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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:
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Added by UCLABrewN84 on 10-14-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 105 | Ratings: 521
Photo of rlee1390
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear amber when pouring. Clear deep brown in the glass. One finger off white head that doesn't last long.

S-Nuts, caramel, spices. More of a Christmas ale in terms of the spices than a brown ale.

T-Poor balance. Starts with an overly sweet caramel/syrup like note. Then a poor blend of nutmeg/cinnamon and other spices. No bitterness.

M-Lighter, slightly watery, not much carbonation either.

O-The balance needs to improve greatly. A very mediocre beer that a lot of room for improvement.

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Photo of ExtraStout
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. I grabbed this one while filling a 6-pack of brews I have yet to try.

Darkish muddied brown color with some lacing. Pretty sweet, boozey (8.2 ABV), malty with a bit of spicy hops. Nice mouth feel, thick medium body. It was better than I thought it would be and I always like that!!

The entire way through the glass I would get this hint of it wanting to breakout into something even better but then it would fall back to earth. I would buy it again.

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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 Badger6
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into snifter (yeah, i know, it says pour into a nonic pint, sue me...it's dirty, and I'm lazy).

A: Body looks like muddy reddish brown coffee; passes light only at the edges. Small amount of carbonation can be seen tracing the side of the glass, not big or fast. Nice khaki head, developed slowly, diminished slowly. Lacing is supreme, the entire glass is thickly coated.

S: Dark fruit dominates, cherry scents mingled, very sweet. There is a bready aroma coupled with the fruits...smells like rye and pumpernickel. There is a spiciness present...cloves, nutmeg, but not well-defined. Kind of confusing.

T: There is a subtle, but distinct, sweetness immediately up front. Molasses, toffee, brown sugar, fruit cake, cherries. Bitterness comes out int he finish with some charring, the roast of the barley is pronounced, and overpowering.

M: Body feels full, but not at all heavy. Lightly carbonated. Slightly dry finish, seems burnt. Kind of just drops off, like it had more left.

D - Goose Island calls this a festive brown ale. But, this is not straightforward, it's interpreted. Not awesome, but it is not bad. Looks fantastic, but then its all downhill form there. Mouthfeel is off, it just ends. The aroma is troubling, its there and its multi-layered, but confusing, and the taste is no better, lots of unique laments, but they just don't seem to provide a balanced complement to each other. Not a bad beer, but not something you need to run out an try.

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Photo of TonyBaloney
1.59/5  rDev -56.2%
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 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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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 twiggamortis420
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle pours a hazed amber color with a creamy beige head. Retention is ok, but lacing is awesome - solid sheet of stickiness on the side.

Nose is interesting - brazil nuts, spruce tips and caramel candy apples. I didnt say it was good...just interesting.

Taste shows a rich toffee maltiness that has some piney hops and a nutty yeast. It is full bodied for sure...there is some sweetness but it is offset by the alcohol and bittering hops. Its a pretty good recipe this year, though I dont think I would go back for a second sixer.

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Photo of JohnFatAss
3.84/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A rich. looking brown ale. Hazy and brown in color, thick tan head.
It is really a good looking beer.

The smell and taste are a bit unusual. Not bad, just different.

This is a strong beer. 8.3% ABV A little on the heavy side,

A brown ale with some spice added.
Malty, dark fruits, brown bread, and some hop bitterness are the flavors that come through.

Over all, it is a rich, t hick and satisfying beer that is perfect for a cold winter night,
It might pair well with a beef stew,

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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 philbe311
3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
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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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 mnrider
3.61/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. brown bottle.

A: Pours a deep brownish red. Half a finger of off white head retains itself well and leaves
a good amount of lacing. Sediment can be seen floating around.

S: Spices. Sugar. Caramel. Malts. Light floral hops and light fruits.

T/M: After my first taste I can really feel the 8.3% ABV. I get used to it and move on. Tastes
of spices and dark fruits are upfront. Sweet. Malts. Caramel. Medium bodied and a little
bitter, although the floral hops are on the weaker side. The finish is sweet with a linger of

O: A good solid brown ale for the cold weather. Alcohol is strong but doesn't take much
away from the flavors. Something nice to sip on.


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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 Brenden
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
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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Photo of PicoPapa
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle with a Bottled On Date of 08Oct13. Pours a muddy dark brown color with a half inch of head. Minimal lacing. The aroma is malty and earthy with some Xmas spices, nutmeg and cinnamon, and some banana nut bread. The taste is boozier than i expectd. Brown sugar, toasted malts, earth and some floral hop notes. Caramel and bread towards the end with a sweetness at the finish. Some nutmeg as well. Medium bodied. Overall, a decent Brown Ale I might grab again.

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Photo of CloudStrife
3.57/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Bottled Oct 21, 2013.

A: Pours a clear, fairly dark brown with a lightly tanned cream head. Tough to see any visible carbonation in the depths of this brew. Leaves pretty nice lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Not an overly aromatic beer. Dark fruits come through as well as a sweet maltiness.

T: This is a bit sweet of a brown ale with a carmely, toffee that dominates the flavor. Hops do come in on the backend to round it out a bit with some bitterness. Alcohol is well hidden though.

M: Medium body with average carbonation. Finish is pretty clean. Nice warming feel to it without any hotness in the mouth.

Overall its really not a bad beer just seems to fall a touch short. The sweetness overwhelms and keeps it from being something you can enjoy a couple of.

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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 JohnnyBarman
3.89/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up at Premier Gourmet in Buffalo, enjoyed while making some rum balls and other Christmas baking.

Poured into a small nonic glass. There was some big visible sediment in the bottle, so after swirling that in the result was a hazy brown-chestnut hue with a quarter inch of foam that recedes into a thick ring.

Nose is nicely boozy and malty, with an American Barleywine quality to it. Toffee, brown sugar, chocolate, tea hops, caramel.

Landing somewhere between a barleywine and a brown ale, this one is hard to spot. Big and many like a barleywine, but slightly held back; nutty and tea-like like a brown ale, but amped up too high. Despite this strange placement, however, the result is very tasty. Spices, cinnamon, boozy malt, chocolate, floral/herbal hops, apple cider, toffee. Bit of dry bitterness to the finish. Very nice indeed.

Thicker bodied, medium carbonation.

Although I still lean towards the Christmas Ale, this is a great boozy substitute. Quite enjoyable Christmas brew indeed!

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Photo of bsp77
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
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 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 vette2006c5r
3.23/5  rDev -11%
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 RoamingGnome
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
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 microbrewlover
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
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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Photo of rangerred
2.83/5  rDev -22%
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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Sixth Day from Goose Island Beer Co.
82 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.
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