Sunday, April 5, 2015

Imperial stout is familiar territory for Goose Island, and some of their stouts are among the best in the world. The Muddy is an imperial stout that's easier to find than legendary Goose Island beers, and it's much more reasonably priced than their top of the line. But the beer doesn't suffer a bit for being available and affordable. The Muddy pours black, the head fades quickly, and the lace is minimal. The aroma is big on roasted malt, with coffee and slight chocolate and sugar in the background. The licorice mentioned on the label is huge in the flavor. This thing doesn't have licorice "notes," it's a full-on blast of licorice, and the strong aftertaste lingers long after the swallow. And it's full bodied, absolutely coating the mouth. I didn't detect the 9% ABV in the flavor at all. I will buy this again.