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RATINGS: 873   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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thewolf (10783) - Kolding, DENMARK - DEC 5, 2009
Bottle, bought @ Kolding Vinhandel.
2009 version. Pours clear amber with a small, creamy, yellowish head. Aroma has fruity hops, coriander, cloves, yeast. Highish, prickly carbonation, fine dryish mouthfeel. Flavour is sweet, coriander, lots of cloves, caramel. Good dryness with a relatively long aftertaste. Some anise in the finish.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Christian (10779) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 10, 2009
Amber with a small white head. Sweet caramel malty and toffee aroma. Sweet and cloying toffee flavour

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pinball (10607) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 17, 2009
big bottle shared by ungstrup clear brown, smooth light brown head. hoppy aroma, faint malts. nice.. flavor is bitter hops, sweet caramel, sweet malts.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (10354) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 22, 2007
My bottle is like BOBANDDOUG’s. Bottled 10/08/07. I’ll put one away. Aroma of rather darkly roasted malt. Some hop as the glass approaches the lips. Reddish tinged amber color with a beige head that is quite refined (bottle conditioned!). Medium bodied with refined carbonation. The flavor is roasted malt with some subtle floral hop and some resin. The finish is fairly dry, with some harsh roast notes, and some floral hop bitter lightly building. A dark winter brew, but not overly Xmased. Could be a year round dark ale.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KimJohansen (10349) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - JAN 1, 2010
Clear Mahogany with a medium off white head. Sweet aroma with ripe fruits, caramel and roasted malt. Swet flavour with roasted malt, caramel and overripe dark fruits. Finished sweet.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HenrikSoegaard (10090) - Randers, DENMARK - DEC 23, 2009
Bottle. Creamy white good mostly lasting head. Amber colour. Powerfull heavy hoppy aroma. Herbal and spicey notes. Heavy bitter flavor. Long nice bitter and slightly caramellic finish. Creamy palate.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (10087) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 5, 2004
Moderate malty aroma with light cereal. Appearance was deep red/brown with average light brown head. Good blend of bitter and sweet finish.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 18, 2010
Draft at Stoney’s, 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maria (9963) - Thisted, DENMARK - DEC 20, 2009
The importer has glued a label claiming 7% on this bottle, but I suspect it must be the normal version. It’s hazy, red-brown with a creamy and lasting head. The aroma has notes of fruit, malt, caramel, raisin and peach. The flavor is moderately sweet, bordering to sweet with a slightly dry citrus bitterness, mostly in the finish. It has notes of peach, malt, caramel, citrus, melon and light raisin. It’s refreshing, pleasant and uncomplicated and the body is quite full.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
brokensail (9940) - Orange County, 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. I’m not necessarily the biggest fan of Winter Warmers, but this one has a nice combination of flavors and aromas.


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