sodakotakid (230) - Belle Fourche, South Dakota, USA - NOV 5, 2013
pours a medium brown with a good tan head. This beer is sweet and full of malts, there is a light bitter rye flavor. There is a nice caramel flavor also. Cousin_Larry (895) - - NOV 13, 2013
Pours amber with a nice head that gives way to solid lacing. Aroma is similar to flavor - a very good toffee flavor with only a hint of bitterness. I just wish this mild ale was classified correctly so I could get credit on ratebeer. GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - AUG 6, 2008
Draft at Clybourn. Poured a muddy dark orange color with an off white head. Smelled of toffee, toasted bread, and light flowery hops. Light to medium bodied and slightly sweet. Somewhat spicy and citrusy with a toffee note. There was also some distinct tobacco. Very tasty. gws57 (1276) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - NOV 28, 2008
Found this one bottled at Lighthouse in Wasco, Illinois. Nice reddish brown pour with a thin, lacy head, and a toasty malt nose, maybe a bit of baked bread, and nuts. Mild maltiness is pronounced in the flavor, but the grain profile is different due to the rye: it’s more complex and a bit drier. Interesting, highly drinkable, this beer is a keeper. BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 15, 2008
Dark nutty body with faint white head. The barley and rye really stand out as distinct aromas in this beer with the rye dominant in the flavor and the barley in the aroma. A Lightly spiced body with a bit of a dry hop bite on the finish. Very nice bear.
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2009 Re-rate: 12/7/2009. I opened a 12oz bottle of this and anticipated downgrading it a few points (for no real reason), but it really is just as nice as I originally rated. See my original rating from just under a year ago.
12/16/2008. On tap at the Grumpy Bulldog in Naperville. Pours a nice looking chestnut, brown-red with a big, fluffy, everlasting white head that remains very lacy. I imagine this doesnt look as good from a bottle, but this looked pretty good on tap. Aroma of lightly roasted grains, rye bread, caramel malts, and spicy hops. Definite winter ale quality to both the aroma and flavor. The flavor is similar to the aroma and the rye is more evident in the taste. Slightly fruity, spicy, sharp, and a bit nutty. Warm feeling with a medium body and good balance. Pretty dry finish. Overall, very drinkable. Nice rye flavor and good spices. Gregis (1281) - Stilwell, Kansas, USA - JUN 7, 2009
Pours a dark iced tea brown with three fingers of fluffy off-white head which diminishes, leaving behind a thin skin and wispy lace. The nose is of sweet toasted malt and marbled rye with a touch of a spruce-like hop note in support. Light to medium-bodied with a soft creamy mouthfeel, it has a pleasant, mildly bitter finish. The flavor is a really well integrated blend of toasty/roasty malt, rye and sprucy hops. I can’t really quantify why I like this beer as much as I do. I’m just really digging the interesting and satisfying blend of flavors supported by a pleasing mouthfeel. This is among my favorites from GI, and easily the most interesting of their regular/seasonal offerings. JaBier (7958) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JAN 28, 2010
Pint at Barley’s Smokehouse. Pours a clear copper with a medium beige head. Sweet and caramel malt nose with a significant bread note and a bit of crisp hop. Bready flavor with sweet caramel and a semi-bitter bready finish. Say what you want about this "mild" ale, but I’m damn sick of rye beers that don’t taste like rye and this one brings it. Bravo Goose Island, bravo. Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 4, 2010
Tap at RNH- one of my other favorites of the night. Pours a mostly clear woody copper with a thin lasting head and nice lace. Aroma is a nice big fully nutty brown and rye malts, moderate caramel sweetness, earthy tones, big warming biscuit and light fruity esters. Flavor is doughy, clean spicy zesty rye malts, toast, light fruits, caramel, lightly bitter in the end- mostly clean and fairly full body- I like it ! Coxy (41) - Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 11, 2010
Winter ale but not too much about it that’s warming. Slight spice and red brown colour which is nice. Good all rounded beer that doesn’t fall down in any particular area. It’s strong abv isn’t too noticeable but definitely does hit the nail. It has a subtle sweetness to it that is possibly from the hops used. Overall a very enjoyable beer as most of the Goose Island beers are.