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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sammer (1119) - Plano, Texas, USA - JUN 12, 2013
Bottle. Taste is dark fruit, brown sugar, charred wood and booze. Bizarre and complex.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chalicemaster (112) - Ohio, USA - JUN 9, 2013
Not bad, but flawed. This was bottled in Oct 2011 and the bottle says "ages up to 5 years" whether or not the age of this had a negative impact on the flavor is not something I can speak to as Ive not had a fresh one yet. Anyway, I love how muddy the color is, its caramel colored but a little murkier - certainly looks delicious. The good is that this does christmas ale right - lots of warm brandy sensations, with subtle spice touches. The bad is that its quite yeasty and almost too rich with not enough to show for it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
puboflyons (3380) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 5, 2013
From the 12. fl. oz. bottle marked bottled on 08/31/12-0936. It pours a cloudy amber-brown with a lingering, foamy tan head. The aroma has an old ale feel to it with a malt forward ester along with toffee, butterscotch, and dried fruit. Hops are played down. The body is a bit better than medium. The taste is surprisingly bitter considering the aroma is more sweet, which is why I think old ale. However it wasnt dark enough for an old ale. Still, it holds up well 10 months after it was bottled.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
boozedude (2228) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - MAY 26, 2013
bottle into glass, murky brown dark pout, off white heasd, malty aroma, taste is malty mild bitterness, pretty dam good for a brow

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Fredis23 (564) - Hickory Hills, Illinois, USA - MAY 23, 2013
Vintage 2011. Had my eye on it for a while, finally tried it. Unfiltered, Murky Orange Brown, Small Head, Lots Of Lacing. Sweet Smell. Sweet Toasted Caramel, Molasses and Raisins. Pleasant sweet and creamy aftertaste. Absolutely loved this one. Thank God for Christmas in July, gives me an extra opportunity to savor it and enjoy twice a year. Niiiice. Recommended.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
YoDude (10) - Illinois, USA - MAY 10, 2013
Goose Island Christmas Ale 2009, aged 3 years 7 months in my beer cellar, 5.7% ABV, and poured into a Goose Island MBA Tulip glass. Appearance: Poured amber brown with a deep thick head and a lacing that refuses to recede from its initial pour line. Smell: A nice Holiday scent of dried fruit and nutmeg that is not overpowering. Taste: The buttered toast and caramel malts lead to a lingering cinnamon-like bitter finish. As the beer warms, the flavor of black licorice emerges. Mouth feel: Medium body and good carbonation, with a balanced sweet and bitter finish. Overall: This American-style Brown Christmas Ale has aged very well. If any one flavor was originally dominant, that is not longer true. The Holiday spices have married well with the caramelized malt to make it very easy to enjoy more than one glass full. This beer may very well have reached its peak age, but I will continue to test as I still have three bottles in my cellar. Serving type: 22 oz. bottle

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hanoi (933) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - MAY 9, 2013
Bottle2012. Nose is brown sugar and vanilla, slight toffee. Taste is burn toast, lots of molassus, dark fruits, figs, leading to a warm toffee finish. Slight notes of coco and licorice. Medium mouthfeel. Lots of depth to the flavour and enjoyable, maybe a touch to bitter in the finish for my liking, given the sweeter tones of the beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DiarmaidBHK (4674) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 4, 2013
Bottle from Wegmans Williamsport. 2012 vintage. Pours brown with a half inch of brown foam. A bit of nuttiness on the nose mixed in with a dash of Christmas spice. The hops tend to overpower on the tongue. Eh!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (18957) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 4, 2013
Bottle at JFs, 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 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
Silverbush85 (65) - - MAY 3, 2013
Bitter, sour, over-hopped, .. No true christmas flavor. One word verdict: pass ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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