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Sixth Day - Goose Island Beer Co.

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103 Reviews
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Reviews: 103
Hads: 517
Avg: 3.62
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 5
Gots: 27 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  8.30% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: UCLABrewN84 on 10-14-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 edition, 12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pretty, cloudy, dark mahogany color with a quarter of a finger of off-white head that quickly dissolved into a thin lacing of foam that partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Lots of toasted malt, brown sugar, dark molasses, clove, cinnamon, dried fruit, such as raisins, prunes and apricots.

Taste: Toasted malt and hops compete for the primary flavors up front, but are mellowed out by some nice toffee and brown sugar-like sweetness and notes of clove, and cinnamon.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with some good carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 8.3%, I’m surprised that there’s not more of an alcohol presence on the palate. I mean there’s some alcohol heat there, but, it’s not as strong as I’d expect. It’s pretty well managed.

Overall: Another excellent beer by Goose Island, and another great Christmas beer to celebrate Christmas! Great, strong notes of beautifully balanced malt and hops, and sweetness.

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Photo of RexBanner
2.21/5  rDev -39%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Served from chilled 12 oz bottle into chilled nonic glass.
Murky brown color with off white foamy head. Trace amount of carbonation bubbles dancing in the glass.
Aromas of roast malts, caramel and Worcestershire sauce.
Sadly, the taste followed the nose painfully close. Good mouth feel and decent carbonation for a beer of this strength. Everything else however was not appealing. What does goose island brew this thing with; soy sauce?! It has an unpleasant taste of heavy molasses. My local beer monger noticed I enjoyed the taste of festivity ale and recommended sixth day as a better version of festivity. He was way off! I don't know if the flavor changed because the bottle he sold me was a 2012 vintage. Good thing this brew is no longer in production. Awful!

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.39/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours out a hazy, medium-dark brown with some orange around the edges. Small light tan head sticks around for a very long time as a thickish film. No lace left behind, though.
Smell is rich, malty, whiskey, dark fruits. Ok, a little off style, more dubbel than brown, but a phenomenal nose.
Taste is just what you would expect, malt, whiskey soaked dark fruits with a hint of hops and some floral.
Almost full bodied, lightly effervesced, warming, slightly drying at the finish and so delicious I wish they hadn't stopped making it. :(

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.61/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Almost...time...to...rest... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear sunset russet-garnet-ruby topped by a finger or so of wan dirty-khaki foam. The nose comprises Belgian candi sugar, pine sap, light maple syrup, light cardamom, and a touch of candied orange peel. The taste brings in more of the same, along with veins of spruce, rather mild ginger, and a touch of spearmint. The mixture of flavors doesn't come together well at all, clashing occurring at every possible point, my tongue yearning for peace to once again descend upon the land. In vain. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, I found this beer to be too much for its own good, the flavors just not cooperating at all (unless their end goal was one of anarchy, complete and unfettered lawlessness and absurdity). Not gonna have this one again, unless they significantly alter the recipe.

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Photo of Hopscat
4.45/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Picked up at my fav bottle shop for a steal- (sixer @ 4.99)
Dated Sept 13, 2013.
Pours a murky reddish brown, with good 3/4 inch off foam that subsides to good cap with lacing.
Smell is wonderful , dark fruits- nuts- crackers- hops.
Taste follows on as rather complex with the fruits first , then the caramel-cracker malts asserting themselves in the middle and a pleasant licorice spiciness along with some hops bitterness nand alcohol warmth on the long finish.
Mouth- good med.-leaning toward heavy feel. Coats the mouth nicely.
Overall a very good red-brown ale . Brewery notes say it can be kept for best results to 1 year. I'm holding on the remaining for Sept.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a hazy reddish-brown with a two-finger tan head. Light sticky lacing.

S - Sweet malt, toffe, and a hint of alcohol.

T - Starts sweet with brown sugar, caramel malts, and dark fruits. There is some eathery hops in the finish producing some lingering bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Chewy mouthfeel with a sticky finish.

O - A nice beer. A little too sweet to have more than one in a sitting. This would make a nice winter sipper.

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Photo of generallee
1.84/5  rDev -49.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: It has a hazy brownish mahogany color with a tall slow fading head on top. This head is creamy light tan in color makes cool lacing on the glass.

Smell: The aroma is an odd mix of overly sweet malt, spices, hops and orange peel.

Taste / Palate: Just the the aroma the taste is an odd mix up of flavors. I get a heavy sweetness from the malt with notes of brown sugar, sweet bread and molasses. This is cut with harsh orange rind/pith like bitterness and spice. The mouth feel is heavy, slick and cloying.

Notes: To me nothing is working well with each other and I ended up drain pouring the last half of this beer.

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Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is very hazy reddish brown in color. It poured with a quarter finger high dense tan head that died down, leaving lacy wisps of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Sweet aromas of toffee and caramel malts are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has some malty flavors and flavors of toffee and caramel along with hints of nutmeg and raisins. There's only a slight amount of perceptible bitterness, although the hops obscure any cloying sweetness from the malts.
M: It feels a bit more than medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a nice holiday-themed brown ale and has a little extra body to get you through the winter months.

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Photo of leffebrown84th
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Sixth day: Reddish brown in color. Pours with a head that fastly dissipates.
Smell is complex, slightyly sweet and almost a nutty smell.
Tastes like brown sugar, bitter hops and a lingering almost honey menthol flavor. And a toffee/vanilla aftertaste.
8.3% alcohol goes down slightly warm but alcohol not really detectable.

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Photo of bushbeer75
3.94/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle - Bottled on 9/30/13

Goose Island Sixth Day American Brown Ale has a hazy dark amber body and atop sits a nice creamy and bubbly 1 1/2 finger tan head. The head gradually reduced to a foamy collar and sticky lacing lined the walls of my pint glass. The nose was dominated by dark malts, toasted bread, and caramel/toffee scents. The taste begins with toasted bread flavors; followed by dark caramel, dark fruit and hops. The mouth feel is slightly creamy, a little sticky and even slightly chewy with a medium body. The carbonation is active, almost a little prickly.

Sixth Day was a pleasant surprise. This Brown Ale is a must try for those that are a fan of the style - nice job Goose Island.

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Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep amber brown body is surmounted by a massive, dense and persistent light tan head, which threatens to escape the glass. Thick, glass-coating lacing resembles fern frost on the glass walls.

Aroma: Dark malt dominates the aroma, with notes of deeply toasted bread, as well as caramel, bitter cocoa, and faint sweet alcohol..

Taste: Opens with toasted dark bread flavors, and a fairly strong punch of herbal hops. Burnt caramel and bitter cocoa soon follow. Later in the taste, there are some understated dark fruits and a ghostly alcohol presence, more notable for its warmth than flavor. Late in the taste, the earthy hops and burnt caramel bring the taste to a graceful close.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, pleasant and very full.

Drinkability/notes: Quite nice, I hope this reappears for the next winter season, Sixth Day could easily become a classic. I love the name, a clever allusion to The Twelve Days of Christmas. One wishes Goose Island would produce a holiday beer for each of the Twelve Days, and perhaps a special one for Twelveth-Night.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce brown glass long-neck bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of MrBoz21
3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured brown, murky with 1/2 inch tan foamy head that settled to skiff. Light comes through but is mostly opaque. Light carbonation.

Aroma: Fruity plum, raisin cookie and molasses. A hint of solvent.

Taste: Gingerbread spice with complex stone fruit medley and dank and woody bitterness. A bit of booze on the tip of tongue.

Mouth: Warm on tongue, juice like with a dry finish.

Overall: It is strong and complex ... hard to consider it a brown. More like a light barleywine.

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Photo of Grugalug
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a very dark brown with about a half finger of head that dissipates quickly. Not many bubbles coming to the surface. Some lacing but not much. Looks decent enough.

S- A pleasant nuttiness dominates, with some caramel and toffee there as well. Perhaps a bit of spice. Not as pungent as I expected it to be, but decent nonetheless.

T- Surprisingly complex. The nose does it no justice, as I got a lot character. Big malt along with a roasted nuttiness. The caramel and toffee are a bit more aggressive, and it's a good thing. Definitely more spice as well, and just a bit of hop bitterness. You even get a bit of alcohol warmth. Surprising that it doesn't seem as big as it's 8.30%/ABV would suggest. Really nice.

M- Very light-bodied and drinkable. For my taste it's too watery, but it is appropriately carbonated. I'm sure there are many out there that would appreciate it's lighter mouthfeel.

O- A great-tasting beer that is seriously let down by it's other characteristics. Just above average in everything else, and that's really too bad. This has the taste of a real classic. Perhaps I just got unlucky with a bad bottle, but it's still definitely worth trying and I will revisit this one if Goose Island puts it out again.

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Photo of Mongrel
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The aroma on this one is mild, but a bit off. It hints at the toffee sweetness to come, but there's also a muddy off note.

On the palate, there is some barleywine-like sweetness and flavors, but toned down. Toffee and touches of cherry and raisin. Pretty firm hopping lends a cool veneer. But flavors are generally a bit muddy and muted, and even somewhat watery. It's certainly sweet up front, but dries out a bit too quickly, betraying its booze.

Overall, it's a pretty good beer for the category and price point, but nothing I'd seek out again.

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Photo of Ego
3.49/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

audible head calms down quickly, retreats to just a film with higher peaks on the diameter, medium brown mud with carbonation gurgling up, nothing great, nothing bad

spicy in a ginger bread kind of way, sweet fruitcake, apple pie, nutmeg-y

taste etc...
medium mouthfeel with just slightly prickly carbonation, definitely sweet, like sugar, with a hint of bitters in the linger, drinks like the nose with appropriate seasonal flavors, nothing over bearing here just a pretty straight forward holiday ale

tasty but nothing special, good mouthfeel and good masking of the ABV, a little too sweet for me personally

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.27/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sampling right now on 2/26/14. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a classic pilsner flute glass.

Pours a hazy dark brown in color with a thick 1-finger beige head that stays around for a while. Lots of sticky lacing is seen with each sip. The aroma is of malts, spice and coffee. The taste is about the same with some caramel malts coming through as well as followed up by a little orange zest. No harsh or bitter aftertaste at all. A better seasonal brown ale and great for the colder months.

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Photo of Act25
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Goose would be the perfect match for this Winter Warmer.

A: Pours a rich syrup with a persistent cream head and lots of lacing. 3.75

S: Too faint. but there's coffee, spice, cream, malt, caramel. 3.5

T: Follows the smell but big: Orange zest, Malt caramel front, followed by spice, coffee, cola, root beer, sarsaparilla, brown bread, apples, yet a warming, drying long back finish. 4

MF: A weighty rich feel, very satisfying. Great feel. 4.25

O: Good Island is putting out lovely original, strong ales, and this is one to try. Oddly festive, last one of the evening, an after dinner beer. 3.75

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Photo of spinrsx
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle from the Wegmans Dewitt NY for $2

Appearance - Hazy brown colour with a good size frothy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some really good lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, dark fruits, butterscotch, herbal notes

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, butterscotchl, and raisins. There is also some anise/herbal notes and a a touch of chocolate.

Overall - A nice winter warmer, a little like a scotch ale. I'd buy this again next holiday season.

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Photo of Morakaton
3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked this bottle up back in December for $1.59 a single at my local store, thinking to myself "wow, a christmas themed hearty brown ale." I wanted to like this beer, because I usually like brown ales, despite them being a rarely well represented genre of beer. I noticed it was quite packing at 8.3% ABV, which scared me because I wasn't quite sure how that would work out since the brown ale style often doesn't lend well to big ABV.

The logistics: 12oz bottle poured into a snifter, aged in a 65 degree pantry for 2 months, store in the fridge 5 hours before serving.

Aroma and appearance: The beer had a pretty nice aroma. It was malty, had a small hint of spices, a twinge of muted hops, and some toffee. It poured a dark brown with a small, unimpressive head. The beer didn't exhibit too much character looks wise, but wasn't disappointing.

Mouthfeel and taste: This is where the beer really took a hit for me. My suspicions were confirmed, the beer was way too boozy as it warmed. The body was too light to uphold the huge ABV, the flavors became almost a secondary factor to the booze. I really had a hard time finishing, not because I don't enjoy high ABV beer (4th Dimentia and BCBS are amongst my favorites), but because the other flavors were not standing out.

Overall: A big disappointment. I finished it, but due to the booziness, I probably will not return since the other flavors did not impress me whatsoever. This occurs often in brown ales, where the flavors are quite subtle. Due to that, a higher ABV needs to be compensated by either a higher dosage of flavors, or a nice last minute throw in of dry hops (like the absolutely delicious Good Humans from Short's, another winter seasonal brown with 8.3% ABV). Too boring and one dimensional for me, but not the worst beer you'll ever try.

Until next time!

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Photo of brutusmuktuk
3.96/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle with a hazy brown color and a short lasting white foam head. Has a sweet caramel aroma. The flavor is a nice blend of sweet caramel and some malts. Has very little carbonation, but a nice medium body mouthfeel. Another solid offering from Goose Island.

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Photo of gonzo000
4.04/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

a - Nice brown color - much like a nut brown with a reddish brown head

s - sweet smell

t - Sweet, molasses(?), malt, maybe a nutmeg - very nice

m - Very good mouth feel Carbonation holds well - very nice

o - Overall this is an excellent beer. Goose Island keeps the hits coming. I recommend this beer highly

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Photo of bubseymour
3.31/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A very nice looking brown ale with 2 finger tan head and nice retention. The smell is more of a bock than a brown ale with some caramel scents. Taste is questionable. Perhaps the one I'm sampling is a tad old and stale. Some caramel sweetness, followed by a slight bitter finish. Some booziness comes through as well as it drinks quite heavy. Overall this beer is not up to the usual Goose Island standards I expect. I won't revisit this one.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours an opaque brownish amber with a thin, lingering beige head.

S: Aromas of caramel, cream, nougat, plums, raisins, almonds, brown sugar, and mild herbs are present on the nose.

T: Notes of caramel, toffee, brown sugar, toasted almonds, sweet cream, nougat, plums, raisins, herbs, mild citrus, black walnuts, and roasted chestnuts flit across the palate. The finish is mellow with notes of nougat, brown sugar, caramel, and roasted nuts.

M: Medium in body, but on the lighter side of medium, and quite syrupy. Carbonation is mildly prickly. Alcohol presence is noticeable, but understated.

O: An interesting winter ale that almost comes across as a stronger, maltier version of Goose Island's Christmas Ale. This should go over well with fans of brown ales and other maltier styles.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear amber when pouring. Clear deep brown in the glass. One finger off white head that doesn't last long.

S-Nuts, caramel, spices. More of a Christmas ale in terms of the spices than a brown ale.

T-Poor balance. Starts with an overly sweet caramel/syrup like note. Then a poor blend of nutmeg/cinnamon and other spices. No bitterness.

M-Lighter, slightly watery, not much carbonation either.

O-The balance needs to improve greatly. A very mediocre beer that a lot of room for improvement.

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Photo of ExtraStout
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. I grabbed this one while filling a 6-pack of brews I have yet to try.

Darkish muddied brown color with some lacing. Pretty sweet, boozey (8.2 ABV), malty with a bit of spicy hops. Nice mouth feel, thick medium body. It was better than I thought it would be and I always like that!!

The entire way through the glass I would get this hint of it wanting to breakout into something even better but then it would fall back to earth. I would buy it again.

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Sixth Day from Goose Island Beer Co.
82 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.