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This unforgettable Porter actually has its roots in a Goose Island brewing throwdown. Every year, Goose Island employees from throughout the company get the chance to dream up and brew up experimental beers alongside Goose brewers. Out of several entries, only four winning recipe are selected to be brewed and offered in limited release as part of the brewery’s Fulton & Wood series.
As part of their research, the Fulton & Wood team went to Miller’s pub during Christmas time to try their famed Tom & Gerry Cocktail. When they sat in their booth sipping on the infamous and high-octane Tom & Gerry, the team knew the flavors of eggnog, rum and bourbon needed to find a home in a holiday beer. A Real Nice Surprise started its life as a rich porter brewed with chocolate malts that was then aged in a combination of rum, bourbon, and brandy barrels for two months resulting in a smooth, creamy beer that was an instant favorite.
The brewing team continued to perfect the profile, adding warm and spicy notes, along with a toasted, creamy character. The result is a Porter that has become a favorite among Goose Island employees.
Our brewmasters partnered with Goose Island Research and Development brewer Tim Faith to craft a homebrewing recipe that perfectly captures the complex flavors and character of the Goose Island original.
The result of that collaboration is an unbelievably memorable brew that evokes the creamy essence of the eggnog cocktail that inspired it, along with notes of milk chocolate, nutmeg and a big, toasty malt backbone. It also conveys the complex flavors of barrel aging that have become a Goose Island trademark…without the barrel aging.
Brew plenty, because this is one beer that tends to acquire a following, and you’ll want to savor it as long as you can.
The Good StuffBrewing Notes:
- Style: Porter
- Fermentation Range: 65F - 69F
- OG: 1.079
- SRM: 31
- IBUs: 22
- ABV: 6.6%
- Milk Chocolate
- Approachable Roast
- Smooth Body
- Complex Creaminess
- Malted Milk Balls
Dark chocolate porter with creamy tan-colored head. There is an aroma of milk chocolate and approachable roast. The flavor is amplified by a noticeable mouth coating smoothness and a lingering wood-like aftertaste. Chocolate, roasted malt, oats and a lactose backbone further encourage a uniquely inspired porter that sips oh-so-smoothly. Think Malted Milk Balls with a crisp, delicious finish.
Brew Day at Goose Island
Amazing, right? With the Brew. Share. Enjoy.® Brewery Edition Kits, your brew day won’t be anywhere near this complex. But, after exhaustive testing and tasting, we can tell you the results are spot on. Our kit is the next best thing to an all-access brew day at Goose Island itself, because we’ve worked hand-in-hand with Brewmaster Tim Faith to get it just right.
The Sweet Porter recipe and brewing process has been perfectly scaled for homebrewing, so you’ll be able to tap into nearly 30 years of Goose Island brewing innovation behind each kit.
- Additional Information
Beer Kit Yield 5 Gallons Recipe and Instructions Click here for Goose Island Sweet Porter All Grain Instructions Regional Style USA Original Gravity 1079 Total Time to Make 8 weeks
- 4.3 / 5.04 ReviewsGreat tasting Porter on NitroThis is the second time I've brewed this kit and loved this beer after the first glass. This time I made a couple of changes. First off I bumped up the grain base to increase the ABV to 8% because I aged it a bourbon barrel for 2 months. I also cut the lactose in half and put this batch on nitro. This beer makes for a great after dinner drink! My only problem is that 5 gallons doesnt last me very long since neighbors and friends come over and ask for it by name.September 28, 2017way too sweet for me, cloying. which is a shame because i think there's a great beer underneath the lactose. do yourself a favor- start with half the lactose, you can always add more later.August 2, 2017Purchased
9 months agoGood LORD this is a great Porter!!!!The write up does not do justice to this awesome porter! The milk add gives a super creamy mouth feel with a beautiful Guinness looking head and beautiful aroma of coffee and chocolate. The flavor is complex but the coffee and chocolate push thru for a truly awesome taste.
The color is dark and rich and...well....I think I might try to bathe in it for the full effect of beer nirvana!!!!!July 20, 2017Purchased
9 months agoIt's brewed and keggedI have not been to the Fulton and Wood tasting room so wasn't sure what to expect from the beer from this kit. The kit is nice, packaged very well and everything was included as described one ordered. I purchased ground grains which were nicely ground. I used Omega yeast 013 in a 1liter starter. Brew day was smooth, Expected OG was 1080 and my 5 gallon batch came in at 1082 with a FG of 1027 before I kegged it. So ABV is about 7.2. Uncarbed, I'm getting robust cocoa and coffee flavors. The milk/cream flavors are more subtle and highlight the chocolate/espresso flavors. With a 2 oz late addition of fuggle hops I really wanted a bit more hop flavor to come through just for a bit more interest, but meh on hop flavor. Even uncarbed, I can tell mouthfeel will be silky smooth and full. This young beer is currently a bit boozy on the finish. In hind site, not sure I would keg this one. A few months in a bottle might be the way to go. It's certainly a stepped up porter and if that's what your after I don't think it will dissapont.April 5, 2017
- Browse 8 questions Browse 8 questions and 12 answersAre you going to show ingredients?BEST ANSWER: We apologize for the delay. The recipe and instructions can be found under the "additional information tab" on the kit page.Is the Goose Island milk porter a limited release or will it be a standard kit offering?BEST ANSWER: We are happy to have this available with our regular offerings. We do not expect a shortage of kits, but would suggest being one of the first to brew this (outside of the tap room)!How many pounds of grain are involved with this? I need to know if my system can handle it.BEST ANSWER: The total grain bill for this kit is 16 pounds. 11.5lbs. 2-row and 4.5 lbs. Milk Porter Brewery Edition Grain Blend.Yeast options do not match the yeast specified in the recipe?BEST ANSWER: I am sorry for any confusion. Everything is a match now, but please let us know if you see any discrepancy.Target final gravity for this beer?BEST ANSWER: I have just brewed this kit and my calculations state that with the addition of the lactose milk sugar (which will not ferment) the FG will be closer to 1.028, not 1,020.can you cellar this beer? or is is something you want to package and drink right away?BEST ANSWER: I've been aging since June and like where it's going. Seems to mellow out the Makers Mark I used. I have more than half the batch left !There are two yeast options available above. Which one is used in the recipe?BEST ANSWER: Hi there, you can purchase any of the yeasts. We have liquid and and dry yeast. Cheers!Can we get the kit unmilled?BEST ANSWER: Sorry, no, it's only being offered with milled grains. "In order to deliver the true experience of the Goose Island Milk Porter kits, we are only offering all grain kits in the "Crushed" configuration. The crush and kit has a 70% assumed efficiency." -Mike W, Northern Brewer
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