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Goose Island Mild Winter

February 9, 2012 Leave a comment

Goose Island Mild Winter

If there was a winter in the past couple of years that you could describe as “mild” this would have to be it. As I mentioned in a previous post we’ve had ourselves a pretty modest winter, so far. Maybe I should drink one of these in November every year.

Mild Winter is an American Mild Ale from Goose Island Brewery in Chicago. The beer pours dark brown in color, but when held to the light, it appears more of a clear dark brownish copper. The light khaki-colored head leaves a nice sticky lacing down the side of the glass. The nose has characteristics of a brown bread crust, along with rye and hints of chocolate. Medium-bodied with a soft airy carbonation.

This is a wonderfully malty beer that’s not overly sweet. In fact, it reminds me a lot of a great homemade loaf of freshly baked brown bread. If beer is truly liquid bread this goes along way in validating that statement. Flavors of roasted barley and chocolate malt create the backbone of this beer. The addition of rye really makes it shine by imparting a spiciness and layered depth to the taste. The beer has some dry bitterness in the finish, but it works perfectly to add balance to the malt.

I have to admit that this has been one of my “go-to” beers this winter. At 5.6% abv it isn’t going to overpower you and it’s just a great flavorful beer to have on hand. I’ve been drinking Mild Winter on and off since last Fall, and am thankful that for a winter seasonal it doesn’t rely on holiday spicing like the cinnamon, clove, or nutmeg, you see in a lot of Christmas beers. If you’re a fan of brown ales, you’ll probably enjoy this one quite a bit.

To learn more about Mild Winter watch the following video which was produced by Goose Island.

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