Goose Island Dorset Bitter
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RATINGS: 9   MEAN: 3.92/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   EST. CALORIES: 138   ABV: 4.6%
Cask conditioned. Served at their Clybourn brewpub.
This copper-hued English-style Best Bitter has a fragrant malty aroma with hints of fruity hop notes. The caramel maltiness gives way to a pleasant dry finish, making this brew quite easy to drink. Served in a Pint glass.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2006
Ah, another clean bitter from GI. They are magicicans, I tell ya what. Clean and fresh. A lnice copper body. a bit fruity malt. Nice!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - AUG 8, 2006
On tap: Copper bodied with a slender beige head, this has a rich aroma of caramel and toffee malts accompanied by a generous floral/herbal hopping. Very smooth to drink, it’s flavor is full of said malts witha touch of pears and a solid, flowery bitterness. Which, nice for me, lingers long into the finish.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 26, 2006
On tap at Clybourn. Poured a clear, deeper caramelly-brown with a medium cap of toffee/beige head... cool translucent look when the head dissipated. Lighter old ale feel to the nose... with rich, rustic caramel and toffee sweetness.. and some floral hoppage. The rustic-nessicity carried through to the flavor... sporting sweet caramel & other rich malts... topped with ample pine and floral bitterness. Very tasty! Wonderfully creamy on the palate. Get some!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 15, 2006
On tap at Clybourn and served in MBA pint glass, like most times it is too cold at the start: Slightly hazed amber copper hue with a small but lasting frothy head and some lace. The aroma has notes of grassy and aromatic hops, biscuity and caramel malt, touch of earthy yeast, and a bit herbal. The taste starts with a nice clean and crisp bitterness balanced by a grainy malt base. Additionally I picked up some bittersweet chocolate a well as toffee and walnut. Light citric and pepper undertones were noticed. The mouth feel is thin and yet sharp around the edges, smooth in the middle, very quaffable indeed. Yet again GI does a bang-up job on an ESB and once again I would have loved to try this on hand pulled cask.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 14, 2006
Cask (Clybourn brewpub), July 2006 version: maroon, coppery body, with a think, fluffy off white froth. Dark brown sugary malt aroma with darkly toasted grains and toffee. Wonderful cask conditioned texture: creamy, with a lightly tingly carbonation…chocolaty malt flavours wrap the tongue while bright hop bitterness and a resiny stickiness leaves the lips smacking for more. Another very solid cask ale from GI!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 11, 2006
Draught. Mostly clear amber to copper body with a thin, persistent, white head. Sweet, chewy malts dominate the nose, wafting toffee, fresh biscuits, mild roasted cocoa, brown sugar and herbaceous, earthy hop oils. The body is smooth and creamy with light bubbles and quite mild carbonation. More sweet, malty goodness in the mouth, with smooth, date/raisin fruitiness and cocoa powder becoming more perceptible with time. The Styrian Goldings hold up quite nicely and offer some enjoyable bitterness at the finish. A tasty beer that seems quite sessionable. If only I’d had more time...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
seuinoz (231) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - OCT 13, 2003
very tasty bitter (wow) not too bitter like some of the england beers i have tried. the bitterness hits me after i finish a sip of the beer. well rounded and very tasty. goose island should make a bottled verison of this beer. had it on 10-12-03 at the clybourn brewery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TAR (2671) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - OCT 15, 2002
Cask at the brewery: Attractive, sticky, and creamy head. Very subtle, yet classy aroma of pecans, toasted bread, iron, and tropical fruit. Nutty flavors with a maple finish. Only moderate bitterness, but very complex. One of the finer English-styles I have experienced to date. Goose Island produces some of the finest English beers in the country. For the full experience: Get there if you are able.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeM500 (1908) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - OCT 14, 2002
Deep copper and headless. Nose is sweet with slightly woody notes and a hint of alcohol. Texture is pure velvet, warm, and plush, uncarbonated. Lack of alcohol on the palate, despite presence in the aroma. Sugar-sweet malts take a dive toward slight grassy hoppiness at the end. Malts linger in the aftertaste long after the mild hops taste vanishes.

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