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Sixth Day - Goose Island Beer Co.

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BA SCORE
81
good

508 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 508
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.57%
Wants: 5
Gots: 25 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: UCLABrewN84 on 10-14-2013)
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3.64/5  rDev +2%
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 Mongrel
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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3/5  rDev -16%

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4.25/5  rDev +19%

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3.44/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

eyes...
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

nose...
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

verdict?
tasty but nothing special, good mouthfeel and good masking of the ABV, a little too sweet for me personally

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3/5  rDev -16%

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

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4.26/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

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3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
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

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3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Photo of Morakaton
3.16/5  rDev -11.5%
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!

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2/5  rDev -44%

Sixth Day from Goose Island Beer Co.
81 out of 100 based on 508 ratings.