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RATINGS: 873   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerandbeyond (622) - ISRAEL - JAN 29, 2013
2012 version, 7.3% ABV. 12 oz bottle poured into a tumbler glass. Hazy brownish-mahogany color with a small beige head. Fruity (raisins, bitter oranges) and nutty nose, with caramel malt, some chocolate and spicy hops. Aromas of some spices as well (nutmeg, clove) with mellow roast. Sweet flavor of mostly rich caramel malt, with warming alcohol, medium bitterness, fried fruits, some rum like notes and faint tartness. med-full bodied, better when warmed up, chewy and a bit medicinal. OK.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
The_Bish (1124) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 28, 2013
Mommy, mommy, mommy, look at your son, you might have loved me but now Iíve got a gun. I donít have a gun. I donít like guns. Imagine a world without them. It would be better. Much better. Go on, imagine it. Itís better isnít it. I can tell just by the thoughts in your mind that you agree. Who couldnít? But thatís not the point, itís you Iím talking about. I know that you think the world would be better without guns. Would it be better without this beer? No, not worse either. It would make no difference. Do you think it would be overly optimistic to regard our life as a uselessly disturbing episode in the blissful repose of nothingness? Well, do you?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chicowv (453) - Canaan Valley, West Virginia, USA - JAN 23, 2013
12 oz bottle, 2012 Version: Pours dark amber, light brown with a big, nice white head with perfect tiny bubbles and good CO2 release. Aroma of nice spruce and floral hops, slight caramel malts. Nice taste, bitter, some salt, finishes a bit astringent and slightly bitter. Bubbly, fizzy and slightly bitter on the finish. Flavors of good caramel malts, nice hop profile, well balanced. Nice Christmas Ale, great flavors but no apparent spice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
berrya785 (440) - Kansas, USA - JAN 23, 2013
2012 edition with a 7.3 ABV poured into a snifter. Pours dark brown with red highlights and two-fingers of fluffy off-white head. Aroma is caramel, bread, and brown sugar. Taste is bread, brown sugar, and molasses with a little bit of hoppy bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
n00bface (137) - Minneapolis, USA - JAN 22, 2013
Bottle from South Lyndale Liquors (Minneapolis, Minnesota, 22/1/13)
Aroma of spices, bread, and barnyard. Pours a very hazy reddish brown with a medium off-white head. Taste is slightly tart and slightly sweet. Medium bodied, thin texture, average carbonation, and a bitter and boozy finish. Pretty good. Didnít expect to like this one as much as I did.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
EtTuCthulhu (897) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - JAN 20, 2013
This beer pours a brownish auburn color with a yellowish brown yet minimal head that dissipates quickly, and the aroma is of a medium strength with subtle hints of fig, nutmeg, dough, and vanilla. The taste starts bitter, but that quickly fades into a sweet and hearty taste. Also, the beer sits on the palate nicely with its medium body, slick texture, flat carbonation, and long aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jrgratz (113) - New York, USA - JAN 19, 2013
Tap at Top Hops. Pour is clear dark, amber, brown. Scent of candy apple, clove, cardamom, roasted malts. Taste is rich dark fruit, a bit sweet and spicy, but not overpowering. Decent dark ale. Nothing special.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Nilz (345) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JAN 19, 2013
My bottle had a variant of the label shown & 7.3%. A dark cloudy ruby with a thin light head. Aroma spicy fruit. Taste some toffee, spicy apple and a fruit cake-like note. Fine enough but for me there were other 2012 Christmas ales that I preferred.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
gsmitty80 (1741) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 18, 2013
Not really one for the Christmas beers but this was truly a great one. Awesome red color and aroma of alcohol and a tinge of sweet fruit. Nice touch of spice that kept you warm but wasnt called out. Mmmm.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheArgoPirate (64) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2013
12 oz bottle, 2012. Pours a reddish brown with tan head that reduces somewhat quickly. Lighter malty flavo with moderate hop balance. Taste is reminiscent of a bitter. Tasty beer, does not taste nearly as strong as the label indicates. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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