Christmas Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.
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Reviews by AdamBear:
2.75/5 rDev -27.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5
A-dark hazy brown with a pretty apparent reddish tint. nice foamy tan head
S-matly and somewhat spoiled actually...like a pale ale that was let sit for way too long. does not smell good.
T-tastes a lot like a pale ale that sat for too long, though there's a large presence of grains. very grainy really. tastes like post boil wort. there is a slight bitterness here toward the end. matching after-taste. some spice reminiscent of a wheat beer
M-medium creamy carbonation with a dry finish
O-i do not enjoy this beer. Its like a weirdly aged, spoiled APA. i'm not sure what it was set out to be, but i'm guessing it failed. there's really nothing else to say. the only reason i'd ever suggest this to someone is to see if i got a spoiled bottle or something.
Serving type: bottle
12-10-2012 01:00:44 | More by AdamBear
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3.9/5 rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12 oz. bottle, vintage 2012, with bottled on date 09/19/2012 printed on the back label, so this beer is approaching it's second birthday. Acquired a single bottle of this from the local beer store for $2.99.
Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.
A - It pours a thick murky caramel colored body with about one finger of tan foam head. Leaves some nice thin lacing behind. Looks very nice.
S - The smell comes across like how I expected - warming holiday spice rack notes - nutmeg, thyme, other unidentifiable herbals, caramel, brown bread, brown sugar, and candied dark fruits. An average yet pleasant aroma for the style.
T - Taste follows the nose - creamy caramel / toffee / taffy apples, cinnamon sticks, brown sugar, and some mild spice rack notes in the vain of nutmeg and thyme and such. Very delicious.
M - The feel is smooth and creamy, lightly sticky / syrupy on the finish. Medium full bodied; semi-thick, but it is to be expected. Very easy drinking for the semi-high abv.
Overall, a delicious Christmas ale that has held up well. Absolutely delicious caramel and taffy forward at this point; I would love to put a few more bottles of this away to see how it fares. I look forward to future vintages of this.
Goose Island Christmas Ale 2012 ---4/5.
Serving type: bottle
07-05-2014 19:04:07 | More by mfnmbvp
Christmas Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
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