Svesse (6065) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - JAN 9, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottle, Monk’s Café Wallingatan, Stockholm, 13 Dec 2011) Dark brown colour with frothy, beige head. Malty, fruity nose with dark bread, dark fruit, prunes, raisins and slightly spicy yeast aromas. Malty, fruity taste with notes of chocolate, caramel, dark fruit and a mild spicy bitterness in the finish. Medium body, slightly sweetish. Quite enjoyable.
blipp (6028) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - NOV 27, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Amber with a thin off white head. Light spicy rye aroma with some light sweeter notes. The flavor is well balanced. Rye notes are up front, but don’t dominate. A light caramel sweetness, with some nice spicy hop notes. A very solid sessionable winter seasonal.
BBB63 (6016) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 15, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Clybourn and served in a MBA pint glass, My #100 Goose Island rating!
Coppery to deep brown hue with a small lasting frothy off-white head and very good lacing. The aroma has notes of caramel, rye, papery and chalky oxidization, hint of apple, and spicy hop vapours. The taste is twangy acidic fruits and snappy rye bread. Some grassy and herbal hops balance the palate. The finish is part bread and allspice. The mouth feel is lively and sharp, very refreshing. Outside a weak nose this is a very good brew.
drowland (5993) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - AUG 4, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Clybourn and had a bottle back home. The rye really does add a nice flavor. Everyone should give this beer a go.
SudsMcDuff (5812) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JUN 1, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
i’m gonna go grind a homeless guy, wait? what!?! .. . Pours a dark tawny brown, damn good lacing with low head .. . light berries, wood oil, reduced brandy, and light nuts .. . pretty tasty, name fits this nicely, it really is a mild xmas beer .. . another goose island class act .. . I’ve never seen eyes so dilated! I could lose myself in them...
DSG (5731) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JAN 21, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Clear reddish brown color with a big beige head. Malty aroma with rye, caramel, biscuits, toasted bread, some graininess and light fruity notes.. Sweet malty flavor, caramelly and toasty, with rye spiciness, a faint fruity hint and a somewhat bitter finish with some minerally/earthy/metallic notes. Medium-bodied. Not my thing.
swoopjones (5725) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 4, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap @ Coles Buffalo NY> Medium caramel chestnut pour. Caramel malt, light roastiness, cereal grain iness in the aroma. Taste is rye bitterness, light fruit, caramel malt, some very light notes of christmas. Nice sessionable holiday beer. I like it
TheAlum (5687) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle six packs available in the Chicagoland area. A new early winter seasonal from Goose Island that apparently did a test run at the brewpub earlier in the year. Yay! Nice dark chestnut pour, largely clear, with a decent enough offwhite head that laces some. Aromas are muted, a touch of biscuity malt and some light hop notes. Taste is similar, very smooth and balanced, biscuity malts coupled with a more serious toffee bit, orange marmalade in the body, a touch of toasted malts, and a light herbal hoppiness. Extremely sessionable, very nice. Won a point overall because of the sheer fact that I really liked this beer and it’s subtle yet present character. Cheers!
ogivlado (5672) - Zagreb, CROATIA - APR 12, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled 355ml. -Deep amber coloured, medium sized off-white head, mild caramel nutty nose. Moderate malty, caramel and bitter hops with light roasty notes. Pleasant soft hoppy finish. Not bad at all.
Braudog (5647) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - DEC 25, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Nice Christmas in a glass look -- rich and deeply red with a solid head. The aroma is bountiful, rife with robust malt and a hint of winter spice. But this drinks quite evenly, without abashedness, certainly sessionable for th Noel season. (#3774, 12/25/2009)