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RATINGS: 9   MEAN: 3.74/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
For Goose Island’s 18th anniversary we brewed a big, bold American Extra Special Bitter. This beer has a full-bodied malt character, but for hop flavor and aroma, we infused it with 18 pounds of whole Cascade and Glacier hops. To really bring out an herbal fragrance and full palate hop flavor, we dry hopped the beer with an additional 18 pounds of whole and pellet hops. Cheers to all who have been a part of Goose Island since 1988!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
frankenkitty (2006) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - JUN 21, 2006
A thin tan head over a light-hazed copper/whisky body. Aroma is strong lemon nail polish remover covering caramel malts that I can just barely detect beneath. Potent and thickly malted body with a decent hop balance before a dry, phenolic linger.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 19, 2006
Non-traditional twist on the style, which I appreciated. Big PNW hoppiness...pine and grapefruit all the way. The underpinning of substantial caramel and toffee maltiness anchors the whole thing nicely. Good spin on a traditional ESB.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JUN 1, 2006
What I liked about this one was the untraditional hops used. Looks good, a deep caramel body with an off-white head. Pleasant, creamy and well-rounded malt presence, caramelly and sweet. Then the hops kick in, pine with grapefruit and a clod of earth, bittering the flavor nicely and lingering long into the finish. Well brewed.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 30, 2006
Clybourn. Translucent and deep copper in color with a bubbly tan wrung that lies thickly on the outskirts. Desirable sweet aroma of sugary hops, tropically sweet mandarin & apricots, and a grapefruit-watermelon Jolly Rancher experiment. Flavor affirms that this is grapefruit flavored toffee. Oily hop juices slide down caramel cubes with some pulpy orange contributions and a sweet peach motif. Butterscotch with a little fire and a cosmic earthen nut grain stance. Caramel excessively added to a fresh batch of poppycock with a citric cooler to chase it into paradise. Oily, justly carbonated trickles to titillate the palate. Toffee, caramel and orange-papaya bitter interjections wrap it up. Quite the delicious anniversary ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 26, 2006
On tap at the Clybourn pub. Pours a dark copper with amber hues and a big rocky head that fades quickly. Sweet and sticky caramel malts along with mild fruit notes. Finishes with a subtle bitterness. Complex for the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (12756) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 23, 2006
(Cask) Pours a clear amber bod with a small off-white head. Aroma of pine, caramel, orange, and spices. Flavor of malt, sweetness, hops, and herbs.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 8, 2006
Cask: wonderfully clear, shining orange-amber! Solid and generous light brown, everlasting head; creamy. Well developed aroma with a multitude of grains, fresh hops, sweet candy and fruit sugars, along with oranges and a light peppery zest. Wonderful body: smooth, full texture gliding and clinging to the tongue all at once! I love these cask ESBs! Served perfectly, as usual at Clybourn. The flavours throughout the body error on the bitter side and slightly overpower the sweet, chewy malts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 29, 2006
Cask at Clybourn. Poured a muddy medium brown with a short, loose beige head. Nose was of English hoppage with caramel, toffee, and earth behind it... citrus is in there if you sniff really hard. Flavor was fuller than the nose.. started with a dull earthy bitterness on the tip of the tongue.. spices, toffee, and caramel surround the mouth. Citrus showed up somewhere in the middle. The cask treated this well... low carbonation allowed the bitterness and rather complex malts to slowly wash their way across the palate, hitting the right taste buds. Certainly a tasty brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2006
Cask. Clear, copper body with a moderate, lasting tan head. Nuts, grains, caramel, fresh bread, toffee, brown sugar, light raisin/plummy fruit, a bit of earthy clay and mild, floral, perfumey hops. The body is rich and smooth with the extremely small, sticky bubbles you’d expect for a cask beer. The ripe fruit, caramel and bready elements really accentuate the sweet, malty elements of this beer. The mild hop bitterness at the finish is just enough to keep this from cloying. Tasty and smooth, this just doesn’t quite live up to it’s predecessors. Anniversary ESBs are always a treat on cask at GI-Clybourn.

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