Christmas Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.
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Reviews by C20Percent:
4.08/5 rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
A: Pours a burnt copper with an nice head of tan bubbly foam on top. Looks closely and see lots of sediment floating around. Head holding strong. Nice complexity in the color of this brew. Really nice appearance.
S: First thing I smell is some spices; nutmeg and cinnamon. Mixed in with some sweet malty aromas. Slightly hoppy. A little nutty. And, a little bit of honey, I believe. Good smelling brew.
T: You can taste the spicey flavor. The hops also come through leaving a slightly bitter finish. Malts taste sweet. Solid taste -- there's quality there, but not quite as good as something like Mad Elf.
M: Smooth and creamy. Medium body. Excellence carbonation. Velvety. Actually, really good feel.
O: Solid brew. Goose Island -- best parts of this beer are probably the least important factors. Taste is good -- better than a lot of Christmas Ales, but this isn't the best. That said, very good beer.
Serving type: bottle
12-29-2012 20:00:38 | More by C20Percent
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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.
85 out of 100 based on 1,236 ratings.