Halia (Goose Island Brewing Company/AB InBev)

Style: American Wild Ale Fermented with Peaches in Wine Barrels 7.5% ABV International Bitterness Units: 11 Color: Golden Hops: Amarillo Malts: Pilsner, 2-Row, Torrified Wheat Brewery’s Note: “Halia is a farmhouse ale aged in wine barrels with whole peaches, resulting in bright, effervescent fruit notes in a soft, hazy body that finishes slightly tart and sweet with the pleasant character of ripe, juicy peaches. Literally meaning “remembrance of a … Continue reading Halia (Goose Island Brewing Company/AB InBev)

2013 Juliet (Goose Island Brewing Company)

Style: American Wild Ale aged in wine barrels with blackberries 8.0% ABV 15 IBU’s Hops: Pilgrim Malt: Pale, Rye, Munich, Rye Flake Brewer’s Note: “Fermented with wild yeasts and aged in wine barrels with blackberries, Juliet is a tart, fruity, complex ale. Notes of wood, tannin, dark fruit and spice make Juliet an ideal beer to suggest to Pinot Noir enthusiasts and beer drinkers who … Continue reading 2013 Juliet (Goose Island Brewing Company)

2013 Bourbon County Brand Barleywine (Goose Island Brewing Company)

Style: English-Style Barleywine Aged in Bourbon Barrels 12.1% ABV 60 IBU’s Color: Deep Crimson Hops: Pilgrim, Styrian Malt: Pale, Crystal, Caramel, Dark Chocolate From: Chicago, IL Brewer’s Notes: “Aged in the third-use barrels that were once home to Kentucky bourbon and then our renowned Bourbon County Stout, this traditional English-style barleywine possesses the subtlety of flavor that only comes from a barrel that’s gone through many seasons of ritual … Continue reading 2013 Bourbon County Brand Barleywine (Goose Island Brewing Company)

2013 Bourbon County Brand Stout (Goose Island Brewing Company)

Style: Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout 14.5% ABV 60 IBU’s Color: Midnight Hops: Willamette Malt: 2-Row, Munich, Chocolate, Caramel, Roast Barley, Debittered Black Brewer’s Note: “Brewed in honor of the 1000th batch at our original Clybourn brewpub. A liquid as dark and dense as a black hole with thick foam the color of a bourbon barrel. The nose is an intense mix of charred oak, chocolate, vanilla, caramel … Continue reading 2013 Bourbon County Brand Stout (Goose Island Brewing Company)

2012 Madame Rose (Goose Island Beer Company)

Style: Flanders Oud Bruin 6.5% ABV 25 IBU’s Color: Deep Crimson Hops: Fuggles Malt: 2-Row, Caramel, Wheat, Dark Chocolate, Victory Brewer’s Notes:  Ale is fermented with wild yeast and aged on cherries in wine barrels The bottle is classy and elegant, with a lovely light gray oval displaying a simple yet pretty branch with cherries on it.  I like how the bottle carries the year, as this is … Continue reading 2012 Madame Rose (Goose Island Beer Company)

Pepe Nero (Goose Island Beer Company)

Style: Black Saison/Farmhouse Ale 6% ABV 30 IBU’s Color: Mahogany Malt: Pilsner, Rye, Crystal Rye, Black Malt Hops: Pilgrim, Saaz Bottle On: 04/16/12   I like this bottle.  It is simple, Victorian Gothic/1800’s in feel, and very fancy and appeasing to the eye.  The sides of the glass are a little crowded with text that could have had its own label on the very back, but I like … Continue reading Pepe Nero (Goose Island Beer Company)

Sofie (Goose Island Beer Company)

Style: Saison/ Farmhouse Ale 6.5% ABV 25 IBU’s   This bottle is much like the Matilda bottle, the only real difference being the name and the green coloring for the font which give the beer a more natural and spring-like feel.  It is great with the minimalism and looks very much like a pretentious wine bottle with its subtly.  It might look nice on a … Continue reading Sofie (Goose Island Beer Company)