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Review by joe1510 on 12/10/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
78 2 9 16 4 8 2009
64oz Growler
$12
Goose Clybourn

Liquid Inspiration chugs from the growler to the glass midnight black. When backlit blood red highlights show through only were the light shines. A creamy beige head grew to a modest one finger on the pour and eventually faded to a skim coat and thick collar. The receding head leaves jagged mountains of lacing on its way down.

Goose Island was generous with the hops in this stout. Bittersweet baker's chocolate and roastiness are first and foremost laying down a strong foundation for the hops. Dark roasted coffee grounds swim through here and there but freshly cut pine needles and grapefruit pith fill my nose. The hop profile plays off the roastiness nicely. As a matter of fact the more I stick my nose in the glass the more I like the big roastiness along with the big hoppy character.

Bittersweet chocolate jumps out immediately, almost cocoa-like, segueing into the coffee grounds and roastiness with little effort mid-palate. Mild fusel alcohol rises up enough to cause a drying sensation while pine needle, resinous hoppiness makes its presence known on the finish. The swallow pulls out bitterness from the roasted qualities but more so the hop presence.

The medium body runs along the tongue rather quickly with help from the lively carbonation. While it works through there is a velvety creamy feel on the tongue. The alcohol leaves behind some spiciness while the hops eave a moderate bitterness.

This stout is made for drinking. The higher then average carbonation keeps this beer flowing and the dry finish makes me need another drink. This growler will disappear fast today.

This is another good stout from Goose Island's Clybourn pub. I've become a huge fan of generously hopping these malt driven styles as of late. This is a damn good stout worthy of a growler fill anytime.

Reviewed: 9/28/08

Price: $12.00 Served In: Pint Glass