mixinnixon2000 (226) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 12, 2009
On tap. pours dark amber color with a nice light tan head. rye flavor is there along with some spices and hops. WabashMan (1024) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 11, 2009
A decent rye, though not up to the quality of the two Founders ryes of note. Pour is very nice...a very dark amber, with a nice, light tan head. Nose is somewhat dominated by the rye. Flavor has some nice spice notes, but it’s just too short in the finish to get top marks. Good flavors...but they disappear all to quickly. fidelis83 (2403) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - FEB 10, 2009
Pours dark amber with a 2 finger solid beige head that has great retention, and leaves some lacing. Aroma is biscuity, grassy, straw and a bit spicy. Flavor is much the same with a nice grainy spiciness, sourdough, earthy hops. Finish is dry and spicy with earth tones and slightly bitter hops. Really nice stuff. Narnad (1521) - Crystal Lake, Illinois, USA - FEB 8, 2009
Pours an amber color with a red tinge and a very thin wispy white head. Light aroma of caramel malt and rye. First flavor I got was a spicy noble hops taste, moving into a light rye and biscuit malt flavor. The flavor as a whole is pretty light. Overall I wasn’t too impressed with the beer when compared to other stuff of theirs but it was still a very drinkable beer. cking (1175) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - FEB 7, 2009
The "mild" refers to little usage of hops and not a low abv ale per the classical sense of the term. Enjoyed the bottles from a six pack over the course of a week or so, and this malty ale slowly grew on me. Dark amber color with a towering tan head and heavy lacing. Malty nose that smells of an English Ale persuasion. Nuts and biscuits with some mixed berry aromas. Malty with a tangy sweetness and hearty body, finishes a touch dry to my surprise. Tasty malt flavors with accents of bread, toffee, berries, nuts and an organic peaty quality. Best served at cellar temperature.
dp (608) - uniontown, Ohio, USA - FEB 4, 2009
toasty/roasty aroma, slight chocolate/coffee taste, very mild, I could see drinking many of these without being aware of the number jebert (500) - Watertown, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 31, 2009
Pours a reddish-cooper color with huge foaming head mostly lasting, leaving some beautiful lacing on the glass. Nose is barley and malt with a suggestion of carmel. Mouthfeel is very creamy and soft. Full flavored with tastes of barley, malt and carmel. Finishes on a hoppy note but not bitter. A well crafted beer that can stand up to a winter feast of roast beef, potatoes and carrots. jmw141 (134) - Canton, Illinois, USA - JAN 28, 2009
Draft at Goose Island Clybourn. 5 oz. taster glass. Pours medium-dark brown, good lacing, goos head. Caramel and roasty aroma. Malty nose. Bitter chocolate, roasty flavors. Hoppy finish. GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 27, 2009
On tap at Johnathan’s Bistro in Appleton, WI.
Pours a dark, clear copper with a thin off-white head that left decent lacing as it lingered as a ring.
The aroma is very tame with some sweet malts and maybe a hint of rye spiciness and hops, but not a lot standing out in the nose.
The taste is slightly bigger than the aroma and has a some earthy hop bitterness up front before giving way to the mild caramel malts. The rye comes around in the finish and leaves a slight spiciness that lingers for a while.
The mouthfeel is smooth but very prickly with the hops and rye spices.
This is a decent beer that doesn’t really offer anything too original and the rye is really subdued. DrnkMcDermott (3097) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JAN 26, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2009 12 oz. bottle. New Goose bottled beer? Yes, please. Smell is a nice, lightly roasted malty beer with the slight spiciness of wheat, or in this case, rye. Dark brown color, like their Hex Nut, thin whitish foam. Taste does not quite fit their description as a red ale, closer to a, well, nut brown. Malts are mellow, smooth, and thisclose to coffee roast. But soft and spicy rye are in fine proportion, making this a highly recommended pleaser. If only the real winter of 08-09 was mild, too!