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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.


3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (8942) - 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 (231) - 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 (11528) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
FenrisWolf (36) - - SEP 6, 2013
Pours a mild amber and red blend with a hoppy aroma. Lives up to the bitter name with a deliverance of spritzy hop bitter front end, immediately followed up with a smooth malty finish. Great anniversary blend. Would definitely purchase again if available.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
EithCubes (5089) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 6, 2013
Bottled 10MAY13. Nose crystalline with light English yeast, carmael and a hint of darker roast. Light dough, sweet fruit, mild hops. Pours a beautiful clean copper with a sudsy tan head (and a smidgen of yellow!). Taste lightly sweet but seemingly gains a bit, low bitterness but with a little scratch from the hops, earthy caramel and a slightly stronger roast than anticipated, but also a touch of tart/semi-sour grapefruit and lemon. Medium body feels a bit fuller at times. Simple but done pretty well, Iíd have another.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mtdewa1 (351) - rome, New York, USA - SEP 3, 2013
Dark amber, nice head and lacing. Malted aroma. Semi malted fruity taste. Bitterness on the end. Smooth easy to drink. Good esb.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mcclainc50 (204) - New York, USA - SEP 3, 2013
Pours a nice ber color with a decent head thay leaves moderate lacing. Aromas of malt a little citrus. Tastes of malt is strong with a little bit of hoppiness to it. Earthy notes and a little caramel and some citrus notes. Not bad, but very simple for an esb.

1.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
cheap (4208) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 3, 2013
friendly maly aroma. looks like iced tea. decent sizzle from the start but it sure does come across rather high in personality. starts off just alky kick on top an esb, then as the session moves on that bitterness almost goes astringent, but never quite gets there. yes, this is more than 6% and you know it when it hits yer lips. almost borders on cloying as well. finish is bitter medicine. hangs a while on the sides of the tongue after the end of the session. Overall, seem perhaps stronger than than 7%.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DiarmaidBHK (3578) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 2, 2013
Bottle from Total wine sterling. Pours brown with a half inch of white foam. leaves a lot of lacing. has a bit of caramel on the nose. Has a nice hop note or two on the tongue. finish lingers a bit. solid.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RobertDale (3710) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - SEP 2, 2013
12 ounce bottle. Pours a clear amber with a decent off-white head. Aroma of malt, caramel, fruit, and florals. Taste is roasted malt, caramel, citrus, spice, and florals. Pretty good.


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