Sixth Day
Goose Island Beer Co.

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American Brown Ale
3.6 | pDev: 14.44%
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Reviews by Morakaton:
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3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked this bottle up back in December for $1.59 a single at my local store, thinking to myself "wow, a christmas themed hearty brown ale." I wanted to like this beer, because I usually like brown ales, despite them being a rarely well represented genre of beer. I noticed it was quite packing at 8.3% ABV, which scared me because I wasn't quite sure how that would work out since the brown ale style often doesn't lend well to big ABV.

The logistics: 12oz bottle poured into a snifter, aged in a 65 degree pantry for 2 months, store in the fridge 5 hours before serving.

Aroma and appearance: The beer had a pretty nice aroma. It was malty, had a small hint of spices, a twinge of muted hops, and some toffee. It poured a dark brown with a small, unimpressive head. The beer didn't exhibit too much character looks wise, but wasn't disappointing.

Mouthfeel and taste: This is where the beer really took a hit for me. My suspicions were confirmed, the beer was way too boozy as it warmed. The body was too light to uphold the huge ABV, the flavors became almost a secondary factor to the booze. I really had a hard time finishing, not because I don't enjoy high ABV beer (4th Dimentia and BCBS are amongst my favorites), but because the other flavors were not standing out.

Overall: A big disappointment. I finished it, but due to the booziness, I probably will not return since the other flavors did not impress me whatsoever. This occurs often in brown ales, where the flavors are quite subtle. Due to that, a higher ABV needs to be compensated by either a higher dosage of flavors, or a nice last minute throw in of dry hops (like the absolutely delicious Good Humans from Short's, another winter seasonal brown with 8.3% ABV). Too boring and one dimensional for me, but not the worst beer you'll ever try.

Until next time!

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Photo of descobar
2.99/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

2013 - (bottle says it will improve only for a year, so...) pours a muddy amber/brown with tan head with decent retention. aromas are caramel and toffee with fruity esters. plums, dates and raisins and lots of spices. as expected some oxidation and some vinousy aromas. tastes very sweet with lots of Xmas spices. caramel, toffee and very bitter. body is medium full, carbonation moderate, with rich texture and significant astringency. Heavy bitterness and astringency carry into a long finish. - a very strong brown ale indeed. not necessarily my thing.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of fitrock2112
3.79/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured Sixth Day into a pint glass.

A - Pours a dark amber with half finger of off white head.

S - Roasted malts, light smell of dark fruits.

T - Wow, impressed with the roasted malts flavors with some dark fruit. Reminds me of a decent Old Ale.

M - Medium mouthfeel, with medium to low carbonation.

O - I wasn't expecting much from this brew; however, I was pleasantly surprised!
Recommended! Cheers!

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Photo of philbe311
3.69/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - No more than a finger's worth of slightly late to develop dense and creamy vibrant medium khaki colored froth... Minimal retention gives way to a full layer of rich decedent lacing... The color is a mix of blood red and muddy light brown... Mostly translucent... A moderate bit of small bubbled and quick paced carbonation can be seen deep within the glass... A good bit of lacing clings to the glass...

S - Loaded with toffee goodness and dark fruits... These aroma dominate, but a bit beneath the surface is a nice mix of complimentary scents... Rye bread... Pumpernickel Bread... Coca-cola... Some cherry aroma... Overall the aroma is a tad bit cloying...

T - The sweetness is dialed down a bit on the palate but it's still at the forefront... Brown sugar... Caramel... Toffee... Fruit cake... Artificial cherry sweetness... A light bitterness emerges... Some charred / burnt notes on the finish...

M - Starts with a bit of lushness... On the lighter side of medium bodied... The carbonation is very limited... The finish is surprisingly dry... There is also a touch of chalkiness on the finish... A slight burnt texture intensifies on the deep finish...

D - Goose Island describes this one as a festive brown ale and I can't disagree... A very interesting interpretation of the style... It's not a home run by any means, but it's a solid single that could be stretched into a double.. The component needed the most work is the mouthfeel... The burnt texture on the deep finish that I can't personally seem to get past detracts from an otherwise solid offering... Worth checking out, but not worth going out of your way for...

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Brenden
3.87/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a medium brown with a deep, thick garnet hue to it and complete opacity due to its density. The head is tan, no more than 1/2 finger tall but no less. Retention is good and the strong foam that stays for the duration leaves a fair amount of patching behind it.
Plum, currants, molasses and toast greet the nose with some earth. It's got a sweet kick as well as a slight hint of alcohol. A little nuttiness sits in, too.
The taste has more hoppy bitterness, earthy as well as raw and pithy, and a roastier lean as well. It's pretty much the style, Americanized then amped up even further. Lots of brown sugar and thick plum transition sweetness straight to bitterness, a little too hard as the sweetness gets overthrown. A lightly smoky roast builds up at the back of the tongue slowly with each sip.
It's definitely thick for a brown, with a bigger body than just about any I've had before. Still, it's crisp with a moderate smoothness, drying out as it hits the pithier end.

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of generallee
1.84/5  rDev -48.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: It has a hazy brownish mahogany color with a tall slow fading head on top. This head is creamy light tan in color makes cool lacing on the glass.

Smell: The aroma is an odd mix of overly sweet malt, spices, hops and orange peel.

Taste / Palate: Just the the aroma the taste is an odd mix up of flavors. I get a heavy sweetness from the malt with notes of brown sugar, sweet bread and molasses. This is cut with harsh orange rind/pith like bitterness and spice. The mouth feel is heavy, slick and cloying.

Notes: To me nothing is working well with each other and I ended up drain pouring the last half of this beer.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of bsp77
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Pint.

Appearance: Fairly dark reddish-brown with marginal light tan head.

Smell: Caramel, brown sugar, light chocolate, and spicy & earthy hops.

Taste: Strong malt backbone of caramel, brown sugar, dark fruit and chocolate. Some spicy and earthy hops on the finish, maybe a hint of citrus.

Feel: Somewhat full-bodied with moderately low carbonation. The finish is semi-dry.

Overall: A bigger, boozer version of their old Christmas Ale. I am not sure why brewers keep increasing the abv on existing beers, as it doesn't always make them better. In fact, as is the case here, I think it was better when a little more balanced and a little drier. Still tasty though, and worth the try; it is just a trend that annoys me.

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Photo of Ford
4/5  rDev +11.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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3.52/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rusty brown with orange tinges and a small, off-white head that leaves little bits of lacing.

Smells of sweet caramel malts with a bit of fruit.

Tastes of the sweet malts with a fruit overtone. Malts lead off with notes of toffee, caramel, and brown sugar with some toasted bread underneath. This leads into a fruitiness characterized by apples, pears, and figs. Leaves a bit of sticky sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, I am stuck between reviewing to style and whether or not I enjoy it. As a brown, it is missing that cocoa/nutty/coffee notes I expect. However, I do find myself enjoying the sweet fruits, which is more along the lines of a Belgian style. Eh, I'll just split the difference.

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Sixth Day from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 523 ratings