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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (21427) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 18, 2010
Draft at Stoneyís, recommendation of Matt, thank you sir. Dark golden brown, huge off white head. Aroma of caramel and light spice. Taste is subtle nutmeg and cinnamon, nice malty sweetness. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk (18187) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 18, 2012
Bottle. Amber/mahogany beer with ŗ beige head. Malty aroma, milky, yeasty, ŗ little roasted, some spices, bready. Spicy flavor, malty, hoppy, some fruits, nice body. Malty finish with spices.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rasmus40 (17532) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 1, 2011
Clear amber with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet, heavy malty, caramel and flowery hoppy. Flavor is Medium sweet and rather bitter. Very nice. 151210

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (16869) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 4, 2013
Bottle at JFís, from BOE, 20/04/13. Presume 2012 vintage - bottle states 7.3% ABV. Opaque chestnut brown with a thin beige film that retains well. Nose carries dark fruit notes, caramel malt, sugars, hops bringing up the rear. Taste comprises brown sugars, light spice, dark fruits, caramel, hint of booze. Medium bodied with bite, fine carbonation, dry in the finish. Really good stuff!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
saxo (16771) - HÝjbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 21, 2009
Bottle. Nice head with good duration. Color is amber. Aroma and taste are roast malt, nuts, caramel and hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yngwie (16503) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 6, 2011
Bottle, 22oz. 2009 vintage. Itís a clear, dark golden colored beer, the head is small and beige. Toffee, alcohol notes, dried fruits and a pleasant hoppyness in the aroma. The flavor is much the same, with a pleasant bitterness bringing balance. Sweet and bitter finish, full body. A nice and tasteful beer well suited for the Holiday season. 101015

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TBone (16159) - Pori, FINLAND - DEC 29, 2007
Bottled 29.11.05
Copper brown color, small creamy beige head. Milk chocolaty and toasted aroma. Grassy, malty, a bit roasted flavor - very bock like, not an old ale type.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
brokensail (16055) - Dublin, California, USA - FEB 16, 2010
A: The beer pours a dark copper color with a very ample tan head. S: An interesting combination of scents. A lot of spice such as all spice and cinnamon, along with some citrus (mostly orange), and a substantial caramel component. T: The taste is similar to the nose. The citrus is quite dominant on the front end of the sip. The spices are a bit more muted, but the sweet caramel is the main flavor throughout the middle of the sip. There is a slight pine bitterness on the finish. M: The body is medium and the carbonation is surprisingly moderate, considering the massive head. D: The moderate alcohol and pleasant flavors make this beer quite drinkable. Iím not necessarily the biggest fan of Winter Warmers, but this one has a nice combination of flavors and aromas.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dedollewaitor (15537) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 14, 2009
65cl bottle @ Vinens Verden, Odense. Comes as Goose Island Christmas Ale 2009. 7%. Pours dark amber reddish with a small creamy head and lacings. Aroma us vaguely roasted with notes of roast, dough, pudding, caramel and fresh hops. Quite vinous and matured malty. Inviting. Taste is bread, nuts, caramel, a bit of butter and hops. Smooth palate. Fine

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chrisv10 (15278) - DENMARK - DEC 5, 2010
Bottle from 2009. Hazy brown/amber with medium tan head. Flavour is malt, caramel, nut, hops and sweet.

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