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RATINGS: 250   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NikkTwist (1743) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 9, 2013
Draft at Moriartys. Clear dark amber pour. What ever head there was pretty much disappeared. Clean dark grain flavors. Burnt oranges. Pecans. Cola. Toast. Celery. Rich mouthfeel. Better as it warms.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
bowlnman1990 (87) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 5, 2013
Aroma: kind of odd mix of fruit and floral but not bad. App: golden brown, no head. Taste: slight floral, slight citrus. Palate: much thinner than I expected. Overall: seems like it’s trying to do too much and the beer suffered for it.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ads135 (3077) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - OCT 3, 2013
Pretty decent, though somewhat confused ale. Has a lot of conflicting flavors, from nuts and herbs, to grass and honey.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerKurve (509) - - OCT 1, 2013
Clear Orange with a foamy orange-white head. Initial lacing is sparse but it leaves behind a rather high amount. Nose is citrus hops, caramel, grapefruit and malts. Flavor has a mildly bitter hop profile upfront, followed by fruity, piney and roasted barley notes. Body feels rather heavy and the carbonation is moderate. Rather hoppy but quite good.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DSG (6326) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - SEP 29, 2013
Bottle sample at a tasting at the Beer & Beyond shop. Thanks zvikar. Slightly hazy copper. Aroma of malt, earth, some oxidation, honey-ish notes, a bit of caramel and light fruitiness. Sweetish flavor, malty, a bit oxidized (cardboard), with mild fruitiness and caramel and a finish with very mild bitterness. Medium-bodied.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rando7 (750) - Iowa, USA - SEP 28, 2013
Bottle pours amber brown with thick light yellow head. Aroma malts and spice. Taste a meld of sweet caramel and hop dullness with spices, banana. Brief mild hop finish. Slightly thick palate. Pretty average.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thornecb (4528) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 26, 2013
Pours deep mahogany into a Sam glass. Tan head with good retention recedes leaving scant lacing. Earthy caramel aromas. Soft with sweet caramel and earthy toasted nuts front to back. Lasting, dry caramel finish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
asedzie (616) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 25, 2013
Bottle. Pours deep brown with considerable head. Nose has some mild citrus fruit along with fresh baked bread. Flavor is deep and satisfying maltiness in the beginning - mild molasses and cream notes- , with a soapy and pungent bitterness on the finish. A pretty excellent special bitter from a brewery that has lost my patronage after their move into (inter)national markets that has sacrificed quality on many of their brews.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
csaso (1460) - Missouri, USA - SEP 24, 2013
Bottle - good size thick head, nice dark copper color, citrus and earthy hop aroma and flavor, well balanced by full bodied malt, very good overall ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (7077) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 23, 2013
12oz bottle pours with a clear copper body that supports an off white head of foam. The aroma offers up some roasted malts, graham cracker, malt sweetness and then some pine hops. The taste is similar with sweet malts, some roasted malts, a bit of biscuit maltiness and then malt sweetened graham cracker. Behind those notes is a complimentary yet modest degree of pine hoppiness. This comes together pretty well. Nice stuff.


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