HopasaurusRex (195) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - NOV 22, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2004 bottle-aged in my cellar for a year. Nice beer, better than I remembered last year. Lots of malty, toasty goodness and a clean finish. One of the better X-mas seasonals
bigcat03 (194) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - DEC 18, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2011 2007 version - Bottle from Hy-Vee Liquors poured into trappist glass (says on the bottle to pour into goblet) - Pours deep burgundy with no visible head; Roasted malt, caramel, chocolate, and a small hint of spice to the nose; Roasted malt, grassy hops, and a big floral hop note on the initial taste; Mostly floral hops on the backtaste; Nice medium almost creamy palate; Pleasant carbonation; Pretty good offering overall from Goose Island. Hoppy, like all of their beers Iíve tried so far. The bitter backtaste lasted a bit too long for me. Very nice palate though;goes down VERY smooth! I think Iíd drink it again. Reminds me of New Belg 1554 in a way except more heavily hopped.
reberiii (192) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2012 bottle to glass. Deep red/brown unfiltered, roasted colored head. Not overly spiced or overly anything. Nice and malty, great seasonal brew.
lemonlovr (190) - Orland Park, Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma of caramel, chocolate, and some spices I canít quite figure out. Definitely a nice aroma and pleasing to the senses. Color is medium-brown and clear. I got a small frothy tan head with some lacing. The flavor is almost brown ale-like at first but finishes smooth with just the right amount of hop flavor.Leaves the mouth feeling a bit spicy but I guess thatís to be expected with a Christmas beer. The mouthfeel is good, the beer is well-proportioned and the medium body goes well with the amount of carbonation present. Good, although not the best "Christmas" beer Iíve ever had.
zborgerd (187) - Illinois, USA - DEC 3, 2003
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Boring. Watery feel. Smokey, coffee taste. Needs more hops, less smoke flavoring. I'm not too impressed, sadly. I bought this one because my local beer store closed before I could get my Anchor Liberty Ale, so I was stuck with what the gas station offered. It is nice that they have Goose Island products though.
It just tastes uninspired... A clone of some other Goose Island beers with some slight changes.
ElDuderino (183) - Hyde Park, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 21, 2010
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
2009 Bottle. Pours a deep reddish caramel with a thin light brown head. Very weak nose with some light notes of dried fruit. Flavors of light caramel, plums, apricot and other stone fruit, light spicy belgian malts and raw almonds. Palate is very wet and funky and leaves comingled after tastes.
lizziesage (180) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 27, 2001
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(2001) The front end was marked by very woody fragrances. The aroma was almost piney but with hints of cinnamon. The color was a deep amber going on brown with a fluffy tan head. Caramel maltiness and distictive cinnamon streaks. Slick mouthfeel. Very moderately hopped it seems, but a good balance between sweet and bitter. This is my first Goose Island despite living in Illinois. Pretty good and makes me want to check out their other non-holiday offerings.
BleacherBum (177) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - JAN 26, 2009
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Cellared for just over a year. Not bad at all! Really, a perfect beer for the winter months. A session beer, but with tons of flavor! Aroma is of barleywine characteristic: Toffee, wood, old hops, bourbon, caramel and toasty malt. Flavor is more of the same. Again, similar to a barleywine, but barleywine light. Mouthfeel is not sticky and there is no cloying sweetness. Lots of body, but plenty of hop bitterness and flavor to produce a dry and crisp finish. Great balance and tons of character for such a low ABV.
redtechnj (175) - Williamstown, New Jersey, USA - MAR 6, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Aroma- Spices, Sweet chocolate, some caramel
Appearance- Clear medium brown with a medium beige head.
Flavor- Bitter hops- roasted malt, spicy chocolate
WolfsBlood84 (172) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - DEC 25, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz Bottle - Pours a dark brown/amber color with fluffy off-white head. Aroma is of malt, spices, and slight subtle hops. Flavor is of spicy malt, caramel, and very slight crispness with hop presence. I donít think this is much like an "Old Ale," but rather more like a seasonal spiced ale or a very spicy brown ale. Not a fantastic beer, but definitely better than a lot - and nice because itís cheap.