Christmas Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.
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4.31/5 rDev +13.7%
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.
01-03-2014 04:44:57 | More by 57md
4.68/5 rDev +23.5%
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.
01-02-2014 04:39:37 | More by elNopalero
Christmas Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
85 out of 100 based on 1,245 ratings.