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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 11, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2005 Cask, Clybourn brewpub (2005 version, snifter): dark tan foam atop a gorgeous opaque-ruby tinted, charcoal body with bronzed edges. Initially sharp aroma of alcohol, sweet prunes and dried red grapes begins to sooth after a brief time. The sticky, vinous notes cling to my nose hairs. Hints of coffee give way by a smooth creaminess to piney cherries, plums and an incredible deep fruitiness. Dusty Baker’s chocolate is evident in the finish along with a gorgeous roastedness. A true winner and when on cask, perhaps Goose’s best offering…catch it if you are lucky.

Cask, Wrigleyville brewpub (2004 version, pint!): deep prune with garnet highlights. Silky and elegant. The head lingered as a beautiful light brown cream the duration of my glass. Flavours covered the tongue and soothed the soul. Nutty, alcohol soaked hops aroma, laced with prunes and gooey honey. A milk chocolate crème filling soaks the mouth. Light piney hops, cedar and almonds offer a pleasant finish for this outrageously easy drinking imperial 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 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - APR 30, 2008
On tap GI Cly. Now this is a beautiful beer. Pitch black with slight tan head. Slight smole in the aroma with medium rich roast, dark chocolat and a little coffee. Deep burnt roast flavor, definite coffee, sweet dark fruit including plum, nice chocolate and nice hops. Silky, creamy full body. I can really dig on these fresh imperial stouts, this quite the treat and you can’t taste the alc at all.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TAR (2677) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - JAN 4, 2004
Cask conditioned: Pitch black with burnt caramel edges. Fat, grayish tan head. Rich, yet soft, mineral aroma. Hints of earth, passion fruit, powdery malts, and dark grape skins. Fairly vinous with oodles of slick fruits. Soft and decadently creamy bubbles. Opens insanely mellow and slightly grainy with an understated balance of mocha, wood, and chalk flavors. Late moist chocolate charge at the center combined with big fruity hops, mineral, and currants. Mezmerizing cocoa, mild must, dark fruit finish and no trace of the 9%+ abv. Delayed licorice, leather, and charred sugars at the very rear alongside a fudge, caramel smattering and just enough negating hop bitterness. Definitive session Imperial.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAR 20, 2005
On draught at clybourn. Black with a dark brown head. Aroma: Chocolate, caramel, plum, raisin, fig, wood, and slight alcohol. The flavor was dominated by chocolate complimented by a little wood, nut, and dark fruit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 6, 2006
Cask, Clybourn. Dark, inky black, only a shade lighter with put to light. Creamy, frothy tan wrung for the head. Aroma gives pause, with mocha milk chocolate and cursive caramel. Touches of sweet pralines amidst butter pecans. Seductive reservation, with hints of semi-sweet morsels and aromatic spring rain. Flavor turns it up a notch. Thick and expressive sweet dark chocolate. Pummeling oiliness. Casks can rape a lot of big and/or boisterous beers; this time, it romanticizes and beds it, Shakespearean-style. Chocolate milk infused with coletta coolers - iceless and motionless after 24 hours on the counter, but especially delicious as attention returns to it. Mild background bitterness. Dense chocolate fudge with a ripple of caramel for art and beauty. Smoothly exits with milky fudge, almond Symphony bars, and grace, which just became a flavor trait in my book.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 10, 2006
Cask @ G.I. Clybourn. Poured a very deep brown with a perfect 1" creamy beige head. Rich, full aroma of roasty chocolate, currants, and licorice. Roasty darker chocolates, medium strength coffee, and floral hoppage in the flavor... hint of whiskey bite at the finish and warming going down. Velvety smooth and well-balanced on the palate.. mild floral and coffee bitterness at the finish. Lighter-bodied for the style. Excellent brew... really enjoyed the cask treatment, too!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
WickerBrew (311) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2008
This is a solid RIS but not spectacular. Had it right after the coffee stout so it actually seemed a little bland. Still, it was pretty thick and looked and smelled tasty. Maybe a little sweeter than most of its kind.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 5, 2006
Really great imperial. Beautiful black syrupy pour with rocky tan head. Aromas roil in the tulip to see which one can dominate and reach the nose first, but wind up intermarrying with one another and melding into one amorphous wafting scent that embraces your smeller affectionately as you jam in into the glass. Complex blend of flavors beckon you to sit back, breathe deeply, and relax as you slowy sip and savor the rich robust roasted malts/bourbon/smoke...no, tobacco!/molasses/brown sugar/ plums/dates/chocolate/ coffee/raisins...etc. Palate is so very rich and creamy...This one is a winner!

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