j12601 (11571) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUL 20, 2015 jayc (28) - USA - NOV 29, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
You gotta love this one, it has it all: malts overflowing, caramel, and enough spices to float Istanbul's spice market AND a very cool GOOSE! I've liked this beer for the past 10 years. Heavy though -- just get the appetizers and not the main course when your on this one. Cheers!
Bottle from 1997 thanks to Andy at Blipp’s going away tasting. Pours a clear brown with a thin tan head. Old malt and soy sauce on the nose, umami. Old chocolate ice cream, soy sauce. Long tannins and chocolate, old malt. Old. Very old. Damico (3147) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2014
After 4 years in the dark cellar alll alone, pours amber thicker with a ton of sediment and beige head. Aroma brings sweet malts with aging character, started to turn a big. Flavor brings the sweet aged malt flavors as well, maintaining the English style with honey like notes, not piercing sweetness at all. It aged pretty well for 4 years! Beergeek23322 (2602) - Chester, Virginia, USA - NOV 24, 2013
11/29/2009. Dark brown pour with a tan head. Aromas of grain, caramel and hops. Little sweet at first, but spices and earthy notes as well as the hops set in towards the end. Not bad at all. Lenusik (119) - Illinois, USA - JUN 24, 2013
Too many gooses in the name for my liking. Fortunately, it’s a good beer so it makes up for that. A nice mahogany pour. Aroma is dark malt, citrusy hops, and some floral notes. Flavour is mildly sweet, with a bitter finish. Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - MAR 17, 2011
Reviewed from notes.
Pours a moderate brown with a fairly thin head. A bit of the head remains after some time, although the remainder doesn’t leave much lacing as it goes down. The nose has got a surprising amount of hop activity with a good amount of pine and citrus. Some caramel and light molasses in the back. The taste brings forward some of the hop elements without too much bitterness. Some light doughy flavors with a bit of toast. Light to medium body. Drinks pretty well overall for a winter warmer and certainly bucks the insane spicing trend.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 10-21-2010
gsmitty80 (2130) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 9, 2011
I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. I thought it was gonna be a winter ale with alot of spices but being a strong ale I thought it was smooth without too much spice and good malting. rollingwood (91) - Maryland, USA - JAN 30, 2011
Pours a gorgeous, crystal-clear ruby liquor with a half-inch off-white head that melts into Belgian lace that persists. The aroma is floral, but not entirely pleasant to my nose for some reason.
The brew however is a well-balanced, bitter sweet interplay of hop and malt with a pleasantly long, mildly bitter finish. I don’t think it is oak aged, but it has some of the taste notes I associate with oak. Very nice. kassner (1659) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 6, 2011
Deep red honey color, with a little head, pretty full flavor and mouth but alcohol and carbonation are prevalent in the taste. dried fruits and brown sugar notes Steeeve (327) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 4, 2011
Mars-red pour with a thin fizzly white head. Aroma is dark fruits, molasses, caramel, and toasted malts. Tastes slightly sweet at first, with a lot of the more wintery ingredients coming into play. Finish is bitter but clean, with some resin hop character. Palate is on the lighter side of medium, somewhat voluminous but thin enough to remain drinkable. Overall fairly good. Nothing mind blowing here, a very modest improvement over the typical bland winter ale. boccefloyd (101) - Bon Air, Virginia, USA - DEC 23, 2010
2010 version. I’m disappointed. I’ve not had one of these in probably 10 years but they used to be very good, at least in my mind. Pours a deep amber with a creamy tan head that laces nicely and hangs around. aroma is malts, toasty, sweet, with some earthiness and spice, but it is faint. Has a medium full body, smooth in the mouth, medium carbonation and a thin finish. On the tongue getting bready, toasty, and sweet malts. Not mush, if anything, in the way of hops. with a thin, unsatisfying finish. I think it will be 10 years before I try again. Unfortunately, I bought a 6-pack.