Goose Island Oak-Aged Christmas Ale
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RATINGS: 4   MEAN: 3.62/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1/5   SEASONAL: Winter   ABV: -
Strong, highly hopped brown ale aged with medium toast French Oak Chips.

Note: Available at the FoBAB only.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Garito793 (241) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 8, 2011
Very delicious caramel and roasted malts with subtle hops as well. Pours dark red with a large and disappearing head.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drowland (7887) - Georgia, USA - AUG 19, 2009
Not exactly sure where I tried this, but itís in my records, and it wasnít at FoBAB. Iím pretty sure I had it on tap at Clybourn while in Chicago over a Christmas break. I was busy, though, and didnít take good tasting notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 5, 2007
On tap at FoBAB 5. Poured a brilliant reddish-amber with a moderate cap of creamy off-white head. The aroma picked up soft caramel and lighter fruity notes with a nice interlaced oak presence.. very inviting. The flavor was centered around sweeter, toasty caramel and lighter fruits with oak and deeper caramel through the finish.. light, but well-placed pine bitterness was nice and complimentary.. bit of chocolate near the finish. About medium-bodied and a touch slick at times on the palate.. overall a nice feel, and a very good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrnkMcDermott (3003) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2007
FoBAB Chicago, 2007. All right, this may get itself deleted, but Iím taking that chance because the description is completely different from the one for the original GI Christmas ale, but GI says they alter the recipe each year just like Anchor OSA, and besides, this is the FoBAB version. Nothing in the description for the commercial bottled version suggested wood aging. So:
Big brown color under a big white head. Is it too early to be tasting Christmas beers? Not if Walgreensí has Christmas stuff in two ailse already. Nice blend on holiday spices settles in with the brown malts and oak aging. No overdoing the spices even on a fresh beer.

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