beerbaaron (1249) - Arizona, USA - DEC 7, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours clear, very light brownish amber. Medium frothy white head, mostly lasting with good lace. Aroma is very inviting. Floral hoppy, light caramel/toasty, light fruity, soft pine, bit of earthiness. Medium body. Nicely developing palate. Semisweet, fair bitterness, dry finish. Quite good. Very well-made. Exceeded my expectations.
MarinEvelyn (552) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 7, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
aroma-hoppy, a bit bitter, some fruit and flowers.
Taste is fairly smooth, but with some pine and a tiny bit of bitterness. Malt, some floral perhaps.
AdamJackson (2626) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 6, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bronze appearance. Nose is earthy and mild with cedar and nutty notes. Interesting floral taste up front, hit immediately by a striking candy corn bitterness and sweetness. Iíts not bad but also nothing too challenging.
Brigadier (2985) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - DEC 5, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle
A run of the mill ESB could pass muster at a pub in England. Otherwise it isnít anything particularly special. This is one of those beers that has enough flavor to be interesting but after a while fades into the background.
Aroma / Appearance - The carbonated bronze base supports a foamy head of eggshells. Peppery malts, brown tea, and mild noble hops are soothing. This is pretty average for the style overall.
Flavor / Palate - Honey, almonds, crushed walnuts, and a dash of white pepper throw off the palate for the first few sips. This is slightly atypical until it is about halfway gone. At that point it becomes more of an average ESB. At 6.4% it is not exactly sessionable but it would not be hard to drink a few. That said I am glad I only had the single bottle in the fridge.
MadIndian (2385) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from SJ. Very nice notes of Earth, bread, caramel malts and hop. Iím becoming a huge fan of Goose Island.
djroehler (290) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pour is clear orange amber with cream colored head. Aroma is rich roasted malt, deep fruit notes, some light floral. Taste is deep rich fruit, plum and orange, malt, some light spice, a yeast character, slight funk, a mild bitterness at the end.
ilovedarkbeer (2289) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 2, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark amber color with a lacy yellow head. Notes of burnt caramel, chocolate hops, floral hops, and orange citrus. Very nice
MacBoost (1280) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - NOV 29, 2013
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Bottle from shelf aroma, nutty english garbage water, some caramel offered. Taste is chewy caramel, bready. Low carb, sweetish finish. Standard ABInBev Macro swill. No.
jcr (2210) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - NOV 24, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Amber body with a frothy, off-white head. Aroma of caramel, pine twigs, herbs, toasted grain, molasses, earthy hops. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly bitter. It finishes lightly to moderately sweet and lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Lots of caramel and earthy hops in the taste. Some peppery notes. Dense, muddled, disappointing.
bmerz (710) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - NOV 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours orange with some head/ lace. Aroma is light fruity, light toasty,caramel, sweet grass. Flavor is fairly resinous, medium toast, moderate sweetness, earth, well rounded. Feel is full, dense, but lively. This is unexpectedly good and really works.