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RATINGS: 249   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44   EST. CALORIES: 192   ABV: 6.4%
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Brewed as a collaboration between Goose Island Brewmaster Brett Porter, Senior Brewer Keith Gabbett, Pub Brewmaster Nick Barron and Alumni Brewmaster Greg Hall. Deep mahogany color, rich fruit aroma with notes of lilac, big malt body with touches of roast and a dry, crisp finish.


3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
solidfunk (4028) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAY 25, 2013
25 years to make this as your defining style? I hate to see the 50, or 25 years worth of Inbev.. Pours reddish orange clear with good head and lacing. Aroma has burnt malt and lots of sour-mash. Soft carbonation. Finishes mostly sour with some bitterness. A little bit of hops floating through here. Bottle.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hair6a11 (1360) - Illinois, USA - MAY 25, 2013
Bottle; Pour is fairly clear, medium golden. An average, one finger , fine bubbled white head in this glass. Retention is average to above average, with some light spotting here. The nose is biscuit, caramel, toast, mild grass, and crystal. The flavor profile is subtle bitter initial, moving to a heavier malt profile into toast and caramel, moving to light fruit ester, pine, mineral water, and finishing off a bit dry. I have nothing against bitters, if you can call this that, but this has to be one of the most boring 25th anniversary attempts for various reasons. Enough said

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lemke10 (798) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 24, 2013
This pours a clear, dark amber color with an average beige head. The aroma is slightly bitter mixed with some malt and grains. The taste is mellow, smooth, and refreshing. It’s a pretty decent quality for a 6pack ESB. There’s nothing all that special about it but it is very drinkable.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jmohno (1078) - Iowa, USA - MAY 24, 2013
Light amber copper,very clear ,good carb head.About perfect looking.Nice mellow lace. Aroma is cascade hops like and kinda spicey.And a little caramel/mineral. Picking up some english malt or hops flavor,its clean crisp smooth,but somewhat malty with some bitter sweet slickness.Creamy head leaves a creamy mouthfeel,has a medium grassy bitter.Cant help but think of cascades and spiceyness.Probably some kent goldings here. This beer is just really good and tastey,Im sorry I only picked one bottle of this up.Id love to have a sixer of it in my fridge and will if I see it soon.Very nice.This ones brewed out of Chicago so... in case this matters in which there seems to be some bickering about where this is now brewed and how it tastes.This bottle right here is damn good from chicago,I think they have other good ones also from chicago,havent really got caught up in how they are regionally.Ive kinda personally underatted them but I seem to have liked most of their stuff alot.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
GL2814 (361) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 24, 2013
Pours a reddish orange, with a really unique flavor. Hints of a fruit and floral, with a nutty finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ben4321 (3950) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 24, 2013
Draft at Top Hops... English style hops and doughy malts... Reddish-orange beige h mid-h lace... Mid sweet, plenty malty, light-mid bitter... Medium body, soft carb, a bit dry on finish...

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wlajwl (3896) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAY 23, 2013
Aroma is malts, fruit and a hint of pine. The flavor is grainy malts, light grapefruit, fruit, a small hint of hop resin and a tangy/bitter finish.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6051) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 22, 2013
Bottle and served in my Imperial GI Pint Glass: Pours a deep golden near amber hue with an initial moderate frothy head and spotty lace. The aroma has notes bready, light roast and crystal malts, firm classic herbal hops and mineral water. The taste is well balanced and display soft smooth malty notes with nutty characteristic supported by noble flowery hops with a touch of pear like fruity undertones. The mouthfeel is soft and moderately carbonated, some light metallic notes as well. A easy drinking ESB that would likely even be better on cask condition. Will enjoy drink my sixer of these.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Onslow (1172) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - MAY 21, 2013
Pour from a 12 oz bottle. Clear reddish brown brew with off white head. Aroma of toast and nuts. Taste is a little sweet at the start then nutty, a little hops in the finish. OK.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dfonorow (1455) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 20, 2013
On tap. Pour is dark copper with a small tan head. Aroma is very sweet with some notes of hazelnuts, caramel, and slight butter. Flavor is much like the aroma, a bit on the sweet side, but quite drinkable. Bitter finish with some slight booze.


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