Goose Island Sour Brown Ale
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RATINGS: 11   MEAN: 3.27/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2/5   ABV: -
This beer first made an appearance at GTMW ’08.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PilsnerPeter (3045) - Flushing, New York, USA - NOV 19, 2008
Tap at the Blind Tiger Goose Island Event: Hazy amber pour with a thin light tan head. Nice malt character in the aroma- gives off some sweet cranberry and toasted toffee, as well as apparent oak and vanilla. Decent fluffy carbonation. The flavor has some toffee-like flavors from the malt, with a touch of cranberry tartness. There’s a soft oak presence throughout, however it doesn’t offer any sourness or funk. From what I can tell the base beer seems solid, it just needs to be a bit more funky.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DietPepsican (1586) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - AUG 26, 2008
GTMW! Murky amber pour with a small off white head. Aroma as very bland, some pear and lemon. Flavor was caramel, lemon, pear, lime. Light sour finish, refreshing and not overpowering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - AUG 26, 2008
GTMW ’08. Poured a murky dark orange color with a soapy off white head. Pleasant sour fruits in the nose including cherry and apple. Light to medium bodied with relatively light acidity (3 out of 10). I tasted tart cherry, tart citrus (lime mostly), and subdued biscuity malt. There was also a hint of funky apple cider at the end. Pretty good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kp (10883) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - AUG 26, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2008 Date: 08/09/2008
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewfest, Great Taste

Appearance: muddy amber, scant beige head,
Aroma: ight chocolate aroma with a spicy oaky tartness,
Flavor: nice chocolate flavor with a woody sourness, light oaky bitterness,

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
Rating: 3/5.0
Drinkability: 6/10
Score: *4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 25, 2008
On tap at GTMW. Poured hazy medium amber with a short cap of off-white head. The aroma was lightly sour (rather muted) with caramel and aged toffee backing.. soft overall and quite enjoyable. The flavor had dry toffee and paler malts at the core with light cherry skins and dry oak around.. very well balanced with sour oak and a bit of caramel at the end. Lighter-bodied and well-balanced on the palate with a medium-length, dry sour finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bu11zeye (12756) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 25, 2008
(Draught) Pours a cloudy amber-brown body with a spare off-white head. Aroma of light sour citric notes, sour dough bread, nuts, and light herbal notes. Flavor of caramel malt, subtle sourness, and earthiness with a dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
vyvvy (5892) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - AUG 24, 2008
GTMW 08 - Pours hazy brown with a tan head. The aroma is nutty with toasted malt and granola ~ this is called a sour ale?? Medium body with average carbonation. The taste is like a brown ale, but a bit watery and not much to speak of in the way of sourness. Disappointing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 20, 2008
gtmw 08.....anxiously waiting to try this one.... caramel reddish brown pour with a thin ring of white head.... nutty brown malt aroma. no sourness to note.... sweet malt, prickly pepper and some shy sourness comes through but just barely. could use more sourness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - AUG 17, 2008
Tap GTMW 2008 Nutty, slight cereal aroma. Taste is more dull cereal and nuts. Not very sour at all and no hint of 7 percent. Finishes semi-dry and nutty. Bleh, just not very good. I probably need a re-rate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brigadier (3550) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - AUG 17, 2008
Great Taste of the Midwest 2008

When I saw this on the way to Central Water’s booth I decided to give it a try. Expecting the complexity of the New Glarus Sour Brown was probably a mistake. This wasn’t bad at all but either through age or some other factors it was average at best.

Aroma / Appearance - Oaky brown in appearance it was graced by a thin film. Brown sugar and oak were the biggest contributors with only a trace amount of tartness in play. Otherwise it wasn’t as sour as you might expect which makes it just a funky brown ale.

Flavor / Palate - Brown sugar, tea leaves and oak formed a decent combination. Without knocking my socks off it did its job. Refreshing enough after a few fruit beers and imperial stouts it wake up the palate before another round of stouts and porters. My preference would be for either a little more density or sourness however.

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