Monday, December 05, 2005

Goose Island Nut Brown Ale

After a long day of work and even a longer drive home it's nice to sit down to a tasty, local brew. Goose Island has been consistently putting out some of the best brewed beers in the Chicagoland area. I have to give love to a great local brewery that has brought me much enjoyment over the years.

The Goose Island Nut Brown Ale pours from the bottle a deep dark cola brown with a nice inch of bubbly khaki head sitting atop the brew. Dark red hues push out from the sides of the glass when held up to the light. Aromas are a nice mix of fresh roasted nuts, chocolate and caramel sweetness. Quite rich with a lovely herbal, citric hoppy background. I'm really enjoying the nose on this one!

First sip brings a roasty malt swirl with notes of cocoa, caramel and a nice nutty character. Subtle burnt notes weave in and out. On the way down I get a nice complimentary herbal, citric hop that works quite well in the overall brew. A roasty, toasty brown ale that really hits the spot for me.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice creaminess and active carbonation. This one goes down easily and packs in plenty of flavor as well. I could easily see myself sitting down to a session with this one. Another tasty Goose brew that I have neglected for too long!

Overall I gave this Goose a 4.1 out of 5. Check out what's going on at Goose Island by surfing over to www.gooseisland.com