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RATINGS: 893   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
invalid (302) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2004
Pours a pretty color, but the lack of head doesn’t help the score. Overall, this beer is very boring.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - DEC 18, 2004
Deep ruby color, foamy tan head. Predominantly malty, kind of earthy. Light yeast in there as well. Dryer on the tongue, medium bodied. Pretty nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 16, 2004
Bottle pours a reddish hued brown, medium sandy colored frothy head, decent lacing, with very light carbonation.   Slight coffee and carob mix on the nose.   Dominant tobacco and overcooked vegetable up front, followed by some subtle carob and roasted malts.   Body and mouthfeel seem somewhat average.   Finishes rather bland, strong malts with a smattering of carob, smoke, and hops.   Pretty uneventful.   Thanks goes out to TAR for the trade!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpringsLicker (3467) - Tennessee, USA - DEC 15, 2004
Thanks to Indra for this one! Deep ruby color that forms a small tan head. Rich malty yeasty aroma. Sweet nutty flavor with a dry palate and medium body that lingers on the tongue. Aspects of a beer bigger than it’s 5.4% alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - DEC 14, 2004
My sweet baby of a girlfriend grabbed a sixer of this for me the other night while I was at work. I enjoyed it with her when I arrived home. Kudos babe!! Nose of perfume & pine with underlying hints of spice. Pours a dark walnut with garnet highlights. The large tan rocky head is fully lasting with great lacing. The flavor reminds me of GL Edmund Fitzgerald; totally robust & very complex with a humdinger of a finish. The lively dry body feels very sharp at the finish. I thought this a Robust Porter, so if you are inclined to that sort, you need to try this for the holidays.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - DEC 13, 2004
On tap @ Buckeye Brewing: Large lasting light tan head on a brown body. Moderately malty w/ toasted, bready, and roasted malts. Lightly woody hop aroma with some ginger and nutmeg aromas as well. Well balanced w/ roasted and toasted malt flavors. Some spicy ginger mid palate, and a dry herbal hop finish & aftertaste. Some light acidity and coffee roastiness in the aftertaste as well. Medium body, dry m/f, and medium carbonation. Very well made Holiday ale for my tastes. Very moderately spiced, not overdone as a usual w/ some spiced beers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (9872) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 12, 2004
Brown body, with a smallish tan head. Some hops and malt in the aroma. Nice bitterness over a malty backround, predominately hops in the flavour. Average palate. Quite nice. Toronto Christmas Party 2004.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sbrewno (49) - Frankfort, Illinois, USA - DEC 12, 2004
On tap-Palmer’s in LaGrange. Reddish brown look promises a winter warmer. Nice spice in the aroma. Good, round, malty spice flavor. A little walnut or vanilla, maybe. Could use more ABV for better cheer. All told a good Goose.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - DEC 8, 2004
Pours a dark brown, small off white head. Aroma of piney hops, and creamy malts. Falvor is nuts, hops, and a fruitty finish. Has darker undertones. Nice brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (11614) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 6, 2004
This holiday beer is a reddish-brown color with a thin dark beige head that dissapeared pretty fast. Thin, stringy lacing. The aroma is pleasantly roasty and malty, with a bit of spice thrown in. The flavor is hard to categorize, as it has elements of a Belgian and an Alt. Fruit, malt, spice and caramel flavors are all there. The finish is sweet fruit with a touch of hops. Overall this is a good beer for the holidays.

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