Christmas Ale | Goose Island Beer Co.

Christmas AleChristmas Ale
BA SCORE
65.2%
Liked This Beer
3.79 w/ 1,329 ratings
Christmas AleChristmas Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-21-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
573
Ratings:
1,329
Liked:
866
Avg:
3.79/5
pDev:
11.87%
Alströms:
4
 
 
Wants:
60
Gots:
127
Trade:
3
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Photo of woodychandler
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I am wrapping up my Christmas in July 2017 celebration today with this beer! I had a buncha Chrismas beers set aside for Christmas Day in 2016, but I got blotto early on in the day & they fell into The Bottle Backlog Abyss. 8=( Last Tuesday (25 July 2017), The Friendly Greek Bottle Shop (FGBS) & its vaunted Drinking Team, held its own Christmas in July, inspiring me to get mine in before the end of the month.

Some background on this bottle: I was wildly into Goose Island at one point, having visited their Clybourn location & I also was keeping track of what Binney's was doing. When this came on sale at one point, I bought some & had it shipped to my aunt's house in DC. It was then transported to my parents' house & placed in the basement & forgotten until my move to Chez Woody in December 2008. I have no idea how it JUST surfaced, but here I am/we are.

From the bottle: "Craft Brewed & Bottle Conditioned". That last part gives me renewed hope!

I Pop!ped the cap only to reveal a screwed-up screw-top bottle. Grrr! I mustered my anger management training to begin a very slow, gentle pour into the awaiting glass. Once completed, I conducted an in-glass swirl to raise a finger of foamy, fizzy, light-tan head that quickly reverted to wisps. Color was Dark Brown to Very Dark Brown (SRM = > 27, < 34) with NE-quality clarity & mahogany highlights. Gorgeous! Nose had a chocolate and coconut cast, almost as though it had been aged in bourbon barrels, although nothing of the sort was mentioned on the bottle. I also got licorice/anise & dried dark fruits, which is more typical. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste had a slightly medicinal quality, like the time that I tasted my maternal grandparents' Geritol. Still, it also had a milk chocolatiness and a lot of fruitiness & reminded me of a Cadbury Fruit & Nut bar. Finish was dry, proving that the bottle conditioning had done its job over these past years. It was much more like an English Barleywine than the English Barleywine that I reviewed earlier! Jeez-O, man. It may be retired, but this is both an oldie & a goodie.

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Photo of Nichols33
3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of ajdemma
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GuyFawkes
4.71/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Deep murky brown; purple when held to the light.

Nice dark khaki head; strong lacing.

Bread & dark fruits in the nose; a belgian vibe; also, hints of caramel, rasberry & strawberry.

Thick mouthfeel.

Taste is of acorn, light spice, raisin & caramel. Definitely a winter beer; viscous & sweet, almost like an American Barleywine, but not cloying. Sweet, unique & worth a quaff.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.28/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Substantial brown runs deep, clarity sucks, sediment/floaties rampant. Aroma was more brown malt and a little bit of nutmeg.

Taste was enjoyable for a brown xmas style beer, toffee, some caramel, nutmeg still, brown sugar, lots of carbonation, a little bit of warmth, straddling between winter warmer and brown ale. Maybe more hopping than normal for a winter warmer. Mild clove.

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Photo of Krey213
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jahbless
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Mild taste, not overpowering with the spices.

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Photo of McAfee85
2.85/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of w5baron
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JimmyShaker1
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JosephConklin
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BradtheGreat7
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Thirstygoat
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of lupercmda
3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BdM
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of firkingroovin
3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mickmanhattan
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of joeroma5
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of baseball636
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jrob21
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Eziel
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pat61
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I’ve had this on tap at the Bryant Lake Bowl and the Pig & Fiddle and from a bottle poured into a craft beer glass.
A: Brilliant chestnut, 1” off white foam collar, provides thin lines of lace.
S: Mild fruit cake in a glass with citrus, light fruit, spice.
T: The dark malts have a cakey bread character with dried fruit, orange, cinnamon, nutmeg and a touch of clove. It starts sweet but there is some drying astringency from the spices on the finish.
F: Creamy, medium body and carbonation.
O: This is a good, rich Christmas ale. It is a little on the rich side to drink more than a bottle of this at a sitting.

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Christmas Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 65.2% out of 100 with 1,329 ratings
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