rubbishystuff (2069) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2015 Had the 2014 version of this beer. Hazy reddish color. Some roasted mellowing reddish ale flavors but otherwise a bright peppy tasting beer. Moderate hop level. Quite nice. Serving: Tap
holdenn (2094) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 19, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Enjoyed this right after the tapping. Fire chief murky red brown creamy head. Piney citrus hops and malts I’m the nose. Sweet malts with a decent hop bitterness pine grapefruit body a little thin but good. 7/3/8/3/15. 3.6
TheAlum (6428) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 28, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pint draft at the brewpub (Lombard, IL). Pours a nice dark coppery red, lightly hazed, with a khaki thick moderate head that stays and laces well. Aromas are nice toasted carmel malts, light hoppy bouquet fades in and out, and some cereal graininess. Initial is a littlw lighter on the palate than expected, light carmel and toasty malts mix with light floral hoppy bitterness with a touch of citrus. Malt dominant, but fairly light and a little watery overall. Lacks flavor, lacks life! A mediocre amber.
kseecs16 (1213) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Growler - purchased 03/24/2009. Dark burgundy, with a creamy off white head. Aroma is nutty with a roast character. Interesting flavor quite roast in character. Some spicy fruity, sort of weiss-bier notes. Medium creamy feel.
tmoreau (3054) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - FEB 19, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Yorktown RB. Poured a cloudy, light walnut color, very much like Erik the Red, (but not red) which I had earlier. Had an off white head which diminished to a small ring with light lace. The aroma was roasty, with light coffee/mocha notes. The flavor added a medium hop bitterness and caramel notes as it warmed. Flavorful Bitter.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 15, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour is hazed warm amber with a sticky tan head...smell is lightly toasty and sweet...taste is lightly caramel sweet up front with a nice subtle citric bitterness throughout and rounding it out...
drewbeerme (3907) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
on tap at Rock Fest ’08. pours hazy brown-red. malty, bready, and yeasty aroma and flavor. crisp, pretty decent esb.
DrnkMcDermott (2921) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Mug Club Draft. Brewmaster Tim says he made the 2008 edition an "American Style" ESB because he had some Fuggles hops available. I think that’s how a lot of brewpub creations are going to be decided on for some time: "What can we make with the hops on hand?"
Be that as it may, here’s a beer that pours a cloudy reddish-brown with a nice short but stiff head. I suspect Tim’s keeping the color close to the prescribed "red." Toffee malt smell punctuated by a dose of English hops and, for no reason that I can figure, a whiff of green chile pepper(?). Taste is pretty rich and hearty, with chewy but not sweet malts, settled by a punchy fresh hop taste (Tim says he also used Nugget, Centennial and Cascade). Rides the border between ESB and a "red" ale, but bitterness proves it. Very sessionable, I even enjoyed it in the chilled mug I got.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - APR 24, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 25, 2007 Before this entry is summarily poo-pooed by the Powers-That-Be and relegated to the status of a duplicate addition of an already present corporate beer - - I had this at the brewpub during the course of a half hour conversation with the head brewer, Timothy Marshall. I asked, "Is this your recipe?" Tim replied, "I’ve heard this before. Let me set the record straight once and for all. NONE (his emphasis) of the Chicago area’s Rock Bottoms use ’corporate recipes.’ They’re all the creation of the individual brewers. If anyone has any questions, have them call me." Which is what I would recommend whoever verifies the beer should do, and not rely on the word of whatever serving staff person who answers the phone.
Rant over... for now.
The beer pours a bright copper body with a substantial head that performs some heavy lacing. The aroma is filled with caramel and sweet oranges with a touch of floral/earthy hopping. Medium bodied with a lively mouthfeel, the flavor has the addition of some peppery spiciness. It finishes on a mildly bitter, dry note. Sessionable.
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