badgerben (4385) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 22, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Copper color with a thin head. Big aroma of rye and caramel malts. Strong, spicy rye flavor. Plenty of dusty grains. Floral hop finish. Lovely.
17thfloor (2429) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2008 My 500th rating of an American beer. It was nice to sample this at the brewery before its release and now try it from the bottle. Pours a darker dull brown amber with lots of soda bubbles and a thin bubbly white sudsy head. Smells like an ESB, wet grains, spicy toasted malts, caramel, light floral hop bite. This stuff is very mellow, a rye ESB, softly spicy, softly malty, softly bitter, slightly chewy and bready, light floral hops. Medium/light bodied with abrasive sharp carbonation. A good flavorful drinker .
msante79 (2210) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2008
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Pours clear red with white head. Aroma is malty with caramel and light hop notes. Flavor is agian mostly malt with, caramel, rye and some hops. This is just a malty ale lacking complexity. Mild is a good word for this brew.
satan165 (1019) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - DEC 20, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2008 aroma of malt but not the usual generazlied caramel. slight spice is detected, spoiling the ryes disguise! color is wonderfully dark, not quite ruby red but a wonderful caramel brown. even tawny as the brewer describes the beer themselves. flavor if malt but still tangy, some character of a decent ESB. mouthfeel is very pleasant, borders on silky when warmed to the ideal temperature, again similar to many british styles. at times this seems even more sessionable then honkers ale, like an improvement of that brew. alternately it seems tiresome. malt character is at times very bready and pleasant. a nice light expression of rye malt.
wxman (1387) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - DEC 20, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a clear medium brown in color with an insignificant large bead off white head. Aroma of caramel, maple and hop spiceiness. Taste of toasted semi-sweet malt, buttery caramel and maple along with mild hop spice and rye. Pretty decent effort for most, but would have expected better from Goose.
Tmoney99 (10411) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared by shigadeyo. Poured dark clear brown color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted and had good lacing. Moderate sweet toasted malty rye aroma. Medium bodywith a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Moderate roasted bittersweet flavor with a medium tingly bittersweet finish of moderate duration. Drinkable brew.
HomeBrewHawk (464) - De Soto, Kansas, USA - DEC 17, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz brown bottle served in a shaker pint. Poured a pale brown/amber with a finger of off white head. Aroma of cocoa and a bit of hops. Fairly malty with some chocolate malt. Spritzy mouthfeel, plenty of carbonation. A fresh hop flavor. I did not realize the rye aspect of the beer as I was drinking, maybe I should read the bottle. What I took for hops, may have been the rye. Definitely drinkable.
mahennin (16) - chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2008
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark amber, almost brown with nice white head that lasts. Smells like an earthy malt. Tastes of malt, no real hop taste. Very, very plain beer.
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2009 Re-rate: 12/7/2009. I opened a 12oz bottle of this and anticipated downgrading it a few points (for no real reason), but it really is just as nice as I originally rated. See my original rating from just under a year ago.
12/16/2008. On tap at the Grumpy Bulldog in Naperville. Pours a nice looking chestnut, brown-red with a big, fluffy, everlasting white head that remains very lacy. I imagine this doesnt look as good from a bottle, but this looked pretty good on tap. Aroma of lightly roasted grains, rye bread, caramel malts, and spicy hops. Definite winter ale quality to both the aroma and flavor. The flavor is similar to the aroma and the rye is more evident in the taste. Slightly fruity, spicy, sharp, and a bit nutty. Warm feeling with a medium body and good balance. Pretty dry finish. Overall, very drinkable. Nice rye flavor and good spices.
beastiefan2k (2359) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - DEC 15, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle from drewbeerme. Clear, filtered brown color. Aroma is metallic, empty chestnut. A bit of syrupy bark as well. That translates to the flavor and finishes with a weird sweetness, very artificial. Otherwise, rather unremarkable. I have a new name for GI, the Saranac of the mid-west.