Goose Island Beer Company

Goose Island Big John Imperial Stout

Goose Island Big John Imperial Stout

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In the wake of producing some pretty huge stouts last year (Nightstalker and the BCS line), Goose released yet another monster in April of 2011 with this beer.  The sexy label is quickly familiar to the Chicagoland native as the design mimics that of the iconic John Hancock building that graces our skyline.  Brew like […] ... [Read more]

Goose Island Night Stalker Imperial Stout

Goose Island Night Stalker Imperial Stout

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On 5/15/11 I read the date on the bottle “02/19//10”. Over one year this wonderful stout sat in the darkness of the cellar and grew–matured. My first impression–heavy mellow. Everything is heavy and mellow after 15 months. This is another example of great brewing by GI. It pours black, very black with just a hint […] ... [Read more]

Goose Island Pepe Nero Belgian-Style Farmhouse Ale

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Pepe Nero! The name and presentation are the best parts of this beer. I was all excited by the packaging but disappointed with the results. The color was nice and black in keeping with the “mystery” of the bottle. It poured a little brown head that lasted a fair amount of time. The aroma was […] ... [Read more]

Goose Island Rare Bourbon County Brand Stout

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Goose Island BCS Rare! The last of three special BCS beers released in 2010. What makes this beer different is that it was aged for two years in Bourbon barrels that had previously been filled with spirits in 1985 and emptied in 2008. I was lucking enough to get a few bottles and plan to […] ... [Read more]

Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Vanilla Stout

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Tom: When Goose Island announced that they were going to release variations of their famous Bourbon County Stout in 2010 I’m sure a lot of craft beer fans around the world got excited. Surprisingly, it did not produce a wellspring of emotion (positive or negative) inside of me. Maybe it is because I think the […] ... [Read more]

Goose Island Green Line Pale Ale

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Craft beer enthusiasts that come through Chicago visit Goose Island Beer Company: it’s a fact of nature. Goose Island is the most widely known Chicago-based craft brewer hands down. They make really good beer. Recently, my bride and I stopped by the original Clybourn Brewpub to cap off a weekend in the city. First ordered […] ... [Read more]

Goose Island Summertime Kölsch

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It’s 92º in Chicago, which means the humidity is about 80% and the air as heavy as a Guinness. To take a bit of the edge of the brutal summer day, I’ve poured myself Goose Island’s seasonal refresher, Summertime. With a name like that, it just begs to be picked from the liquor store shelf […] ... [Read more]

Trinity Red Ale

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Pours a copper, slightly cloudy red color, 1 finger head; beer eventually clears quite well. Aroma is quite surprising, pleasant, and pleasing. Chocolate, caramel, coffee candy- really quite impressive. Like the inside of a coffee or candy shop. Taste: I definitely get a roasted note, with a light coffee aftertaste which is really good. The […] ... [Read more]

Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout

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If you have not read our review of Goose Island’s Bourbon County Stout by John and Michael (The Stout Boys) I would suggest doing so before you embark on this entry. I say this because the beers are identical as far as the malts, hops, IBUs, ABV of 13%, and color go. The only difference […] ... [Read more]

Goose Island Honker’s Ale

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If any beer has to be dubbed Goose Island’s “flagship” brew, Honker’s Ale takes the cake in my opinion. Perhaps it’s not quite as widely respected as their India Pale Ale…but then again, just about every American craft brewery makes an IPA of some sort; not many are resting their laurels on a classic English […] ... [Read more]