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Goose Island Imperial SmokED Brown Goose

Goose Island Imperial SmokED Brown Goose
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RATINGS: 47   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
Affectionately called “ED” in the brewery, this flavorful high-gravity beer is based on the Imperial Brown Goose recipe, but with 43% smoked malt and less finishing hops. These changes allow the smokey complexity from the beechwood kilning to come through more in the aroma and flavor. This beer was just awarded 3rd place at this years Chicago Beer Society fall tasting. Served in a Snifter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drowland (7887) - Georgia, USA - AUG 17, 2009
Had on tap after a tour at Clybourn. Nose is like sitting at a campfire and the flavor is sweet like malt but also the smoke hits you and ends like smoked bacon with a slight alcohol astringency... it’s delicious and very strange at the same time

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JPDIPSO (5670) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 9, 2008
Dark brown color with a smallish lid of off-white small bubbles. Smoked pale malt scents waft upward. Some hints of fruit and cocoa also mingling. Smooth feel, nearly a rye type slickness. Smoked figs dipped in light caramel come to mind. Some hints of molasses and apple wood. Solid smoked brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 23, 2008
On draft at Goose Island Clybourn. Appearance is a dark brown/black hue, layer of dense white cream sustains, thick lacing. Smell is mostly smoke and roast malts, hints of brown sugar, chocolate, and light hops. Taste is initially light smoke malts, transitions to some roast/coffee/chocolate malts, earthy grass hops mingle with smoked meats and finishes with alcohol warming. Mouthfeel is full-bodied, smooth slightly viscous texture, prickly carbonation. Drinkability is moderate, this is a lightly smoked beer dominated by meaty flavors and alcohol, it would be tough to drink too much of this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
badbeer (434) - Iowa, USA - JUN 10, 2008
Very dark brown with red hues around the edges. Beige head with some lacing and retention. Smokey, bacon, roasty, charcoal, reminds me of BBQ and campfires. In the taste I got smoke, bacon, charcoal, caramel, and cherries. Low carbonation and medium body. I could drink tons of this, thankfully we had a growler to consume courtesy of General_Gao. Hope they make this again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BabyJoe692 (109) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - MAY 24, 2008
Draft. Dark brown in color. Aromal is smoky almost like BBQ. Almost tastes like bacon and great beer at the same time. Different than anything I have ever had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
KieferUGA (461) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 22, 2008
Draft at the Clybourn location. Pours a dark brown. Thin, light tan head. Smoky aroma. Flavor is slightly sweet, with hints of vanilla. Finish is slightly bitter, with the smoky notes lurking in the background.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 20, 2008
In short: A fruity and very smoky brown ale (too complex for a true “In Short:” description)
How: Tap at brewpub (Clybourn location)
The look: Brown body with a small beige head
In long: Lots (and I mean LOTS) of smoke on the nose. Very fruity with raisins, black cherries and more soaked in mollasses. Nutty flavours started to come out as the beer warmed up along with some milk chocolate. Those fresh green hops in the finish were the cherry on the sundae. From start to finish I had a woody sensation like that of an oak barrel aged beer. Lively carbonation. Having all those flavours coexist so harmoniously is quite a feat. This truly is a Smoked like no other, unless you order a second pint in which case it will probably be a Smoked like your next/previous Smoked.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 19, 2008
Draft at Clybourn. Pours dark brown with some red hues, thin white head. Aroma is smoke, roasty coffee, and some chocolate. Bittersweet flavor with a strong domination by the smoked malt. A good pour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - MAY 15, 2008
On tap at Clybourn after DLD. Pours nearly black with a small thin ring of tan head. Aroma is smoke, chocolate, caramel. Flavor is chocolate, coffee, caramel, smoke. Palate is full bodied, medium cabonation, bitter finish. Great stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopscotch (10644) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 15, 2008
Draft… DLD’08This beer rocks!… Pitch black ale with a small, creamy, beige head. The aroma is of beechwood smoke. There’s some chocolate in there as well, but it’ almost totally eclipsed by that wonderful, wonderful smoke. Full-bodied and velvety with prickly carbonation. Sweet, smoky and chocolaty up front, but moderate bitterness outlasts all else. Smoky, bittersweet, chocolaty finish. Awesome brew!

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