DrnkMcDermott (3003) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAR 9, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
4 oz. sampler at SO. Warm caramel malt smell that’s also apparent in the taste. Slightly hazy brown body with a thin layer of sudsy foam. Earthy and a bit nutty, with an estery finish.
Kraj30 (1) - chicago, USA - SEP 11, 2014 does not count
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Really smooth esb- ppl need to get on the esb train! Its a very smooth esb with great mouthfeel
rubbishystuff (2312) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2016 At Jerry’s in Andersonville. Lovely drop of beer. Full flavor but won’t put you under the table. Fills the need for a flavorful session beer. Serving: Tap
kseecs16 (1215) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught from the brewery. Pours a reddish brown with a thin whispy off-white head. Nutty malty aroma with nuted floral hops. Flavor is balanced, dry with floral and malt sweetness. Mild lingering nutty bitterness.
kaser (5642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had this on draft at rockwells. Pours brownish with bubbles in the beer and foam - weird and intimidating look. Malty and earthy aroma. Biscuits and dry hops. Ok
novels (424) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Enjoyed this a lot. Had on draft at Maria’s Community Bar in Chicago. Very subtle notes of biscuit, bread, and dough, but balanced nicely with some earthy hops. Has a bitterness that doesn’t overpower, and is rather pleasant. Pours a dark caramel color. Would definitely drink again, a winner!
oeltroll (19) - USA - MAR 4, 2013
1.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
What happened? Have enjoyed some of their other beers previously, but my god. After giving the beer more consideration it deserves above 1 but its not at all a fair representation of the style nor is it very palatable.
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - MAR 3, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewery. Pours a lightly hazed, deep brown colored body with a finger-width, creamy and frothy, tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is lightly sweetened, biscuity toffee malts with some florals, toast, earth, and touches of apricots. Flavor is similar. Toasty and bready toffees with a light sweetness, florals, earth, and a touch of apricot towards the end. Finishes dry and moderately bitter before leaving a fairly lengthy aftertaste. Medium body and a moderately lively carbonation. Overall, a pretty solid ESB. Bitter and nicely toasted with a cool hint of apricot. Nice beer.
holdenn (2110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 24, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at the Bad Apple. Brown pour with a thin head. Malty sweet aroma nutty with toffee. Strong and nice. Light sweetness clean dried fruits and malts. Toffee is strong in the flavor as well. Slightly sweet but well done.
jstraw (1964) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 12, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Jerry’s. Dark brown with fair, foamy, tan head / Mild nose of toast, coffee, and nut / Light body, a touch watery, dry, low fruit, modestly bitter / Dry flavors of chocolate, roast grain, nut, apricot, and dry hop / A light, possibly too light, brew, with a redeeming flavor profile, and very sessionable.