Christmas Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.
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Reviews by OleJohnnieAle:
3.43/5 rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
2011 Vintage - 4 pack - one now... one each year for the next 3
A: Pours a hazy dark bronze with a quarter finger of head. very minal fine lacing left.
S: Cinnamon, clove, nutmeg and maple up front. Some nice baked bread aromas and a bit of biscuity malts.
T: Nice bready malts are present up front with a very short burst of sweetness.
M: Medium bodied and smooth, even carbonation. Very smooth.
O: For as much as I have heard about this I have to say pretty disappointed by the bland nature of this beer. Nothing too special here so I am hoping that some time in the bottle may help. Although I was disappointed, this is a really good beer still, just nothing special. Will definately get again for more of the novelty.
Serving type: bottle
12-28-2011 01:15:10 | More by OleJohnnieAle
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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 1,235 ratings.