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RATINGS: 880   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.


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
OldGrowth (2590) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 5, 2004
Bottle: Ash/ smokey wet leather on the nose. Orangy/brown color. No head. No sediment. Coffee, pine, carmel,smoke all come to mind in the flavor. Clean, tad thin. Tasty, damn familiar. Like something else I've had.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hershiser2 (1208) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 2, 2004
Paid $5.99 for a 6-pack. Gorgeous in appearance... almost maroon with a nice, fluffy tan head. Good lacing. Nice, deep scents in here. Sweet orange, pine... smells yummy. Hmmm... slightly chocolate, slightly orange, really good. A bit thin in the ,outhfeel, but I actually like this beer without a lot of carbonation. Verrryyy yummy winter brew, and very reasonably priced.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ClarkVV (3891) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 9, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2004 2003 bottle. Seemed like a mix between an American Pale ale and and English Strong. Beautiful reddish-brown ruddy color, tons of tan creamy head. Smells of cherries, mild plums, cinnamon, candied apples, brown sugar and some hops. I was surprised that as the beer warmed I could taste some moderately bitter hops tones, but they would mix in with the creamy texture and get lost in the big caramel-brown sugar malt flavor. Medium to full body, tending more towards medium. Robust and even a touch of smoke at the beginning, I thought I tasted it at least. I just cant get in to these type of beers as much because my palate seems to want the huge complexities of the best English Strong Ales where you seem to be able to easily pick out many many different flavors. This one is more homogenous but still very well done and tasty.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (5941) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 6, 2004
Reddish brown hue with good off-white head and excellent lace. The aroma hints of roasted buttered dark bread, caramel, nuts, aromatic hops, ripe fruit, pepper, and leathery yeast esters. The taste starts very traditional sweet malts and lightly bitter hops. The finish picks up more bitterness along with a undertone of spice. The mouthfeel is lively and a touch watery, quaffable, smoky dryness upon the finish. A good brew which I have drank for the years produced, always a favorite around the holidays, just don't expect your socks to get knock off with the beer.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JAN 6, 2004
pretty yummy - very hoppy in a nice grassy way initially, settles into a bit of a sweet leathery must. Not as "old" as some others and with a touch of too much sweetness for the style, IMO.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - JAN 1, 2004
The Goose Island Christmas Ale pours a mean reddish brown hue with virtually no head...but what is there is patches of tan of and cream. It effervesces spices, perhaps pepper and slight hints of fruit. The taste is definitely spicy as well...pepper and a hint of coriander mixed in with a slight malty finish. Very dry in the finish, but very spicy as well. Decent appeal, worth a drink on a cold winters day..

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 30, 2003
Dark brown color. Nutmeg and malt aroma. Nice malt and spice flavor, but not very strong Some smoke up front. Clean palate with little aftertaste. Good, but just not me.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2003
Goose Island has some good brews and this is one of them. Deep amber/red color and an off-white head. Aroma of candy and fruit and spices. Taste was a pleasing blend of sweetness and spice.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
davesarman (159) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - DEC 23, 2003
Beautiful rich malty aroma. Pours deep ruby and virtually glows when held up to a light. Carbonation and head are light. Rich, malty taste and mouthfeel. Get a taste sensation of peated malt and smoke. This years version seems more like a wee-heavy. Body is big. Balance is pretty good, some hops come in to ease the malt a bit, but make no mistake this is one big malty beer. One of the better Christmas beers out there. Not overtly spiced like so many others.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 22, 2003
Dark, bright auburn color, light tan head. Chocolate, citrus hints, slightly spicey nose. The body is spritzy and malty, firm piney hop bite. Roasy and slightly malty, touches of fruit. Finishes hoppy - bitter and long. Not a bad Christmas ale, not so sure about it being an old ale. Could definitely use some more roast.


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