Goose Island Beer Company (AB-InBev) Reviews




kaser
4.5
Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Cherry Rye Barrel
My favorite BCS I've had, besides maybe 13/14 Prop. Had at a bottle share, about 8oz. Thick black pour. Of course cherries dominate. Chocolate, creamy and bourbon notes too. Fan-freaking-tastic!
Monday, March 27, 2017

wwelenc
4.5
Goose Island Honkers Ale
Was stationed in England in the USAF. Drank many a bitter. Honkers brings me back there., I love your beer. This is my new everyday.
Monday, March 27, 2017

Fatehunter
3.1
Goose Island Four Star Pils
Pours a finger of head on a clear straw body. Aroma is mild, a bit of lemon. Taste has a nice citrus bitterness. Texture is crisp and fizzy.
Sunday, March 26, 2017

monk191
3.5
Goose Island Bourbon County Barleywine
Another great and boozy goose island beer. Pours a beautiful deep red, almost like a wine or a brandy, but no head. Smells of bourbon, cherries, vanilla and salt water taffy. Taste is sharp, with dark fruit upfront , followed by vanilla and lots of bourbon through the finish. Had in the bottle. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Sunday, March 26, 2017

beertholomeus
3.2
Goose Island Green Line Pale Ale
Pours a golden amber color with a white head.Biscuit, floral, caramel and pine aroma and flavors. Medium body and carbonation with a biscuit and caramel finish. Boring but inoffensive.
Sunday, March 26, 2017

ebone1988
4.3
Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Cherry Rye Barrel
Bottle shared with koleminer20 and Gus for the 1st bi-annual Day of Surprises Boondoggle. Aroma is bourbon, caramel, cherry, barrel, dark fruit, roasted malt, chocolate, great. Appearance is black, light brown head, poured thickish. Taste is bourbon, caramel, roasted malt, cherry, barrel, chocolate, good. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy body, light carbonation, cherry and bourbon caramel aftertaste. Overall, enjoyable, although I wish I would have tasted it in its prime.
Sunday, March 26, 2017

Christpuncher
5
Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Cherry Rye Barrel
Aroma of tart cherry and almost no barrel. Flavor is incredibly balanced, 5 years really did this beer well. light tart cherry flavors with some barrel to even it out. absoutely fantastic. had back to back with assassin and this destroys it. possibly the best beer i have ever had.
Sunday, March 26, 2017

Tinaccio
3.8
Goose Island Goose IPA
355 ml bottle from Tesco, London (UK). Nice golden colour. Medium white head. Aroma is fruity, grapefruit at most. Taste is fruity, grapefruit, mango, citrus. Light body. Finish is very nice.
Sunday, March 26, 2017

rand
3.2
Goose Island Honkers Ale
Bottle 12 fl.oz / Le Grain d’Orge - Crissioer (CH). Amber with an average cream head and aromas of hop, caramel, slight fruity white and lemon. The taste is dry, malt, caramel, hop, slight fruity, bitter grassy-earthy, notes of lemon, zest and biscuit. Well and truly bitter.
Sunday, March 26, 2017

HogTownHarry
3.5
Goose Island King Henry
September 19, 2015 - at The Kernel with a whole bunch of RateBeer lunatics for Zwanze Day. Another generous share from lagerloather. Dark pour, minimal head. Sharp, somewhat boozy aroma, sweet, viscous - not all that bitter. Taste - honesly like a less roasty Bourbon county - it’s really a BW? - it didn’t wow me. Slick, a bit still, mostly thin bourbon and alcohol in the finish. Glad to try it, but didn’t love it.
Sunday, March 26, 2017

HogTownHarry
4.1
Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Proprietor’s 2014
September 19, 2015 - at The Kernel with a whole bunch of RateBeer lunatics for Zwanze Day. Bottle generously shared by lagerloather with the gang. Black pour, oily loooking, nice brown creamy head. Smells amazing - for once a bourbon beer with some restraint - this is all about the roast, with interesting bittering character. Taste is surprisingly delicate, well-balanced, restrained bourbon once again - sweet with hibiscus, coconut, hazelnut and nougat. Slick, light body, low-level carbonation, mouthfeel is mostly oily malt and restraint - loved it.
Saturday, March 25, 2017

rederic
4.3
Goose Island Madame Rose
2016, 765ml bottle, dark amber, reddish color, with an off white head, with a nice fruity sour cherryish, funky wild yeast nose, with some red winey tannin, woody oak barrel, light cherry pit almondy, subtle vanilla accents, and a faint earthy musty black cherry, subtle pale, toasted, wheat sour malt mash note in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate, with a good tart, sour fruity cherry, subtle rhubarb, funky wild yeast character, with some wine vinegar, red wine tannin, faint vanilla marzipan cherry pit, woody oak barrel, subtle acidic cranberry flavours, leading towards fruity, vinegary, sour cherryish, subtle marzipan, lingering acidic fruity, woodiness finish.
Saturday, March 25, 2017

beertholomeus
3.2
Goose Island Four Star Pils
Pours a golden yellow color with a white head. Floral, grain and light hop aroma and flavors. Light body and moderate carbonation. Grain and floral finish.
Saturday, March 25, 2017

PanMarek
4
Goose Island Halia
Slightly cloudy pale golden pour with quick white foam. Strong tart, acetic notes in the nose. Some citrus (lemon?) and some earthy aspects. The taste follows, dominated by the tartness. The citrus seems lemony on the tongue. The peach flavors are subtle at first but emerge as it warms. Crisp texture, dry finish and lots of fizz. The brett and the aging brings out some dry vinous flavors. Medium, soft body. The mustiness is overcome by the tartness. More complexities arrive as it warms up. The saison aspect is present, but the sourness tends to dominate. Another good offering from Goose Island. Curious to know why Rate Beer lists it as a sour / wild rather than a saison.
Saturday, March 25, 2017

Mr_Pink_152
2.9
Goose Island 312 Urban Wheat Ale
Bottle from Tesco. Golden colour without the cloudiness of a wheat beer, but with a thin white head. Aroma banana and fruity. Taste mainly sweet, with a light sour finish.
Saturday, March 25, 2017

Iphonephan
3.3
Goose Island Four Star Pils
From a 12 oz. bottle. Pours a clear pale gold with an off white head. Bread nose. Flavors of light crackers. Crisp finish. Decent pils.
Saturday, March 25, 2017

60minuteman
3.7
Goose Island Lolita
Pours rose, no head. Knee buckling sour smell, raspberries, wild stuff and floral. Pale and grassy but the sour manages to overcome. It stays tart and finishes clean and refreshing. More raspberries.
Saturday, March 25, 2017

YantarCoast
3.4
Goose Island Goose IPA
355ml bottle. Pours clear gold with a medium-sized white head. Aroma is floral, pine, malt. Taste is hoppy, citrus, pale malt. Not bad.
Friday, March 24, 2017

pintbypint
3.4
Goose Island Rambler IPA
341ml brown bottle. Amber colour with light haze. Good creamy white head with good staying power and nice lacing throughout the glass. Nose has caramel, orange peel, pine. Taste - lots of malt sweetness and caramel, some cirus and pine notes and mild bitterness. Ok.
Thursday, March 23, 2017

60minuteman
4.3
Goose Island Bourbon County Stout
Bottled on 10/7/2016 #1301. Dark appearance. Too damn boozy, too dang sweet, too freaking strong, the vanilla hits you in the face, my lips picker and my throat closes with every sip. But damn is it smooth as it all works extremely well. I’ll try it again next year....at least it’ll make it to my cellar that time...maybe.
Thursday, March 23, 2017

BucannonXC5
4.1
Goose Island Bourbon County Barleywine
Type: 16.9-oz. bottle Glass: AleSmith Barrel-Aged Reserve snifter From: La Mesa Wine & Spirits in La Mesa (San Diego), Calif. Price: $14.99 Purchased: Feb. 25, 2017 Consumed: Feb. 25, 2017 Reviewed as: English Barleywine Misc.: Bottled on Oct. 18, 2016; 2016 version is 13.6 pct. alcohol Huge get to see this in the stores earlier today. Said I would come back and did about 10 minutes later. Wasn’t mad about the $14.99 price. Seemed fair considering the style and it being the first time I had seen this variant in stores. Super excited for this beer. Poured a dark-to-light black brown color (almost black) with 1-to-2 fingers of fizzy tan head. Light bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass at certain spots. Average watery lacing. Below average retention. (Sight - 3.25) Smelled dueling notes of boozy bourbon, leathery oak and earthy tobacco up front. Also got chewy caramel squares, toffee, smooth milk chocolate, thick molasses, subdued vanilla, and hints of dark fruits. Seemed just a tad hot early, but was smoothing out toward the end. (Smell - 4.25) Tasted much better than the nose initially. Got chewy caramel, tobacco, oaky bourbon, vanilla, toffee, sugary milk chocolate, rich molasses, honey (wishful?), maple syrup, dark plum notes and subtle hints of woody anise. (Taste - 4.75) Full body. Sticky texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth, warming finish. (Feel - 4.75) Very good. Was all over the place on the ratings. Not as good as I was hoping, but still just an exceptional beer. Would like to see a bottle of this sit for a bit. (Overall - 4.50) 4.48 99 A
Thursday, March 23, 2017

superspak
4.2
Goose Island Fassinator
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 1/10/2017. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy deep golden/amber color with a 2 finger fairly dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big wheat, cracker, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, and light honey; with lighter notes of lemon, pear, apple, pepper, clove, banana, bubblegum, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity and bready malt and light-moderate fruity yeast notes; with great strength. Taste of big wheat, cracker, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, and light honey; with lighter notes of lemon, pear, apple, pepper, clove, banana, bubblegum, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal bitterness and yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of wheat, cracker, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, honey, light banana/clove, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of bready malt and light-moderate fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance, and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready/grainy, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol for 8%. Overall this is an outstanding blonde doppelbock! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of bready malt and light-moderate fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to drink. Very rich in bready malt complexity; with complimenting yeast/hop notes in the background. A highly enjoyable offering.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Cajun
3.3
Goose Island Green Line Pale Ale
Bottle - Pours a clear copper gold, white head. Aroma of toasted grain malt, some light fruits, lemon. Smooth tastes of toasted bread, lemon, hay, hint of melon, decent bitter finish.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017

60minuteman
3.4
Goose Island Green Line Pale Ale
Bready profile with notes of cereal, malt, spice and light fruits. Mild bitterness but continued earthy malt through the beer. Wholesome breaded finish. Simple but enjoyable.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017

john44
3.2
Goose Island Green Line Pale Ale
Keg Pint at Goose Island Ale House, Balham, London in Jan 2017 - Orangey Gold in colour. Good off-white head. Good lacing. Good carbonation. Malty; grainy toasty malts, caramel. Fruity; orange citrus. Hoppy; grassy hops. Mildly bitter malty fruity throughout. Increasing bitterness into finish. OK. Painless; easy drinking. (2017-01)
Tuesday, March 21, 2017

edgallow
3.4
Goose Island Fassinator
12 oz bottle pours amber with a white head. Aroma of caramel, earthy and some grains. Taste is caramel malts and a little fruit
Monday, March 20, 2017

MeadMuse39
5
Goose Island Bourbon County Stout
Goose Island brews a limited supply of the Bourbon County Stout. So limited that many bars place a restriction of one per person. I had the privilege of sampling it at the South Side Grille during their Goose Island Tap Takeover yesterday. Pour: Half-finger espresso creme head. Black tar body. Bouquet: Roasted coffee and cacao bean. Earthy, sweet. Caramel and vanilla bean. Oak bite. Smoke. Sip: Coffee and dark chocolate. Buttery caramel. Toffee nut. Morphs into a molasses syrupy viscosity. And finishes with a bite of smoky bourbon. Bourbon flavor really opens updating as it breathes. Mid glass it bites like a rye. Mouth-Feel: Luscious, full bodied, velvety, creamy like butter. This is a beer that is very “in the nose” you can feel it it your sinuses. It had that quintessential bourbon whiskey burn that seems to encompass you, and kindles a fire in your chest. Overall: I imagine a nice steak, or duck fat braised pork chop going nicely before drinking this. This is an after-dinner beer, it is a show stealer and needs its own space to shine. Drink it like a digestif.
Monday, March 20, 2017

Spab
3.8
Goose Island Gillian
750 ml bottle from LCBO. Pours a murky peach colour with only the smallest whiteish head. Aroma is strawberry, honeyed grains, lemon and a light funkiness. Flavour has surprisingly assertive tartness with lots of lemon, crabapple, strawberry, pepper and honeysuckle. Drying finish. Slick mouthfeel. Quite nice.
Monday, March 20, 2017

mabel
3.7
Goose Island Halia
[8713-20160913] 650mL bottle. Light lemon cardboard aroma. Slightly hazy, pale yellow body with a quick foamy white head. Sour lemon tart flavour. Medium body is quite sour. Good. (7/3/8/4/15) 3.7
(w/ jercraigs, wilco)

Monday, March 20, 2017

Korcz
4.6
Goose Island Bourbon County Barleywine
Genialny aromat, cudowna wanilia, Bourbon, solony karmel, toffi,ciemne owoce. Słodkie, mega beczkowe, alkohol perfekcyjnie ułożony. Wybitne piwo, magia. Jeden z najlepszych Barley Wine jakie piłem.
Monday, March 20, 2017

ThirstyBird
4.1
Goose Island Bourbon County Barleywine
2013 bottle, pours an orange brown with a minimal tan head. The smell is prunes, bourbon, vanilla, caramel. The taste is huge prunes, raisins, bourbon, vanilla ending with rich fruit and dry at the same time. Full in body with average carbonation.
Monday, March 20, 2017

Zer0
4.3
Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Vanilla Rye Barrel
Bottle. Soloing this fucker after finishing my thesis! What a treat thisis. Huge vanilla and bourbon upfront. Not much wood, quite boozy. Rather roasty and some chocolate. Massive bourbon and vanilla in flavour too. Really sweet. Huge body with soft carbonation. Well worth saving!
Monday, March 20, 2017

DroolYeast
4.3
Goose Island Bourbon County Barleywine
Bottle thanks to klimaet. 2016 Edition. Aroma of bourbon, coconut, deep caramel, toffee, vanilla, oak. Dark brown with no head. Taste is moderate sweet and light bitter, vanilla, bourbon oak. Full body, oily feel and malty bourbon finish.
Monday, March 20, 2017

Hopmaestro
4.7
Goose Island Bourbon County Stout
Vintage 2016 (13.8%) : Aroma is massive chocolate notes with vanilla and bourbon. Deep and rich bourbon notes with sweetness as well. Taste is very wide with lots of malt, brown sugar sweetness, molasses, vanilla. Light alcohol, but absolutely not disturbing. This was awesome!
Monday, March 20, 2017

shigadeyo
3.5
Goose Island Preseason Lager
3/18/2017: Goose Island Preseason Lager pours a beautiful copper color. Aroma is lighty hoppy along with some nutty bread; flavors include dried leaves, lightly toasted malt, caramelized yellow grapefruit (but not sweet), slightly sour and a definitely fruit that I can’t really call out by name, slightly dry in the finish. Overall, this is a hoppier Vienna Lager than one would expect for the style, but the flavor profile works well. Dumb name, but really good beer.
Sunday, March 19, 2017

rami_pl
4.7
Goose Island Bourbon County Stout
Rami Rami is drinking a Bourbon County Brand Stout (2016) 13.8% by Goose Island Beer Co. at Personalna Urywa dupe. Beczka, wanilia, gladkoscia, pralinkami... syropowe... alko sie paleta nielekko moze teoretycznie jako mikrominusik. Klasa
Sunday, March 19, 2017

ehaak26
3.4
Goose Island Sofie
Bottle from Lexington Beerworks. Aroma of white pepper, citrus, some cloves.
Saturday, March 18, 2017

tmoreau
2.8
Goose Island Caution Tape
12 oz. bottle poured to a Czech-pils glass at home, showing a highly fizzy & sudsy, soft white foam that finally settled down so that I could view the color as a hazed gold, with plenty of rising bubbles, and foamy patches of lacing. The aroma was a pungent, tart, and tangy nose of citrus, white grape, a bit of lemon/lime, fermenting grain, greenery & earthiness, with a touch of sweetness. Weak flavor, and light bodied, the taste didn’t carry over much that was positive from the aroma, and was tart, lemon rind and seltzer water, with a dry & puckering character to the finish. Picked at it but didn’t finish,...and that’s not me!
Saturday, March 18, 2017

hershiser2
2.4
Goose Island 312 Urban Wheat Ale
Kroger bottle. Clear pale gold, white head. Ordinary wheat aroma. Flavor is wheat. This is a wheat beer. Nothing more, nothing less. Any ol’ wheat beer. Zero depth, zero imagination.
Saturday, March 18, 2017

jcr
3.1
Goose Island Preseason Lager
Bottle. Amber body with off-white head. Aroma of toasted grain, bread, caramel, grapefruit and light pine. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly bitter. It finishes lightly to moderately sweet and lightly bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Sweet to start but slightly sour in the finish. Lingering light pine taste.
Saturday, March 18, 2017

yourilevesque
4.6
Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Coffee
Vintage 2014. Un immense merci à Marc-André pour le partage de cette sublime bière. Aucune mousse, filme huileux de surface. Robe noire, opaque mais étonnamment pas lourde du tout. Le liquide valse plutôt légèrement dans mon verre. En y plongeant mon grand nez propulsé par l’excitation, je reçois au visage une chaude attaque de café africain, léger comme tout et comme s’il avait été infusé la veille. Le café est encore aussi riche et structuré après tout ce temps? C’est prodigieux! Je respire encore recherchant la base de cette bière que j’ai dû visiter au moins 50 fois dans ma vie et je ne la trouve nulle-part. Voyons donc! Allez, on ouvre la Stout 2014 pour les comparer côte-à-côte! C’est une autre bière. La structure n’est pas la même. C’est autre chose totalement. La café est dune douceur et d’une souplesse alors que le stout est liquoreux et riche. Du côté du café, je ne sens aucunement l’alcool. La structure du café est à ce point complexe que le reste n’est que faire-valoir à sa splendeur. Des notes de bourbon très délicates, un léger caramel blond. Très étrange cette impression que cette déclinaison de la Bourbon County à de plus grandes affinités avec la Barley Wine qu’avec la Stout. On ouvrira tout de même pas une Barley Wine pour comparer tout de même. Restons raisonnables et contentons-nous d’admirer ce chef d’oeuvre qui n’était peut-être pas meilleur frais. Du très grand art!
Saturday, March 18, 2017

Plovmand
4.4
Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Regal Rye Barrel
Bottle at Solar Eclipse Part 3: The Darkest Hours. It pours jet black with a creamy beige head. The aroma is sweet roasted and chocolate with some sweet cherry notes. Oak and vanilla. Ripe berries. Lots of cherries in the flavor with whisky and chocolate notes. Sweet roasted malty notes. Great addition of cherries. The blackberries are not that profound.
Saturday, March 18, 2017

Guruhso
4.2
Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Regal Rye Barrel
Bottle at Solar Eclipse part 3 - the darkest hours. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, coffee and berries. Complex. Notes of whiskey, alcohol and wood. Savoury. Starts sweet but finish bitter. Balanced. Full and oily. A great one...
Saturday, March 18, 2017

hallinghansen
4
Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Regal Rye Barrel
Bottle @ Solar Eclipse part 3 - The Darkest Night. Black body with a small light brown head. Light roasted malt, sweet cherries, oak, whisky, vanilla, light salty. Good.
Saturday, March 18, 2017

MrOrla
3.8
Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Regal Rye Barrel
Bottle @ SEP3DH. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma of weird licorice, marzipan alike, something weird butterstoch, slight hint of cherries, quite greasy. Taste is rather sweet, loads of barrel, butterstoch, slight hints of cherries, ligiht vanilla alike, fruity. Nice balanaced and complexity.
Saturday, March 18, 2017

Dedollewaitor
4.2
Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Regal Rye Barrel
Bottle @ Sanderslum Pubbens Vintage launch/Solar Eclipse pt. 3. - The darkest hours. Pours black with a small beige head. Woody and dry. Complex. Sweet mocha, vanilla and a touch of berries. Smooth and soft. Warming alcohol. Savory.
Saturday, March 18, 2017

fiulijn
4.2
Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Regal Rye Barrel
Courtesy of Brian, vintage 2015, 27oct15, 13.2% ABV
Dark brown color, oily, with almost no head. Aroma of bourbon, coconut, rye, alcohol, hints of tobacco. Strong body, but even stronger alcohol feeling, a bit oily, rich molasses, dark chocolate, moderate sweetness, tobacco.
Wonderful, extreme, boozy.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

beerplace
4.1
Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Regal Rye Barrel
200 imperial stout rated.
500ml bottle (thx, Brian) at Brian’s office. 2015 vintage. Aroma is loads of molasses and some bourbon notes. Taste is the same, very sweet, candies notes. Good seeper.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Homer321
4
Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Proprietor’s 2016
Bottle. Trade. Nose is ligh vegetable pepper. Nearly black. Holy hell this is spicy. Not crazy but there for sure. Holy grate balance of pepper and booze like a Mexican cake.
Friday, March 17, 2017

crossovert
3.2
Goose Island 1516
Draft. Pretty blatantly ripping off weihenstephan. This is decent reminiscent of preseason but much smoother and more drinkable.
Friday, March 17, 2017