Slepkov (41) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 2, 2007
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2008 This is a terrific beer. Nearly perfect, really. It is a malt ninja in an era of H-bombs. Hop heads (me included), take heed of how a well balanced, subdued, old-school ESB is made! Yes, I am aware that it is listed under "English Pale Ale"--It is an ESB through and through! A perfect blend of malts, yeast and hop characters, with smoky and bready malts taking centre stage. From the great honey and biscuits nose to the apricot and peat notes in the mouth, to the great and prolonged finish; this beer is superb. Worth moving to Chicago for.
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 2, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Robe blonde dorée surmontée d’une mousse blanche qui persiste. Arômes de houblon aromatique et d’agrumes. Saveurs de houblon aromatique et de céréales.
mjorangehawk (2) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAY 31, 2007 does not count
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Strong, fruity aroma that reminded me of Brooklyn Ale (which wasn’t necessarily a good thing). Good initial flavor with dry finish.
presario (4902) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 27, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Chicago Trip Friday 17:30. On tap at O’Hare. Just off the plane. Bronze with a light head. Served a little too cold. Didn’t get a strong aroma, drinking as we walked to baggage claim and out to the rent-a-car shuttle. Very hoppy beer. Medicinal hop flavour with lots of woody notes. Mouth drying finish. No malt sweetness. Like the hops but somewhat unbalanced.
Dragonfly1 (500) - Colorado, USA - MAY 26, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle. Good head and lacing. Adequate bitterness, although the flavor / body didn’t last very long- kind of dies at the end, and even tasted a very slight hint of sweetness / ’soapiness’ in the finish which I wasn’t expecting. I like this beer, but it’s not in the same league as Young’s Special London or even Anchor Steam Liberty.
JoeinDahlem (1440) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - MAY 26, 2007
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark amber beer with a little white head. Bitter fruit aroma is detectable but not too strong. Flavor is front-loaded with citrusy hop tang before rolling into a finish that is perhaps too clean. Refreshing though.
apingos (90) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - MAY 23, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Giovanni’s in Rockford. A dark "red" with no head. Plenty of body and a well bananced ale. It had a very suttle coffee flavor. I would have this one again.
cking (1175) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - MAY 21, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rated 6/9/06: Amazing beer from Goose Island, to date they have yet to let me down. Pours a dirty copper color with a medium thick off-white head, ample lacing and good carbonation. The aroma is outstanding containing a slightly mellow blend of flowery hops and lots of malt. The aroma reminds me of a low key IPA. As I sip on a few of these I’m amazed at the awesome flavor. The hop characteristic is near perfect. They are very present but not overdone. Strong blend of malts keep me intrigued. The balance is perfect. Full mouthfeel with a great finish and pleasant aftertaste. Fantastic beer, I can’t say enough about this one.
DruncanVeasey (7999) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - MAY 18, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
355 ml bottle. Deeply murky orange pour swimming with bits. Rich, cakey, reach-out-and-touch-it florally hoppy aroma with a chewy malt background. Flavour plenty more of the same, awash with flowery orange hoppiness. Heavy but refreshing. Thickly bodied hop fruitiness far outdrinking its ABV. If only this was truly representative of a typical English pint.
Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - MAY 16, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap. Poured a nice pale amber color with a decent two-finger white head that receded slowly. The aroma was malt and spice with maybe a bit of floral hops thrown in. The flavor was an above average malt backbone with some good spices spinning around it and a somewhat dry, hoppy finish. Very drinkable. A great session style beer.