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Sixth Day - Goose Island Beer Co.

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458 Ratings
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Ratings: 458
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.69%

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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: UCLABrewN84 on 10-14-2013)
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Photo of leffebrown84th


3.64/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2014 01:11:55 | More by leffebrown84th
Photo of bushbeer75


3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2014 16:54:10 | More by bushbeer75
Photo of Pegasus


4/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2014 22:34:22 | More by Pegasus
Photo of MrBoz21


3.74/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2014 03:54:47 | More by MrBoz21
Photo of Grugalug

New York

3.64/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2014 04:08:31 | More by Grugalug
Photo of Mongrel


3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 14:06:38 | More by Mongrel
Photo of Ego

New Jersey

3.44/5  rDev -3.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 05:17:12 | More by Ego
Photo of BeerWithMike


4.26/5  rDev +19%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2014 23:55:36 | More by BeerWithMike
Photo of Act25

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2014 04:35:34 | More by Act25
Photo of spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2014 01:36:57 | More by spinrsx
Photo of Morakaton


3.16/5  rDev -11.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2014 00:02:03 | More by Morakaton
Photo of BeerKangaroo


3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice try Sixth Day as you almost slipped away from me this past Christmas. Luckily, I just found the notes on this from January 2, 2014 only today.

Bottled on date: 10SEP13

Into a mug:

A: somewhat light brown colored body with a one finger white foamy head that left some nice adequate lacing clinging nicely in rings around the glass

S: nutty with some bready maltiness

T: sweet through a combination of nuts, bready malts and cinnamon; sticky nutty aftertaste; dry nutty finish

M: medium in body but comes across somewhat sessionable and went well with New Year's Day leftovers, carbonation is good for the style and for me as there's a decent amount of harshness hitting the tongue and mouth but it isn't anything that degrades from a Christmas Brown Ale

O: good Brown Ale that I would have again next Christmas

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2014 04:59:46 | More by BeerKangaroo
Photo of brutusmuktuk


3.94/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2014 03:00:34 | More by brutusmuktuk
Photo of gonzo000


4.04/5  rDev +12.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2014 02:15:19 | More by gonzo000
Photo of bubseymour


3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2014 21:54:28 | More by bubseymour
Photo of mrfrancis


3.83/5  rDev +7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2014 20:19:21 | More by mrfrancis
Photo of rlee1390


3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 02:40:03 | More by rlee1390
Photo of ChrisChagnon


3.86/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Grabbed this in a mix six just so I could give it a try

A- poured orangeish brown with small head and decent lacing

S- the smell is really spicy with tons of cinnamon and fruit

T- as expected from the smell basically. Really malt dominated with molasses and brown sugar really prominent.

M- lightly carbonated and not that heavy in the mouth as I expected. left you wanting more though

O- not my style, decent but I would not buy it again

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2014 17:02:09 | More by ChrisChagnon
Photo of ExtraStout


3.66/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2014 02:16:04 | More by ExtraStout
Photo of wethorseblanket


3.59/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Served at WF Venice during a GI tasting.

A: Pours a hazyed orangish brown with a 1/4" off-white/orange head which fades to a thin cap and leaves spots of lace.

N: Spices, orange zest, cardboard, caramel, aged fruit.

T: Citrusy, mildly sweet, aged fruit and spice.

M: Moderate body and medium carbonation. Semi-dry, sweetish finish.

O: Best to avoid this as there are other winter seasonals out there to try.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 05:43:22 | More by wethorseblanket
Photo of Badger6


3.41/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into snifter (yeah, i know, it says pour into a nonic pint, sue me...it's dirty, and I'm lazy).

A: Body looks like muddy reddish brown coffee; passes light only at the edges. Small amount of carbonation can be seen tracing the side of the glass, not big or fast. Nice khaki head, developed slowly, diminished slowly. Lacing is supreme, the entire glass is thickly coated.

S: Dark fruit dominates, cherry scents mingled, very sweet. There is a bready aroma coupled with the fruits...smells like rye and pumpernickel. There is a spiciness present...cloves, nutmeg, but not well-defined. Kind of confusing.

T: There is a subtle, but distinct, sweetness immediately up front. Molasses, toffee, brown sugar, fruit cake, cherries. Bitterness comes out int he finish with some charring, the roast of the barley is pronounced, and overpowering.

M: Body feels full, but not at all heavy. Lightly carbonated. Slightly dry finish, seems burnt. Kind of just drops off, like it had more left.

D - Goose Island calls this a festive brown ale. But, this is not straightforward, it's interpreted. Not awesome, but it is not bad. Looks fantastic, but then its all downhill form there. Mouthfeel is off, it just ends. The aroma is troubling, its there and its multi-layered, but confusing, and the taste is no better, lots of unique laments, but they just don't seem to provide a balanced complement to each other. Not a bad beer, but not something you need to run out an try.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2014 02:47:10 | More by Badger6
Photo of TonyBaloney


1.53/5  rDev -57.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

In a word, yuck!How about beer that tastes like beer, instead of potpourri? It looks fine in the glass, but the smell is suspect, and the taste is pure "UGH!" This was offered by a friend, but yowza, no thanks! I like my coffee to taste like coffee, and I like my beer to taste like malt and hops, not a candle shop.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 00:40:53 | More by TonyBaloney
Photo of vkv822


3.99/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz : tulip pint

Pours a dark mahogany brown with a foamy toffee colored head.

Big malty, biscuity, caramel, toffee notes with a light floral, spicy, herbal hop character.

Medium+ body, foamy carbonation.

A very well done brown ale. ABV is on the bigger side for the style, but it fits it quite nicely. Something I could enjoy a couple pints of.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2014 08:59:52 | More by vkv822
Photo of superspak


3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 10/7/2013. Pours cloudy dark ruby red color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big caramel, brown sugar, toast, orange peel, apple, pear, raisin, brown bread, floral, grass, pine, herbal, and toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, brown sugar, toast, orange peel, raisin, pear, apple, brown bread, light chocolate, floral, grass, pine, herbal, and toasted earthiness. Fair amount of earthy pine/herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, toast, orange peel, raisin, pear, apple, brown bread, light chocolate, floral, grass, pine, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance, complexity, and robustness of dark malt and moderate hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately creamy and lightly slick/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice imperial brown ale. Good balance and complexity of dark malt and hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2014 00:38:34 | More by superspak
Photo of twiggamortis420


3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle pours a hazed amber color with a creamy beige head. Retention is ok, but lacing is awesome - solid sheet of stickiness on the side.

Nose is interesting - brazil nuts, spruce tips and caramel candy apples. I didnt say it was good...just interesting.

Taste shows a rich toffee maltiness that has some piney hops and a nutty yeast. It is full bodied for sure...there is some sweetness but it is offset by the alcohol and bittering hops. Its a pretty good recipe this year, though I dont think I would go back for a second sixer.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 23:04:44 | More by twiggamortis420
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Sixth Day from Goose Island Beer Co.
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