Leighton (8675) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 15, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Rattle n Hum. Pretty decent, although I think this keg may have been a little old. Poured a dark, cloudy brown. Almost no head. Aroma of mild sourness and brown sugar. Some tartness up front, then sweetness, with big molasses flavors, nutmeg, vanilla, graham cracker and gingerbread. Medium bodied, alcohol isn’t too perceptible. Finish is somewhat sweet. Overall, I would want less - or no - sourness and more maltiness. But again, could have been the keg.
JoeMcPhee (8055) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 14, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light brown pour with a thick tan head. The nose has a nice soft spiciness. A little bit of noble character and some interesting light cocoa notes. A mix of toffee and milk chocolate that works quite well with the sort of piny spiciness of the hops. There is a little bit of lightly spicy astringency that starts to come up, but it still works quite well. As it warms up there is a touch of lightly sweet plumminess and a touch of soft earthiness as well. Pretty solid beer. It drinks like a slightly amped up Honkers… it has the sort of spicy/malty balance that I enjoy in that beer so much.
Ughsmash (6914) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 21, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2007 On cask at GI - Clybourn. Poured a deep reddish-tinted brown with a 3/4" creamy, well-retained deep beige head. Loved the aroma of rich darker chocolates with drawn caramel, faint buttery notes, floral hoppage, and deeply-seeded vinous sugars.. warm and inviting. Flavor was a nice blend of semi-sweet chocolate and caramel surrounded by layers of warm accents.. port wine and moderate herbal bitterness in there.. buttery caramel finish. This was a bit rough at times on the palate, but smoothed out greatly for the last half of the drink.. little > medium-bodied with lower carbonation from the cask. Very good stuff!
Glouglouburp (5867) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 28, 2007
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2008 From the bottle at Boston EBF 2007. Almost clear dark copper body with a long lasting very large beige head leaving great lacings. Body is full and silky at the same time. Very malty beer. Cake malts, brown sugar, toasted brown bread and a whole lot of “brown stuff”. Bourbon barrel is very present. Strong woody flavour adds to what appears to be a subtle but complex mix of herbs. Mouthfeel is pleasantly dry. Alcohol wasn’t well hidden, to the contrary, it felt stronger than it was. Like some kind of woody Barley Wine. I couldn’t get enough of it and had four samplings at the EBF. The brewery brought the last bottles they had in stock. (some 2005 and 2006). Knowing I was having such a great beer for the first and last time I felt overwhelmed by both joy and sadness. Like watching my mother-in-law back off a cliff in my new car.
BBB63 (5603) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 29, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Clybourne: A deep reddish brown hue with a small frothy head which produced very good lacing on a MBA glass. The aroma has notes of plum and currant, mocha, hazelnut, vanilla, grassy hops, light pepper, and earthy yeast esters. The taste starts with a nice fruity character with an equal balance of a malty backbone. Finished with a smooth and sublime bitter note and a touch of chocolate. Even a bit woody even though this is not the bourbon-barreled version. Challenged the palate for sure, I dig it for sure. The feel is a bit oily with some bite on the back of the palate, the only notice of the ABV I could detect, well hidden all told. This is a wonderful brew and something Will Turner can be proud of. Sublime complexity shows as it warmed up and in the end is one of the best GI beers to date. Enjoy it while it lasts which isn’t much longer. (now I know why Willies Small Beer is so good for a second running of this beer as well)
Braudog (5356) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - MAY 31, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewpub: Pow! The power of this beer hits the nose right away ... rich and black, this is roasty and malted, with a powerful punch.
Cornfield (5274) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - NOV 10, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2005 FOBAB 2004: This is the bourbon-aged version. It poured a very dark brown, almost black, with a trace of a brown head. There was plenty of bourbon in the aroma along with a certain sourness. There is a sweetness of malts in the taste along with a touch of hop bitterness and the bourbon throughout. The finish is bitter bourbon. Interesting.
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phaleslu (5174) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 12, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Mislabeled rating from 9/25/09) Poured into a small glass as part of Goose Island beer and cheese tasting at Teller’s in Cincinnati. The Goose Island rep brought bottles and said the ABV was actually lower than 8%, so this isn’t the ’Bourbon’ Imperial Brown Goose. Anyway, this one pours a hazy dark brown with a small off-white head. Aroma is oak, vanilla, sweet toasted malts, earth, brown sugar, and caramel. However, none of this is too overpowering. The flavor follows the same profile, and once again strikes just the right balance. Medium bodied, smooth, sweet, with mild carbonation. The relatively low ABV is surprising.
BVery (5134) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 12, 2009
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Goose Island Clybourn. Hell yeah! Semi-hazy light brown pour, offwhite head. Mucho bourbon on the nose, taste of caramel, bourbon, and coffee. Killer beer!
heemer77 (5060) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - AUG 16, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at the Great Taste of the Midwest 2005. The body with dark brown and ruby. The head is yellowish. The aroma is sweeet bubblegum and some maple like funkiness. The taste is bright with caramel and some nuts. The finish is a little nutty.