satan165 (1020) - 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.
drowland (6831) - Georgia, USA - AUG 3, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle into a pint glass. I had this at a brewing party and didn’t keep any written notes beyond the numbers, unfortunately.
holdenn (2088) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 7, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle. Pours an amber brown with a creamy beige head. Old grainy malt with citrus, pine, and an odd doughy malt. The caramel/toffee malts have a strange flavor like coffee with citrus and pine that do not blend together too well. Bitter pine hops in the finish that become gross with the odd malts.
BeerBunker (923) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Pours orange with a frothy white head. Aroma is of hops, citrus, pine, and caramel. Taste is of bitter hops and citrus with a nice caramel malt backbone. The mouthfeel is light and crisp. Finish was very dry. This beer is nothing extraordinary, it’s just a nice easy drinking beer.
naivepegasus (354) - USA - MAR 28, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a copper amber with about a finger and a half of beige head. Sweet caramel malts in the odor. Starts off with a watery mouthfeel that then turns into a brief hit of hops in the back of the palate, which lingers throughout the aftertaste. Refreshing, decent ESB
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 21, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted 3/10/09. Filtered with an amber hue. Moldy ring of off-white head. Aromas of faint hops and mild caramel malts. Medium bodied with light malts and a lingering toasty character. Mild hops that actually pack quite a punch, albeit short lived. Nice palate roll from the malts to the hops and finishing with traces of both. Touch soapy and rye bready. Faint sweetness. This is a solid drink. Fresh and solid.
jaymobrown (1734) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Interesting this reads that it is brewed in Wisconsin when the brewery by my house is now operational. Not sure if they are still contracting here. Pours a very deep copper color. Minimal head. Nice malty nose. Has orange and hops flavor. Some nice crisp yeast and sugar notes as well. Could probably drink a ton on tap. Nice.
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 28, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Decent beer, actually better than I was expecting. On tap @ The Bristol in Chicago. Pours amber with a white head. Sweet malt aroma and flavor, it really dominated. Some hops to add bitterness, but heavy malt and caramel for the most part.
jmw141 (134) - Canton, Illinois, USA - JAN 22, 2009
3.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle pour into shaker pint. Pours a deep amber/red and brownish. Clear. Cream colored head that sustains down to the last drop. Sweet malt aroma, caramel, but only when not agitated. A swirl of the glass and here come the hops. They are subtle, but elegant. Smells like a red ale and looks like one too. First swig...flat flavor. It is hop all the way through, not strong, but just hops there the entire time. As it warms the malt comes up slightly, but it is still mostly hop. Light body. Tiny bitter finish. I really liked, more complex than I was expecting!
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 26, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours light brownish red with a small off white froth. Aroma is very malty and sweet with a toffee character. A small bit of dark fruit and floral hops are present as well. Flavor starts with a very quick sugary sweetness before giving way to a earthy hop bitterness. Finishes creamy with roasted malts and a bit of candy sugar sweetness. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Quite different from previous bitters I have had. Like an american bitter. Well balanced but a weak character. I like it more than their lager though.