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Christmas Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,235 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,235
Reviews: 562
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 37
Gots: 96 | 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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justintcoons

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2012 Vintage, 7.3%
Poured into a tulip.

Appearance
Mahogany brown with red highlights. Has 2-3 fingers of fluffy tan head with decent retention. Good clarity and has tiny little yeast particles suspended throughout. Very low carbonation.

Nose
Caramel, bread, brown sugar, candy sugar, Tootsie Roll and a lemon/pine hop character.

Taste
Caramelized candy sugars, Tootsie Roll and bready malts as well as pinches of brown sugar and molasses. Very light touches of cherry, raisin and char. Pine, grapefruit pith and lemon zest. This is a pretty well hopped Brown Ale.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, smooth, silky and clean.

Overall
The malts are sugary sweet and candy-like. There is some slight booze apparent which is disappointing at only 7.3%. This is a little too hoppy for the style (although I understand that this is probably what they were going for this year). Chill out with the hops, America! Not bad, but I expected more from Goose Island.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2012 18:19:50 | More by justintcoons
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joesc230

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5.5%

11-08-2012 02:19:53 | More by joesc230
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ChrisL24481

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

11-07-2012 18:12:19 | More by ChrisL24481
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JSchock7

Kansas

4/5  rDev +5.5%

11-07-2012 06:28:23 | More by JSchock7
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chad2774


4/5  rDev +5.5%

11-06-2012 20:07:23 | More by chad2774
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thegerm87

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

11-06-2012 00:21:58 | More by thegerm87
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goblue3509

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.5%

11-05-2012 17:40:15 | More by goblue3509
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blackcompg

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle from their seasonal 4pak...

Appearance - Poured nearly 3 fingers of tan mocha head with slight reddish hilights - this eventually reduces to a solid 1/4 finger cap that remains for the session, body is a slightly opaque deep red amber, leaving very nice tan lacing rings inside the glass.

Smell - Ripe dark fruits, slight fruit cake, dark cherries, slight whiff of ginger bread, and slight white and milk chocolates. Really smells good, like a kitchen at Christmas.

Taste - Wow, spiced rum fruitcake! Seriously, begins with spicy yeast flavors of slight allspice, a sweetness of dried fruits, figs, plums, a touch of molasses, and there is an earthy herbal flavor - very much like like tea, the finish is definitely more tea with a touch of allspice and molasses sweetness. Nice balance and complexity.

Mouthfeel - Nearly medium, carb is medium but smooth and slightly foaming, finishes just dry and is very drinkable.

Overall - This is my very first Christmas ale, and I am quite pleased with it. This is not overly sweet by any means, and has a nice transition with a dry and lightly bitter finish - begging the next sip. I'm intrigued by the tea flavor, but find it very familiar and enjoyable. Check this one out, I found this at my local Walmart!

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2012 04:47:20 | More by blackcompg
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TonyTalon

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

11-04-2012 23:53:07 | More by TonyTalon
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CloudStrife

New York

4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled 09/07/12. 7.3% on the bottle

A: Pours a hazy ruby copper with a 2 finger off white head. Hard to see any carbonation through the haze. Leaves a lot of lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: At first I get a lot of dark fruits in this. Almost like a doppelbock. There is a certain breadiness to it as well as a carmel malt. Yeast certainly plays a factor.

T: A very nutty brown ale with lots of dark fruit. Also has a tea like spice to it which is very pleasant. Almost seems to have a belgian/german twist to it this year.

M: Medium body with average carbonation. Has a fairly crisp finish. Real high drinkability and the ABV is well hidden

Overall a christmas ale I look forward to every year. Has an interesting flavor this year which is certainly suitable for the season.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2012 21:23:25 | More by CloudStrife
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mcss

New York

2/5  rDev -47.2%

11-03-2012 20:55:54 | More by mcss
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +5.5%

11-03-2012 16:25:23 | More by DrunkinYogi
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bacher468

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

11-03-2012 16:04:52 | More by bacher468
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Eaglefan344

Missouri

2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

11-02-2012 18:30:40 | More by Eaglefan344
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skaboom420

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -20.8%

10-31-2012 22:08:48 | More by skaboom420
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randylangford

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.5%

10-29-2012 22:18:24 | More by randylangford
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Stoutlad

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

10-29-2012 20:00:10 | More by Stoutlad
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WoodburyMN

Indiana

4/5  rDev +5.5%

10-25-2012 10:53:09 | More by WoodburyMN
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Lee45102

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

10-24-2012 01:44:07 | More by Lee45102
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bubseymour

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

10-24-2012 00:41:08 | More by bubseymour
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ItsBeer4Me

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.5%

10-23-2012 23:48:57 | More by ItsBeer4Me
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a vintage bottle from 2008 while at the brewpub in Chicago. The beer poured out as a nice muddy brown color with a pretty good looking head on top. Some retention with a touch of lacing also. The smell of the beer reminded me more of a barley wine... I never would had said this was a brown ale. The smell is sweet, lots of caramel, maple and very malty. No hops aroma just very soft and malty. The taste of the beer is almost fruity with some spice and brown sugar. This tastes nothing like a brown ale to me. The mouthfeel is soft, creamy, warming and mellow. Overall very impressive beer. Really glad I grabbed a bottle of this. Very good beer all around.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2012 01:19:20 | More by Knapp85
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CaptDavyJones

New York

4/5  rDev +5.5%

10-20-2012 23:43:27 | More by CaptDavyJones
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jtierney89

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I feel like there should be a new beer page for each years vintage of goose island christmas ale as the recipe changes each year along with the artwork and abv but oh well. Anyway, I'm reviewing the 2012 vintage, 4 pack, 7.3% abv.

Semi-hazy nutbrown color with about a half finger of off white head. Lots of deep chocolate and hazelnut on the nose. Touches of caramel and toffee with underlying notes of rum raisin.

Surprisingly lighter than expected with a medium sized body and bright carbonation. Some toasted malts and hazelnut up front is followed by chocolate covered rum soaked raisins. A semi-balancing bitterness with a touch of lingering sweetness. Some spice throughout and slightly reminiscent of an overly complex tootsie roll. Faint detectable alcohol. Nothing crazy but it's tasty with some good flavors.

Definitely came out way to early with this, bottled in September, but it should pair rather well with the winter months. If anyone knows that this is a totally christmas ale this year please let me know so I can post my review in the appropriate place. The bottle I have looks exactly like the artwork in the picture for this beer but is a flat red color and says 2012 on it. It also read 7.3% abv and not 6.2 and came in a 4 pack not a 6.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2012 23:35:24 | More by jtierney89
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t0rin0

California

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

10-07-2012 03:07:28 | More by t0rin0
Christmas Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
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