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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
- 4.3 / 5.021 Reviewsexactly 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
4 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
3 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
4 months agoReally WonderfulSweet beers and dark beers aren't normally my go to refreshment. But this one turned out perfect and is hard to stop drinking.May 26, 2017Purchased
7 months agonot what expectedI was expecting much more of this recipe....
Does not taste like a porter. Too sweet for my taste.
OG = 1.082 FG= 1.030.
3 weeks primary
3 weeks secondaryMay 20, 2017Purchased
8 months agoMy favorite extract (so far)WOW! This is my favorite kit that I brewed to date, I've been doing extracts for just over two years now.
The kit came with 1 ounce of Northern Brewer hops but you only use half the packet. Also, the kit comes with 3 lbs. of DME but the instructions say two. I followed the recipe and used the 2 lbs. but on my next batch, I will use all 3 lbs.
Pitched two packs of Safale S-04 and fermented at 64F in primary for four weeks, kegged and set the temp to 40F w/9PSI for two weeks, to get a 2.2 carb level.
This kit is definitely worth the money spent.May 7, 2017Purchased
8 months agoDeliciousGreat smooth mouthfeel, great taste, delicious. Would definitely brew again. I am not accustomed to milk porters but this is a great balance of strength and mouthfeel.May 6, 2017Purchased
8 months agoPerhaps My Best Brew YetThis was my ninth extract kit brew. OG 1.080, SG 1.025, 7.2% ABV. Aerated with a diffusion stone. Pitched 2 packs of Safale S-04 on the surface. Racked to secondary after two weeks (I have only used a secondary twice. It resulted in a nice clean pour). Bottled at four weeks using 3.35oz of corn sugar for a target of 2.1 CO2. I couldn't wait so I had one bottle at 1 week, one at 2 weeks, and just had by third at 3 weeks. The third was delicious and at a perfect carbonation level.
Note: Recipe is incorrect. Kit comes with 3lbs of DME. Recipe says 2lbs. If you only put 2lbs in you just end up with less ABV. I added all 3lbs. Also, you add only half the packet of NB hops (0.5 oz) per the recipe. The smallest size hops is 1oz, so you just don't use the rest.April 27, 2017Purchased
8 months ago
- Browse 9 questions Browse 9 questions and 12 answerswhat 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.The kit comes with 2 packs of yeast. Is that enough for the high starting gravity as mentioned?What is the target final gravity for this beer?BEST ANSWER: 1.018 sgcan 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.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 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!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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