I know the Goose Island folks have been around a while, but they seem to be making a splash in the North East recently, and well, I just had to try some out. Here we go with the Oktoberfest.
First off, I like there brand - "We don't need to be the only beer you drink, we just want to be the best beer you drink." That resonates with me.
There is a sweet butterscotch and toffee taste to it, with a little bit of stickiness in the mouth. I generally do not like 'sweet' drinks but this seems nicely balanced with just enough bitterness to know you are drinking a beer, but having lots of roasted/toasted malt flavor. Maybe a little honey flavor too. A medium body beer, not something you would want on a hot day but this would go lovely with Germain comfort food. The moderate carbonation is not overwhelming, and the after taste leaves your mouth watering a bit.
Very much in balance but featuring the toffee and roasted malt flavors. The label also calls our dried apricot, which I can taste a little but is not strong for me. It does not have the depth of flavor of a very expensive craft beer, but definitely is a nice autumn beer and it stands out at its price point. If given the choice between a Sam's October and this, I would choose this.
Thumbs up! Cheers.