TheAlum (6825) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle from Binnys South Loop (Chicago, IL). Pours a deep darker copper, hazy, a moderate tannish beige head that stays sizablean laces pretty well. Aromas are a nice mild biscuity and bready malt base, a touch of citrusy hop (lemon), some florals, grass, as this is crisp and refreshing, to the point. Initial is sturdy biscuity and bready malt base, toast, a touch of caramel as we move into some floral grassy hops in moderate amount, a touch of citrus rind and orange, medium bodied and tasty, goes down very well. A faint spice, the bitterness is average, provides a nice balance ith a malt base that is tasty but not over the top. A really nice drinkable ESB locally made, sessionable and tasty. Not heavy on hops, but smooth and fairly balanced, with some citrusy florals and crisp biscuity bready malts mixing well. Could use a touch more hops, but more body than I was expecting. I may be a sucker for a local ESB, but it is a style I love.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAR 10, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sample from a growler brought to the last Flossmoor Station mug cllub tappng: This had a reddish amber body with an off-white head. The nose and the flavor were much the same, a lightly toasted, caramelly malt and some soft nuts with a very light touch of earthy bitterness. Drinkable, but it was more akin too a blending of amber and nut brown ales than to a bitter.
anders37 (22307) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 8, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft @ Clark Street Ale House, Chicago, IL. Pours a dark amber color with a small off-white head. Has a roasted malty hoppy aroma with some hints of caramel. Slightly roasted malty hoppy caramel flavor. Has a roasted malty hoppy finish with some bitterness in the aftertaste.
msante79 (2224) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - FEB 13, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle from single’s bin and Binny’s River Grove. Pours clear brown with off-white head. Aromas of toasted malts, toffee, nuts, and touch of hops. Flavors of toffee, toasted malt, nuts, some cereal. Mouthfeel is a little chewy. Appropriate carbonation. A solid ESB.
Frank (3901) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 23, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2011 Saw Half Acre moved this stuff into pounder cans and I was happy to pick up a four-pack to rerate even though I wasn’t exactly in love w/ the bottled version. This is a nice red brown color w/ a thin head of fine bubbles and nice swatches of lace. There is a good balance of malt and hops here. It’s light to medium bodied w/ vigorous carbonation making for a nicely drinkable ale. Honestly, at over six percent alcohol, I tend to want a little more flavor. I would give this a much higher rating if they packed this flavor into four percent but as it is now it is just an above average, slightly stronger beer. Still, I liked this much better than the last batch I tried and I didn’t notice any off flavors like I did before. I am not sure how it my numbers aren’t much higher than last time but I think I must have been in a lenient mood.
Original rating 1/23/2010 (3.1): Reddish brown color, head of mixed bubbles leaves big gobs of lace. Nose is toffee w/ a dusting of hops. Flavor brings out the toffee tones w/ a bit of cotton candy sweetness. Possibly a slight hint of diacetyl butter flavor which I am not sure is intentional or not but in any case, it does not interfere or come off as unpleasant. Mouthfeel is nice and thick but a bit oily which I’m not sure works entirely. Finishes w/ a mild dose of earthy bitterness.
Miksu (5039) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - JAN 17, 2010
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottled at Monks Wallingatan, Stockholm. Reddish brown color. Toffeish and nutty aroma. Toffeish, nutty, caramelly and slightly berryish flavor. Simple taste.
TBone (15722) - Pori, FINLAND - DEC 31, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Deep ruby color, small beige head. Toffeish, caramelly aroma. Caramelly, some rye-bread, citrusy hops, late bitterness. Some kind of brown ale?
hombrepalo (1971) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Why is this bottled in Wisconsin and not here? Anyways, this poured an amber color with a light white head. Sweet malt aroma and flavor. Some hops to add bitterness, but heavy malt and caramel for the most part. Interesting ESB.
HonkeyBra (4020) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - DEC 5, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark reddish amber pour with whispy eggshell head. Toasty, nutty aroma with strong hop presence. Flavor is toasty malts with nice bittering citrus hops. Good mouthfeel. This would certainly make a great session ale.
nbutler11 (1267) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - NOV 21, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Palmer House in Chicago. Pours a dark shade of amber with a tan head. Smells predominantly of toasted malt. Tastes of further malt, assorted nuts, caramel, and faint bourbon. Suprisingly good. Does not approximate an ESB to me at all, though, so they might have had this mislabeled. Much more like a nut brown.