Christmas Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.
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Reviews by divineaudio:
4.13/5 rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
bomber into a pint glass. bottled on 10/16/09.
pours a deep, hazy copper color with a thin cap of head.
has a strong, sweet, nutty smell with notes molasses. i can also just barely detect a bit of fruitiness.
taste is far less sweet than i was expecting from the smell. the toasty and nutty malt character is there, but so is a lot of hop character and a little bit of dry spiciness. a slight bitterness hangs on the tongue for a while before fading into more malt goodness.
fuller bodied with a slick, gooey sort of feel. finer co2 profile and not very much of it, which i like.
delicious and very drinkable. i've been sitting on this for a few months now, and it was sitting in the beer store for a few months more than that. seems to age pretty well, wish i had a few more bottles to sit on.
Serving type: bottle
06-30-2010 01:49:49 | More by divineaudio
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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 1,241 ratings.