Monday, April 22, 2013

Beer Review: The Gomez

Reviewing The Gomez from the Clybourn Brewpub of the Goose Island Beer Company in Chicago, Illinois. This dry hopped Russian imperial stout was brewerd in collaboration with Erwin Gomez, winner of the "Quest for the Imperial Goose" homebrew contest.

Score: 96

Tap pour served in a snifter glass and enjoyed on 04/20/13.

Appearance: Black bodied and served with a finger of tannish khaki head that slowly recedes to a ring around the glass. Unreal lacing and retention -- the head sticks to the glass like white on rice. Two minutes after my first sip, the lacing was still there as if I had just pulled the glass away from my lips. Check out the picture to the right for the proof. 5/5

Smell: Chocolate and tropical hops, both very well integrated. Some light roast and pine too. 4.5/5

Taste: Juicy, bitter and hoppy upfront with resinous pine, pineapple juice, orange and grapefruit flavors. Back half characterized by chocolate and a light roast in the finish. Although billed as a Russian imperial stout, this drinks more like an excellent black IPA or a hoppier Surly Darkness. Whatever the style, this one drinks excellently, like slightly roasted chocolate covered pineapple cubes. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Just shy of full bodied, spot on carbonation. Bitterness from chocolate and hops mix perfectly here. A bit juicy upfront, slightly dry in the finish. 4.5/5

Overall: So few beers integrate hops and chocolate this well. I believe that they dry hopped the snot out of this with Citra. This beer is a home run. Cheers and congrats to creator and winner of the homebrew competition!

Cost: $9 for a 10 oz pour.

No comments:

Post a Comment