolty (2407) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - MAY 15, 2013
May 11, 2013 - tap at GI 25th anniversary party. Brownish orange pour with big head and lacing. Aroma was bourbon, toffee and vanilla. Taste was bourbon forward with some toffee and vanilla. Medium body, carbonated and a dry alcohol finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheAlum (6956) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 13, 2013
Draft on tap at the Clybourn Brewpub at the 25th Anniversary Party (Chicago, IL). Epic show. Pours a rich well hazed brownish pour, some orange burnt glow, good haze, frothy tannish head atop dies to a film, laces ok and cakes well. Aromas are bourbon, biscuits, and gentle oak. Vanilla, a bit of oxidzed malt. Some toast, biscuit, toffee, and faint cocoa. Initial is medium bodied, firmly barreled with bourbon, whiskey, vanilla and sweet caramel. Some toffee, toast, and biscuits. A bit of oxidation, with toast, bready malts and a bit more mellow middle. Toasty, vanilla, some coconut and oak. A bit toasty. Backend and finish show some heat, oxidation, toffee and caramel. Pretty nice, you can tell the age, still offers some fierce heat at times. An honor to try.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
johnnnniee (3816) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 3, 2012
A nice little surprise found its way on tap in front of me. Pours a clear dark brown with a thinnish off white head that quickly dissipated. Wow that’s got some bourbon going on in the nose! Hints of sweet caramel and a chocolate try to round out the aroma but this is quite the bourbon bomb. Flavor is what you expect brown sugar and caramel malts layer underneath a mountain of oak and sweet bourbon. Long lingering alcohol burn long after every sip. Medium body with a light level of carbonation and a sweet and hot kind of mouthfeel. This is definitely a d sipper, but I could see myself enjoying this on a cold winter night.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 1, 2011
old notes..draft at hopcat, grand rapids mich. brown pour with beige head. huge bourbon and oak, vanilla, caramel sweetness and alcohol dominate this beer. bourbon aging seems a bit over the top. subtlety would help this tasty beer in a huge way

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - OCT 23, 2010
brown color, miniscule off white head, somewhat lacy. nose was bourbony, sweet malt, caramel, and vanilla. flavor has bourbon and vanilla mixed with traces of sweet malt, caramel. medium bodied, alcoholic finish, a fairly enjoyable barfrel brew, well worth trying. sampled at FoBAB ’09.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wedgie9 (2638) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 23, 2010
From notes. Tasted on draft at Watershed. Pours clear brown with a dark amber tint and an average off-white head that leaves solid lace. The nose is bourbon with the oaky aromas of vanilla and coconut. The flavor is somewhat sweet with molasses, vanilla, coconut, and oak. The body is medium but sticky with average carbonation and a long bourbon and vanilla finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 1, 2010
I’ve always had a penchant for earthen colors, and growing up in an old wood farmhouse I am sure aided in this appreciation for the deep beauty and quality of all types of wood. What I have before me in my nonic taster glass is some of the prettiest polished woods I have seen brought to me by life’s liquid sustenance, beer. A small patch of lace hangs above her burnished brown depths sporting a soft haze while little ringlets of lace seem to mark the passing of her years. I don’t need any help to take in all the bourbon and brown ale delights her nose is so expertly delivering. Bourbon, vanillin, wood, brown sugars, toffee, cinnamon sticks, red apples, and a final kick of vanilla extract. Take all of those, add bourbon and wood, and just let it sit, stew, mingle, and meld into a menagerie of sensual supping delights. A full body perfectly supports her tasting delights as they glide over my tongue and caress the inside of my mouth. Apples dipped in molasses and brown sugar tease while bourbon warmth exudes wood tannins and cinnamon sprinkles. As I wrap all my senses around her full breadth, dry spices and wood offer cleanse while maple, toffee, cinnamon and spice plant long sensual kisses on my lips. Intense, and I love it. Teetering on the brink of cloying, there is just enough dryness in her finish to refresh and prep me for the next quaff while her lingering bourbon, spice, and wood are fuzzy memories to cherish always.

You don’t have to be a bourbon or beer enthusiast to love the Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Brown Goose from Goose Island, you just should. If you don’t, well, there is something wrong with you.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (23333) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 19, 2010
Draft @ Goose Island Clybourn, Chicago, IL. Pours a clear brown amber color with a small off-white head. Has a sweet malty caramel aroma with hints of vanilla and bourbon also hints of dark fruit and molasses. Sweetish malty caramel and dark fruit flavor with hints of wood and vanilla. Has a sweetish malty caramel and dark fruit finish with hints of vanilla and bourbon.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
sunnyridge (222) - USA - APR 10, 2010
Well, there are nut browns and then there’s this beer. Aroma deep of sweet roast nuts, brown sugar and some alcohol. Taste mirrored the nose, alcohol obvious but in balance. A very rare beer, worth the price too. Loved the maple sugar flavor that was off set by the booze.

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