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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 wvsabbath
3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark tan/brown with a minimal 1/8th inch head. Decent sticky lacing.

Smell - Malts, ethanol-like aroma. cinnamon, honey. A light bitter hop presence. Kinda odd aroma.

Taste - Starts out with a roasty malt flavor, cinnamon, brown sugars and alcohol. Some hop bitterness along with some honey and cherry comes out near the finish. Lots of spices and also some cocoa are noticeable.

Motuhfeel - Malts and spices along with some alcohol coats the tongue. Palate gets more spices, some bitter hops, and more alcohol.

Overall - Eh, its not bad but balance sucks, and the alcohol note is too present. Malts get buried under the spices, then the bitter hop note comes in to throw it off even more. Nothing id recommend.

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Photo of Bung
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of beergoot
3.54/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Murky, light brown body with a thick head. Smells of carmelized sugars, some holiday spiciness, nuts, and a general earthiness. Deep sweetness plus with a bold bitterness and touch of boozy flavor. Medium-light body; semi-dry finish.

An interesting yet uneven brown ale. The components don't quite seem to mesh although it's a flavorful enough beer. A bit more malt backbone in the taste and a smoother, slightly fuller body would greatly improve things.

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

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a cloudy dark brown hue with an off-white head that slowly dissipates into a solid persistent lace leaving a good trail down the side of the glass.

S: Malty dark fruit aroma.

T: Dark fruit flavor with a caramel sweet middle and finishes on the dry side.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Solid brew – good flavors and aromas.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a dark, opaque, amber-brown color with a sparse, filmy head. Aromas of nut and cherry, both very rich and sweet. Flavors are supersweet, with toffee heavy forward, and highlights of caramel and chocolate. Very layered and rich. Smooth bodied, wit h a tangy sweet aftertaste. Slightly cloying on the finish, but smooth. Definitely a sweet one!

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Photo of fx20736
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a case from Beers of the World on 12/7/13.

Poured from a bottle served into a Nonic, served at cellar temp.

Appearance: Tawny Port with a three finger pecan shortbread head. Nice lacing.

Aroma: Orchard fruit; Peaches, sweet caramel.

Mouthfeel: solid, full.

Taste: Plums and peaches, accent the cocoa tinged maltiness. There is some restrained citrus bitterness for balance.

Notes: The 8.3% abv is totally hidden. This beer is an all around gem; good looking, nice aroma, great taste.

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Photo of Suds
3.86/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

This brew is a wonderful winter seasonal...full, rich, strong, and satisfying. The beer is a murky brown with crimson highlights and a cloak-like thickness. The aroma is nutty, with malt and some underlying caramel. Balanced, with a robust bitter and sweet flavor. Lots of malt and bread crust. Full and serious body. The alcohol is present...some warmth and spice. Good beer.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
2.91/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured into a tulip glass.

Look: Liquid Tootsie Roll. Very light lacing from a dark cream colored head.

Aroma: Tootsie Roll and alcohol.

Taste: Tootsie Roll, cinnamon, and bourbon barrel woodiness.

Mouthfeel: Thick.

Overall: Really disappointed. Too much alcohol and the taste is all Tootsie Roll.

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

A-a ruby amber color with a fingers worth of cream colored head

S-caramel malt, light dark fruit sweetness, brown sugar

T-more caramel malt, some dark fruit, and a slight bitter hop finish

M-medium body, medium carbonation

Overall a decent beer, but far from anything really special.

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Photo of Zorro
4.06/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear brown colored ale with a small light brown colored head.

Smells sweet and malty. They can call this beer whatever they want but the scent makes the Altbier bell in my brain go off. Intensely fruity, figs and banana scents. Intensely malty hops don't really standout at all. Aromatic ale but it really doesn't smell like a brown ale.

Starts out syrupy and sweet with a big fig flavor and lesser banana taste. It tastes like Altbier too. Drying hop finish tastes a bit like burnt nuts. Chocolate comes on later after about 1/2 a glass. Quickly acquires a Chocolate dipped frozen banana taste. A bit later pecan flavor shows up. Thick tasty beer.

Mouthfeel might be problematic, this is very syrupy.

Overall a damn tasty beer I can really recommend you try.

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Photo of dheacck11
3.69/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Murky muddy brown, kinda swampy looking. finger of head initially, kinda light brown with an almost greenish glow. Weird. Must be the lighting in the kitchen?
Smell's nice and big and earthy. Some grape, some bourbon and whiskey, little sweet malts. Nice.

Taste is really pretty big, surprising for something labeled a 'brown ale'. Little hint of spice up front, nice and quick and sharp. maybe a little nutmeg? Then delves rapidly and deeply into a big boozy, bitter and heady malt. Some brown sugar and some toastiness noted. Really surprisingly boozy to me. Finish is rather abrupt, dry, and wimpy.

Feel is pretty medium full.

Some interesting flavors going on, but not really well matched to each other, and not well balanced. Finish is especially disappointing. Not a bad winterwarmer, but not my favorite.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.07/5  rDev +12.4%
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!

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Photo of ONUMello
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured (per the label's suggestion) into a nonic pint glass
A: Medium brown with a one-finger head
S: Caramel, fig, hints of tropical fruit and baking spice
T: Matches the nose but not as complex and sweeter than I expected
M: Medium-bodied, smooth but sweet
O: Decent but I wish this had a bit less sweetness which I think would allow its complexities to show themselves better

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Photo of BeerWizard
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First try of anything from Goose Island, despite being tantalized by the Matilda for some time. Saw this at Target today and after some inspection, found it to be an 8.3% abv brown ale, and had to get it.

Could see the cloud in this through the bottle, which also gave a bottled date (September sometime this year - I usually don't pay attention to those, but hey it was there), claims it improves in the bottle for up to one year, and instructs using a nonic pint glass for it. I have some nonics but I rarely use them since your typical 12oz beer doesn't fill them up, so I opted for white wine glasses and split a bottle with my wife.

Pours cloudy dark brown with ample head on it. Of course, this is in a white wine glass, though I think it'd generate some head in any glass. Aside from the foam, looks and smells like a quad, actually. Raisin and fig on the nose, and light hops in the background bringing in some citrus. Flavor brings more dark fruits, candied fruit, light citrus, and possibly an almond-like nuttiness. Mouthfeel is heavy and carbonation is medium. Alcohol is noticeable but hard to discern from all the other big flavors here.

All in all, this stuff's great, but is it really a brown ale? This is unlike any brown ale I've ever had - it's more like a Chimay blue or something. I love browns but I've got no complaints on this deviant.

(And PS, this deserves better than just a "good" overall rating, in my opinion.)

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Photo of hosehead83
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Cloudy brown, dark tea color, with a decent cap of tan foam.
Aroma-Spicy, citrus notes.
Taste-Subtle toasted malt,cinnamon,orange-citrus hops. Flavor dances between spicy sweetness and hop bitterness. Decent balance, smooth for the strength. Interesting and flavorfull. Certainly worth a try.

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Photo of goochpunch
2.74/5  rDev -24.3%
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.

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Photo of Gavage
3.32/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: pours a cloudy brown color with a short 1/2" head.

Smell: light spicy aroma.

Taste: bready malt, caramel, ripe dark fruit sweetness, light nutmeg, bown sugar, and a mild bitterness are the main flavors.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp to start, smoother at the finish. Long lasting aftertaste as the flavors linger in the mouth for a while.

Overall: an easy drinking brown ale despite the hight alcohol level here. The flavors are a bit all over the place for me, and I expected a bit more from this holiday ale.

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Photo of bschinelli
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a growler purchased at the original brewpub 2 days ago into a 10-ounce ale glass from the Scottish Real Ale Festival (Nostalgia).

A - Goes into the glass a clear mahogany color, lots of red, and a cream colored head drops quickly back into the beer, leaving some interesting lacing on the sides of the glass.

S - Lots going on in the nose, with pine, resin, molasses, pineapple and perhaps some alcohol at the end.

T - To me, same as the nose. Pine, resin, molasses, some citrus fruit like tangerine and pineapple, lots of malt flavor too.

M - Medium, with a bit of alcohol at the end.

O - Pretty good effort, I really like it. Worth tracking down, actually.

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Photo of raznug
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It pours a nice brown color and is topped with ¾” of light brown colored head that tends to hang around a few sips into the pint.
Smell: There is a definite malt background like one would expect but there is spice notes that has me wondering.
Taste: The malt backbone is a nice start of this brown ale but the subtle spice notes in this beer is a nice change to the typical brown ale.
Mouthfeel: This is a bit on the thin side but with the spice notes of this beer a bit thin tends to work in its favor for this beer.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.54/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I picked up a bottle of Goose Island's Sixth Day a couple weeks ago for $1.69 at The Lager Mill. I was looking for some new seasonals to try and I thought I would take a chance on this one, so lets see how it goes. Bottled October 7th 2013. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks ok, but it's not that eye catching and I wish it had a some information about the beer. It poured a murky brown color that took on some mahogany hues when held to the light with two fingers worth of tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some nice rings of lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness that had a light molasses like aroma to it followed by a good amount of malts that impart a toasted, caramel malt, brown bread, and grainy aromas. Up next comes a slight dark fruit aroma with an equally light amount of spices. Up next comes some more caramel aromas with a nice noticeable nutty aroma and there's a light alcohol aroma towards the end. The aroma was pretty nice and it was more complex than most Brown Ales.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness that had a slight molasses like flavor followed by a good amount of malts that impart a brown bread, caramel malt, and toasted malt like flavors. Up next comes some light dark fruit flavors with a very light nutty aroma. On the finish there's a pretty light alcohol flavor with a bigger hop presence than I expected with some herbal and earthy hop flavors coming through along with a medium amount of bitterness and a sweet malt, caramel malt, and herbal hop like aftertaste. This was a nice tasting beer, but I thought I the hops showed up a little too much making it not as complex as the aroma.

M- Fairly smooth, slightly oily, slightly sticky, a little rich, a little crisp, on the thicker side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was nice and it worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer, but i didn't think that it was a great example of an American Brown Ale, it had some of those nice aspects that I look for in the style in the aroma, but when I got to the taste they didn't stick out as much and seemed to be a little covered up by the hops. This beer had ok drinkability, it's fairly smooth, rich, a little filling, and the taste did an ok job at holding my attention, I think one would be enough for me, I don't really have the urge to drink another one in a row. What I liked the most about this beer was the aroma and appearance, I thought they were both a nice and they worked well with this beer. What I liked the least about this beer was the hop profile, I wish it was a little lighter so it could let more of those Brown Ale flavors come through. I don't think I'll be picking up any more of this years release, I'm glad i tried it but I don't really feel the need to revisit it. I don't think I would recommend this beer, it's not bad, but it doesn't really stand out and it's not a great example of a American Brown Ale. All in all I didn't think this was a bad beer at all, but it had some aspects that made it a little rough around the edges and I don't really see what makes it a Festive Brown Ale. I appreciate the effort, but I think with a little work this could be a pretty good beer.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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

Appearance - Poured nearly 2 fingers of light mocha foam, body is a slightly hazed warm medium brown color. Leaves nice lacing after each quaff.

Smell - Freshly baked brown wheat bread, molasses, slight herbal hops, slight spiced of nutmeg, whiff of dark fruits, sweet roasted malts.

Taste - Much like the nose, warm slightly sweet baked dark wheat bread, molasses and brown sugar, slight dark fruits of plum and fig, light spices of nutmeg, some allspice and some very light anise. Herbal hops express themselves consistently in the background, along with a gentle backbone of roasted malts.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, very smooth with medium smooth carb that foams at first and a few bright edges at the sides of the tongue. Very drinkable, and lightly mouthcoating. The slightest alcohol presence, like you would find with a piece of rum cake, and which is complimentary here.

Overall - I really enjoy this beer, and highly recommend this one. This beer only scores an 81 on this sight, but this hits all the right spots with me personally, I think it is an excellent cool weather brown ale, and hope that you give this one a try.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.69/5  rDev +1.9%
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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Photo of corby112
3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottled 16Sep13 0908

Pours a very cloudy, dark ruby red/chestnut brown color with deep mahogany edges and a one finger yellowish-beige head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Decent retention with spotty lacing left behind.

Spicy, slightly medicinal aroma with subtle earthy hops, sweet malt and vinous dark fruit. Peppery with some clove, ginger and cinnamon but the herbal/syrupy/medicinal quality really stands out in an unpleasant way. Some sweet caramel malt, toffee and biscuit but these notes are overpowered and buried under the spice and cough syrup notes.

Medium body with even more aggressive spice than the aroma suggests but the cloying medicinal/syrupy character is kept in check. It's still there but not offensive and compliments the sweeter malt and dark fruit notes. Zesty spices are strong up front with pepper, clove, ginger, cinnamon and allspice. Subtle herbal/medicinal flavor but it's countered by caramel malt sweetness, toffee and chocolate. Vinous dark fruit sweetness comes in toward the finish with hints of dark cherry, plum, fig and raisin. The high ABV is well masked with only subtle alcohol flavor and minimal heat. Not the best holiday beer but not offensive. More complex and better balanced than I expected given the unpleasant aroma.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.28/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Deep mahogany brown with 1-2 fingers of light tan head. Cloudy with a decent head retention.

Caramelized brown sugar, molasses, pineapple and tangerine.

Very interesting flavor profile. You have a robust Brown Ale comprised of caramelized brown sugar, molasses, nuts and semi-sweet chocolate. This is counterbalanced with sweet tropical notes, distinctly pineapple chunks, as well as some tangerine and sugar coated oranges.

Medium bodied, juicy, crisp, oily and sticky.

This is essentially a Robust American Brown Ale mixed with a world-class American IPA. Very deep in malt yet very bright & tropical in hoppiness. The 8.3% is not noticeable. I'm really digging this!

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