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Sixth Day - Goose Island Beer Co.

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513 Ratings
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Ratings: 513
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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Ratings: 513 | Reviews: 103
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.29/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottled 9/10/13.

Pours a murky dark orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that fades to nothing. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, brown sugar, caramel, fruit, and alcohol aromas. There is also a slight nail polish remover smell that I get as the beer warms up. Taste is much the same with sweet malt, toast, and some herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of toasty and hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer with a bitterness that is a bit unexpected with the flavors I am getting from this one.

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of nmann08
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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 kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.54/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Giving their "Christmas Ale" a much needed rest, Goose Island offers up this tame brown ale with fruity undertones. So after the partridges, turtle doves, french hens and golden rings- on the Sixth Day, the geese get a'layin!

Pouring a curiously light brown in color, its murky haze casts a color that's as much as deep auburn as it is brown. A creamy, ivory froth swirls on top in short order. Its medium retention laces the glass lightly with random specks. Preferring perhaps a "cask ale-like" effect, the beer sits dull in the glass during the last half of the session.

Malty-sweet scents waft over the nose with a host of caramel, brown sugar, bread crust, faint chocolate and cookie dough. Its fruit-forward aromas give the ale a fruitcake set of proportions- dates, prune juice, red apples and cashews give light to the estery and earthy tone to the beer. What's missing is the more robust chocolate or toasted notes that we've become accustomed to in Browns.

Malt richness saturates the taste buds with ample caramelized barley sugars. Its maple taste weaves together all those sweetnesses that were picked up by the nose. Its sweetness is further heighted by seemingly fruit sugars of prune, sultan, bruised peaches and apples and white grapes. Herbal hop notes give impressions of sweet teas, earthy roots, and dried fruit. Its a delicious melange of flavors that simply lack balance. There's no real meaningful hop or toasted grain character to offset its sugary taste.

Likewise, its low-lying carbonation offers no reprieve from the sugars as the full weight of the beer seeps into the taste buds without any apologies. Its slightly cloying middle palate impedes the drinkability that's normal to Brown. Finishing malty-sweet with lingering fruit flavors makes this meek and humble beer more of a sipper. Its light minty warmth trails as the only real sense of closure.

I wouldn't go so far as to say that the geese certainly laid an egg with this one, but there's a few missteps that keeps this beer off of my holiday dinner table- Sixth Day needs more toasted and dark chocolate, it needs meaningful hop additions and it needs better carbonation to pull its sweet-fruitiness into a drier finish.

Photo of Knapp85
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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

this is what im talking about. a higher alcohol brown ale, not too far out of the comfort zone here, but pleasantly spiced and with a nice warming quality. all winter beers should take on this philosophy. I followed directions and poured this into a nonic pint glass. its rusty brown with a honey density and a brown tinted cream head over an inch high. smells like sweet toasty malt and a hint of molasses type spice without the heavy sugar. comfortable clove in the finish, and a little boozy heat. surprisingly well hopped in the finish to balance it into some drinkability. well made, definitely goose islands best seasonal. full bodied, I don't need more than a few of these, but its got just the right effect for the winter warmer type style. I will have a lot of this in the months to come.

Photo of zeff80
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of TMoney2591
2.61/5  rDev -27.1%
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.

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.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of jlindros
3.64/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First Xmas beer to start the holiday season. Still a couple weeks before even Thanksgiving, but what the hell.

Pours a decent fizzy slightly creamy foamy 1 finger head that starts to fade fairly quickly like a pro 8% beer, then leaves a creamy thick head covering that connects with a nice lacing, over super dark brown beer with hints of molasses light sneaking through the thin parts.

Nose hints at a big beer, some big malts, a little old ale like soft dark aged like malts, lots of toasty brown malts, little nutty like and some candy syrup, molasses, caramel, little toffee, a nice cocoa in the background. As it warms a little dakr fruit with hints of fig and date like, candied fig, with some mild esters, a little phenolic booze kick, hints of nutmeg and perhaps cinnamon like baking spices.

Taste starts with syrupy characters, molasses right off with some earthy root beer like characters, little nutty too. Malts bring a little candied reddish malt, syrupy, molasses, chewy and syrupy, lots of candy syrup and a little dakr candi sugar even, mild caramel and toffee. then into the fruit again, candied raisin like, bit of fig in candy syrup, date like, etc. Mild spices again, little nutmeg and perhaps cinnamon, hard to tell, perhaps a hint of allspice, the baking spices are there but very light thankfully. Hint of earthy herbal hop character starts to come out as it warms, as well as the pehnolic mild booze warmth and esters. Finish is sticky and a bit syrupy but dries a bit, little candied syrupy dark fruits, little more earthy slightly herbal hop character, and bitterness, little warming booze.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, bit syrupy, mild warming booze, nice carb.

Overall not bad, nothing too special but nice malt characters, nice phenolic booze warmth for a winter warmer like style although I guess this is considered a brown ale, hops could have been a bit better as the herbal earthy hop bitterness clashes with the warming semi sweet malts and dark fruits, but still a decent beer.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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

I purchased this from Wegman's enjoyed from the chilled 12oz in a goblet

The color is a murky brown shade with thin tan cap with very fine bead, head retention is ok, lace sticks in a ring. The smell is toasted grain with light herbal hop aroma mixed with dried fruit scent not quite sweet like raisin but a mild woody odor is present. The feel is good with moderate carbonation and medium body with slight spice and gently dry finish with a subtle bitterness level.

Sixth day has a slight pepper and woody hop flavor up front but leads to some mild toasted malt with gentle roasted character and fruity accent from the yeast which brings to mind ripe brown skinned banana with a hint of coffee-like acidity in the background. The overall impression is of a strong brown that doesn't taste like 8.3 percent, however it could use more malt flavor...I would probably not get this again unless it was on draft the bottle is decent, just not superior to other brown ales of this type.

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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

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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

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Sixth Day from Goose Island Beer Co.
81 out of 100 based on 513 ratings.