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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
steelers (35) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 8, 2012
Goose Island is one of my favorite American brewies. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into wine glass. Pours very cloudy bronze/reddish brown color with a nice khaki head with nice retention, which reduces to a thin. slight spotty lacing on the glass. Bubbles lingers as you drink the brew. Aromas of caramel, toffee, biscuit, and nuts. Very nice and well balanced aromas. Taste of caramel, toast, clove, toffee, nuttiness, pine, and herbal spiciness with a sweet finish. Yummy! Lingering notes of caramel, toffee, biscuit, nuttiness, pine, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a bit. Nice balance of flavors with good complexity. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and slick mouth feel that is nice. Overall this is great holiday brown ale. Well balanced and robust. I will be buying a lot of four packs, till I can no longer buy this beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jtclockwork (16242) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 1, 2016
Bottle - pours brown - nose/taste of cocoa, caramel, malt and spiced date - medium body.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
spokeydonkey (96) - Albany, New York, USA - DEC 27, 2015
Dark brown ale with a think white head leaving lacing down the glass. Aroma and taste is dominated by dark fruit: plums, raisins, figs. Rich mouthfeel. A bit too cloyingly sweet for my tastes, however, and that sweetness keeps it from being really drinkable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jeremyh70 (1103) - Missouri, USA - DEC 13, 2015
Dark red pour, little head. Smells of plum, raisin funk, a little brown sugar. Carbonated mouth feel, a decent amount of bitter, nutmeg and a little funk. Not a lot of taste overall, could be better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LearninBeer (559) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - NOV 22, 2015
2009 Christmas Ale. The aroma is malt, caramel, bread. Pours a clear golden brown with light brown head mostly diminishing and excellent lacing. The taste is bitter. The body is medium, the texture creamy, the carbonation average and the finish long. Very good

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mateuszk (2668) - Poznań, POLAND - AUG 28, 2015
Bottle, 2012 version. Aroma of sweet malt and spices - cinnamon and nutmeg, some clove also present. Fruity- cherry, fig and plums notes with caramel in the back. In taste malty, toasted and caramel malt mainly, later shows up dried fruits and spices in the finish. Medium body, thick texture though. Soft carbonation, low bitterness in the finish. Very nice malt and spices oriented brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ansalon (3759) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - DEC 21, 2014
Pours dark amber with a low off-white head. Aromas of caramel, toffee, figs, dates and raisins. Taste is caramel, toffee, figs, roasted oak barrel notes, dates. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
imdownthepub (14353) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 27, 2014
Bottled, 355ml from Beers of Europe, Norfolk at 6.2% ABV. Brown with off white head. Sweet, malty beer with an underlying nuttiness along with sweet caramel and toffee. Sticky and quite cloying in nature, some fruitiness. Not a favourite but ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
awest (15) - Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 25, 2014
355ml bottle, 2012 edition, sourced from Utobeer, London. Served in trappist glass. Pours a coffee bean colour with little to no head. Aromas of cinnamon, caramel, and a little alcohol. Taste of toffee, caramel, with lingering fruit cake. Very earthy beer. Decent christmas ale, but a little thin, needs to be a bit more meaty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Steasy66 (1124) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 21, 2014
2009 bomber, why? Pretty empty flavor, sweet with a hint of spice. Almost flat. ;

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AndySnow (7490) - Huddinge, SWEDEN - NOV 5, 2014
How: Bottle, 2011 vintage.
Where: Monks American Bar, Stockholm.
Appearance: Amber colour with a beige head.
Aroma: Malt, caramel, fruit, citrus, hops.
Body: Medium body and carbonation.
Flavour: Malt, caramel, fruit, spices, hops.

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