HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - APR 9, 2004
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2004 I love this beer. Very aromatic with hops and chocalatey/slightly roasted malt. Flavor is dominated with spicey hops, good malt background follows. There is a lasting spice that I can’t put my finger on, but since I’ve had so many of these it is just the "GI Christmas Flavor". Also, when I belch after having a couple of these, man do they taste good. Another reason to drink this beer.
Verne (263) - Enumclaw, Washington, USA - APR 7, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ok so I see this stuff at a dollar store in a small town $3.40 a six pack. What the hell its cheep. Dark reddish brown, thick tan head. Sweet hoppy aroma, a hint of coffee. Medium bodied sweet flavor a little grainy and a bit of fruit, hop bitterness cleans it all up in the end. I’m buying more
Tmoney99 (13338) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 5, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Moderate malty aroma with light cereal. Appearance was deep red/brown with average light brown head. Good blend of bitter and sweet finish.
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reddish brown with a foamy head. Malty and moderately spiced. Good but not execptional.
OldGrowth (3208) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - FEB 5, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
hershiser2 (2008) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 2, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
ClarkVV (5686) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 9, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 6, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JAN 6, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - JAN 1, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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..