Pretty sure I’ve never had this one before. I like how Goose Island is releasing these beers with age on them. I’m a little suspicious it’s not entirely an active decision (lol) but whatever, kinda cool to be able to pick up a beer of the shelf with some age on it with no extra cost.
This is the first dark belgian I’ve had from Goose Island so it’ll be cool to see how they approach it!
Appearance - Pretty shitty photo lol. It’s darker than what you see in the photo. It’s sort of a mahogany color that does let a pretty good amount of light through with no haze. It forms about a finger and a half of head and laces pretty well.
Aroma - Raisins, molasses, a little sweet malt. There’s some sort of woody dryness in there as well.
Taste - It starts off much drier than I expected it would (not saying it’s a dry beer by any means btw). It starts off with dates, that bit of woody character. It then brings in raisins, molasses, some rum character. The finish is straight raisins and molasses. And some plum too.
Mouthfeel - It has some body to it, but not too much…which I really like. There’s enough carbonation to keep the beer lively.
Thoughts - This isn’t my favorite style but I really like how GI pulled it off. It’s not overly sweet or heavy. It has enough complexity to keep things interesting too. This would be a nice fall beer.
Rating - 92/100