mikehanneman (63) - Iowa, USA - FEB 18, 2012
Great beer. Reminds me of drinking coffee because the tones of caramel malts are so strong. Super seasonal beer! SPDickerman (1239) - Texas, USA - DEC 19, 2010
Pours clear, rich amber brown with a full, creamy off-white head. Smells of caramel and dark fruits. Tastes malty, caramel, and a little rye flavor second. Medium-bodied, creamy texture, and pleasant mouth carbonation, Goose Island Mild Winter finishes smooth with a little rye spiciness to complete a pleasant, mild ale. iamqueensblvd (247) - , Iowa, USA - DEC 15, 2009
I was surprised at how much i enjoyed this beer. a sweetness mixes with a little bit of spice that i really like. Caramel notes linger on the palate. wlajwl (7012) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - FEB 3, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2012 Absolutely love the rye flavor that goes well into the aftertaste, wish this was a year long ale and not a seasonal. rangerred (989) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - NOV 11, 2011
12oz bottle into a pint glass.
Pours a beautiful ruby with a solid head and nice lacing.
The smell is not quite what I was expecting from a winter seasonal. No spices present but a wonderful bready malt aroma mixed with a little roastiness and malt.
The taste is very malty with the rye quite evident. There are some hints of caramel and roasted malt but the taste honestly reminds me of rye bread. There is a nice drying bitterness that perfectly balances the sweetness from the malt.
I really enjoyed this beer. It is not necessarily your traditional spiced winter beer but it is definitely unique and is a good beer for the season.
nsk79 (25) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2012
Tasted from a bottle. Pours dark copper almost brown, very little head from the bottle. Aroma is full of roasted scents, I smell caramel especially. Mouth feel is great, nice carbonation. Taste is complex with roasted flavors such as caramel, chocolate, maybe brown sugar. This beer reminds me of a combination of a barley wine and a porter.
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Bottle. Pours a rich amber with a generous fluffy white head. Smells malty with some grassy hops. Tastes very aggressive for a malt, a sharp and semi spicy malt presence with a balancing hop presence. Very good . tons of flavor and very drinkable. jstraw (1967) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 7, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2009 Draft at Jerry’s. Amber with good, foamy, beige head / Earthy, bready, brown sugar and spice nose / Light to medium body, some texture, with soft carbonation, good balance and dry, spicy finish / Mild, earthy flavors of rye, brown sugar, bread, and spice / Mild indeed, but lovely. Braudog (6804) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - DEC 25, 2009
Bottle. Nice Christmas in a glass look -- rich and deeply red with a solid head. The aroma is bountiful, rife with robust malt and a hint of winter spice. But this drinks quite evenly, without abashedness, certainly sessionable for th Noel season. (#3774, 12/25/2009) badgerben (5285) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 22, 2008
Copper color with a thin head. Big aroma of rye and caramel malts. Strong, spicy rye flavor. Plenty of dusty grains. Floral hop finish. Lovely.