Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Goose Island 2011 Christmas Ale

The Goose Island Brewery is in Chicago, Illinois.

This brown ale is 6.2% ABV and pours medium brown, with ruby and some orange.  There is a quarter to half inch of light brown creamy, foamy head.  The aroma is spicy, mainly of cloves.  The taste is malty, spicy, floral like geraniums, and bitter.  The flavor improves somewhat as the beer warms.  The bottle says this can age up to five years.  I hope it gets better with age, as it is not very good right now.

Well, let's see how it did with some age. This is a 2011 bottled on October 21, 2011 and being tried on May 17, 2014. The beer pours a cloudy burnt umber in color. There is a short, but lasting, head of light brown foam. The aroma is very malty, sweet, yams, caramel, toffee, butterscotch, some dark fruits, a bit of a tang. The taste is a very deep maltiness, sweet, but never cloying, lots of dark caramel, roasted sweet potatoes, sherry, toffee, with spiced dark fruits. It drinks medium-bodied and smooth with a light carbonation. This is now a much more interesting beer, not heavy or high in alcohol, but a sipper nonetheless. 

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