In this beer blog, we are going to sample a beer that is a tribute to Muddy Waters. Goose Island The Muddy is the beer and craft brewery that is being featured in this blog. If you read my earlier beer blog posts on their beers, you know the history of this Midwest craft brewery. If you have not, please, read them to get to know Goose Island Brewery. Let us get into this stout.
It has a jet black color with a tan color head that disappears over time. The aroma has a sweet chocolate with some licorice notes. The taste has a sweet strong chocolate and slight alcohol notes with a licorice notes aftertaste. This is a sipping beer.
Here is a description from their website (www.gooseisland.com):
THE MUDDY | Goose Island Beer Company
Brewed with molasses, brewer’s licorice, and Belgian dark rock candy sugar, The Muddy is an imperial stout with amplified sweetness for a taste as distinctive as the Chicago blues that inspired its creation.
- Style: Imperial Stout
- Alcohol by Volume: 9.0%
- International Bitterness Units: 32
- Color: Onyx Black
- Hops: Nugget, Mt. Hood, EKG
- Malts: 2-Row, C-40, C-120, Dark Chocolate, Midnight Wheat
National Seasonal Release (September )
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Closing, this is one stout that I was pretty nervous to try it. I did not know how the licorice would go well in this stout. I love Midnight Wheat malt so I had try it. I have to say this beer has a nice balance. Imperial Stout is not as strong and bitter like most on the market. It is pretty smooth and kind of drinkable. Licorice has went over pretty well. They did a great job on this beer. Brett has put some thought behind this beer and was successful. I loves this beer and I believe it will age well. I believe you can age this beer up to a year. I highly recommend this beer. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
Bill DJ Weiser