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Review by joe1510 on 11/03/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 2 9 19 4 8 0
64oz Growler
$16.00
Goose Island-Clybourn

Honest Stout enters my pint glass as black as a moonless night. Zero light comes through the black body. The edges of the glass won't even allow any light. A two finger brown head formed on the pour that slowly fell to a thick crown. As the beer disappeared some moderate sheet lacing was left in spots.

Smell is deep and rich. A heavy hand of roasted barley sricks around front to back with the occasional appearence of freshly ground coffee. Molasses, caramel, dark chocolate and cocoa flash in and out making this an enticing stout. This smells like it's going to be a tasty complex stout.

Every aroma I mentioned shows up in the flavor but in a more robust way. The roastiness is large and lasts throughout with the dark bittersweet chocolate adding a great complexity. There's some half and half like creaminess along with the freshly brewed coffee. This is an all around delicious stout. The flavors transition flawlessly from one to the next.

The body is on the lighter side of heavy with an excellent silky smooth mouthfeel. The swallow brings some chewiness before leaving a mild bitterness from the roastiness.

The abv keeps this from being a session beer but it's without a doubt a stout with which you could easily sip away the afternoon. A perfect beer for this bone chilling Sunday.

This is an impressive stout from Goose Island. Another one of the great brewery only releases. That place does nothing but impress me. The more I visit the more I start to think this is one of the best breweries in the country.

Notes: "This velvety, export style stout is perfect for cold winter days. Brewed with Black Barley, Roasted Barley and Caramel Malt for a rich, roasty flavor and aroma. Served unfiltered for the darkest of pints, this is an incredibly smooth and satisfying stout."

reviewed: 12/23/07

Price: $16.00 Served In: Pint Glass

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