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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 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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
1FastSTi (3340) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JFGrind (1857) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OhioDad (2493) - 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..

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gmku (294) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
legion242 (2250) - Richardson, Texas, USA - JUN 10, 2005
A slightly above average holiday offering. Nice roasted malted that doesnít taste over burned like many American "Wassails".

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ernest (6318) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 3, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2009 Bottle (2009). Head is initially average sized, frothy, white, mostly diminishing. Body is medium to dark amber. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain, caramel, cookie), lightly yeasty (dirty feet, cheese), lightly hoppy (flowers, grapefruit), with light notes of tea, cinnamon. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic. Very mild aroma, but mostly pleasant other than the yeast character. A bit too syrupy sweet in the mouth, but again...not bad. Lackluster overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jollyraider (252) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 1, 2005
First Old Ale, to me more of a warm brown. More spices a la Great Lakes Xmas would have been nice, but very pleasant.

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