TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2012
Draft on tap at the brewpub (Chicago, IL). Missed this at FoBAB, excited to see it on. Pours a fairly brownish pour, some lighter glowing essence, but largely opaque and darker. A decent frothy tannish head dies to a smaller ring, laces small. Aromas are tons of cocoa, a load of dark cocoa, bakers chocolate, and some sweeter milk chocolate. Toffee, biscuits, mellow oaky vanilla and spirit barrel. Touches of coconut, more oak, spirit, and vanilla. Initial is a rich flavors and medium bodied, offering healthy caramel and toffee, mixing with a deep dark cocoa regime, some milk chocolate, bakers cocoa. Sweet up front, dying out in the middle. Barrel offers Bourbon spirit, heat, a good dose of vanilla. Some gentle peppery spice moves into the fold in the backend. Chiles are mild, yet growing, synergy with the ABV element. Dry, inviting, with a lot of sweet heavier body ahead of it. Nice beer. Mellow spice, healthy tannins, heat from spirit and peppers. Lots of dark cocoa, mellow sweetness lingers. A good and interesting beer. Lovely barrel aged barleywine with some good elements to add complexity. holdenn (2116) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 21, 2012
FOBAB 2011. This is part of my discovery of old ratings. I guess I got a little behind over the years. Red brown in color with no head. Rich red caramels brown sugar sweet. Sweet medium body. Nice cocoa in with the barleywine. Sweet pretty solid. 8/3/8/3/15 I remember this won gold or silver. I don’t think it was that great, but good stuff. BMan1113VR (7930) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 1, 2013
GABF 2012. Pours with a hazy deep brown hued body with a large tan head. Aromas are of bourbon, brown sugar, cocoa, ashy, lightly spicey, vanilla, earthy and nutty. Flavors show a bit of heat, vanilla, cocoa, bourbon and vanilla. Peppery. Lively carbonation and palate with a spicy finish. chibuck (3513) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 13, 2011
draft... muddy light brown, wish it was a bit darker as this color is off... the aroma is fantastic, totally nails chocolate as its bursting with cocoa, lightly bitter but buttery sweet mostly, I don’t get any spice or bourbon... the chocolate is all over the taste as well, but too much for me too strong, the barrel needed to come through more to break it up... solid and worth trying pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 15, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2012 Goose Island Xocolate sampled at FOBAB 2011 and again a the brewpub to ring in the new year... Pours a semi dull yet transparent muddled reddish brown hue and topped with a soapy white head, quickly dissipating... Honey raisin and toffee notes, very rich with chocolate fudge smoothening things out. An added layer of subtle yet noticeable peppery spice adds nuance... English barleywine flavor profile with an equallizing chocolate note and sweeter vanilla toffee presence. Body is somewhat thick but carbonation lightens it. Not bad especially when a modicum of heat creeps in late and lingers on for a bit. Better than when I had it at fobab as the complexities are a bit mire apparent when a bigger sample is had. Chile pepper spice always tickles my fancy so be that as it may, well I forgot where I was going with that.
JoePeesie (925) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - JAN 30, 2012
FoBAB 11’- Was expecting to like this beer more than I did, that said, it’s solid, pours a dark black to brown, nose and taste are of spices, coco nibs, caramel. Very sweet and a touch spicy. A good beer but I had thought it was going to be special and I did not find this to be. XmnwildX12 (2079) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - OCT 19, 2012
Had this at the 2012 Great American Beer Fest in Denver, Colorado. Nice toffee roast scents, taste is a bit of toffee and spice. SrSilliGose (3331) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - NOV 17, 2011
fobab 11’ - tried after it won some kind of medal. bready, doughy caramel, with a touch of boozy grahamcracker whiskey barrel and vanilla. whatever spice character seemed muddled. somewhat earthy. okay. not bad, but of all the awesome beers that i tried from goose island on this day, this was probably like my 14th favorite. deyholla (12033) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 18, 2011
Sampled from the tap at 2011 FOBAB. Poured a near clear deep brownish amber with a light brown head that dissipated to the edges. Aroma was full of chocolate with a hint of spice and barrel, but mainly chocolate. Flavor was similarly chocolatey with a bit of spice coming out but not much else. Nice and smooth on the tongue. msante79 (2225) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - NOV 19, 2011
On tap at Fobab 9. Pours clear brown with tan head. Aromas of chocolate, toffee, and spices. Flavors of chocolate, spices, and toffee sweetness. Lacking some carbonation and chocolate and spices kind of threw me off a little. Didn’t really care for this one.