Goose Island Russian Imperial Stout
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RATINGS: 53   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 222   ABV: 7.4%
Russian Imperial Stout is named for Catherine the Great’s love for this dark ale. Brewed with over 1000 pounds of malt, including Pale, Crystal, Victory, Chocolate, and roasted barley. This smooth rich brew is perfectly rounded off with a generous amount of hops. Served in a Snifter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - FEB 16, 2007
Tap @ Clybourn pub, nice dark black with thin ring of head, no lacing. Faint aroma of bourbon, chocolate and molasses. Nice smooth taste with a pleasant touch of alcohol up front and a clean warming finish. A decent impy, especially on a cold day; recommended.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
drewbeerme (3916) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2007
cask conditioned. served warm in a snifter, color is dark brown with soapy white head. not much in the nose but banana and baker’s chocolate. taste has some strange banana in there with weak chocolate and coffee notes. this reminds me more of Sam Smith’s IS and not big American IS. I’ve had this before and I thought it was better than this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - FEB 2, 2007
Cask conditioned, served at cellar temperature in a snifter glass. Poured a nice blackish brown with a creamy tan head, good retention. Aromas of roasted malts, coffee, caramel, hints of chocolate, a soft plum fruitiness and a light vanilla. Moderate carbonation and a malty slick, softly crisp, smooth, but also a little thin, light-medium bodied mouthfeel. Pleasant tasting, but overall, a slightly above average RIS, roasty, chocolate covered caramel with a slash of coffee, a soft plum fruitiness, vanilla with hints of molasses, traces of burnt wood, a brief flash of citrus towards the end, the alcohol comes on stronger the more you sip, warming in the back of palate, and a roasted chocolate malty finish. Definitely a sipper, quite enjoyable, just not outstanding. Sampled at the Clybourn location.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
lemonlovr (190) - Orland Park, Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2006
Opaque brown in appearance, minimal head. The aroma reminded me a little of chocolate with a woody quality. The flavor was slightly sweet up front with a malty, hoppy, chocolate finish. The mouthfeel seemed lighter than what a stout normally should be.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - MAR 6, 2006
On tap @ Stout Fest 2006. Wow! I think this is the Bourbon County minus the bourbon. This is an excellent Imp. Stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAR 5, 2006
Very well crafted beer, nearly black with a creamy light brown head. The aroma is a blending of roasted barley, dark caramel, milk chocolate, alcohol, oak, molasses, and dark dried fruits. The creamy drink opens the aroma into a complex taste of all the above along with coffee, anise, more alcohol, and a slight Bourbon flavoring. Nice slightly bitter finish. Well done.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 26, 2006
Draft Wrigleyville: Black pour. little to no head. It’s a little to thin for me, not much going on, but I did get a nice coffee finish out of it. It got the job done, but I wouldn’t be rushing out to the stores to buy this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sersdf (1020) - chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2006
super-terrific. creamy. great flavor, somehow escapes having the "goose island" taste. masks the alcohol really well. a surprisingly well done stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zeswaft (1659) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 18, 2006
A bit disappointed I ordered it from draft rather than cask. A great stout for sure, but not as complex as, say, an Expedition. Lots of coffee in the aroma and flavor. A little bit of chocolate too. Great appearance, thick black and a brown creamy head. Very rich and very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 13, 2006
On tap at Clybourn. Had an oppurtunity to try the cask version and draught over the last week. Pours dark with a brown head. Molasses, bitter chocolate, roasted malts are all present. You can feel the alcohol but it is not unpleasant. Cask version seemed a bit more muted then the draught.

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