SanfordBrewer (1574) - Sanford, Florida, USA - APR 21, 2010
lucent mahogany, creamy tan head, med-effervescence, med-co2, creamy med-body.giberti (4) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - JAN 17, 2008 does not count
aroma: creamy hops, chocolate toasty malt.
T1= sweet malt, leafy hops.
T2= roast malt, tobacco hops.
T3= creamy hop leaves.
lots of flavor, and all well balanced. possibly the richest and most complex brown ale i’ve had (@500), and certainly the best. great for pairing with classic american food -i.e. bbq, loaded burgers, seasoned and grilled steak.
Another great beer from Goose! :) I highly recommend this beer - on tap if you can get it. Maddog (528) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - MAY 18, 2010
Had on draft at the brewery. I was very surprised at how good this beer was, and how average some of its ratings were. This beer was fantastic! Huge malt with aromas of vanilla and oak. A huge beer, very complex with flavors of maple syrup, oak, vanilla and caramel. Huge alcohol and dry in the finish. Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 9, 2005
Cask!! at Clybourn. This stuff was just fantastic. Deep brown pour with a tall tan head. Perfect lacing as this went down. Aroma was highly roasted and nutty, with an excellent twist of citrus from a nice helping of Cascade hops. I can’t say that I’ve smelled a finer brown! Flavor followed the aroma up perfectly, and added some sweet caramel. Exquisite on the palate! Smooth and coating... without the cola-like consistency often found with the style. Cask conditioning gave it a perfect level of carbonation and temperature. they have it on tap right now at both locations... GET SOME! eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAR 20, 2005
Exotic! On draught at clybourn. Dark ruby in color with a dark brown head. To my suprise the aroma was fruity! Not dark fruit but citrus like juicy fruit. Sweet orange and lemon dominated the aroma. The flavor starts off with sweet orange and lemon, then switches to a hopped middle, with a malty nut finish. When I asked about it I was told it was something the brewmaster had been experimenting with. It is like a mix of and IPA with a nut brown ale. Goose Island IPA meets Goose Island Hex Nut Brown. Strange, but absolutely great.
thirdeye11 (6160) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 12, 2009
(22oz bottle thanks to bu11zeye) I knew brown ales could be good, and this is finally the one that did it.
Pours a dark orange/brown, nice lacing. Nose is honey, sweet malt, biscuits and delicious. Carbonation is velvety. Taste is lightly toasted sweet malt. Not complex at all, but so well done. Best brown ale I’ve had to date and highly recommended for anyone who has given up on them. Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 8, 2012
Had this on tap at the Clybourn location during the King Henry release. Served in an Imperial pint glass.
A: Pours a clear dark brown with a dark amber edges. A thin light tan head forms on the pour and leaves some splotchy lace on the way down.
S: Some caramel malts with a touch of smoke and roast. Light toffee as well.
T: What a treat this was. There was a great caramel and toffee malt bill that gave it some sweetness with a nutty roastiness and a touch of smoke. The finish was a light, sweet chocolate.
M: Medium bodied that greatly carbonated with a sweet chocolate taste coating the palate. High drinkability.
O: I was pleasantly surprised by this guy. Would definitely have a again.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 11-26-2011 jpburgh213 (11) - saratoga springs, New York, USA - JAN 5, 2013
Nice dark color, dark dark amber. Alcohol and chocolate smell to the beer and it sits nice on you tongue. Complex flavors of malt and barley with a hint of bitter coffee. Very nice beer Travlr (24651) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 29, 2013
Draft. Deep dark briwn color. Aroma of lightly spiced brownies. Taste is really full bodied brownie mix. A huge beer for 5%. Huhzubendah (3705) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 2, 2013
Draft at Churchkey in D.C.
The beer is dark brown with a thin beige collar. The aroma is fabulous. Vanilla, chocolate, malt, bread, a touch of booze. The taste is so smooth and easy going, it’s hard to believe the aroma can be so powerful. Gene and I both marveled over the bold and assertive quality of the beer despite it’s low abv. The power of an imperial brown ale or barleywine with session-like drinkability. Great stuff.