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- Due to the high starting gravity of this kit, we recommend pitching multiple packs of yeast or preparing a yeast starter for best results. Click here for more info.
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.
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Beer Kit Yield 5 Gallons Recipe and Instructions Click Here for Goose Island Sweet Porter Extract Recipe Instructions Regional Style USA Original Gravity 1.079 Total Time to Make 4 weeks
- 4.4 / 5.026 ReviewsGood porter. Took almost one month in bottles to achieve peak carbonation. Don’t rush this step.March 27, 2018Purchased
7 months agoGreat color, beautiful head, smooth taste excellent winter brew. Friends have all commented favorably after trying some.March 13, 2018Purchased
2 months agoBeer, buds, and our brewsThis was my first attempt at home brewing, my lovely wife bought me the beginners package that contained this sweet porter. We are both fans of ports, stouts, and brown ales. The process was easy and a lot of fun. I had a buddy help me on brewing day and took your brewers cue from the video and had beer while making beer. I’m now a fan and looking forward to the next box we brew as it’s as much about making quality beer you can have pride in as just having a great time with friends or even alone. Background out, the beer wasn’t quite my favorite. The first few sips gave an... acquired taste. However once on the pallet one could easily see why this beer is called sweet porter. Unfortunately it’s just not my jam, but my buddy loved his and I’ve been getting great reviews from family, friends, and co-workers. Thanks for helping me find a great hobby! P.s. any wives/girlfriends out there looking for a great gift to beer fan significant others, this is a great gift!Wasn’t expecting to be able to add a pic but I was drinking it during my review too!March 11, 2018Yep, Sweet PorterI chose this kit because I am a big fan of Left Hand's milk stout, so have been wanting to brew something using lactose. Having read other reviews I was a little concerned about the result being too sweet for me, so I held back a couple ounces of the lactose: used 13 oz instead of the 16 prescribed. The beer came out well w/ lots of body, creamy head and mouth-feel, all the flavors and notes that were advertised, and still very sweet -- sweeter than I like it, turns out--but that's a matter of individual taste.
The kit and recipe were complete and straightforward. Reviewer comments about lively early fermentation (double yeast!) and long bottle conditioning were spot on. Tried my first after 5 weeks in the bottle, and they've been better with each week: at 8 weeks now. Cheers!January 30, 2018Purchased
6 months agoPatience Pays offSo I modified this a bit. I'm not a huge fan of the sweetness lactose brings, so I skipped that and instead added two cans of tart cherries. 2 weeks in primary, 4 in secondary and came out smelling delicious. Took a good two months to fully carbonate. but well worth the wait. Great balance of chocolately malts supporting the underlying hops. Be patient and enjoy this heavy porter. Friends loved it and I have used it in cooking as well. I used the extract kit and am waiting to upgrade my equipment to go full grain. Would absolutely brew again.January 16, 2018exactly as advertisedGot this as my first brew, the only thing I had an issue with was it took 8 weeks to bottle condition. With that said, once carbonated it was good, a little too sweet for my preference but everyone else loves it.November 13, 2017Poor FermentationOG=1.080 After 4 weeks in the primary and 2 weeks in secondary the FG=1.060. Seemed to have a apple smell too. After 2 more weeks of bottle conditioning, the beer didn't seem to want to carbonate.September 29, 2017Purchased
10 months agoFantasticWonderful aroma and flavor. Every person I have had try this loves it. I will make it part of my rotation.August 21, 2017Purchased
9 months agoToo Sweet for meThis was my first homebrewing experience so maybe take this review with a grain of salt. This beer was way to sweet for me and almost had a sort of wine type taste. The beer looked good in the glass and smelled good while bottling but the final product just wasn't for meAugust 15, 2017Response from Northern BrewerThe addition of lactose in this beer does make it finish with a high OG then most beers aka more sugar. Lactose is a nonfermentable sugar for brewer's yeast.August 17, 2017William RStaffGoose Island Porter3 weeks in primary, 3 weeks bottle conditioning and just opened my first bottle. Full bodied flavor and great after-taste but disappointed in the weak carbonation. will wait another week and put another bottle in the frig and see if it gets better. Otherwise, $70 for this recipe is about $30 to steep. I'll stick with Caribou Slobber....better bang for the buck. JMHOAugust 9, 2017Purchased
10 months ago
- Browse 15 questions Browse 15 questions and 27 answersThe kit comes with 2 packs of yeast. Is that enough for the high starting gravity as mentioned?BEST ANSWER: 2 packs of liquid is fine at 100 billion cells per and two dry packs is more than enough. You could just make a starter with one pack and probably be good though, though a good opportunity to decant and double itwhat is the best yeast to match the original brewery recipe?BEST ANSWER: We would suggest either of the liquid options, as they are quite comparable to what is used in the brewery.What is the target final gravity for this beer?BEST ANSWER: 1.018 sgFirst brew so please excuse my ignorance, fermentation seems to have stopped after three days. Gravity seems to be stable at 1,026
Is this normal?BEST ANSWER: I had a similar experience with this kit. I rousted the yeast up and it started actively fermenting again. Also, make sure your temp is on the warm side to keep the yeast hungry. I did use two packs of dry yeast, as recommended. This won’t ferment as low as some brews because of the lactose, which is unfermentable. Your final gravity is just about there.can i add some dextrose to the wort or will the DME will dry it enough to take out the maltiness of the syrup?BEST ANSWER: You can add whatever you want. That is the beauty of home brewing. I didn't find the beer to be terribly malty. It has a strong enough backbone of specialty grains to hide the malt.If I do a yeast starter for this should I still use two yeast packets or just one?BEST ANSWER: If you are doing a yeast starter, you could still use both packets of yeast. It would not be necessary though as the starter should provide you with plenty of yeast cells for a successful fermentation.Is it suggested to use all 5 oz of corn sugar for priming? The calculator says to use 3.5 oz. thanksBEST ANSWER: I used all 5oz of priming sugar and I think it turned out perfect. Got tons of complements on taste. I rcommend using all 5 oz.What is the amount of each of the specialty grains ? Instructions just say Goose Island specialty grain blend which really doesn't tell me much.BEST ANSWER: Hello! As much as we want to share as much information as possible, we have not gotten permission from Goose Island to release that information at this time. Sorry for any inconvenience!I just transferred to secondary fermenter and the beers color is not nearly as dark as expected. The OG was spotted on. Has anyone else noticed this?BEST ANSWER: Found exact same thing when I brewed it. Seemed to have darkened up while bottle conditioning. Every one that tried it loved the taste. Said was one of my best ones yetcan this beer beer cellared?BEST ANSWER: Cellaring will make it taste more smooth, I recommend it.Just transferred into the secondary fermenter. Followed instructions and OG was spotted on. Color seems lighter than expected. Has anyone noticed this?BEST ANSWER: Mine was lighter to but it went down, the same!I just started my yeast starter using both of my liquid yeast (Omega British Ale VI). This yeast seems chunky compared to other liquid Yeast strains I've used. My concern is the sour milk smell, does anyone else have this experience or do I have a bad batch of yeast? Also the bags didn't expand after a full day of sitting at room temp. Any info on this would be great, Thanks in advanceBEST ANSWER: It is very common for British yeast to flock together and make large chunks like that. Also, Omega yeast does not swell if you are using to Wyeast. From what you describe is pretty normal.Is this meant to be served on Nitro?BEST ANSWER: HI there, it can be served on nitro but it's not designed to be only for nitro. Cheers!Followed instructions for the goose island sweet porter extract kit and received an OG of 1.09. Looking for feedback for what I might have done wrong or why this could be?what would be the best barrel aging liquor for this beer, Bourbon, rum or brandy since the original is aged in all three?
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