Christmas Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.
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Reviews by psuKinger:
3.35/5 rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
Bottle brought back from the Midwest by my buddy Matt, poured into a standard nonic.
A: Pours a deep dark ruby red, with a moderately thick off-white head on top with big pancake batter bubbles in the middle that didn't stick around for long.
S: Cinnamon and Nutmeg dominate. Some bready yeasts and cotton-candy like malt sweetness notes underneath. I'm not crazy about where this might be heading...
T: Taste follows the nose. Spiced so heavily you have to dig deep to find the "beer" here. A touchy of lemon zest and breadiness underneath indicates that a unique yeast strain was used. There's the slightest touch of pine bitterness on the back end. Malt sweetness overwhelms it, though, and the beer lacks balance as a result.
M: Hefty, thick, and sticky for such a moderate (6.2%) beer. Carbonation is a touch low. Finish is dry.
D/O: The bready/spicy yeast strain here gives it some staying power, and makes it *unique* compared to many other "classic over-spiced American Christmas Ales" on the market. But, by the time I finish this, I won't be itching to crack another one tonight.
Serving type: bottle
12-09-2012 00:02:53 | More by psuKinger
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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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