Goose Island 15 Year ESB
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RATINGS: 12   MEAN: 3.31/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
A classic beer style to celebrate the 15th anniversary of a classic American brewery. Brewed with English maris otter and other crystal malts, this is a rich, full bodied English style Extra Special Bitter. UK Challenger and Progress hops (and love) are then used to make a well balanced and deliciously drinkable pint. Cheers!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 29, 2003
15 Year Bitter. Poured a rich amber color with little, but persistent, head. The aroma has a nice malty fruit character with nice hops in the finish. The flavor is also quite enjoyable. Dominated by caramel and fruity malt, it has a nice balancing hop finish. Flavorful and easy drinking, this is a nice session ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
heykevin (1281) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - AUG 10, 2003
Almost no aroma percepted, even when warm, and then, jsut a smattering of dusty hops. Malt character moderate, fair bit of caramel. Some bittering hops show late, but overall short of character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 18, 2003
Cedar coloured, very persistent off-white head. Wonderful aroma -> pine, hops, a bit of lemon rind, a good amount of sweet malt to balance. . . Adequate flavour - a good representation of the style and a very nice session ale.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Oakes (15651) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 11, 2003
Vibrant red; light aroma – had to work hard and then only maybe found some earth, slight cherry…these were so light though that ambient aromas really are all you could expect to enjoy as a casual drinker. Predominantly caramelly, with toast, some chocolate malt and a subtley emerging bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MartinT (9369) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 9, 2003
Berry pepper sprinkled on earth and loads of hops...In a thin body like this, this hoppy overhaul kind of buries the fact that it's not that complex...A grand Marnier-like alcohol appears, although this is not strong at all in alcohol...A puzzling wine of a bitter that should probably be billed otherwise...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Radek Kliber (7165) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUL 6, 2003
Reddish amber - ruby, small white head. Strangely sweet, light roasted malt, gentle bitterness. Drinkable ESB needs some more depth, slightly too soft as well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 3, 2003
Unfiltered auburn-copper w/ small head. Fruity, caramel nose w/ hint of hops. Thinnish feel. Fruity, malty character w/ some earthy woodiness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (13235) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 2, 2003
(draft): Clear red/brown with virtually no head. Aroma is moderately sweet, floral. Taste is moderately sweet, earthy/floral, malty caramel, finishing earthy bitter. Medium body, undercarbonated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Terminus (3566) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 1, 2003
tap-Goose Island Clybourn-RBSG-6/29/03. Aroma was very hoppy. Appearance was ruby red with a slight rocky head. Palate was full bodied and smooth. Flavor was full of earthy british hops, and a nice malt backbone. of the 3 beers i had at GI, this was the best.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JUN 30, 2003
Tap @ GIBC, RBSG2003. Seemed to have a bit of West-Coasty hops, but doesn't. Has some of a sweet Maris touch without the hi alch I usually associate with that malting. Graprefruit. Nice red color. No lingering head. Not as good as I had hoped.

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