Christmas Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.
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Reviews by demcorhip:
3.73/5 rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Deep brown, almost cola like clear ale. A decent 1 finger tan head formed, once it dissipated fine lacings remained. Finely carbonated.
Dominant slightly sweet earthy scent on top of toffee, dark fruits, and peppery spice.
This ale tastes quite nice. Toffee and treacle are present and offset nicely by some bitter maltiness, but mostly by an earthy peppery spiciness.
This ale is somewhat dry, and while theres a a definate malt character its not as strong as I would prefer. The balance is in favour of the spiciness of this brew.
This is an easy enough to drink ale. Will be interesting to see just how the flavours continue to develop and evolve. A good session brew for the holidays, and a good crossover brew for introducing novices in beer appreciation to sarker and spicier offerings.
Serving type: bottle
09-10-2006 01:12:52 | More by demcorhip
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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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