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RATINGS: 889   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.


3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - NOV 19, 2005
Draught. Dark brown color with off white head. Caramel and chocolate flavor and aroma with spicy spruce hop untertones.

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Kevin (2154) - New Mexico, USA - NOV 19, 2005
a nice looking pour. deep dark brown with a thick lasting coffee cream head. the nose is a bit scary. smells like dryer sheets plastic cinnamon and green tall grass. this is very hoppy. the bitter is forefront here. some caramel flavor with the grass flavor. some sweet tea in the finish. an interesting beer. not something i would seek out again but not necessarilly bad.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2005
Bottle. I liked the look of this one. Poured dark brown with a reddish hue. Had a toffee head that gradually faded away. Malts dominate this one with notes of caramel, light smoke, and various mild spices. Finishes with a good hop bite.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
McKnizzle69 (89) - Machesney Park, Illinois, USA - NOV 11, 2005
Ho Ho Ho This bottle is from 9/29/05. Nice and fresh. Very light brown in color and a very nice fruity holiday smell. This beer has a lot of spice and a great roasted malt flavor. The malts definatly dont drown out the hint of sweetness, maybe carmel.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
1FastSTi (3343) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 4, 2005
Bottled on 110104. So, I get last years vintage. Letís see how it holds up over a year... It pours to dark brown body with a red sheen to it. Itís definitely filtered. Anyway, the head is huge and thick. Lasting. Nice lacing. Looks like a nice beer. The aroma is spicy and nutty. More like a brown ale aroma. Walnuts and light brown sugar. The flavor is more old ale than brown ale, however. I get some nice roasted malts that are like sweetened tea and light milk chocolate. Some walnuts and nutmeg/mace. Lightly spicy. Pretty balanced. The palate is creamy, medium bodied, carbonated, and acidic.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JFGrind (1905) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 1, 2005
Bottled 09.29.05, which is barely autumn on my calendar. Crimson color, chocolate malts and some spice in the flavor. It had the characterisitcs of an English Old Ale. I picked up a 6-pack @ Igliís Supermarket in Rockford, IL for $8.49. Iím cellaring at least one Christmas Ale to sample at a later date and to find out how it bottle conditions.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 5, 2005
Kinda tastes like a nut brown ale with a bit of sherry and light holiday spicing. Nothing to write home about, so I wonít.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - AUG 23, 2005
12 oz bottle pours deep brown with ruby highlights and a light offwhite head. Aroma is of roasted malts, some molasses, some caramel, and some bourbon.. Flavor is roasty, nutty, very much like a heavy brown ale. Not as much spice as Iíd expect from a Christmas ale.. Chocolate overtones give way to a touch of cinnamon found at the end. Palate is smooth and creamy and medium bodied. Not bad for Christmas in August.. I liked it..

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gmku (295) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUN 28, 2005
I think this is an incredible beer! Nice roasted malt thatís not too overwhelming, sort of sherry-like, moderately sweet with hints of caramel, sugar. Great for winter imbibing.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
legion242 (2332) - Richardson, Texas, USA - JUN 10, 2005
A slightly above average holiday offering. Nice roasted malted that doesnít taste over burned like many American "Wassails".


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