Goose Island Imperial Brown Goose

Goose Island Imperial Brown Goose

Rated 3.482 by BeerPals
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Brewed by Goose Island Beer Company

Chicago, IL, United States

Style:  Strong Ale

9% Alcohol by Volume

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This special ale was brewed to commemorate batch #1800 here at the original Goose Island Brewery. This brew is based on our Gold Medal winning (Real Ale Fest '03, GABF '03) American Brown Ale, Naughty Goose, but with 60% more malt and twice the hops. After an especially long maturation period (brewed in early May), we have decided that it's ready to share with you, our valued cuatomers! Look for a small amount of the bourbon-aged version in November.

ID: 19795 Last updated 17 years ago Added to database 18 years ago

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Overall Rank3549
Overall Percentile93.4
Style Rank140 of 799
Style Percentile82.5
Lowest Score3.3
Highest Score4.2
Average Score3.663
Weighted Score3.482
Standard Deviation0.338

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  • PHISHPOND417 3045 reviews
    rated 4.2 13 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    I guess this is different then the bottle version according to ratebeer, but I'm not really sure. On draught at the Wrigleyville Goose Island location. Pours a dark muddy reddish brown in a small sniffer. Noticeable alcohol upfront on the nose. Some sweetness. Caramel and apples on the aroma as well. TAste is mildly hoppy, sweet with toffee and cookie like flavas. Some bourbon all around in the mouthfeel. Plenty of malt in this beer, but an incredibly well balanced brew.

  • SUDSMCDUFF 3781 reviews
    rated 3.9 14 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 8

    how did i get to try this..Hans..by Gentleman .. .lots of bourbon and other sweet malts .. maybe slightly overdone, hold the sauce .. . pretty mellow .. . pours a dark tan, good foam ring .. . lots of bourbon and burning and burnt sugar... tastes like burning...not really, a good brew...

  • DOULOS31 1349 reviews
    rated 3.4 14 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    This beer is everything wrong with bourbon barrel aging. Overdone. The flavor was bourbon. It was hard to discern the beer underneath. A beautiful pour, though...full head and nice lacing, but somehow a bit flat in the mouthfeel. Just meh...but a big thanks to eaglefan538, my best bud, for sharing!

  • ARACAUNA 2100 reviews
    rated 3.4 16 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    This one has a very strong bourbon aroma and flavor, but it’s not overpowering. It could do wiht a little less carbonation, but overall, not a bad bourbon beer.

  • BFELDMANN 1056 reviews
    rated 3.7 16 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 8

    Thanks to eagle for this one. Poured a dark brown color thin lacing. Aroma was strong bourbon and woodyness. Flavor was woody malts and bourbon. Really could taste the bourbon in it. Good beer would have been great it the bourbon was toned down a little.

  • EAGLEFAN538 2299 reviews
    rated 3.4 16 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 7

    Re-rate, Jan 09, 2006 batch courtesy of aracauna. Much the same as my first experience, a bit overdone with the bourbon, only some chocolate notes detectable from the base beer. High carbaontion after these years, amazing. Some roast and oak underneath it all. Ratings slipped a little from the novelty of the first rating. Original rating: A nice treat (2006 version), poured a deep brown color, slight mahoganey edges, decent head and retention. Lacing was somewhat weak, but this thing had enough carbonation to hold the head. The aroma was bourbon and oak. The flavor was dark malts, bourbon, cedar, and a touch of some maple notes. This thing was a little over-run by the bourbon character, along with cedar and oak, while the base brown ale character was too hidden. Nonetheless, this was pretty enjoyable. Good carbonation for anything that was "aged."

  • E 2218 reviews
    rated 3.3 16 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 7

    Poured a reddish amber color with a small, off white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of melon, toffee, bourbon, vanilla, floral hops, and alcohol. Taste of citrus fruits, some more bourbon, toffee, caramel malts, toasted dough, nuts, and some alcohol in the finish.

  • BEERGUY101 5022 reviews
    rated 4.0 16 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    This strong ale pours a medium brown color from a 750ml bottle. Medium sized white foamy head. Aroma is brown sugar and molasses. A medium to full bodied ale. Malts are fruity and sweet, lots of brown sugar and molasses. Hops are earthy. Nice balance. Very smooth tasting. This is a big beer. Lots of raisins and plums, with a nice touch of vanilla and wood. Very nice sipping beer. Big creamy mouthfeel. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

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