Frank (2862) - 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 (4948) - 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 (12547) - 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 (1828) - 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 (3370) - 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) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - 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.
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Edgewater Lounge. Pours a coppery brown with a sticky head. Nose is herbal and grassy, very continental. On taste, bready and quite bitter. Clean bitterness that is soft but distinct. mild EKG notes. Light metallic note and again, bready. Nice minimal roast as well. Tasty stuff.
oh6gdx (20308) - Vasa, FINLAND - SEP 22, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled@Monks Café. Wallingatan, Stockholm. Rubyish amber colour, mediumsized beige head. Aroma is caramel malts, fruityness as well as some wooden and mildly syrpy notes. Flavour is wood, some berries, mild sourness as well as some grassy bitterness kicking in as well.
omhper (19364) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - AUG 29, 2009
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2009 Bottled (brewed at Sand Creek Brewing, WI) at Monk’s Café Wallingatan, Stockholm. Mahogany colour, rich head. Cardboard aroma. Sweet fruity and well rounded. Mildly syrupy with primitive crystal malt covered in too thin layers of floral hops to hide the severe shortcomings. Light resiny bitterness. Pointless wishy-washy pseudo-micro showcasing only cardbaord and resin.
satan165 (1019) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - AUG 22, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2009 draught at 2009 oak park micro brew and food review. soft, sweet nose of lightly developed roast. very dark pour for style. many similarities in aroma and appearance to a brown ale. big hops in flavor to back light toffee malt. nice amped up version of the style.
re-rate, bottle: hops are subtle at best, nearly anesthetized. what was once the intense british hop aromas are now nearly sloppy malt. what happend? my bottled sample could not have been that far off fresh.