Sixth Day | Goose Island Beer Co.

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Sixth DaySixth Day

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Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States | website

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by UCLABrewN84 on 10-14-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.54/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass, bottled mid September. Pours a beautiful deep mahogany, with a 2 inch tan head, that coats the glass with sticky lace. Smell is toffee, nutmeg, caramel, brown sugar, and mild earthy hops. Taste is really awesome, the nose but more intense, loads of toffee and caramel up front with the hops balancing the finish. The body is medium large, just the right amount of carbonation, not really dry, and a very drinkable sipper. This is my new favorite winter warmer, very surprised with the 82 score. I will be stalking up on these and at less than $9 a six pack a excellent price.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.5/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 edition, 12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pretty, cloudy, dark mahogany color with a quarter of a finger of off-white head that quickly dissolved into a thin lacing of foam that partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Lots of toasted malt, brown sugar, dark molasses, clove, cinnamon, dried fruit, such as raisins, prunes and apricots.

Taste: Toasted malt and hops compete for the primary flavors up front, but are mellowed out by some nice toffee and brown sugar-like sweetness and notes of clove, and cinnamon.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with some good carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 8.3%, I’m surprised that there’s not more of an alcohol presence on the palate. I mean there’s some alcohol heat there, but, it’s not as strong as I’d expect. It’s pretty well managed.

Overall: Another excellent beer by Goose Island, and another great Christmas beer to celebrate Christmas! Great, strong notes of beautifully balanced malt and hops, and sweetness.

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Photo of fx20736
4.5/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a case from Beers of the World on 12/7/13.

Poured from a bottle served into a Nonic, served at cellar temp.

Appearance: Tawny Port with a three finger pecan shortbread head. Nice lacing.

Aroma: Orchard fruit; Peaches, sweet caramel.

Mouthfeel: solid, full.

Taste: Plums and peaches, accent the cocoa tinged maltiness. There is some restrained citrus bitterness for balance.

Notes: The 8.3% abv is totally hidden. This beer is an all around gem; good looking, nice aroma, great taste.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
4.48/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Murky amber-red with excellent tan lacing and foam.

Smell: Creamy rye with apple cider. Very pungent.

Taste/Mouthfeel: This has the sourness of a good rye, almost to the point of a sour ale. Excellent smokey finish with a hint of maple. Crisp mouthfeel with enough booze to remind you it's a strong ale.

Overall: A shockingly good beer. It's ale mixed with wassail and rye whiskey.

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Photo of Hopscat
4.45/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Picked up at my fav bottle shop for a steal- (sixer @ 4.99)
Dated Sept 13, 2013.
Pours a murky reddish brown, with good 3/4 inch off foam that subsides to good cap with lacing.
Smell is wonderful , dark fruits- nuts- crackers- hops.
Taste follows on as rather complex with the fruits first , then the caramel-cracker malts asserting themselves in the middle and a pleasant licorice spiciness along with some hops bitterness nand alcohol warmth on the long finish.
Mouth- good med.-leaning toward heavy feel. Coats the mouth nicely.
Overall a very good red-brown ale . Brewery notes say it can be kept for best results to 1 year. I'm holding on the remaining for Sept.

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.39/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours out a hazy, medium-dark brown with some orange around the edges. Small light tan head sticks around for a very long time as a thickish film. No lace left behind, though.
Smell is rich, malty, whiskey, dark fruits. Ok, a little off style, more dubbel than brown, but a phenomenal nose.
Taste is just what you would expect, malt, whiskey soaked dark fruits with a hint of hops and some floral.
Almost full bodied, lightly effervesced, warming, slightly drying at the finish and so delicious I wish they hadn't stopped making it. :(

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Photo of Mitchster
4.38/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

$8.99 for a 6'er at BevCo. Brewed and Bottled in Chicago. I won't buy the New York stuff anymore. What a disappointment:(
Brewed with Special Pale, 2-Row, and Bonlander Munich and hopped with Pilgrim, English Golding, and Celeia.
8.3% ABV, 55 IBU's.

Pours out to a cloudy medium brown, thin layer of yeast in the bottom of the bottle, forming a creamy meringue like yellow head with superior retention and beautiful lacing. I have a hard time believing that they only used the 3 malts listed above, going on color and taste. Bonlander Munich, the darkest malt here, is 10L, and this beer is at least 20 SRM, and there is some definite roast here, also tastes like some melanoidin malt. Maybe they just used a super long boil? Moderate carbonation, ~2.5 carbs or so. Aroma opens with caramel malts, fruit (apples, pears?), and some pleasantly balanced EKG. English through and through. Wyeast 1968? The taste is gorgeous...smooth crystal malts, a subtle touch of roast, leather, tobacco, well balanced bitterness, and those uniquely fruity and spicy EKG. Big bodied for the style with a slick and smooth mouthfeel. Aftertaste of moist pipe tobacco and fruity/spicy EKG.

This is like an imperial English ESB. Big and malty. Delicious. Well worth it and I would definitely buy it again. Recommended.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.31/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

BOD 9/23/13. Pours a rich brown with a good head and lacing. Nose is of dark malt, but not roast, spices and a touch of hops and sweetness. Mouthfeel is low full with a nice creamy texture. The taste reminded me of Founders Dirty Bastard, but not as pronounced. While billed as a brown, it strikes me more as Scottish ale / wee heavy. The depth of the smokey flavor wrapped in spice with a touch of hops exceeds a brown. This is Dirty Bastards little brother. Finishes clean with a flash of smokey malt and a slight residue of alcohol. A fine beer.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.28/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Deep mahogany brown with 1-2 fingers of light tan head. Cloudy with a decent head retention.

Caramelized brown sugar, molasses, pineapple and tangerine.

Very interesting flavor profile. You have a robust Brown Ale comprised of caramelized brown sugar, molasses, nuts and semi-sweet chocolate. This is counterbalanced with sweet tropical notes, distinctly pineapple chunks, as well as some tangerine and sugar coated oranges.

Medium bodied, juicy, crisp, oily and sticky.

This is essentially a Robust American Brown Ale mixed with a world-class American IPA. Very deep in malt yet very bright & tropical in hoppiness. The 8.3% is not noticeable. I'm really digging this!

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.27/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sampling right now on 2/26/14. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a classic pilsner flute glass.

Pours a hazy dark brown in color with a thick 1-finger beige head that stays around for a while. Lots of sticky lacing is seen with each sip. The aroma is of malts, spice and coffee. The taste is about the same with some caramel malts coming through as well as followed up by a little orange zest. No harsh or bitter aftertaste at all. A better seasonal brown ale and great for the colder months.

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.23/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Maybe I left this one a little late.....2013 offering. Says to age up to a year to improve in bottle. Well, either ways i'm digging it! Fine mix of bready malt and festive spices. English toffee and brown sugar with a hint of cloves and allspice. Gushed out with a brown cream head. Smooth finish to it.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a nonic pint. Bottled on date Oct. 13, 2013.

A solid pour results in a finger of airy, mocha - colored foam that dies to a ring with no lacing. The maple syrup body has caramel highlights.

Whoa! Port soaked black cherries, milk chocolate, rye bread and earthiness, some grassiness. This is quite the olfactory experience. Well meshed scents! Sweet and musty.

More of that sweet port on the palate mingling with rye bread malt. Long, bitter finish with notes of resin and grassiness. A bit of booze and earthiness as well. Nuttiness as it warms. Something new with each sip!

Creamy and slick, good viscosity. Solid medium body and slightly dry from that hopped up finish.

Sixth Day is a complex and rewarding drinking experience. Sweet and boozy, earthy and nutty, with a hop bite to tie a bow on it. Great beer!

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Photo of raznug
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It pours a nice brown color and is topped with ¾” of light brown colored head that tends to hang around a few sips into the pint.
Smell: There is a definite malt background like one would expect but there is spice notes that has me wondering.
Taste: The malt backbone is a nice start of this brown ale but the subtle spice notes in this beer is a nice change to the typical brown ale.
Mouthfeel: This is a bit on the thin side but with the spice notes of this beer a bit thin tends to work in its favor for this beer.

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Photo of BeerWizard
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First try of anything from Goose Island, despite being tantalized by the Matilda for some time. Saw this at Target today and after some inspection, found it to be an 8.3% abv brown ale, and had to get it.

Could see the cloud in this through the bottle, which also gave a bottled date (September sometime this year - I usually don't pay attention to those, but hey it was there), claims it improves in the bottle for up to one year, and instructs using a nonic pint glass for it. I have some nonics but I rarely use them since your typical 12oz beer doesn't fill them up, so I opted for white wine glasses and split a bottle with my wife.

Pours cloudy dark brown with ample head on it. Of course, this is in a white wine glass, though I think it'd generate some head in any glass. Aside from the foam, looks and smells like a quad, actually. Raisin and fig on the nose, and light hops in the background bringing in some citrus. Flavor brings more dark fruits, candied fruit, light citrus, and possibly an almond-like nuttiness. Mouthfeel is heavy and carbonation is medium. Alcohol is noticeable but hard to discern from all the other big flavors here.

All in all, this stuff's great, but is it really a brown ale? This is unlike any brown ale I've ever had - it's more like a Chimay blue or something. I love browns but I've got no complaints on this deviant.

(And PS, this deserves better than just a "good" overall rating, in my opinion.)

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.07/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic.
8.3% ABV, Bottled on: 14OCT13, "serve Sixth Day in a nonic pint glass", "improves in the bottle for up to 1 year"

A - Dark, murky brown pond water in color, Sixth Day is clearly unfiltered, allowing the yeast to develop the beer over the next year per their label. It's short light khaki foam collapses into a ring around the glass below dish soap-like spots of lace.

S - Sixth Day has a unique and festive potpourri spice nose that peruses through soft molasses cookies, burnt brown sugar notes and English toffee, greeting an equally peculiar scent of Worcestershire sauce and pine with faint rubbing alcohol trailing off in the background.

T - Thinning alcohol makes its way through this malty brown base of caramel and toffee notes to cut through the unique spice blend that, like the aroma, suggests potpourri. Mistletoe and molasses cookies fade out with holiday cheer.

M - Wonderfully constructed, the feel of Sixth Day has a robust maltiness and provides great support and sweetness while being balanced by spice notes and cut by alcohol warmth; all aspects that elevate a holiday beer!

O - Sixth Day maintains Goose Island's unique approach to a holiday ale with their brown but this time ramping it up in ABV and with it, changing the profile to more suitably provide some much needed warmth in the Midwest. Potpourri, molasses cookies, caramel, and toffee make for a great aroma and flavor profile as well, further lending this beer to the holiday season!

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Photo of Zorro
4.06/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear brown colored ale with a small light brown colored head.

Smells sweet and malty. They can call this beer whatever they want but the scent makes the Altbier bell in my brain go off. Intensely fruity, figs and banana scents. Intensely malty hops don't really standout at all. Aromatic ale but it really doesn't smell like a brown ale.

Starts out syrupy and sweet with a big fig flavor and lesser banana taste. It tastes like Altbier too. Drying hop finish tastes a bit like burnt nuts. Chocolate comes on later after about 1/2 a glass. Quickly acquires a Chocolate dipped frozen banana taste. A bit later pecan flavor shows up. Thick tasty beer.

Mouthfeel might be problematic, this is very syrupy.

Overall a damn tasty beer I can really recommend you try.

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Photo of ZAP
4.06/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wasn't sure what I was getting into with this beer as the description on the six pack said little. Figured it as a spiced brown ale but I'm excited to find it is more of an amped up brown ale...

English brown ale characteristics but bigger....good aroma...boozy with some dark fruits...

Taste is roasted malts....some caramel....earthy hops...slight nuttiness....

Body is big but not immense...certainly not like drinking an imperial porter or anything like that....

Solid offering here...not real hop forward but enough of the earthy hops to lend some different dimensions to the malty front of this..

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Photo of bnes09
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark caramel color. Hazy. Thin head but good retention and some hanging lines of lace.

Brown sugar and fig aroma. Nutmeg spice. Hint of mildly roasted nuts.

Dense malt backbone, whole wheat bread and biscuits. Sweet caramel and brown sugar. Roasted almonds. Spicy cinammon and nutmeg. Leafy, earthy hop. Very well balanced.

Medium to full bodied. Lively carbonation. Slick feel mid-drink and sticky in the end.

A solid brown ale with spices added and makes for a great holiday brew or winter warmer.

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Photo of gonzo000
4.04/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

a - Nice brown color - much like a nut brown with a reddish brown head

s - sweet smell

t - Sweet, molasses(?), malt, maybe a nutmeg - very nice

m - Very good mouth feel Carbonation holds well - very nice

o - Overall this is an excellent beer. Goose Island keeps the hits coming. I recommend this beer highly

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Photo of pkalix
4.04/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

sorry Goose Island, I didn't want to dirty another glass just to pour it into a nonic pint glass.... i'll just close my eyes and pretend it is in one and judge it according to my preference of tastes.... how's that? is that bubble gum I smell...? maple syrup? no way!?!
maple syrup colored beverage with slight head.
sweet malty aroma, and very commercial.
lots of bubble gum (usually accompanied with Belgian brews, no?), sweet, malty and lots of alcohol. it's 4pm, though, where am I getting this maple syrup aroma from? I live in little Saigon so it cant be the neighborhood... this is a very decent brew. aside from the mystery of the maple syrup aroma I have in my nostrils right now. maybe i'm just buzzed, but I have this ultra stickiness feel about me... but why do I have this maple syrup aroma about me ? ? ? ? I cannot blame the beer, but what else could it be?
overall, just another commercial brew.... but a little different. a little original. a little seasonal and holiday. dying to try the Bourbon County to see just how SPECIAL some of the brews can be. otherwise, all the other Goose Islands have been bland, sad, commercial beers. this one is a little more unique, and reflected as such in the reviews....

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Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep amber brown body is surmounted by a massive, dense and persistent light tan head, which threatens to escape the glass. Thick, glass-coating lacing resembles fern frost on the glass walls.

Aroma: Dark malt dominates the aroma, with notes of deeply toasted bread, as well as caramel, bitter cocoa, and faint sweet alcohol..

Taste: Opens with toasted dark bread flavors, and a fairly strong punch of herbal hops. Burnt caramel and bitter cocoa soon follow. Later in the taste, there are some understated dark fruits and a ghostly alcohol presence, more notable for its warmth than flavor. Late in the taste, the earthy hops and burnt caramel bring the taste to a graceful close.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, pleasant and very full.

Drinkability/notes: Quite nice, I hope this reappears for the next winter season, Sixth Day could easily become a classic. I love the name, a clever allusion to The Twelve Days of Christmas. One wishes Goose Island would produce a holiday beer for each of the Twelve Days, and perhaps a special one for Twelveth-Night.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce brown glass long-neck bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of ckollias
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a cloudy dark brown hue with an off-white head that slowly dissipates into a solid persistent lace leaving a good trail down the side of the glass.

S: Malty dark fruit aroma.

T: Dark fruit flavor with a caramel sweet middle and finishes on the dry side.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Solid brew – good flavors and aromas.

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Photo of blackcompg
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Poured nearly 2 fingers of light mocha foam, body is a slightly hazed warm medium brown color. Leaves nice lacing after each quaff.

Smell - Freshly baked brown wheat bread, molasses, slight herbal hops, slight spiced of nutmeg, whiff of dark fruits, sweet roasted malts.

Taste - Much like the nose, warm slightly sweet baked dark wheat bread, molasses and brown sugar, slight dark fruits of plum and fig, light spices of nutmeg, some allspice and some very light anise. Herbal hops express themselves consistently in the background, along with a gentle backbone of roasted malts.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, very smooth with medium smooth carb that foams at first and a few bright edges at the sides of the tongue. Very drinkable, and lightly mouthcoating. The slightest alcohol presence, like you would find with a piece of rum cake, and which is complimentary here.

Overall - I really enjoy this beer, and highly recommend this one. This beer only scores an 81 on this sight, but this hits all the right spots with me personally, I think it is an excellent cool weather brown ale, and hope that you give this one a try.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Goose Island Sixth Day
Poured from bottle into a goose island nonic pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a mahogany color with a decent level of murkiness and a one finger of foamy cream colored head. The head has a decent level of retention, slowly fading to leave a moderate level of streaky lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a roasted malt smell and a caramel sweetness. Along with these aromas is plenty of spice. The spice is heaviest of a nutmeg and allspice smell but others of a coriander nature are there as well. Some other notes of a brown bread and some darker fruits of cherry and plum are present as well rounding out the aroma nicely.

Taste – The taste begins with some sweeter flavors of a caramel and molasses as well as some roasted malt and brown bread tastes. A clove and allspice are present from the start and are later joined by other spice flavors of nutmeg and cinnamon. Darker fruit flavor develop more toward the middle of the taste with the caramel fading but being replaced by more molasses like flavors. More roasted flavors come to the tongue with the darker fruits giving it a darker flavor overall. Along with the darker flavors getting more potent, so too comes a bit more spice as well as new hop flavors of a herbal and grassy nature. A decent spiced rum like flavor comes to the tongue at the very end, leaving a sweet, nicely roasted, slightly warming, and spiced flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is on the thicker and chewier side with a carbonation level that is on the average side. The thicker body is very nice for the combination of roasted, and dark and flavors of the brew while the moderate carbonation keep it a bit more drinkable and prevented the spice and sweet from being too overwhelming.

Overall – A rather nice and tasty big brew at a good price. The brew had a good sweet and spiced flavor with plenty of roast and spice to keep pace. A nice slow sipper. With a six pack only $9.50 this is one that is high on the (quality+ big abv)/price ratio. Rather pleasant overall.

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Photo of vkv822
3.99/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz : tulip pint

Pours a dark mahogany brown with a foamy toffee colored head.

Big malty, biscuity, caramel, toffee notes with a light floral, spicy, herbal hop character.

Medium+ body, foamy carbonation.

A very well done brown ale. ABV is on the bigger side for the style, but it fits it quite nicely. Something I could enjoy a couple pints of.

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Sixth Day from Goose Island Beer Co.
3.63 out of 5 based on 521 ratings.
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