DarkElf (3050) - La Jolla, California, USA - DEC 31, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(12 oz bottle: Obtained in trade with iwantalambic, thanks Justin!) Bottled With Love on 26-Oct-05. Whoa, surprisingly hoppy for an ESB, but the mildly sweet pale malt profile seems pretty timid in comparison. I can really taste the grassy hops in this rather than just vague bitterness, though the level of bitterness isn’t exactly shy here either. Slightly grassy and grapefruity hops aroma. Medium bodied, crisp and somewhat clean, pretty standard carbonation mouthfeel. The beer is light amber in color with near perfect clarity. The off-white head rises to almost an inch before settling down to a wide ring and leaving sporadic patchy lacing on the glass. Overall, I’m reminded of a very hoppy English ale rather than the American ESB I was expecting, though I would have known better had I read the label. It’s a pretty decent beer and the flavor of the bitter hops is pleasant, but for my tastes, there’s far too little malt to keep the hops balanced.
steview (1036) - Petaluma, California, USA - DEC 20, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
good ale with a strong abv to make it quite the session winter ale; bold drinkin’ ale, earthy with some cute subtleties--apple, chalkdust, grapefruit, floral, caramel, a bit of malt-like spice, and on, but not much on... although i quite liked it.
LePoopie (151) - Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 6, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Decent aroma. Clear, amber hue, with some head. Has a good, bitter flavor to it. Good texture, with the right amount of carbonation. Overall, it was a nice, enjoyable beer.
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 6, 2005
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle (10/26/2005) thanks to Kevin. Clear amber body with just a wisp of white head. Toasty crystal malt aroma with strong fruity melon and ester highlights. Diacetyl and toasty crystal in the flavor along with apple skin esters. Grain dust and some crisp grass hops in the finish dry. Not that great of a beer.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 6, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2005 bottle. Shiny clear gold color. Lingering soapy head.
Aroma is sweet, slightly stemmy hops (not very hoppy though). Kind of herbal I think, like the purple clover flowery things.
That kind of carries over in to the taste. Flowery hops that fade into a soapy residue with a touch of sweetness. Some bright sour saltiness too that is kind of cool if you float it around your tongue enough. Kind of bitter and slightly one-dimensional. But still has some interesting character if you look hard.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - DEC 4, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2005 On tap at the Bottleworks brewpub. Amber/copper in color. Nice warm floral aroma. Strong bitter flavor. Lacks the ESB mouthfeel of say, a Fuller’s. Has a strange metallic finish. UPDATE: Just tried this in a bottle. Equally meaningless. My tap rating stands. Schlafly is definitely overated. I must say that this beer hides its 6.8 ABV quite well. It does not seem that strong.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Thanks Eric. Bright copper body with medium carbonation and a uniform, sudsy white head. Aroma of fruity and grainy malt with mild organic sweet notes. A malt-featured ESB with subtle and tantalizing English characters plus nice spicy rye accents and medium-low bitterness. A very solid session beer and Schlafly’s best in my humble and limited experience.
Kevin (2156) - New Mexico, USA - NOV 16, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
reddish gold pour and a nice greyish head. a bit of pine in the aroma. taste is chocolately with somemore pine. biscuity alcohol taste. wow the nose gets a lot of marshmallow as it warms. there is a lingering light cocoa taste to it at the same time. i like it.
egleone6 (1) - Springfield, Illinois, USA - NOV 16, 2005 does not count
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I had this beer directly from the brewery itself. Went on the tour. Would really like to know what hops they use and how much. This is a very good beer, I am not a hop head, but this was a subtle hoppy beer.
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - NOV 5, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
KC tasting. Brown, goldish color. Hops aroma. Caramel flavor with a nice hops flavor. Nice ESB. Hoppy for style? Best beer, IMO, of the hops in the city tasting.