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Christmas Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,236 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,236
Reviews: 562
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 37
Gots: 97 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-21-2001)
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h4ger

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

02-18-2014 03:52:37 | More by h4ger
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Josbor11

Ohio

2/5  rDev -47.2%

02-13-2014 21:39:08 | More by Josbor11
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nrbw23

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

02-11-2014 17:32:04 | More by nrbw23
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hollywood_15063

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

01-30-2014 01:56:05 | More by hollywood_15063
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jtransel

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

01-26-2014 05:38:20 | More by jtransel
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csrbv

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.5%

01-21-2014 19:23:22 | More by csrbv
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AndersonGT

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

01-20-2014 03:15:52 | More by AndersonGT
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plumcrazyfx

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

01-19-2014 21:11:44 | More by plumcrazyfx
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mattmarka1

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

01-14-2014 02:09:33 | More by mattmarka1
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MichaelStoutBeard

New York

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

01-08-2014 09:31:09 | More by MichaelStoutBeard
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tkdchampxi

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +25.3%

01-08-2014 03:18:54 | More by tkdchampxi
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57md

Pennsylvania

4.31/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I enjoyed this gem while watching the Philadelphia Mummers’ Parade on New Year’s Day. I liked this baby so much that I decided to make it my 500th written review.

The bottle that I sampled was 2012 and had about 1.5 years of age on it.

Pours a cloudy brownish copper with two big fingers of beige head. Some of the head lingers and leaves nice lacing in its wake. The nose is an exquisite combination of malt and brandy notes. This offering is rich and malty with a semi-dry finish. The hints of brandy linger throughout the flavor profile.

Even though the ABV was not exceptionally high, this offering appeared to age very well.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 04:44:57 | More by 57md
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drbenderdo

Michigan

4/5  rDev +5.5%

01-02-2014 23:58:03 | More by drbenderdo
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elNopalero

Texas

4.68/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled on 11/11/11, enjoyed during the winter holidays of 2013.

I have no recollection purchasing this but found it tucked away in the basement of my parents’ house. Thought it would be fun to enjoy it.

This pours a ruddy raisin-color with thin foaming. It’s murky in appearance, like a poorly filtered French press cup of coffee.

The bottle calls this a American Brown Ale but honestly it pours more like a Belgian spiced dubble. There’s a light, low aroma of dried stone fruits, raisin and dates, with a sweet and sweetly-spiced flavor of cloves and allspice blended with the raisin and dates. I found it a delicious and welcome surprise.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2014 04:39:37 | More by elNopalero
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smithj4

New York

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

01-01-2014 00:12:16 | More by smithj4
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podes

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -20.8%

12-31-2013 02:45:17 | More by podes
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Fargrow

Michigan

3/5  rDev -20.8%

12-30-2013 18:55:28 | More by Fargrow
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boilermakerbrew

Missouri

3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Double side-by-side review of the 2011 and 2012. I will note differences between the two in addition to describing their shared qualities.

A- Both pour a deep, hazy brown. The 2011 has a much smaller head, at about 1 finger, while the 2012 pours a giant head. Retention and lacing on both are great. *The 2012 had a fair amount of foam form in the bottle while opening, so there might be a carbonation level difference here.

S- Both have big, deep caramel malt scents. The 2011 has a dose of dark fruit that gives of the smell of a little bit of plums as well as some biscuity malts. Brown sugar sweetness is also evident in the 2011. *The 2012 has a very chemical/oxidation scent; I'm worried about this one.

T- Just like the scent for the 2011. Starts with your basic caramel malts and deepens with some of the brown sugar sweetness. A little bit off the biscuity malts are in there too, but just a tiny touch of the dark fruits. *The 2012 displays flavors similar to the scent and also has a very oxidized taste.

M- Fairly smooth, higher in carbonation, and easy to drink. The heavy flavors slow the drinking down a bit, but it is still a sessionable brew.

Overall, I have concluded that the 2012 bottle had gone bad. There was a tiny bit of rust under the cap, and the beer displayed some very off flavors and scents, both fairly consistent with oxidation. As for the 2011, it is still a pretty good beer. I'm not sure this will "develop in the bottle for up to 5 years." Still, this is a fairly complex brown ale, which is saying something for most brown ales. (ratings are for the 2011)

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 20:57:41 | More by boilermakerbrew
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DougAppleby

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

12-28-2013 04:15:12 | More by DougAppleby
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DelMontiac

Oklahoma

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

12-27-2013 00:12:22 | More by DelMontiac
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xbrettfavrex

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

12-26-2013 06:38:09 | More by xbrettfavrex
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Trfagan3

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

12-26-2013 04:33:17 | More by Trfagan3
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MarkQ617

Massachusetts

3.31/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had the 2011 edition pured out of the bottle into a pint glass. Not sure how I feel about the whole aging in the bottle thing when it comes to beer and what the science is behind that, I guess to see the effects you'd essentially by a four pack, and drink one each year, or by the same year's 4 pack every year for 5 years or so. Seems like a lot of work. Anyway, not the best brown ale I've had. It had a nice nutty flavor to it, but there was an overpowering sour/sweetness to it that I didn't love. Hazy brown color that wasn't super appetizing. I prefer their Sixth Day around the holidays I think.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2013 15:59:17 | More by MarkQ617
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EdFed

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

12-24-2013 05:11:28 | More by EdFed
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BeezNeezy22D

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.5%

12-23-2013 19:06:53 | More by BeezNeezy22D
Christmas Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
85 out of 100 based on 1,236 ratings.