Sixth Day - Goose Island Beer Co.
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Reviews by Morakaton:
3.16/5 rDev -11.5%
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!
02-19-2014 00:02:03 | More by Morakaton
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3.66/5 rDev +2.5%
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.
01-31-2014 02:16:04 | More by ExtraStout
1.74/5 rDev -51.3%
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.
05-27-2014 08:22:52 | More by generallee
3.94/5 rDev +10.4%
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.
12-17-2013 03:23:38 | More by Jason
3.9/5 rDev +9.2%
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!
12-18-2013 04:29:51 | More by JohnnyBarman
3.76/5 rDev +5.3%
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.
12-17-2013 23:26:53 | More by bsp77
3.61/5 rDev +1.1%
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.
11-12-2013 02:52:39 | More by far333
Sixth Day from Goose Island Beer Co.
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