Brew Review-Goose Island Dominique

Good ol’ Goose Island.  They make some great beers.  The 312, the Honkers, the IPA, and of course the Bourbon County Stout.

Dear Goose Island, if you can find it in your heart to send me a Rare Bourbon County Stout, I will forever be in your debt.

I recently had the privilege of trying their new Dominique.  This one’s listed as a barrel-aged wild ale.  Does that seem crazy to anyone other than me?  It’s like two sides of the spectrum.  Doesn’t the barrel aging mellow out the beer?  Isn’t the wild yeast going to counteract that?  Are my taste buds going to be destroyed?  Is my brain going to pop?

Well, luckily (for most of us), my brain didn’t pop.  The Dominique pours a deep bronze, almost orange color.  The aroma is quite interesting.  The first thing I noticed was dried cherries.  It’s very spicy, tart and tangy in the aroma.  The taste was quite amazing.  There’s a lot going on in that little glass.  It’s spicy and fruity, a slight sweet maltiness, tart and tangy, those dried cherries pop up again, and the bourbon booziness shows up at the end.

It’s really hard to explain all the flavors and aromas.  It’s a very surprising and delicious beer.  Just be aware that all those tastes and aromas are likely to put your taste buds into a frenzy.

It’s only on draft, so check the taps!




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