Goose Island Willies Small Beer
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RATINGS: 14   MEAN: 3.39/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
Brewing more than one beer from a single mash (parti gyle) is still a common practice in britain. A small beer is the lighter and weaker 2nd beer produced from a single mash. The rich first runnings of the wort were used to produce a high gravity "Imperial Brown Ale" that will be tapped later this year. This small beer has some of the roasted malt characteristics of a brown ale, though it is lighter-bodied. We have hopped it exclusively with domestic SAAZER hops to give it a slightly aromatic nose.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
steview (1037) - Petaluma, California, USA - APR 23, 2005
UPDATED: APR 24, 2005 shaker / wrigleyville / i liked this. a slightly spicy session ale. i didn’t think it was a brown, rather, i thought it reminded me a bit of guinness--oddly enough. good, dry aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 6, 2004
Draught; Clybourn Brew Pub: Dark, cloudy brown with hints of orange. Fairly persistent off white cream. Dark chocolatly malt aroma with a good nutty presence and light grainy pears. Metallic twang before a darkly malty bitterness. A solid beer that makes me believe that the “IBA” is going to be awesome, but it is still a small beer and a bit weak compared to what it could be. . .

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlacoAlto (4152) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 3, 2004
Made from seconds runnings of a strong brown ale scheduled for release later this year. Has a slightly spicy aroma. It is a medium full amber color with some brown notes. The taste is nice and malty and it finishes with a subtle spicy finish. This is a very nice example of a Mild Brown Ale. There is a fruity yeast component here as well that reminds me a bit of plums and raisins. For a second hand beer this is quite good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 26, 2004
Dark brownish-red with a small white head that leaves a lot of lacing. The aroma is light and slightly fruity with an underlying roasted malt presense. The body is moderately thick and quite creamy with awesome carbonation the seems to perpetually rise throughout the pint. The flavors are pretty nice and offer some nice buttery nut, light dough, caramel and chocolate. At the end you a bitter of raisin and orange. The hops are extremely subtle, leaving the malt to shine through. A tasty, creative offering from Goose Island.

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