Sixth Day | Goose Island Beer Co.

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Sixth DaySixth Day

Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by UCLABrewN84 on 10-14-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Monalenard
1.14/5  rDev -68.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

poured aggressively yields a one finger head that dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing.

smells mostly like a new plastic toy, seriously. dare campaigns should give this to eighth grade kids to show them the dangers of drinking.

flavor follows the nose. sucks. plastic/chemicals. as if it was brewed with hot wheels.

mouthfeel- who cares, it'd be decent if you were unaware that you had a mouthful of something that wont biodegrade.


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Photo of TonyBaloney
1.59/5  rDev -56.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

In a word, yuck!How about beer that tastes like beer, instead of potpourri? It looks fine in the glass, but the smell is suspect, and the taste is pure "UGH!" This was offered by a friend, but yowza, no thanks! I like my coffee to taste like coffee, and I like my beer to taste like malt and hops, not a candle shop.

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Photo of generallee
1.84/5  rDev -49.2%
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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Photo of RexBanner
2.21/5  rDev -39%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Served from chilled 12 oz bottle into chilled nonic glass.
Murky brown color with off white foamy head. Trace amount of carbonation bubbles dancing in the glass.
Aromas of roast malts, caramel and Worcestershire sauce.
Sadly, the taste followed the nose painfully close. Good mouth feel and decent carbonation for a beer of this strength. Everything else however was not appealing. What does goose island brew this thing with; soy sauce?! It has an unpleasant taste of heavy molasses. My local beer monger noticed I enjoyed the taste of festivity ale and recommended sixth day as a better version of festivity. He was way off! I don't know if the flavor changed because the bottle he sold me was a 2012 vintage. Good thing this brew is no longer in production. Awful!

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.61/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar. Anyway, this stuff pours a clear sunset russet-garnet-ruby topped by a finger or so of wan dirty-khaki foam. The nose comprises Belgian candi sugar, pine sap, light maple syrup, light cardamom, and a touch of candied orange peel. The taste brings in more of the same, along with veins of spruce, rather mild ginger, and a touch of spearmint. The mixture of flavors doesn't come together well at all, clashing occurring at every possible point, my tongue yearning for peace to once again descend upon the land. In vain. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, I found this beer to be too much for its own good, the flavors just not cooperating at all (unless their end goal was one of anarchy, complete and unfettered lawlessness and absurdity). Not gonna have this one again, unless they significantly alter the recipe.

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Photo of goochpunch
2.74/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours out a dark amber/brown. Like slightly burnt caramel. Nice nose of very "British" hops. A bit of booze in the smell and toasty caramelly malts. I pick up a lot of fruity esters. I'm not feeling the flavor. The hops are really subdued as compared in the smell. VERY SWEET. Way over-the-top fruity esters. Kind of messy overall. Mouthfeel is thick and sticky with mild carbonation. I'm not feeling this. Too sweet and the yeast character is too much.

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Photo of rangerred
2.83/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle into a snifter.

pours a clear very dark brown with a half finger medium tan head. Ok head retention and lacing but nothing outstanding.

The aroma is full of caramel, brown sugar, and booze. The strength of this beer is quite evident through the nose as alcohol is quite prominent. Very sweet smelling.

The flavor differs very little from the aroma. Lots of brown sugar with molasses and a healthy dose of alcohol. Bitterness is surprisingly high but it doesn't really work well here. There is a bit of an astringent quality that is not very pleasant. Some hotness along with a sticky finish.

Overall, this beer is a bit of a mess. Too much bitterness and too much noticable alcohol makes for a not too pleasant combination. Not one I will be getting again.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
2.91/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured into a tulip glass.

Look: Liquid Tootsie Roll. Very light lacing from a dark cream colored head.

Aroma: Tootsie Roll and alcohol.

Taste: Tootsie Roll, cinnamon, and bourbon barrel woodiness.

Mouthfeel: Thick.

Overall: Really disappointed. Too much alcohol and the taste is all Tootsie Roll.

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Photo of descobar
2.99/5  rDev -17.4%
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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Photo of gabedivision
3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

poured to a goblet from a 12 oz bottle

A- pours dark reddish brown chestnut, with a tiny white head that thins out almost completelty in a second

S- some butter scotch up front, roasted malts, dense brown sugar

T- Light roasted malts, toffee, brown sugar, hints of chocolate. The finish is where this sucker gets me, there is awful after taste that is a just a harsh, harsh blast of tingly sugar that makes my eyes twinge

M- Medium bodied low carbonation, the killer on this is the awful tingle and dry residue it leaves in your mouth its equivalnt to taking a spoon full of cinnamon

O- Dissapointment, dunno why i pulled the trigger on a 6 pack of these, guess we'll see what some age does to the other 5 that will be hiding from me in the basement

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Photo of wvsabbath
3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark tan/brown with a minimal 1/8th inch head. Decent sticky lacing.

Smell - Malts, ethanol-like aroma. cinnamon, honey. A light bitter hop presence. Kinda odd aroma.

Taste - Starts out with a roasty malt flavor, cinnamon, brown sugars and alcohol. Some hop bitterness along with some honey and cherry comes out near the finish. Lots of spices and also some cocoa are noticeable.

Motuhfeel - Malts and spices along with some alcohol coats the tongue. Palate gets more spices, some bitter hops, and more alcohol.

Overall - Eh, its not bad but balance sucks, and the alcohol note is too present. Malts get buried under the spices, then the bitter hop note comes in to throw it off even more. Nothing id recommend.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.16/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance Is dark brown, clear. Frothy white head. Aroma is pretty light. Cinnamon, toasted barley. Taste is bready, a little spice, a bit dry like a sherry. Feel is very thick and creamy for a non-stout. A nice holiday beer, somewhat nondscript, but tasty.

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Photo of corby112
3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottled 16Sep13 0908

Pours a very cloudy, dark ruby red/chestnut brown color with deep mahogany edges and a one finger yellowish-beige head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Decent retention with spotty lacing left behind.

Spicy, slightly medicinal aroma with subtle earthy hops, sweet malt and vinous dark fruit. Peppery with some clove, ginger and cinnamon but the herbal/syrupy/medicinal quality really stands out in an unpleasant way. Some sweet caramel malt, toffee and biscuit but these notes are overpowered and buried under the spice and cough syrup notes.

Medium body with even more aggressive spice than the aroma suggests but the cloying medicinal/syrupy character is kept in check. It's still there but not offensive and compliments the sweeter malt and dark fruit notes. Zesty spices are strong up front with pepper, clove, ginger, cinnamon and allspice. Subtle herbal/medicinal flavor but it's countered by caramel malt sweetness, toffee and chocolate. Vinous dark fruit sweetness comes in toward the finish with hints of dark cherry, plum, fig and raisin. The high ABV is well masked with only subtle alcohol flavor and minimal heat. Not the best holiday beer but not offensive. More complex and better balanced than I expected given the unpleasant aroma.

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Photo of Morakaton
3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
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 vette2006c5r
3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Sixth Day pours a dark brownish reddish color with a nice lacing head. There is a strong boozy aroma, with earthy undertones. The taste is very earthy, very boozy, with some dry fruit notes. Too boozy and harsh. Overall it doesn't know if it wants to be a brown ale or a barley wine. It shows.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.29/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottled 9/10/13.

Pours a murky dark orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that fades to nothing. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, brown sugar, caramel, fruit, and alcohol aromas. There is also a slight nail polish remover smell that I get as the beer warms up. Taste is much the same with sweet malt, toast, and some herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of toasty and hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer with a bitterness that is a bit unexpected with the flavors I am getting from this one.

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Photo of bubseymour
3.31/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A very nice looking brown ale with 2 finger tan head and nice retention. The smell is more of a bock than a brown ale with some caramel scents. Taste is questionable. Perhaps the one I'm sampling is a tad old and stale. Some caramel sweetness, followed by a slight bitter finish. Some booziness comes through as well as it drinks quite heavy. Overall this beer is not up to the usual Goose Island standards I expect. I won't revisit this one.

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Photo of evanforbeer
3.32/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip, pours a pretty chestnut with yellowish-brown head. It looks nice but was surprised this is a brown ale

Aroma- best part of this beer- real nice- butterscotch, caramel, raisin, chocolate

Taste- stringent over-sour orange and funky caramel malt hit the palate, turns a bit chocolatey with some vanilla and spice but a strange bitterness sort of dominates. Leafy and citrusy hops with tobacco and chocolate linger on the palate with a stringent bitterness

Feel- some booze, medium bodied

A bit disappointing, smells great but is a little whack on the palate. It's like it was about to be great but something went wrong

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Photo of Gavage
3.32/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: pours a cloudy brown color with a short 1/2" head.

Smell: light spicy aroma.

Taste: bready malt, caramel, ripe dark fruit sweetness, light nutmeg, bown sugar, and a mild bitterness are the main flavors.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp to start, smoother at the finish. Long lasting aftertaste as the flavors linger in the mouth for a while.

Overall: an easy drinking brown ale despite the hight alcohol level here. The flavors are a bit all over the place for me, and I expected a bit more from this holiday ale.

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Photo of champ103
3.34/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I was not sure if this was Christmas Ale rebranded? Since it has it's own listing here I guess I can put my thoughts down.

A: Pours a murcky brown/reddish color. A two finger beige head slowly rises and recedes in a minute. Light lace.
S: Toasted and cereal malts up front. A peppery kind of spice. Not much else.
T: Toasted and cereal malts again. Cereal grains are big here. In the finish a lingering peppery spice lasts forever on the tongue. The spice becomes more like peppermint as this warms.
M/D: A medium body that has prickly carbonation. Kind of thin overall. Plenty of alcohol. To much I think for the style and body. I have never enjoyed a thin body and high alcohol.

Pretty one dimensional. Grainy malts, lingering spice, to thin, and to much alcohol. If I come across the regular Christmas Ale I will do a side by side. Though this seems sub par to that.

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Photo of bmwats
3.36/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a nonic.

A: Dark brown. Pours a 1 finger, foamy, brown-white head. Settles fairly, quickly, leaving a persistent foamy blanket. Slight yet persistent beer ring lacing.

S: Roasted malt, nuts, molasses, and fall spices like nutmeg and cinnamon, and a little basil.

T: Char roasted malt grains, bitter pecan shell, some peat, and fresh tea leaf.

M: Hearty and earthy. Kind of pungent finish.

D: Sessionable.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Nice head and some fair persistent lacing. Nose is roasty and fall spicy. Charred malts, bitter nuts, some earthy flora. Overall, this is a pretty decent quaff.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, with bottled on date October 15, 2013 printed on the back label. A new winter seasonal from Goose Island, and about as fresh as I could possibly ask for. Expectations are about average; going in unbiased.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours two fingers of creamy fluffy tan head on top of a dark ruby-mahogany colored body. Head has some pretty excellent staying power for such a high abv. Nice rings of lacing.

S - Smell is definitely interesting and unique. An interesting vegetal pine / spruce sort of aroma was the first thing to strike me. Brown bread, creamy caramel, some chocolate, a hint of spice, and some metallics on the end.

T - Taste follows the nose pretty well. Toasted brown bread, creamy smooth caramel, mild chocolate, brown sugar, molasses, some strange dark fruitiness almost reminiscent of an artificial cherry / rum raisin taste, unidentifiable spice, and just a hint of alcohol. A sweet tea leaf like hop presence is in there, but it takes the back route to the bready malt. Not 'bad' tasting, but there is something about it that I don't like.

M - Feel is thick, creamy, a bit syrupy, and full bodied with moderate carbonation. A slow sipper for sure.

Overall, not a bad beer, but strange, and not entirely approachable or enjoyable. Definitely glad I managed to score a single bottle, because I would not want to have an entire six pack of this stuff.

Goose Island Sixth Day ---3/5.

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Photo of RoamingGnome
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Goose Island Sixth Day

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into an imperial pint glass. Served chilled...

A) This is a murky brown brew. There was a small light tan head. Decent retention and a little lacing.

S) Roasted malt, burnt brown sugar, caramel, pecans, orange peel, and spices.

T) Near the nose... More hops in the flavor, good amount of the orange peel. I like the flavor a bit better when this was on the cold side. The alcohol and spices were a bit much as this warmed up.

M) Medium body with moderate carbonation. The spices linger about, and it gets to be a bit much.

O) A decent holiday beer, but not one I would go out of my way to acquire. Says it develops in the bottle for up to a year, so maybe this will be prime next Christmas. I doubt I'll find out.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured a thin head on a hazy, dark straw colored body.
The aroma is caramel, spices and toffee. It's nice.
The taste is caramel sweet overall, mild pine bitterness around the edges and a little alcohol heat.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
A nicely flavored winter ale.

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Photo of microbrewlover
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This brew pours a strait brown color with some red when held up to the light. There is a one finger head which lasts for a while and light lacing remains on the glass until the end.

The smell is musty and sweet, like most brown ales. There might be a little vanilla and brown sugar in the mix.

The sugar and the sweet malts hit first then the brown sugar comes in. There are some sweet malts then a boozy taste then spicy hops come in on the back end.

The feel is thick and chewy, biscuit like and bready, like most brown ales.

Overall this is a reasonably good Brown Ale. It is a little heavy on the alcohol, which is not well masked and the flavors don't balance well however it is not bad.

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