Sixth Day - Goose Island Beer Co.

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514 Ratings
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Ratings: 514
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 14.53%
Wants: 5
Gots: 26 | 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 ExtraStout
3.65/5  rDev +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.

Photo of generallee
1.84/5  rDev -48.6%
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.

Photo of Jason
3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

Dark and hazed amber hued brown color, light lacing sticks to the glass well. Orange zest, candied fruit, caramel, ripe apples, booze, toasted bread crust, & spicy hop all make for an inviting aroma. Slightly creamy, chewy, thick medium body. Brown bread, baked apples, Christmas pudding, toasty, mild cocoa powder, earthy hops, balanced bitterness, raisins, warming, semi-dry finish.

A surprise grabbing this one while looking for winter seasonals I have yet to try, right at first sip I knew I should have grabbed more than a six-pack.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.89/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up at Premier Gourmet in Buffalo, enjoyed while making some rum balls and other Christmas baking.

Poured into a small nonic glass. There was some big visible sediment in the bottle, so after swirling that in the result was a hazy brown-chestnut hue with a quarter inch of foam that recedes into a thick ring.

Nose is nicely boozy and malty, with an American Barleywine quality to it. Toffee, brown sugar, chocolate, tea hops, caramel.

Landing somewhere between a barleywine and a brown ale, this one is hard to spot. Big and many like a barleywine, but slightly held back; nutty and tea-like like a brown ale, but amped up too high. Despite this strange placement, however, the result is very tasty. Spices, cinnamon, boozy malt, chocolate, floral/herbal hops, apple cider, toffee. Bit of dry bitterness to the finish. Very nice indeed.

Thicker bodied, medium carbonation.

Although I still lean towards the Christmas Ale, this is a great boozy substitute. Quite enjoyable Christmas brew indeed!

Photo of bsp77
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Pint.

Appearance: Fairly dark reddish-brown with marginal light tan head.

Smell: Caramel, brown sugar, light chocolate, and spicy & earthy hops.

Taste: Strong malt backbone of caramel, brown sugar, dark fruit and chocolate. Some spicy and earthy hops on the finish, maybe a hint of citrus.

Feel: Somewhat full-bodied with moderately low carbonation. The finish is semi-dry.

Overall: A bigger, boozer version of their old Christmas Ale. I am not sure why brewers keep increasing the abv on existing beers, as it doesn't always make them better. In fact, as is the case here, I think it was better when a little more balanced and a little drier. Still tasty though, and worth the try; it is just a trend that annoys me.

Photo of far333
3.59/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Chestnut with a thick frothy half inch head of orangey brown foam that settles slowly. Low aroma of caramel and toffee. Flavors of rich malt, cocoa and toffee, some butterscotch. Moderate bitterness, low hop profile. Some alcohol fruitiness, and a slight warming. Good beer.

Photo of Brenden
3.87/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a medium brown with a deep, thick garnet hue to it and complete opacity due to its density. The head is tan, no more than 1/2 finger tall but no less. Retention is good and the strong foam that stays for the duration leaves a fair amount of patching behind it.
Plum, currants, molasses and toast greet the nose with some earth. It's got a sweet kick as well as a slight hint of alcohol. A little nuttiness sits in, too.
The taste has more hoppy bitterness, earthy as well as raw and pithy, and a roastier lean as well. It's pretty much the style, Americanized then amped up even further. Lots of brown sugar and thick plum transition sweetness straight to bitterness, a little too hard as the sweetness gets overthrown. A lightly smoky roast builds up at the back of the tongue slowly with each sip.
It's definitely thick for a brown, with a bigger body than just about any I've had before. Still, it's crisp with a moderate smoothness, drying out as it hits the pithier end.

Photo of CloudStrife
3.57/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Bottled Oct 21, 2013.

A: Pours a clear, fairly dark brown with a lightly tanned cream head. Tough to see any visible carbonation in the depths of this brew. Leaves pretty nice lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Not an overly aromatic beer. Dark fruits come through as well as a sweet maltiness.

T: This is a bit sweet of a brown ale with a carmely, toffee that dominates the flavor. Hops do come in on the backend to round it out a bit with some bitterness. Alcohol is well hidden though.

M: Medium body with average carbonation. Finish is pretty clean. Nice warming feel to it without any hotness in the mouth.

Overall its really not a bad beer just seems to fall a touch short. The sweetness overwhelms and keeps it from being something you can enjoy a couple of.

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.5/5  rDev +25.7%
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.

Photo of tjsdomer2
4.48/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Murky amber-red with excellent tan lacing and foam.

Smell: Creamy rye with apple cider. Very pungent.

Taste/Mouthfeel: This has the sourness of a good rye, almost to the point of a sour ale. Excellent smokey finish with a hint of maple. Crisp mouthfeel with enough booze to remind you it's a strong ale.

Overall: A shockingly good beer. It's ale mixed with wassail and rye whiskey.

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.

Photo of JohnFatAss
3.84/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A rich. looking brown ale. Hazy and brown in color, thick tan head.
It is really a good looking beer.

The smell and taste are a bit unusual. Not bad, just different.

This is a strong beer. 8.3% ABV A little on the heavy side,

A brown ale with some spice added.
Malty, dark fruits, brown bread, and some hop bitterness are the flavors that come through.

Over all, it is a rich, t hick and satisfying beer that is perfect for a cold winter night,
It might pair well with a beef stew,

Photo of Fatehunter
3.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured a thin head on a hazy, dark straw colored body.
The aroma is caramel, spices and toffee. It's nice.
The taste is caramel sweet overall, mild pine bitterness around the edges and a little alcohol heat.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
A nicely flavored winter ale.

Photo of russpowell
3.82/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 8 Oct 13

Pours an effervescent brown/crimson with 3 fingers of tan head. Good head retention & even better lacing

S: Maltyness, brown bread & leafy hops

T: Toastyness, leafy& herbal hops & brown sugar. More toastyness & brown sugar as this warms, a bit of toffee as well, more leafy hops as well. Finishes semi-dry with woody & leafy hops & a kiss of toastyness & cranberry

MF: Not bad, wish there was little more body to this, soft carbonation

Drinks easy enough , ABV is well hidden

Photo of Mongrel
3.67/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of Bung
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz Dark brown with reddish hue. Thin layer of white head. Retains all right.

Aroma, Spices ad some floral hop presence. Smaller malt and brown sugar.

Taste, Strong brown ale characteristics, that leathery-ness. Hops more floral and slightly fruity. Kind of one of those chocolate orange things people think are a good candy combination this time of year. Very slight chocolate and coffee in the finish as well.

Maybe medium body, there probably could be just a bit more here to support all the spice and stuff, but to me many of this style are this way. Good carbonation, above well hidden.

A festive ale, about the same as the others, they just are what they are. This was a fine brown ale example though. Similar to some of the Anchor Festives.

Photo of goochpunch
2.74/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours out a dark amber/brown. Like slightly burnt caramel. Nice nose of very "British" hops. A bit of booze in the smell and toasty caramelly malts. I pick up a lot of fruity esters. I'm not feeling the flavor. The hops are really subdued as compared in the smell. VERY SWEET. Way over-the-top fruity esters. Kind of messy overall. Mouthfeel is thick and sticky with mild carbonation. I'm not feeling this. Too sweet and the yeast character is too much.

Photo of puboflyons
3.79/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle stamped 25SEP13-1615. Sampled on December 13, 2013.

The pour is a decent looking medium to dark brown with a plush off-white head that dissolves after a few moments.

The aroma is upfront caramel malts, sweetness, and feint nuttiness but there is also a vague boozy quality to it.

The body is medium to full with a general creaminess to it.

The caramel malts are also first on the scene in the flavor but this mild booziness also kicks in along with the bitterness of the hops toward the finish.

Photo of philbe311
3.69/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - No more than a finger's worth of slightly late to develop dense and creamy vibrant medium khaki colored froth... Minimal retention gives way to a full layer of rich decedent lacing... The color is a mix of blood red and muddy light brown... Mostly translucent... A moderate bit of small bubbled and quick paced carbonation can be seen deep within the glass... A good bit of lacing clings to the glass...

S - Loaded with toffee goodness and dark fruits... These aroma dominate, but a bit beneath the surface is a nice mix of complimentary scents... Rye bread... Pumpernickel Bread... Coca-cola... Some cherry aroma... Overall the aroma is a tad bit cloying...

T - The sweetness is dialed down a bit on the palate but it's still at the forefront... Brown sugar... Caramel... Toffee... Fruit cake... Artificial cherry sweetness... A light bitterness emerges... Some charred / burnt notes on the finish...

M - Starts with a bit of lushness... On the lighter side of medium bodied... The carbonation is very limited... The finish is surprisingly dry... There is also a touch of chalkiness on the finish... A slight burnt texture intensifies on the deep finish...

D - Goose Island describes this one as a festive brown ale and I can't disagree... A very interesting interpretation of the style... It's not a home run by any means, but it's a solid single that could be stretched into a double.. The component needed the most work is the mouthfeel... The burnt texture on the deep finish that I can't personally seem to get past detracts from an otherwise solid offering... Worth checking out, but not worth going out of your way for...

Photo of Spikester
3.94/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown with two fingers of tan head. Few lacings.
Smell is super malty. Taste is uber malt with no detectable hops. I am sure there are hops it is just that the malt base is huge.
Mouthfeel is full with the right amount of carbonation. Slightly dry sweet finish.
Overall it tastes like an Imperial Brown Ale. First time I have seen this beer, Brewed in Chicago.
Tasty sweet malt bomb.

Photo of ocelot2500
3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rusty brown with orange tinges and a small, off-white head that leaves little bits of lacing.

Smells of sweet caramel malts with a bit of fruit.

Tastes of the sweet malts with a fruit overtone. Malts lead off with notes of toffee, caramel, and brown sugar with some toasted bread underneath. This leads into a fruitiness characterized by apples, pears, and figs. Leaves a bit of sticky sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, I am stuck between reviewing to style and whether or not I enjoy it. As a brown, it is missing that cocoa/nutty/coffee notes I expect. However, I do find myself enjoying the sweet fruits, which is more along the lines of a Belgian style. Eh, I'll just split the difference.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.07/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic.
8.3% ABV, Bottled on: 14OCT13, "serve Sixth Day in a nonic pint glass", "improves in the bottle for up to 1 year"

A - Dark, murky brown pond water in color, Sixth Day is clearly unfiltered, allowing the yeast to develop the beer over the next year per their label. It's short light khaki foam collapses into a ring around the glass below dish soap-like spots of lace.

S - Sixth Day has a unique and festive potpourri spice nose that peruses through soft molasses cookies, burnt brown sugar notes and English toffee, greeting an equally peculiar scent of Worcestershire sauce and pine with faint rubbing alcohol trailing off in the background.

T - Thinning alcohol makes its way through this malty brown base of caramel and toffee notes to cut through the unique spice blend that, like the aroma, suggests potpourri. Mistletoe and molasses cookies fade out with holiday cheer.

M - Wonderfully constructed, the feel of Sixth Day has a robust maltiness and provides great support and sweetness while being balanced by spice notes and cut by alcohol warmth; all aspects that elevate a holiday beer!

O - Sixth Day maintains Goose Island's unique approach to a holiday ale with their brown but this time ramping it up in ABV and with it, changing the profile to more suitably provide some much needed warmth in the Midwest. Potpourri, molasses cookies, caramel, and toffee make for a great aroma and flavor profile as well, further lending this beer to the holiday season!

Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, with bottled on date October 15, 2013 printed on the back label. A new winter seasonal from Goose Island, and about as fresh as I could possibly ask for. Expectations are about average; going in unbiased.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours two fingers of creamy fluffy tan head on top of a dark ruby-mahogany colored body. Head has some pretty excellent staying power for such a high abv. Nice rings of lacing.

S - Smell is definitely interesting and unique. An interesting vegetal pine / spruce sort of aroma was the first thing to strike me. Brown bread, creamy caramel, some chocolate, a hint of spice, and some metallics on the end.

T - Taste follows the nose pretty well. Toasted brown bread, creamy smooth caramel, mild chocolate, brown sugar, molasses, some strange dark fruitiness almost reminiscent of an artificial cherry / rum raisin taste, unidentifiable spice, and just a hint of alcohol. A sweet tea leaf like hop presence is in there, but it takes the back route to the bready malt. Not 'bad' tasting, but there is something about it that I don't like.

M - Feel is thick, creamy, a bit syrupy, and full bodied with moderate carbonation. A slow sipper for sure.

Overall, not a bad beer, but strange, and not entirely approachable or enjoyable. Definitely glad I managed to score a single bottle, because I would not want to have an entire six pack of this stuff.

Goose Island Sixth Day ---3/5.

Photo of rlee1390
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
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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Sixth Day from Goose Island Beer Co.
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