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RATINGS: 891   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
Specialty Belgian malts create a deep garnet color and a truly rich old European flavor in our classic Christmas Ale. And the generous amount of crystal hops adds that extra spicy aroma to your pint, perfect for a wintry night. Our Christmas Ale brings good tidings and joy to each Holiday Season. A two-time Gold Medal Winner in the World Beer Championships.

The original Goose Island Christmas Ale clocked in at 5.7% ABV. There was no 2010 vintage. The 2011 vintage saw a bump to 6.2% ABV but no new entry. The 2012 vintage was bumped up further to 7.5% ABV.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
boozedude (2212) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - MAY 26, 2013
bottle into glass, murky brown dark pout, off white heasd, malty aroma, taste is malty mild bitterness, pretty dam good for a brow

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Fredis23 (515) - Hickory Hills, Illinois, USA - MAY 23, 2013
Vintage 2011. Had my eye on it for a while, finally tried it. Unfiltered, Murky Orange Brown, Small Head, Lots Of Lacing. Sweet Smell. Sweet Toasted Caramel, Molasses and Raisins. Pleasant sweet and creamy aftertaste. Absolutely loved this one. Thank God for Christmas in July, gives me an extra opportunity to savor it and enjoy twice a year. Niiiice. Recommended.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
YoDude (10) - Illinois, USA - MAY 10, 2013
Goose Island Christmas Ale 2009, aged 3 years 7 months in my beer cellar, 5.7% ABV, and poured into a Goose Island MBA Tulip glass. Appearance: Poured amber brown with a deep thick head and a lacing that refuses to recede from its initial pour line. Smell: A nice Holiday scent of dried fruit and nutmeg that is not overpowering. Taste: The buttered toast and caramel malts lead to a lingering cinnamon-like bitter finish. As the beer warms, the flavor of black licorice emerges. Mouth feel: Medium body and good carbonation, with a balanced sweet and bitter finish. Overall: This American-style Brown Christmas Ale has aged very well. If any one flavor was originally dominant, that is not longer true. The Holiday spices have married well with the caramelized malt to make it very easy to enjoy more than one glass full. This beer may very well have reached its peak age, but I will continue to test as I still have three bottles in my cellar. Serving type: 22 oz. bottle

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hanoi (672) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - MAY 9, 2013
Bottle2012. Nose is brown sugar and vanilla, slight toffee. Taste is burn toast, lots of molassus, dark fruits, figs, leading to a warm toffee finish. Slight notes of coco and licorice. Medium mouthfeel. Lots of depth to the flavour and enjoyable, maybe a touch to bitter in the finish for my liking, given the sweeter tones of the beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DiarmaidBHK (3861) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 4, 2013
Bottle from Wegman’s Williamsport. 2012 vintage. Pours brown with a half inch of brown foam. A bit of nuttiness on the nose mixed in with a dash of Christmas spice. The hops tend to overpower on the tongue. Eh!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (14326) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 4, 2013
Bottle at JF’s, from BOE, 20/04/13. Presume 2012 vintage - bottle states 7.3% ABV. Opaque chestnut brown with a thin beige film that retains well. Nose carries dark fruit notes, caramel malt, sugars, hops bringing up the rear. Taste comprises brown sugars, light spice, dark fruits, caramel, hint of booze. Medium bodied with bite, fine carbonation, dry in the finish. Really good stuff!

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
Silverbush85 (63) - - MAY 3, 2013
Bitter, sour, over-hopped, .. No true christmas flavor. One word verdict: pass ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mnmike (1074) - Minnesota, USA - APR 18, 2013
Bottle as part of a build your own six pack. This beer is a good holiday brew due to the spices. 2012 vintage

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerdedone (3062) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 13, 2013
Bottle. Pours a reddish brown with a thin tan head. Aroma of caramel, dark fruit, brown sugar and some nuts. Flavor was sweet and malty with caramel, dark fruit, mild spices a bit of toffee and some nuttiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dfonorow (1749) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2013
Pour is hazy orange/brown with a large tan head. Aroma is of sweet caramel malts, cinnamon, vanilla, and just a touch of bitter hops. Flavor leans towards the sweet side at first (vanilla, dark fruit sugar, caramel), and transitions into a slightly bitter and spicy finish. Decent winter warmer, a tad thin in the body.

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