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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeM500 (1905) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - MAY 13, 2002
Dark color, identical to the glass of Pepsi that sat next to it. Sweet chocolate syrup aroma, with a bit of hay or dried grass mixed in. The taste was malty sweet, the middle was a bit creamy and the hop and alcohol finished it up nicely. I’ve had these put away since December ’01 and bottle conditioned, they stayed super fresh!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 26, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2003 Clear copper-dark amber color, has a nice thick off white head that leaves sheets of lace in my glass. Light caremel and flowery aroma. Sweet caremel flavor balanced with a healthy dose of citrusy, piney hop flavors. Medium body and mouthfeel, a decent winter brew. Had this a couple years ago and it had a smokey flavor was not that good. This years brew is a lot better.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
duece (103) - Waterford, Wisconsin, USA - APR 25, 2002
Nice red color and full but diminishing head. Strong hop/spice aroma. Nice blend of hop and spice and a nice mildly bitter finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DavefromChicago (201) - Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2002
Nice malt/hops balance, bready aroma. Rich brown color carries through to roasty caramel flavors, a hint of burnt taste, a good deal of bitterness at the dry finish. There seems to be some spicing but I can’t make out any specific flavors. I prefer a little more pronounced sweet/spice in a dark Xmas brew but still good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jake Barnes (456) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 25, 2002
(’01 vintage) Nothing special here but a sold winter ale. Spicy with a nice malt backbone and just a bit of an alcohol prescence. Not going to win any awards but a quality brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Alenightlong99 (70) - Lockport, Illinois, USA - FEB 25, 2002
This unique winter beer made me very happy. Complex flavor that works with a nice color and aroma. Pick it up some time.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2525) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - FEB 4, 2002
Dark garnet color with a nice thick rocky head that really lasts. Complex aroma mainly hoppy/piney but complemented with chocolate and caramel tones. Flavor is very fresh with piney and citric hop flavors. Malts are only slightly underdone for style but this remains a nice and unusually well-hopped dark ale. Goose Island: one of the most under-rated American breweries.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MOboy (505) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JAN 25, 2002
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2007 Red, vienna malt appearance. Quickly dissipating foam. Spicey nose from what I would guess is chinook hops. Very similar to Boulevard’s Nutcracker Ale but not as complex or rich.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JAN 13, 2002
Light for Xmas Ale, sweet and smooth with a little chocolate, but a definite bitterness. Finish is dry and coffee-like, not dissimilar to a stout, but short-lived.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
CaboWabo99 (24) - USA - JAN 4, 2002
Now this is a damn great beer. Had a few of these in Chicago while visiting friends. Rich flavor with a hearty after taste that leaves you with a craving for the next sip.

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