Wild Goose Brewery (Frederick Brewing Company/Flying Dog) Reviews

Wild Goose Spring Wheat Ale 1.9
Rated from old notes. No real wheat taste here. Grainy, a bit like a mass produced lager and with odd additives I could not identify. Avoid.
Sunday, March 27, 2016

Wild Goose Oatmeal Stout 3.5
2/12/2010 3:17:18 PM On tap at Beer Temple. Nice black body with tan head. Nose of malts and coffee. Taste also of malts, some coffee and lots of sweet chocolate. Nice balance. Easy to finish.
Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Wild Goose India Pale Ale 3.2
1/22/2010 10:14:09 PM On tap at Beer Temple. Golden body with tall head. Hoppy nose. Creamy texture with a light taste of hops and oranges. A bit too mellow and harder to rate after the European Strong Lager I had just enjoyed. Pity that.
Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Wild Goose Snow Goose Winter Ale 3
Bottle from 1997 thanks to Andy at Blippís going away tasting. Pours a clear brown with a thin tan head. Old malt and soy sauce on the nose, umami. Old chocolate ice cream, soy sauce. Long tannins and chocolate, old malt. Old. Very old.
Monday, July 20, 2015

Wild Goose Oatmeal Stout 3.3
Bottle at MVP from old notes. Pours dark brown to black in color with a small beige head. The aroma and flavor had roasted malts, dark chocolate, earth, dry, not much in the way of oatmeal sweetness or that typical smooth mouth feel that comes with it, pretty bland and boring.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Blue Ridge (MD) Golden Ale 3
12oz bottle (Old Notes)-Pours a medium golden with a medium white head. Aroma of sweetness and citrus. Taste of the same with some hops coming thru. This light bodied brew is well balanced and easy to drink.
Friday, May 30, 2014

Blue Ridge (MD) Steeple Stout 3.9
17-Apr-14 (12-oz bottle, 2005 release: Obtained in trade with hopscotch, thanks Eric!)
Drank a lot of Steeple Stout in the 90s when I lived in DC, one of my favorites back then. Itís still pretty solid. The beer pours a black body with a short, dark-tan head, fading to a ring. The roasty, chocolaty aromas are very pleasant and enticing, smelling moderately sweet. Itís really tasty on the palate, with prominent flavors of dark chocolate bar and cocoa, with lesser notes of coffee, tobacco, grilled meat, and cola. Light-medium sweetness is nicely balanced by mild, roasty, cacao-like bitterness. The beer is full bodied, medium in carbonation, and soft, smooth, and creamy in mouthfeel. Overall, this is such a perfect stout for me. Itís a little sweet, a little bitter, and a lot delicious. And talk about beautiful cellaring capability, wow!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Blue Ridge (MD) Subliminator 3.5
10-Apr-14 (12-oz bottle, 2005 release: Obtained in trade with slob, thanks Bert!)
I used to drink Blue Ridge all the time when I lived in DC in the 90s, and back then, I thought this beer tasted more like a Barley Wine than a Doppelbock, and hereís this 2005 bottle thatís aged as well as a Barley Wine. The beer pours a hazy, brown body with a thin, tan head that settles to a ring. The nose is obviously focused on deep, rich malt, with toasted bread, milk chocolate, and dried fruits. Itís full bodied without being heavy or cloying and carbonation is light-medium. Overall, this is a very tasty and enjoyable beer, and considering the style, itís pretty amazing how well this Doppelbock has held together.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Wild Goose Snow Goose Winter Ale 3.9
After 4 years in the dark cellar alll alone, pours amber thicker with a ton of sediment and beige head. Aroma brings sweet malts with aging character, started to turn a big. Flavor brings the sweet aged malt flavors as well, maintaining the English style with honey like notes, not piercing sweetness at all. It aged pretty well for 4 years!
Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Wild Goose Snow Goose Winter Ale 3.3
11/29/2009. Dark brown pour with a tan head. Aromas of grain, caramel and hops. Little sweet at first, but spices and earthy notes as well as the hops set in towards the end. Not bad at all.
Sunday, November 24, 2013

Wild Goose Nut Brown Ale 3.5
I keep telling people that the English Brown Ale style is one of my favourite styles, but sadly, North American brewers tend to go for an over-hopped undermalted version of the style. This however is one of the better attempts. A nice clear brown pour, the aroma is undoubtedly nuts and caramel. The flavour is slightly sweet with hints of both, but again, too much hops in the finish.
Monday, June 24, 2013

Wild Goose India Pale Ale 3.5
A hazy rust coloured pour, and a light tan cap greets the eye sockets of this old man. Aroma considered of citrus, bread, and butterscotch. Flavour was well balanced between the malty sweetness and citrusy bitterness, but neither flavour was overpowering
Monday, June 24, 2013

Wild Goose Pumpkin Patch 3.8
One of the better pumpkin beers I have tried. Not overly spicy, yet with enough pumpkin to make it a pumpkin beer. It pours a nice golden orange with a decent white head. Pumpkin and spices mingle with the grainy malt to comprise the aroma. Flavour is malty with pumpkin and spices to round it all out.
Monday, June 24, 2013

Wild Goose Snow Goose Winter Ale 3.6
Too many gooses in the name for my liking. Fortunately, itís a good beer so it makes up for that. A nice mahogany pour. Aroma is dark malt, citrusy hops, and some floral notes. Flavour is mildly sweet, with a bitter finish.
Monday, June 24, 2013

Wild Goose Nut Brown Ale 3.3
On tap at McCormick & Schmick's in Reston, VA. Clear, deep dark raspberry-mahogany with khaki head and very good lacing. Aroma of nuts, coffee and roasted malt. Taste of coffee, dark roasted malt, sweet chocolate, nuts and caramel. Medium body and medium carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Monday, November 12, 2012

Wild Goose India Pale Ale 3.2
Poured from 12 oz. bottle. Hazy, copper brown with only a thin film of a head and good lacing. Aroma of bread malt, toffee and grassy hops. Taste of grassy, floral and pine hops, toffee and bread malt. Mildly hoppy start is immediately replaced by sweet malty flavors followed a bitter hop finish. Very nice. Medium body and medium carbonation. Quite malty for an IPA, but rather tasty. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Friday, July 06, 2012

Brimstone Big Ale 3.8
12 oz bottle from Odeed. Bottle dated Oct 1999. Nose is toffee, prunes, and some sweetness. Murky rust with a very small beige head. Flavor is lightly sweet with some dark fruitiness.
Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Wild Goose Brown Lager 3.3
Pours a very dark brown color. Smell is of malts, a bit nutty. Taste is hops, nuts, a touch of malts. Overall a decent beer.
Saturday, April 28, 2012

Brimstone Honey Red 2.9
355ml bottle pours amber in color with a finger of white head that leaves some thin spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma is caramel and light roasted malts with some mild hops. Taste is light caramel malty sweetness with hints of chocolate and some earthy hop bitterness. A decent amber ale that I somewhat enjoyed, but may have been an old bottle.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Brimstone Big Ale 3.6
bottle labelled oct í99, big thanks to the one and only coldbrewky for bringing this to pilsen. showing its age but very drinkable - brown with only the faintest trace of carbonation, rumíníraisin aroma, woody, vanilla bean, treacle sweetness
Friday, February 03, 2012

Hempen Ale 2.6
Consumed from the bottle but not inhaled. The hemp seeds add a unique flavor that might be unpleasant to some, and should not be likened to the flavors of hops as the brewer suggests. Might appeal to some, but Iíll abstain the next time this one passes around.
Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Wild Goose Nut Brown Ale 3.9
Good tasting, nutty and caramel. Aroma of nuts malts, strong Nut Brown Ale, worth tasting.
Friday, September 23, 2011

Wild Goose Porter 4
A simple basic one dimensional porter. Yet, enjoyable and drinkable. This brewery makes some good brews. Taste of roasted malt, tastes creamy, nice finish. Very flavorful, I would drink this again and again!
Thursday, June 16, 2011

Wild Goose Oatmeal Stout 3.9
Excellent sweet stout. Black color with tan head. Creamy chocolate caramel taste, with hints of coffee malts. Good balance with hops, roasted barley and malts. Not overly sweet, but definitely hint of sweetness.
Monday, May 23, 2011

Wild Goose Pumpkin Patch 4
The beer pours dark amber caramel with a small bubbly off white head. The aroma is amazing - a bit sweet with lots of Thanksgiving spices blended well to please the nose. The flavor is malty, a bit sweet and pumpkiny, with some nice dark wheat almost light brown sugar or caramel notes to settle on the palate. Medium smooth body as well.
Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Wild Goose Snow Goose Winter Ale 3.2
Reviewed from notes. Pours a moderate brown with a fairly thin head. A bit of the head remains after some time, although the remainder doesnít leave much lacing as it goes down. The nose has got a surprising amount of hop activity with a good amount of pine and citrus. Some caramel and light molasses in the back. The taste brings forward some of the hop elements without too much bitterness. Some light doughy flavors with a bit of toast. Light to medium body. Drinks pretty well overall for a winter warmer and certainly bucks the insane spicing trend. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 10-21-2010
Thursday, March 17, 2011

Wild Goose India Pale Ale 3.8
From a 12 oz bottle from a six pack purchased in Silver Spring, Maryland, this poured a slightly hazy amber to copper color with a foamy white head and good lacing rings. The nose is pine and citrus hops. Body is medium and mouthfeel on the oily side. The flavor is a good balance between the light caramel malts and bitter hops. The finish is dry and bitter. Good.
Saturday, March 12, 2011

Wild Goose India Pale Ale 3.4
12 oz brown bottle. No apparent date, just a bottling code. It pours a clear orange/amber/gold with a fluffy white head that sticks for a bit and leaves some decent lacing. The smell is very doughy with an overlying of English hops. English hops arenít always my favorite and here im getting a bit of a vomity/tomato scent. The flavor is simple, perhaps a bit vegetal and herbal with the hops. Not too much bitterness although it comes through in the aftertaste. The malt is rich but not sweet, it has more of a grainy/bready characteristic. It tastes pretty traditional, it doesnít get out of control with the hops. It has a pretty good mouthfeel as well. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 09-23-2010 21:38:10
Thursday, March 10, 2011

Wild Goose India Pale Ale 3.4
12 ounce bottle from Total Wine Fredericksburg, VA. Pours a hazy golden amber color with a medium sized white head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of floral hops with caramel and toasted malts. The taste is toasted caramel malts, bitter hops with some citrus notes. Medium bodied. Lingering bitterness.
Sunday, February 27, 2011

Wild Goose Oatmeal Stout 3.6
Dark beer with a light tan head. Little lacing. Slight roastiness in the nose with a bit of oats and caramel. Sweet. Smooth velvety creamy mouth-feel. A slight bitterness. Very drinkable and almost a session beer.
Saturday, February 26, 2011

Wild Goose Snow Goose Winter Ale 2.9
I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. I thought it was gonna be a winter ale with alot of spices but being a strong ale I thought it was smooth without too much spice and good malting.
Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Wild Goose India Pale Ale 3.2
Bottle poured a hazy gold with a small lingering off white head. Aromas of biscuit, fruittiness and earthiness. Palate was medium bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of biscuit, earthiness and light citrus with a crisp dry moderatly bitter finish.
Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Wild Goose Brown Lager 2.9
Bottle poured a clear brown with a lingering ring of tan foam. Aromas of toasted malt, cocoa and light carmel. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of cocoa, carmel and ligjt earthiness with a crisp dry malty finish.
Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Wild Goose Snow Goose Winter Ale 3.3
Pours a gorgeous, crystal-clear ruby liquor with a half-inch off-white head that melts into Belgian lace that persists. The aroma is floral, but not entirely pleasant to my nose for some reason. The brew however is a well-balanced, bitter sweet interplay of hop and malt with a pleasantly long, mildly bitter finish. I donít think it is oak aged, but it has some of the taste notes I associate with oak. Very nice.
Sunday, January 30, 2011

Brimstone Big Ale 3.4
Bottled in October 1998. 12 oz bottle generously given to me by beastiefan2k. Pour is a murky brown with copper, with a smallish light tan head. Very unfiltered looking. Aroma is brown sugar, some fruit sweetness and caramel malt. Taste is sweet malt, some apple, honey, and grassiness. The fruit sweetness is the main story. Palate is unfiltered, medium bodied, lingering cloying sweet in the finish. This held up well. Interesting, thanks Eugene.
Monday, January 17, 2011

Wild Goose Oatmeal Stout 2.7
Poured into a pint glass. A: Charcoal black color. Thick creamy head with good retention. S: Roasted dark malts. Oats and some coffee. Not strong enough. Grassy hops. T: Big phenolic taste that is a bit off-putting. Bitter hop backbone. Oats and dark malts create a bittersweet chocolate taste. Unwanted aftertaste. M: Medium body. Great carbonation. Really smooth. D: Just not what Iím looking for. This is my first oatmeal stout, so maybe I just donít like the style. Iíll try another one next chance I get. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 11-16-2008 00:24:26
Monday, January 10, 2011

Wild Goose Snow Goose Winter Ale 3.1
Deep red honey color, with a little head, pretty full flavor and mouth but alcohol and carbonation are prevalent in the taste. dried fruits and brown sugar notes
Thursday, January 06, 2011

Wild Goose Snow Goose Winter Ale 3.2
Mars-red pour with a thin fizzly white head. Aroma is dark fruits, molasses, caramel, and toasted malts. Tastes slightly sweet at first, with a lot of the more wintery ingredients coming into play. Finish is bitter but clean, with some resin hop character. Palate is on the lighter side of medium, somewhat voluminous but thin enough to remain drinkable. Overall fairly good. Nothing mind blowing here, a very modest improvement over the typical bland winter ale.
Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Wild Goose Snow Goose Winter Ale 3
2010 version. Iím disappointed. Iíve not had one of these in probably 10 years but they used to be very good, at least in my mind. Pours a deep amber with a creamy tan head that laces nicely and hangs around. aroma is malts, toasty, sweet, with some earthiness and spice, but it is faint. Has a medium full body, smooth in the mouth, medium carbonation and a thin finish. On the tongue getting bready, toasty, and sweet malts. Not mush, if anything, in the way of hops. with a thin, unsatisfying finish. I think it will be 10 years before I try again. Unfortunately, I bought a 6-pack.
Thursday, December 23, 2010

Wild Goose Snow Goose Winter Ale 3.4
Pours a deep reddish color with a light brown head. Smells of malts and brown sugar. What a delicious smelling wintery beer. Great season to be tasting new brews. Taste is of malts with the same brown sugar that was in the aroma. Mmmmmm
Monday, December 13, 2010

Wild Goose Snow Goose Winter Ale 2.9
Clear, copper beer, thin head. Malt aroma, but not strong. Heavy carbonation. Some bitterness, good beer, but not special really.
Friday, December 10, 2010

Wild Goose Pumpkin Patch 3.4
Year old bottle: Faint aroma of cinnamon and clove. Clear copper, floaties, no head. Clove initially, pleasantly sweet. Cinnamon finish. Well balanced and one of the best proportions of spices Iíve had in a beer. Cinnamon is most prominent. I didnít detect pumpkin, which is perfectly fine by me. Holds up surprisingly well after a year.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Wild Goose Oatmeal Stout 3.8
Draught at Beer Temple in Amsterdam. Black body, with a huge thick light-brown head. Very nice cookie aroma, not too strong though. The palate and taste are amazing, with a depth and complexity and a long finish. Simple but simply great.
Sunday, November 14, 2010

Wild Goose India Pale Ale 1.9
Draught at Beer Temple in Amsterdam. Really nice colour, orange and blood orange, moshy beige head. Smells glue, very artificial. The taste is really not good. Weak, and the little flavour I felt is really not good.
Sunday, November 14, 2010

Wild Goose Oatmeal Stout 3.3
Draught at BeerTemple. Dark brown coloured with a medium sized off-white head. Light roasted aroma of oat, metal and dark chocolate. Roasted flavour of oak and caramel with notes of chococlate and hops. Light roasted finish.
Saturday, September 25, 2010

Wild Goose Oatmeal Stout 3.6
Draught at Beer Temple, Amsterdam. Black - brown head. Nice malty. Nice light smokey. Light bitterness. Light bitter burned. Coffee notes. Dryness. Lots of dry sharp/bitter licorice. Nice.
Friday, September 24, 2010

Wild Goose Brown Lager 3.8
Appearance: nice looking dark brown color with a lot of lacing Aroma: nutty and bread aroma Taste: medium bitterness with a little coffee favor Palate: slick and thin on the tongue. finish is bitter but fades quickly Overall: a good lager that goes down nicely. very refreshing.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Wild Goose Oatmeal Stout 3.3
Bottle pours a deep red almost black beer with a medium tan/brown head. Sweet scent of roasted malts, chocolate and coffee. Taste is roasted malt with some tartness. Sweet aftertaste.
Sunday, September 12, 2010

Wild Goose Nut Brown Ale 3.3
Bottle pours a dark red/brown brew with a massive tan head. Scent is malts. nuts and a whiff of caramel. Taste is nuts and caramel.
Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Wild Goose Oatmeal Stout 2.7
Black colour. White head which disappeared surprisingly quick. Chocolate smell. Really light taste. Aroma is milk chocolate and unfortunately a bit watery. Not really exciting beer, but not bad either.
Sunday, September 05, 2010