Goose Island Fat Goose
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RATINGS: 9   MEAN: 2.64/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.66/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
Our Fat Goose has an inviting amber hue from use of Crystal Malts, these also provide a rich caramel sweetness at the front of the palate. A toasted malt middle helps to balance the sweetness and give a dry finish with low hop flavor and bitterness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
shigadeyo (3635) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 14, 2006
Sampled from CASK at the Goose Island Beer Company (Clybourn) on 11/12/2006... Dark brown amber color with an off-white crown. Aroma and flavor are malt and yeast with some alcohol. There is also a certain amount of earthiness to this brew. It is also quite smooth with some soft bitterness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 5, 2006
On tap at GI Wrigleyville as "Phat Goose Amber". Poured very dark for an amber... almost a burgundy.. sporting almost zero head. Nose was of sweet toffee, coffee, and caramel.. rather light.. with some herbal backing. Sharper herbal bitterness upfront in the flavor with some milk chocolate and some caramel apples in there too. Not very enjoyable. Slick on the palate with some residual bitterness. A rare miss.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2006
On the chalk board at the Wrigleyville brewpub this was spelled Phat Goose. Whatever. It was a very deep red with a touch of brown, sporting a creamy head that laced nicely. The aroma was sweet malts with caramel covered apples. Same with the flavor although a splash of milk chocolate is added to the finish. Watery and hopless.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 22, 2006
Draugh, Wrigleyville Brewpub: clear mahogany, decent creamy head. Fresh grains, raisins, and caramel in the aroma. Strong hop presence in the background. Fairly decent balance, close to drinkable, but expectedly lacking in any real interesting qualities. I am most disappointed in the need/desire to copy Fat Tire in an attempt to cash in on the strange craze currently going on in Chicago…

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Kevster (344) - Bradenton, Florida, USA - JUL 20, 2006
On cask 7/14 @ the Clybourn Brewpub in Lincoln Park: Pours a dark ruby color with an off-white head that is mostly lasting. Aroma is sweet with hints of caramel. Flavor is cherry with a mild hoppiness. It felt kind of watery and flat leaving a dry finish. Not bad but I was expecting more.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sersdf (1020) - chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 3, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2006 a bit spicy, a decent beer. for the first time in a long time that quintessential goose island flavor has reared its ugly head again. not that it’s a bad taste, but it makes all the GI’s just taste the same. this suffers that quality, despite being a reasonably drinkable beer. certainly unspecial. *Rerate* pretty much watered down, some malt character, definitely a ton of malt, sucks. extremely smoky.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 30, 2006
Clear, auburn body with a moderately fluffy, off-white head. Aroma of grains, caramel, residual malt sweetness and a hint of mild, earthy hops. The body is fairly smooth, but light and easy drinking. The flavors are sweet and relatively rounded, if quite boring and unoriginal. The sweetness is only lightly tempered by the faint hop kick near the finish. Definitely like Fat Tire, but not as good and certainly gets knocked a little because of the blatant copying.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 9/20
drainey (234) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 23, 2006
On tap at Clybourn. This is their version of Fat Tire, which had just hit the Chicago market (why does everyone make such a fuss over Fat Tire?). It had an auburn brown body with a small off-white head. Aroma is malty and sweet. Flavor is similarly sweet, with an earthy flavor to it, but is very watery. Not a very good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 14, 2006
Wrigleyville: Pours a turbid amber with little head or lace. The aroma has lots of crystal and caramel malt character with a surprising grassy undertone. The taste is unrefined and has some shocking metallic qualities over the sweet malt base. Honestly I finished it but was less than impressed, perhaps still too young and release early?

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