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Goose Island Sweet Porter Brewery Edition Extract Beer Recipe Kit

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The Good Stuff

Brewing Notes:
  • Style: Porter
  • Fermentation Range: 65F - 69F
  • OG: 1.079
  • SRM: 31
  • IBUs: 22
  • ABV: 6.6%
Tasting notes:
  • 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.

Additional information



Beer Color Dark
Original Gravity


Total Time to Make 8 weeks
Regional Style USA
Alcohol Content Medium
Yield 5 Gallons
Beer Style Stout/Porter
Fermentation Type Ale
Beer Recipe Kit Instructions Click here for recipe kit instructions

Customer Reviews

Based on 29 reviews
Solid porter recipe

Still in the secondary but have been testing it every few days. A bit sweet, even though I only used 75% of the unfermentable sugar. I would use this recipe again and probably use 50%. Tastes balanced so far. I added some single malt american whiskey (3oz) that was infused with vanilla and cloves. It is smelling and starting to taste amazing.

In the fermenter

It was easy to do, but had my first boilover.
Made it for the holidays. Hope it's taste

My 1st brewing experience

I received this kit as a Christmas present from my wife last year. She knows I like beer (New Hampshire is flush with GREAT breweries) and she figured I needed a new hobby. Not having brewed before, I was a little intimidated, so it wasn't until April I brewed the batch. Not having any other equipment aside from that in the starter kit, I have no idea what the OG was. I simply followed the directions and 8 weeks later I debuted it at a gathering to celebrate my son being commissioned as an Army 2nd Lieutenant. I was surprised by its sweetness, but it was a big hit. Now, 8 months after brewing it, I cracked one of the bottles I reserved, and I have to say it is delicious. Goes great with a cigar


Good porter. Took almost one month in bottles to achieve peak carbonation. Don’t rush this step.


Great color, beautiful head, smooth taste excellent winter brew. Friends have all commented favorably after trying some.

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