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Sixth Day | Goose Island Beer Co.

105 Reviews
Sixth DaySixth Day

Brewed by:
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:
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 UCLABrewN84
3.29/5  rDev -9.4%
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 StonedTrippin
3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

this is what im talking about. a higher alcohol brown ale, not too far out of the comfort zone here, but pleasantly spiced and with a nice warming quality. all winter beers should take on this philosophy. I followed directions and poured this into a nonic pint glass. its rusty brown with a honey density and a brown tinted cream head over an inch high. smells like sweet toasty malt and a hint of molasses type spice without the heavy sugar. comfortable clove in the finish, and a little boozy heat. surprisingly well hopped in the finish to balance it into some drinkability. well made, definitely goose islands best seasonal. full bodied, I don't need more than a few of these, but its got just the right effect for the winter warmer type style. I will have a lot of this in the months to come.

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Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is very hazy reddish brown in color. It poured with a quarter finger high dense tan head that died down, leaving lacy wisps of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Sweet aromas of toffee and caramel malts are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has some malty flavors and flavors of toffee and caramel along with hints of nutmeg and raisins. There's only a slight amount of perceptible bitterness, although the hops obscure any cloying sweetness from the malts.
M: It feels a bit more than medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a nice holiday-themed brown ale and has a little extra body to get you through the winter months.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.54/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Giving their "Christmas Ale" a much needed rest, Goose Island offers up this tame brown ale with fruity undertones. So after the partridges, turtle doves, french hens and golden rings- on the Sixth Day, the geese get a'layin!

Pouring a curiously light brown in color, its murky haze casts a color that's as much as deep auburn as it is brown. A creamy, ivory froth swirls on top in short order. Its medium retention laces the glass lightly with random specks. Preferring perhaps a "cask ale-like" effect, the beer sits dull in the glass during the last half of the session.

Malty-sweet scents waft over the nose with a host of caramel, brown sugar, bread crust, faint chocolate and cookie dough. Its fruit-forward aromas give the ale a fruitcake set of proportions- dates, prune juice, red apples and cashews give light to the estery and earthy tone to the beer. What's missing is the more robust chocolate or toasted notes that we've become accustomed to in Browns.

Malt richness saturates the taste buds with ample caramelized barley sugars. Its maple taste weaves together all those sweetnesses that were picked up by the nose. Its sweetness is further heighted by seemingly fruit sugars of prune, sultan, bruised peaches and apples and white grapes. Herbal hop notes give impressions of sweet teas, earthy roots, and dried fruit. Its a delicious melange of flavors that simply lack balance. There's no real meaningful hop or toasted grain character to offset its sugary taste.

Likewise, its low-lying carbonation offers no reprieve from the sugars as the full weight of the beer seeps into the taste buds without any apologies. Its slightly cloying middle palate impedes the drinkability that's normal to Brown. Finishing malty-sweet with lingering fruit flavors makes this meek and humble beer more of a sipper. Its light minty warmth trails as the only real sense of closure.

I wouldn't go so far as to say that the geese certainly laid an egg with this one, but there's a few missteps that keeps this beer off of my holiday dinner table- Sixth Day needs more toasted and dark chocolate, it needs meaningful hop additions and it needs better carbonation to pull its sweet-fruitiness into a drier finish.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Served at WF Venice during a GI tasting.

A: Pours a hazyed orangish brown with a 1/4" off-white/orange head which fades to a thin cap and leaves spots of lace.

N: Spices, orange zest, cardboard, caramel, aged fruit.

T: Citrusy, mildly sweet, aged fruit and spice.

M: Moderate body and medium carbonation. Semi-dry, sweetish finish.

O: Best to avoid this as there are other winter seasonals out there to try.

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Photo of jlindros
3.64/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First Xmas beer to start the holiday season. Still a couple weeks before even Thanksgiving, but what the hell.

Pours a decent fizzy slightly creamy foamy 1 finger head that starts to fade fairly quickly like a pro 8% beer, then leaves a creamy thick head covering that connects with a nice lacing, over super dark brown beer with hints of molasses light sneaking through the thin parts.

Nose hints at a big beer, some big malts, a little old ale like soft dark aged like malts, lots of toasty brown malts, little nutty like and some candy syrup, molasses, caramel, little toffee, a nice cocoa in the background. As it warms a little dakr fruit with hints of fig and date like, candied fig, with some mild esters, a little phenolic booze kick, hints of nutmeg and perhaps cinnamon like baking spices.

Taste starts with syrupy characters, molasses right off with some earthy root beer like characters, little nutty too. Malts bring a little candied reddish malt, syrupy, molasses, chewy and syrupy, lots of candy syrup and a little dakr candi sugar even, mild caramel and toffee. then into the fruit again, candied raisin like, bit of fig in candy syrup, date like, etc. Mild spices again, little nutmeg and perhaps cinnamon, hard to tell, perhaps a hint of allspice, the baking spices are there but very light thankfully. Hint of earthy herbal hop character starts to come out as it warms, as well as the pehnolic mild booze warmth and esters. Finish is sticky and a bit syrupy but dries a bit, little candied syrupy dark fruits, little more earthy slightly herbal hop character, and bitterness, little warming booze.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, bit syrupy, mild warming booze, nice carb.

Overall not bad, nothing too special but nice malt characters, nice phenolic booze warmth for a winter warmer like style although I guess this is considered a brown ale, hops could have been a bit better as the herbal earthy hop bitterness clashes with the warming semi sweet malts and dark fruits, but still a decent beer.

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 10/7/2013. Pours cloudy dark ruby red color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big caramel, brown sugar, toast, orange peel, apple, pear, raisin, brown bread, floral, grass, pine, herbal, and toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, brown sugar, toast, orange peel, raisin, pear, apple, brown bread, light chocolate, floral, grass, pine, herbal, and toasted earthiness. Fair amount of earthy pine/herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, toast, orange peel, raisin, pear, apple, brown bread, light chocolate, floral, grass, pine, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance, complexity, and robustness of dark malt and moderate hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately creamy and lightly slick/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice imperial brown ale. Good balance and complexity of dark malt and hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I purchased this from Wegman's enjoyed from the chilled 12oz in a goblet

The color is a murky brown shade with thin tan cap with very fine bead, head retention is ok, lace sticks in a ring. The smell is toasted grain with light herbal hop aroma mixed with dried fruit scent not quite sweet like raisin but a mild woody odor is present. The feel is good with moderate carbonation and medium body with slight spice and gently dry finish with a subtle bitterness level.

Sixth day has a slight pepper and woody hop flavor up front but leads to some mild toasted malt with gentle roasted character and fruity accent from the yeast which brings to mind ripe brown skinned banana with a hint of coffee-like acidity in the background. The overall impression is of a strong brown that doesn't taste like 8.3 percent, however it could use more malt flavor...I would probably not get this again unless it was on draft the bottle is decent, just not superior to other brown ales of this type.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.61/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Almost...time...to...rest... 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 Jason
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

Dark and hazed amber hued brown color, light lacing sticks to the glass well. Orange zest, candied fruit, caramel, ripe apples, booze, toasted bread crust, & spicy hop all make for an inviting aroma. Slightly creamy, chewy, thick medium body. Brown bread, baked apples, Christmas pudding, toasty, mild cocoa powder, earthy hops, balanced bitterness, raisins, warming, semi-dry finish.

A surprise grabbing this one while looking for winter seasonals I have yet to try, right at first sip I knew I should have grabbed more than a six-pack.

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Photo of russpowell
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 8 Oct 13

Pours an effervescent brown/crimson with 3 fingers of tan head. Good head retention & even better lacing

S: Maltyness, brown bread & leafy hops

T: Toastyness, leafy& herbal hops & brown sugar. More toastyness & brown sugar as this warms, a bit of toffee as well, more leafy hops as well. Finishes semi-dry with woody & leafy hops & a kiss of toastyness & cranberry

MF: Not bad, wish there was little more body to this, soft carbonation

Drinks easy enough , ABV is well hidden

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Photo of jwc215
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazy medium brown with a lasting tan head. Some lacing sticks.

Toffee, some cocoa, some roasted nuts, alcohol warmth.

The taste is sweet - toffee, nougat, some chocolate with some roast balancing the sweetness. Alcohol warmth shows.

Boozy, yet smooth.

A warming, wintry brown ale. Seasonably sweet, but enough balance to keep it from being sticky. A nice sipper!

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle form Bert's 2013 vintage
Pours a pretty damn murky brownish amber with a creamy off white head that persists forever before leaving some pretty impressive rings of lace that remind me of something on nitro. Aromas of brown sugar, caramel, and toffee with hints of melanoid, along with cherries, plums, and clove like spices. The flavor is sweet with dark sugars up front. Bits of ethanol and a light sherry with some fruity notes comes next. Lingering sweet sugar with lots of earthy hop flavor long into the finish. Medium body with a light to moderate level of carbonation and a sweet almost syrupy mouthfeel. This is one odd brew. I felt the flavors while not objectionable really didn't mesh all that well.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a dark, opaque, amber-brown color with a sparse, filmy head. Aromas of nut and cherry, both very rich and sweet. Flavors are supersweet, with toffee heavy forward, and highlights of caramel and chocolate. Very layered and rich. Smooth bodied, wit h a tangy sweet aftertaste. Slightly cloying on the finish, but smooth. Definitely a sweet one!

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Photo of Gavage
3.32/5  rDev -8.5%
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 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 corby112
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
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 puboflyons
3.79/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle stamped 25SEP13-1615. Sampled on December 13, 2013.

The pour is a decent looking medium to dark brown with a plush off-white head that dissolves after a few moments.

The aroma is upfront caramel malts, sweetness, and feint nuttiness but there is also a vague boozy quality to it.

The body is medium to full with a general creaminess to it.

The caramel malts are also first on the scene in the flavor but this mild booziness also kicks in along with the bitterness of the hops toward the finish.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle from the Wegmans Dewitt NY for $2

Appearance - Hazy brown colour with a good size frothy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some really good lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, dark fruits, butterscotch, herbal notes

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, butterscotchl, and raisins. There is also some anise/herbal notes and a a touch of chocolate.

Overall - A nice winter warmer, a little like a scotch ale. I'd buy this again next holiday season.

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Photo of barczar
3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy dark brown with copper highlights and a frothy tan head slowly dissipates, leaving sticky lacing.

Floral hops, dark malt, resin, and dank cannabis form the initial aroma. Citrus and brown sugar surface as it warms. A metallic character emerges late.

Flavor is malt dominant, with a sugary sweet caramel malt backbone that's eventually toasty and bready, finishing slightly bitter. Underpinnings of floral and herbal hops add complexity, but tea and bitterness own the show.

Body is moderate to full, with moderate to low carbonation, and noticeable alcohol warmth.

I wasn't impressed with last year's Christmas ale, and I'm not impressed with this brown. Though last year's seemed flawed and this does not, there's just an off character to it. It tastes like something I'd make.

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Photo of Bung
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz Dark brown with reddish hue. Thin layer of white head. Retains all right.

Aroma, Spices ad some floral hop presence. Smaller malt and brown sugar.

Taste, Strong brown ale characteristics, that leathery-ness. Hops more floral and slightly fruity. Kind of one of those chocolate orange things people think are a good candy combination this time of year. Very slight chocolate and coffee in the finish as well.

Maybe medium body, there probably could be just a bit more here to support all the spice and stuff, but to me many of this style are this way. Good carbonation, above well hidden.

A festive ale, about the same as the others, they just are what they are. This was a fine brown ale example though. Similar to some of the Anchor Festives.

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Photo of champ103
3.34/5  rDev -8%
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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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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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 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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Sixth Day from Goose Island Beer Co.
82 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.
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