GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUN 19, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Clybourn. Poured a clear dark orange color with a thin off white head. Smelled of caramel, butterscotch, floral hops, and a bit of grape candy. Medium bodied and sweet with caramel, toffee, and plum flavors. There was also a hint of alcohol.
deyholla (6605) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - JUN 5, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Goose Island Wrigleyville. Poured a cloudy dark amber with an off-white head. The aroma consisted of sweet malty notes. The flavor was fully of complex malts and some sweet notes. While its not my favorite style, I do believe this is good for the style.
holdenn (2080) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 3, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Cylbourn. Pours an amber yellow with a thin off white head. Lots of malt in the nose, toffee and caramel with citrus and pine. Flavors are similar and kinda odd together. The caramel/toffee malts are too sweet for the hops in an esb. The hops are pretty good, but the malts are not. It hardly seems like an esb to me.
BeerBunker (709) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - MAY 28, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Goose Island Clybourn. Pours amber with an off white head. Aroma is of hops, caramel, malt, pine, and nuts. Taste is of bitter hops with a slight amount of citrus and some pine. Backbone is of caramel malt with a slightly nutty taste. Lingering malt. The hops are taken over by the malt character, so it’s not nearly as bitter as it could be. Not too bad, but a little muted on the hops.
Lubiere (9877) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 23, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A dark amber ale with a thin light moka head. A nice sweet caramel, nutty, with nice British hops. In mouth, a good molasse and biscuitty malt, with light candy sugar, tingling esters, nutty. Warming alcohol in finale. A whopper of an ESB. On tap at Clybourn, May 17 2009.
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 20, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask at GI Clybourn. Pours a nice reddish amber with a fluffy head (I think the pull had a sparkler on it). Nose is clean and American hops with some crystal malt in the background, though hop forward. Taste is super fresh and hoppy, though not overtly bitter. I do detect some green apple in here as well as the floral American hops and crystal malt. Damn fine ESB, really.
sersdf (1015) - chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 17, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
cask at the MBAfest. so it pours a hazy deep brown with very little head. smells pretty hoppy and dishwasher soapy for an ESB. pretty damned tasty. one of the best beers i’ve had in a while. starts out a thick chewy caramel malt, which gives way to a nice pecan roof. a noteworthy bitter hop finish. great profile. really takes beautifully to the cask. best new thing i’ve had from goose island since the black cat 2 years ago.