basewars (169) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 3, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Pours dark brown with moderate off-white head. Aroma is mostly caramel malt with some bread. Flavor is similar with quite a bit of maltiness rather than yeast. Unfortunately this was probably served too cold to get the full flavor. Nevertheless, a good beer.
shalloWMeans (169) - Independence, Kentucky, USA - MAR 9, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I simply had to have this beer when I realized it was based on a mild AND brewed with rye. On top of that, I am a firm believer that nothing bad has ever come from G.I.. Poured in a willybecher glass, this has a massive, firm, french vanilla colored head and a lovely brownish copper body that turns bright ruby against a light. The aroma does have a hint of spice, but smells mostly of sweet malt and caramel, with a firm herbal hop character. I must say I was a bit let down by the taste. I did not pick up more than an inkling of rye spice, and could find no similarity to a mild. What this beer does have though, is a lovely medium-bodied maltiness, and a very nice American hop finish. It is crisp and lively on the palate, with excellent drinkability (which I guess is one thing in common with mild ale.) The more I drank, the more it grew on me. (And the easier it went down....) Itís not awesome, and a little diff. than what I expected, but I must say that this a rather enjoyable session beer for all that itís worth, and I would much like to drink it again.
Wolfenkopf (166) - Villa Park, Illinois, USA - NOV 29, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
This one has a malty & nutty aroma with a hint of bread. Very nice aroma, though not very strong. The brew has the color of a nut brown ale with an off-white head that sticks to the glass with a vengeance. The main factor in the taste is malt, though that nuttiness hangs in there. This too, could be a bit more robust for my taste, but it is good. The palate is treated gently as the brew has a silky quality. The aftertaste is mild malt. Like any other mass produced mid-level beer, it lacks in strength of character, but it is quite alright.
jamvin23 (162) - chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 15, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On Tap. Pours amber with a generous fluffy white head. Aroma: malty with some grassy hops. Flavor: semi spicy malt presence with a slight hop presence.
tdcritch (153) - Missouri, USA - MAR 4, 2009
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Didnít even know Goose Island made this beer until my roommate brought some home. Brown color. Thin head, with an aroma of malts and some spice. Kind of a sweet taste. Very interesting beer.
lowg (148) - Scarborough, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 27, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from 6 pack, from bro in States. Thanks. Pours a murky amber, tan head. Fruity aroma and also quite woodsy. Roasted malt flavour balanced out with a nice hoppy finish. Not bad.
jason1970 (143) - Illinois, USA - APR 1, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Itís a very mild brew. Too mild for my taste. Itís not a bad beer per se. Just really not very flavorful of robust.
Aroma is very slight toffee and caramel. Itís over powered by a bread almost toasty scent.
Appearance isnít much better than the aroma. Itís a muddy reddish brown hue. Slightly cloudy.
Taste falls in line with the aroma and appearance. Very low levels of sticky toffee and a bit of bread pudding maybe. Starts with a very mild and finishes that way. Maybe a bit of sweetness, but not much.
It starts kind of fizzy with a very small white head that dissipated quickly. Light bodied with a thin texture. The finish leaves you wanting (not more necessarily).
Overall, itís drinkable and goes down easy but thereís not much to it. My least favorite of the usual Goose Island suspects. There are a lot better types of this beer around. I wouldnít go back for more.
jmw141 (134) - Canton, Illinois, USA - JAN 28, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Goose Island Clybourn. 5 oz. taster glass. Pours medium-dark brown, good lacing, goos head. Caramel and roasty aroma. Malty nose. Bitter chocolate, roasty flavors. Hoppy finish.
kjohns (131) - North Dakota, USA - JAN 30, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear dark amber pour with long-lasting bubbly white head. Malty aroma of biscuit with some toffee and fruit notes. Taste is in line with the aroma, some caramel and fruit with a mild rye spice on the finish. Pretty straightforward malty winter ale, but the rye notes add a little interest. Enjoyable, but nothing special.
yankeefan21 (129) - New York, USA - DEC 8, 2010
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: Pours a clear light amber with very little foamy white head [SRM 11] and poor head retention. No discernible hop aroma, mostly a faint roasty bread smell. First taste has slight hop bitterness with almost a grapefruit quality that is eventually followed by subtle rye and roasted malt flavors for balance. It has a medium body and finishes with a slick mouth feel. Goose Island calls this an American "Mild" Ale, ratebeer seems to classify it as a specialty grain. Iíd call it more of an American Amber and rated it as such. It was a passable beer, but not as good as some of their other offerings.