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RATINGS: 247   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DalzAle (1903) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - SEP 20, 2013
Bottle. Dark amber pour, thin disc of carbonation and an aroma of light malty cherries. Flavor is lightly malty, bready and light hints of plums and dry hops. Nice beer, and even better at $4/sixer on clearance.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (5045) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - SEP 20, 2013
Bottle. Coppery amber pour with a tall, foamy tan head. Aroma is malty with caramel notes, soft floral hops, dried fruit and light nuttiness. Taste is floral and earthy hops blended with caramel, light toffee notes, toasted nuts, dark bread, sweet malt and dried fruit. Body is medium with a rich, creamy carbonation. Slightly chewy as well. Ends with more caramel, toffee notes, toasted dark bread, light nuttiness, earthy hops, floral notes, soft fruitiness and tea.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
unclemattie (4032) - Georgia, USA - SEP 20, 2013
12oz bottle, black & white label. Copper color, tan foam. Aroma of toasted barley malts. Earthy floral notes. Soft flavor, creamy malts. Sweet toasted grain body. Earthy bite, wooded character, nicely hopped. Finishes with huge caramel notes, with hearty grains. (3825)

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
starewich (139) - - SEP 19, 2013
Pours a dark, cloudy amber with an unusual yellowish, bubbly head, that dissipates quickly. Sour and malty, moderate hops. Itís okay but I still donít really get the appeal of the style.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
unclemike (2180) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - SEP 16, 2013
Pours clear copper color with off white head. Toasted malt and caramel aromas. Toasted malt and caramel flavors with some citrus. Medium body with average carbonation

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
daknole (8537) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 12, 2013
Amber pour with an off white head. Very pale flavored beer. Watery, not much hops, malty finish. Very mediocre. Bummer.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joshmcg000 (302) - Iowa, USA - SEP 10, 2013
Pour light amber with white head. Aroma is strong caramel malts. Tons of caramel malts, very smooth texture, easy to drink. Very malty with not nearly as much bitterness as I would expect, its actually got a little sweetness to it. Its got a little bit of citrus hops going on, fairly subtle though. Pretty good.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (8092) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 10, 2013
A decent though not outstanding ESB. Hop bitterness in the aftertaste, I would like to get something more out front in taste and aroma. Lacy, dark golden. Medium mouthfeel. Very drinkable, nevertheless.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MaltOne (182) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 8, 2013
Nice overall profile. Nice fall beer - transitioning from crisp hoppy beers of summer to darker, maltier beers of cold weather. Pours clear reddish copper with medium, creamy head. Not getting much aroma from this bottle. Taste is well balanced, dry, subtly complex, a delicate peppery finish. Palate has nice substance without being heavy. Very nice beer.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (10340) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 7, 2013
Bottle from sethdude. Pours bright, clear copper with a slight beige head. Aroma is fruit/floral. Or floral/fruit. Med body. Flavor is floral/fruit. Iím thinking plum skin. Itís on the dry side, hoppy, but not bitter. Violets come to mind.


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