Brigadier (3260) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - AUG 29, 2006
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz bottle shared with malachi
Shared this with malachi on a Friday night. It was pleasing and easy to
drink but did not rock my world. Still, Goose Island has turned in a solid
effort with this one.
Aroma / Appearance - Bananas, rum, candy sugar, caramel, cherries,
pear and malt play against each other to see which one can dominate. They
end up forming a nice inviting balance. The body was a cloudy amber color
with a thin bubbly head. Based on the visual and olfactory feedback, this
was lining up to be a nice beer.
Flavor / Palate - The amount of flavors relative to the nose was a
little disappointing. Despite that, there was still plenty going on here.
Among the key players were caramel, honey, apples, peaches, peanut butter,
malts and cherries. A slightly yeastiness underlined everything giving it
a dry feel. The finish was pleasing, being smooth and sweet. This was
enjoyable and easy to drink but it did not rock my world. Still, it is a
well done beer I would have no problems sharing with others.
gputty (456) - Virgina Beach, Virginia, USA - AUG 25, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Monger for this one. From bottle pours a dirty brown with off whtie head. Nose has caramel, candy sugar and hints of dark fruits. Flavor follows. Pretty good.
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - AUG 21, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle picked up at Corral for $2.32. copper in color with a short lived tan head. sweet spiced aroma and flavor of spiced apples, caramel and brown sugar. an OK brew but Belgian Strongs are not my favorite, especially when the alcohol is evident as it was in this one.
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - AUG 21, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle courtesy of and shared with gputty. My favorite of the 3 sampled today. Copper pour with an off white, almost yellowy head. Caramel and brown sugar nose. Sweet brown sugar flavor over a subtle fruitiness. Even, mildly dry finish. Very good!
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - AUG 20, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a rich amber with a nice head and lacing. Aroma is nutty raisin. Flavor is a sour-sweet raisin, with plum and peach in the background. Full and coating on the tongue. A nice effort.
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - AUG 18, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Served on tap. Pours reddish brown with a sizable tan head. Smells like apple, caramel, brown sugar and port. Taste was the same but had a medicine quality in the mix. Palate was pretty nice but again the medicine taste was there. Hints of vanilla and cherry came in towards the end. This started bitter but smoothed out nicely. Nice brew.
grimreeser (797) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 14, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a reddish brown with a thin head. Light sweet candy yeast aroma. Sweet flavor, very rich.
scalffd (3) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 6, 2006 does not count
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very nice dark amber color with average head that initially dimishes but a thin layer remains throughout the glass. A little too yeasty for me, but will be a favorite among fans. Good beer nonetheless!
Odeed (1798) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 5, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
(BOTTLED 3/18/05 THANKS TO KEVIN OR KRAMER FOR THE HOOK UP)murky brown body with an off-white head.caramel malts,hard candy,and figs made the aroma.flavor mixed up the same with a little brown sugar,and honey.only complaint was it lacked carbonation.
JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - AUG 2, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled 012306 #1105. Pours a rich mahogany color with a small off white head. Aroma was of fresh dough and honeysuckle. Nice crisp taste of sweet hops and malts. Kind of a medium bodied beer that has all sorts of flavors dancinng around on the taste buds. This is a outstanding brew!