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)

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Added by UCLABrewN84 on 10-14-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.69/5  rDev +1.9%
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 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 justintcoons
4.28/5  rDev +18.2%
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 aefbjo
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a six-pack blind, without reading the label as to what style of beer it was, just that it was a “festive” ale or something.

Pours like an amber or a pale ale, a smallish head on top of a classic amber-colored beer. Fairly opaque.

The aroma is caramel-y malt, gentle biscuisty hops, and a slight scent of spice, maybe cinnamon, allspice, or nutmeg.

The spice is forward in this beer, but it’s subtle and very well matched with the malts. A nice, classic, maybe English style amber with just a touch of hops kiss. It could even be another English-style ale, and in fact is pretty akin to the Goose Island 25th Anniversary ESB.

Super drinkable, a medium-bodied little gem with a perfect balance of malt and hops for a filling yet drinkable beer, with the slightest touch of Christmas.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.54/5  rDev -2.2%
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 BEERMILER12
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled On 25SEP13

A: Pours a reddish brown color with a fingers worth of head that fades down fairly quickly to a very thin cap

S: Some fruity malts up front, mostly cherry and some light spice. A faint nuttiness lies in the background, along with some darker fruits

T: Starts off with the same fruity malt with a little bit of spicy yeastiness. Some cherry/almond in front of the nuttiness. Not sure if I'm getting some spicy rye in there as well, but it almost seems like it. Alcohol well hidden

M: Full-medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Pretty thick

O: A good stab at a brown ale with a festive kick. Drinks easily for 8.3%, but it's pretty thick which hurts the drinkability overall. I'm guessing this is a tweaked version of their annual Christmas Ale, as it's fairly similar. Buy based on that

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Photo of ISmith87
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a - dark brown hazy no head
s - caramel, toffee, bourbon, vanilla
t - same as smell but far less intense
m - medium mouthfeel, alc covered, aftertaste more bready like a lighter beer
o - it's alright, not amazing, just alright, it's a nice change up from the usual holiday ales (belgian strong darks, red ipas, and winter warmers...)

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Photo of tjsdomer2
4.48/5  rDev +23.8%
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 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 fitrock2112
3.79/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured Sixth Day into a pint glass.

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

S - Roasted malts, light smell of dark fruits.

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

M - Medium mouthfeel, with medium to low carbonation.

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

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Photo of jlindros
3.64/5  rDev +0.6%
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 pkalix
4.04/5  rDev +11.6%
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 Mitchster
4.38/5  rDev +21%
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 Spikester
3.94/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown with two fingers of tan head. Few lacings.
Smell is super malty. Taste is uber malt with no detectable hops. I am sure there are hops it is just that the malt base is huge.
Mouthfeel is full with the right amount of carbonation. Slightly dry sweet finish.
Overall it tastes like an Imperial Brown Ale. First time I have seen this beer, Brewed in Chicago.
Tasty sweet malt bomb.

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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 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 far333
3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Chestnut with a thick frothy half inch head of orangey brown foam that settles slowly. Low aroma of caramel and toffee. Flavors of rich malt, cocoa and toffee, some butterscotch. Moderate bitterness, low hop profile. Some alcohol fruitiness, and a slight warming. Good beer.

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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 BB1313
3.41/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 10/3/13. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a deep hazy auburn; fluffy tan head that eventually fades and leaves nice lacing and retention. The aromas are weird. It smells sour. Lots of caramel malts. Orange peel is there. Some spruce in the mix. It tastes a little better than it smells. Extremely malty and resiny. Tons of toffee and butterscotch. Some caramel with subtle hints of cocoa. Lots of molasses. Some hints of raisins and dark fruits. More orange. Some berries. Very subtle hints of earthy spices. More spruce. There's a bit of warming in the finish, but it's just enough and enjoyable. Mouthfeel is full-bodied. It's very creamy with low carbonation. This makes a nice beer to sip on.

This is an interesting beer. Although I'm not crazy about it, I do appreciate it. It's not as horrible as some people might make it out to be, in my opinion. It becomes more enjoyable the more you drink it. It's fitting for the cold weather.

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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 StonedTrippin
3.69/5  rDev +1.9%
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 tillmac62
4.31/5  rDev +19.1%
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 SawDog505
4.54/5  rDev +25.4%
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 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 russpowell
3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
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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Sixth Day from Goose Island Beer Co.
3.62 out of 5 based on 523 ratings.
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