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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrHoppsworth (47) - USA - SEP 11, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2004 04 Sample:My favorite goose island beer. Great malt backbone.Hops are noticable,and balanced well.it has alot of APA qualities like sharp citrisy hops.Malts are wonderfull too! Apearance is very nice,and deep ruby red. Way better than Sam adams winter lager.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrnkMcDermott (3075) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - SEP 1, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2009 22 oz. "Bottled 10/16/09, rated Christmas Eve, 2009."Keeps for five years?" Maybe so, but I want to try it now. Pours brown and hazy, with a puff of light tan foam. Smell has nice complexity from a mix of malts, mostly reminiscent of their Nut Brown Ale. Some bittering hops also come up in the nose. Taste does have, yes, some temperate, brown roast malts. Just a mere suggestion of smoke or peat, so maybe some Scotch ale malt in the mix. Hops seem to tend toward the English side, with earthy and grassy bitterness, and a little bit of pepper. Other people whove tried it say theres some citrusy American hops present, but Im not sure about that. Despite being "normal strength" beer, its quite warming and enjoyable. I would suggest enjoying this now, and putting just one or two away for next Christmas. 12 oz. bottle, 2004 edition, rated 9/1/04.Rating 7-5-7-4-16, total 3.9. A nice nose of currants and raisins when poured. The usual thin head, but thats not important. Deep, dark red, with a scotch-like malt profile, some smokiness of cigar tobacco and old chair leather. Slight touch of holiday spiciness, but not overdone like other holiday beers, in fact it may come entirely from the yeast and hops. A very fine beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
barenada (211) - Georgetown, Indiana, USA - JUL 26, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2004 (draft) Had this a year ago and didnt see anything special about it. Had it again last night and really liked it a lot. I thought I detected roasted nutmeg but dont see that mentioned anywhere. Very much a Winter ale, and very much a good one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
obisbeer (568) - Barcelona, SPAIN - JUL 6, 2004
Deep amber brown with little in the way of a nose or a head.(now thats a funny image) Malty with sour sweetness. Some chocolate, with coffee notes on finish. Drinkable but uninteresting, will try again it appears as though I might have had a bad bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 24, 2004
Dark Brown Head. Small Head. Woody. Nuts. Spice....Hence a very good winter brew..worth keeping in the fridge.....you know...for the good friends....

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
darkerdabetter (255) - Michigan, USA - MAY 8, 2004
Brownish looking body and light head, good mix of fruits and chocolate malts, but did have a bit of a lingering aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - APR 22, 2004
Clear deep ruby with a medium diminishing light brown head. Nice woody and sweet aroma of plum, raisin, vanilla, milk chocolate, cherry, and roast with hints of pine and ginger. Medium watery body with a moderate amount of carbonation. Nice fruity sweet flavor of plum, red apple, apricot, roast, milk chocolate, ginger and pine. Very good, a nice winter brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Skip (206) - Indiana, USA - APR 15, 2004
Red amber color with a light hop but mostly malt aroma. The taste is fruity and spicy...festive. head retention is only fair. Overall a better Christmas Goose than one reads about in Dickens.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
daalamar (405) - new albany, Indiana, USA - APR 11, 2004
Seemed along the lines of a brown ale. Wasn't much to look at, brownish color with a small bubbly head. Too watery without much body. Nothing exciting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - APR 9, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2004 I love this beer. Very aromatic with hops and chocalatey/slightly roasted malt. Flavor is dominated with spicey hops, good malt background follows. There is a lasting spice that I cant put my finger on, but since Ive had so many of these it is just the "GI Christmas Flavor". Also, when I belch after having a couple of these, man do they taste good. Another reason to drink this beer.

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