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RATINGS: 890   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 4, 2004
Didnít seem to be as impressed with this as everyone else was. Aroma was somewhat weak, though I did detect as interesting hint of mint, taste was fairly mild , malty and again a hint of mint and some other spices. Seems like a holiday brew geared towards the masses

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
flemdawg (549) - Rowlett, Texas, USA - DEC 2, 2004
On tap. Dark red, "new motor oil" color, tan head with good lacing. Aroma was ginger, fruit(cranberries, grapefruit). The taste was holiday spices and a grapefruity hop bite. Pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
antisnobJP (275) - St. Michael, Minnesota, USA - NOV 28, 2004
Cola brown color with a tinge of red held in the light. Decent off-white head with persistent lacing. Moderate carbonation. Has that dark fruity malt aroma that lets you know it will start sweet. Also has a little buttered toast to it. Hop aroma is present but subdued(as it should be for the style). Tastes as advertised with a little chocolate and a fairly long, bitter finish. Fairly rich mouthfeel. Decent winter ale, can only find as part of the sampler pack up here so I wonít be revisiting too often.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - NOV 27, 2004
This is a very dark red, almost brown. It had a nice head with some thin lacing. I wasnít able to detect too much aroma. This was better once it warmed. some spice, malts and a bit of hops int he flavour. It had a good palate, a bit thicker. No a bad winter beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SkyinBrian (430) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 26, 2004
a little chocolate, some spice. nice and hoppy finish piney and some citrus. slightly creamy mouthfeel. an easy drinking ale. quite smooth and nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sfontain (846) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 25, 2004
Somebody called this a "winter lager," and so Iíll be kind and chalk that up to inexperience... Anyway, dark garnet with a small, beige head. You MUST allow this beer to warm up to get good flavor and scent; served cold, this is a fair beer at best. Aroma heavily toasted malt, lots of raisin/date, and some brown sugar/caramel. Flavor very malty with a lot of sharp, sugary sweetness; a little of that dark fruit vibe; a touch sour; light hop bitterness lingers. Slightly thin; too sticky. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - NOV 23, 2004
12oz bottle Bottle don 09/24/04 deep brown hued beer, thing head...smells of carmel, roasty, chocolatey malt, and a bit of butter. somewhat thin, but still decent...light flavors of malt, especially dark malts... nice bitter finish, but not overdone. Pretty enjoyable easy drinking ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 18, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2005 this beer surprised me...great appearance (a deep brownish red); a somewhat flowery, spicey aroma with citrus hints; a toasted chocolatey taste, with some spice notes;a pleasant beer drinking experience

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fidemaster (294) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - NOV 14, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2005 One of the best winter lagers, full of flavor, deep rich red, smooth toasted grain, cereal, taste, with a hint of chocolate. perfect for the holidays.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - NOV 7, 2004
Deep, mahonony color with a tan head. Aroma of caramel, toast, and fruit. Great flavor of toasted grain, milk, caramel, mixed fruit, oily hops and an underpinning of dry chocolate. Solid, medium body with some creaminess. This tastes more like a well-made American brown ale to me than an Old Ale. Also, this sample was from the 03 version.

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