Christmas Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.
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Reviews by marcobrau:
3.98/5 rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
A clear red ale that pour with a enough foam to create a bit of a rocky head. Just some tiny bits of lace are left behind as the head falls. The nose has a complex, but subtle spiciness buried in a toasted-caramel malt nose. It's a bit too hard for me to discern what spices are lurking there, but they come out more in the taste: hints of allspice, clove and maybe even cinnamon. English tasting (read: Goldings, Fuggless) hops are tasted and give the beer nice balance, especially in the finish. This is full-bodied which I appreciate this time of year. A fairly hearty ale for the season for sure, but certainly on the cusp of being sessionable.
Serving type: bottle
11-26-2008 02:59:05 | More by marcobrau
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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.