Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - SEP 29, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Had on tap at the GI 25th Anniversary Party. Served in a taster glass.
A: Pours a dark black color with a dark tan head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thin ring that leaves some minor splotches of lace down the glass.
S: Heavily roasted malts, some anise and dark chocolate. It’s a pretty straight forward stout. Nothing in the nose distinguishes it from any other baseline stout.
T: Lots of anise and bakers chocolate with some heavily roasted malts. There a slight woody taste to this with some deep chocolate notes.
M: Medium bodied with a medium low carbonation level. Drinks lighter than 9% abv with a smooth and creamy finish.
O: This was ok. It was solid all around, but nothing substantial that made it seem differentiated from any other stout.
Serving type: on-tap
ryanfolty (2009) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - MAY 15, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
May 11, 2013 - tap at GI 25th anniversary party. Black pour with creamy head. Aroma and taste of chocolate and some coffee. Wanted to like this more, but was a bit of a let down.
drewbeerme (3891) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 18, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
draft, Pours black with cream tan head nose some roast grain coffee, flavors have coffee roasty chocolate sweetness med body good stout
Brigadier (3175) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - AUG 18, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at GTMW (2011)
As the line for Rare began to snake around the park I managed to get a pour of this decent imperial stout. For being second runnings it stands up amazing well to some of the other beers on offer. Being able to compare it to three variations of BCS was a good way to find out that Goose Island can not only make great beer but they can make great beer from their leftovers. The inky black base was more fluid and supple than BCS but still mysterious. A smoky malt laden finish was ideal for setting the tone for the Rare to come.
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 4, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark brown with a tan head. Aroma and flavor of chocolate and caramel. Decent brew.
sersdf (1018) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 30, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2011 don’t you hate cmubeerman??? him aside, this beer fucking rocked. first of all, how the hell do make something this good off the 2nd runnings of a malt? 2nd of all, how the hell did this have 9%, it tasted like 4.5%. 3rd of all, the nitrogen kicked ass. my first thought tasting this was that this would be a great beer to feed to someone who claimed guinness is good. i went on a second date with a girl last night and i must admit that when she talked about guinness and how much she loves it in spite of its heaviness and high alcohol content i put her in her place. emerged victorious nonetheless. don’t you hate cmubeerman??
jredmond (5903) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JUN 22, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Rattle n Hum during the Goose Island Event with Streets and Kyle. Pours a deep, dark brown body with creamy half-finger head. Aroma is much malty than the regular BCS, with notes of milk chocolate, roast, caramel malts, and milk. Mouthfeel is much lighter and creamier - tastes like a Goose Island take on Guinness - with notes of creamy bitter chocolate, sweet chocolate malts, roast, cream, and milk.
1FastSTi (3341) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 19, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Sugar Maple. This beer was simply superb. Pours to a really dark brown/blackish body with a tall creamy tan head. The aroma is roasty black patent and licorice with some sweet molasses. The flavor is super roast black patent malt, molasses, brewers licorice. Super smooth and balanced. The palate is medium bodied. Malty texture but clean on the finish.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 16, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Predominant in my nose was roasted malting, reminded me of a certain breakfast stout, flavor carried on with that roastedness, perhaps some wood flavoring ,little of the actual vanilla and alcohol aspects of the BCS. Charming,still a sipper at 9%
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 24, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Whole Foods LP. Pours black with a tan head. Looks a bit thin and fizzy, lacking the full body of most RISs. Nose is a touch grainy, roast and some cocoa. A bit burnt, but not bad. Some hops peek through as well. On taste, it is simple. Not bad for a small beer, but insubstantial. Strong roast but a bit thin bodied. Very drinkable. Not overly hot. Not a bad beer in general, just doesn’t work for me.