deyholla (11605) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 28, 2012
Sampled from the tap at the Clyborn. Pours a clear deep ruby with a light brown head that dissipates to the edges slowly. Aroma has a combo of sweet and earthy grains with a bit of booze and honey. Flavor has a bit of light fruit and sweet grains with a bread note coming out in the finish. BVery (10510) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - MAR 12, 2010
Tap @ Pracna (Minneapolis) during the holiday season 2009. Awesome beer! Dark brown pour, vanilla aroma pours out of the glass. Taste is creamy, vanilla, dark fruit, with an alcohol presence. Fantastic. drowland (8758) - Georgia, USA - AUG 4, 2009
Had on tap at Clybourn. Big malty sweet with a grainy touch and a hint of alcohol. Finishes roasty. TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - FEB 22, 2009
Poured draft on tap the the cybourne brewpub (chicago, il). Pours a very dark opaque blackish brown with nice brownish head that laces in a tulip. Aromas are very nice brown, slight nut, malty, nice sweetness with a touch of booze, brown sugar, and creamy sweetness. Initial is very welcoming, assertive malting with nice sweetness, nut, and nice balance with hopping to match. Finishes a little vinous, subtle dark fruits and carmel and brown sugar with a bitterness on the backend. A little thick. JPDIPSO (6223) - Wauwatosa, USA - NOV 17, 2009
Near brown color with a hint of cherry color when swirled in the glass. Heavy malt aromas with a mild fruit, especially berry background. It think I read that this had been aged on cranberries. Flavor start sweet with caramel and toffee, a slight blending of the fruit in the middle and a touch of spice in the finish and into the linger with just a bit of alcohol. Slightly warming. A nice winter warmer.
Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 21, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2012 A: Very dark; nearly opaque through a 5 oz. tasting glass. Light brown sugar head with moderate retention.
S: Sugary sweetness with residual fruit esters. The malt comes through under the fruits. Faint hop aroma.
T: Quite sweet with the alcohol hitting the back of the throat. Hints of black licorice; greater presence of dark fruits and at least a little black cherry. Definite bite of alcohol.
M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Crispness on the tip of the tongue and a slight tingle on the way down.
D: Can’t get enough--hard to stop and write between sips. My
favorite offering from Goose Island yet.
Other Notes: Had at the Wrigleyville location on 02.28.09. The menu there calls the beer "Extra Naughty Goose."
From the menu: "A brown ale with a bite. An American interpretation of an English classic, with lots of domestic Tettnang and Cascade hops to complement the choclaty roasted malt character. Served in a tulip for $7. ads135 (4607) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - NOV 4, 2012
Thick brown appearance with a nice light brown head. A sweet, desert beer. Toffee, chocolate, and brown sugar. Nothing overwhelming and fairly well-balanced, but not something I would drink two in a row of... Tried with Nick and his friend in Chicago in 2012. tmoreau (4369) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2009
On tap at Wrigleyville before DotLA. Poured a cloudy, dark brown tone, with a modest, foamy head and the same foamy lacing. The aroma was pleasant roastiness with some sweetness of caramel and molasses. Just a light touch of roasted coffee was also present. The flavor carried over all these but the coffee, and added malty, tangy and bitter notes. The body was medium to full, with a nice, creamy mouthfeel, and a dry/bitter finish. A very good taste bud prep for the rest of the day.
Nuffield (4171) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2009
Gosh, I liked this--possibly the best beer of the 2009 Holiday season? Gorgeous aroma with raisins and a very floral bouquet. Vanilla and some alcohol, as a testament to the aging. Good, rounding flavors, luscious and warming. On tap at The Happy Gnome, St. Paul. HonkeyBra (4044) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - NOV 12, 2009
Sampled at FoBAB 09. Yeah, I was feeling naughty. Dark pour with little tan head. Bourbony sweet aroma. A bit too sweet of flavor. Caramel and toffee, and enough fruit to make me wonder whether there was actually fruit in this. Pretty cool for a big beer.