mynie (44) - Waterloo, Iowa, USA - JUN 7, 2006
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very pretty pour Dark amber orange, darker near the top, with an excellent creamy and foamy head.
I was worried, with the Pivo, that the marked coldness of the beer might have dulled the smell. That could not have been the case here, as the Conan was clearly over 50F, but the smells were still very dull. Mostly grain, with a slight hint of red ale sweetness.
Tasted slightly stronger than it smelled. There’s nothing much up front except a gasiness mixed with water. There’s a nice, almost woody spice in the middle, followed up by red ale caramel and a light hop finish.
A pretty beer that’s otherwise unexceptional.
ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 26, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the Clybourn pub. A slightly hazy copper with an off-white head. Slightly spicy with a small hop kick. A rather generic amber... but then aren’t most of them.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 24, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2006 Draught, Clybourn brewpub: deep mahogany with a medium taupe colored head. Sweet, sappy-hop aroma with a nice bit of grain and fresh grass. Better malt profile than some other ambers – I like how the sweetness is more grounded in earthy flavours, instead of the plastic-y flavours I get in some others. Nice carbonation and a tasty, bitter hop finish. Drinkable through several, I imagine…
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 18, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark auburn with a moderate, off-white head. Subtle aroma of grains, mild pine, light caramel, toasted biscuits, mild earthy hops and some light lemon. The body is light to moderate with some persistent carbonation on the tongue. The flavors show the toasted biscuit elements. The hops are slightly more dominate than the malt here, but are not all that bitter. There is nice piney/earthy flavors and some mild citrus fruit as well. The alcohol is pretty mild and the finish smooth and relaxed, without heat. It’s not the most amazing offering from Goose Island. However, I’ve had far worse Amber Ales in my day...