Christmas Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.
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3.85/5 rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Poured from a growler filled from the tap last night.
Appearance: Dark brown reddish brown ale. The head is not too heavy, but it leaves nice lacing on the glass.
Aroma: Roasted grain. This one smells bready and slightly hoppy, but the caramel sweetness pokes through.
Taste: Roasty bitterness and slight flavors of hops are the meat of the flavors here. The mouthfeel is pleasant, and the finish is slightly bitter, finishing dry. The caramel sweetness seems very well balanced with the bitterness coming from both roast and present hops.
Notes: The description of this year's batch claims that it is based upon an IPA recipe. While the hops here are present, I think the dark malts have overwhelmed the hop flavors and aromas. This is a tasty beer, definately session style. Better on draft than in the bottle.
Serving type: growler
11-25-2005 01:47:05 | More by beerinator
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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.