Christmas Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.
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Reviews by Tdizzle:
3.8/5 rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
The bottle describes this beer as an American Brown Ale. Bottled on 10/09/09. No indication of ABV.
A- Poured into a nonic pint, Goose Island's Christmas Ale pours a clear reddish-brown amber color with a silky head of tan foam that lines the glass with some nice multi-dimensional lacing. The head settles to a frothy layer over the beer that lasts for the duration of my review and then some.
S- Notes of citrusy hops, lightly-toasted and caramely malts, and dark fruits such as raisins and dates are backed by a subtle undercurrent of spices like clove, allspice, and nutmeg.
T- Flavors of toasted and fruity malts up front with backing flavors of orange peel and the above mentioned spices. The mid palate yields a flash of a rather hard bitterness from I'm guessing hops, but it's a touch too much. This beer might be a very good candidate for ageing. The moderately dry finish leaves a short taste of the dark fruits that the aroma promised. The bitter character of the flavor hangs on to the back of the tongue.
M- The beer is full-bodied with a slightly chewy texture and a good amount of fine carbonation bubbles that provide some balance to the nicely heavy feel.
D- A nice beer to drink on a "cold" Christmas Eve in California. Not my favorite winter warmer or brown ale, but I'm very glad to be able to try more of Goose Island's offerings.
Serving type: bottle
12-25-2009 05:55:07 | More by Tdizzle
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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.