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Christmas Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Christmas AleChristmas Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
85
very good

1,299 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,299
Reviews: 569
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 58
Gots: 108 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-21-2001

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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.

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Christmas Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
85 out of 100 based on 1,299 ratings.