Goose Island Lil’ Smokey
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RATINGS: 3   MEAN: 2.6/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.7/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 198   ABV: 6.6%
This is a sour smoked Bock with strong back notes of malt. Yes from what our friend at goose island said, a sour smoked bock (did i mention sour?). I really am speechless on this beer - what the blend of malt richness, underlying smoke, and a sour quality can do together is really our of my range of imagination. Actually, i am thinking viscous without being overt on the palate..but i am often wrong. So...

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
JoeMcPhee (9325) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 1, 2010
Tap at Blind Tiger. Deep amber-brown pour. The nose is of pure peat. A smack-down of iodine, bromine and phenolic character. Briney and incredibly smoky. Smokier than Laphroig, smokier than Lagavulin, smokier than smoke. I feel like this might work in a BBQ sauce as a liquid smoke extract. There is a kiss of tartness on the back of the palate, but this is damn near impossible to choke down – even for a self-professed smokehead. I couldn’t deal with this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAR 2, 2010
Draft. Pours a deep brown body with a thin bubbly head. Rauch smokey bacon notes burnt and malty with some light cherry tones. Brittle roasted malt, with some light ginger roasted tones and a mild warming. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 12/20
zdk (1870) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 1, 2010
tap @ Blind Tiger GI event. Very odd mix of sour and smoke. Nice sweet, clear toffee malts and a bit lactic and interesting woody, smokey flavor. Each component is readily apparent, but they aren’t integrating together well. Unique beer. Couldn’t drink a lot of this.

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