jmw141 (134) - Canton, Illinois, USA - JAN 22, 2009
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! satan165 (1020) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - AUG 22, 2009
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. andyhwcinc (1886) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 14, 2010
I had this on draft at Ten Cat in Chicago while a good friend from New York was in town. This is rich in hops for an ESB, went down extremely smooth, very flavorful. I ordered this at the bar because it was the best local option aside from 312, which I’ve had plenty of times. Very satisfied with my choice! Styles (2016) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - NOV 3, 2010
Tap, Wild Goose. Brown, decent white head. Aroma, special roast up front, highly hopped, spicy/herbal aroma. Flavor has heavy bittering up front, big roasted character through the middle, spicy hop character in the finish. Medium body and mouthfeel. Not really mi thing, but if u dig esb’s should try this. Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - NOV 26, 2010
On tap at Mystic Celt in Chicago. Pours a clear, deeper amber colored body with some reddish tints. Finger-width, dense and creamy, light brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is earthy with some caramel and roast. Light cocoa sweetness with some bread and grass. Flavor is similar. Some caramel and a light cocoa before a good amount of earthy hops come in. Some roast towards the end along with some bready toffees before this finishes with a moderate, green tasting bitterness and a slightly increasing roastiness. Fairly lengthy aftertaste following a medium, smooth body and a moderate, soft carbonation. Overall, a nice ESB. I like the earthy hop aspect mixed in with a bit of cocoa and roast. Well balanced and definitely a local go-to on tap.
Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - APR 12, 2011
Thanks to Pawola22 for sharing this beer.
The beer pours a brownish-red color with a large, shaving cream like off-white head.
The aroma is a mix of toffee and quite a bit of hops, mainly grassy and piney.
The flavor is more complex. I get a lot of toffee and caramel malt, as well as some dry cocoa powder and some piney hops. The beer has a low amount of bitterness.
Medium mouthfeel and medium to high, prickly carbonation. JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 14, 2011
Can from a trade on BA - thanks! Clearish, light brown pour with a thin crisp head to the beer. Slight overtones of milky coffee and sweet treats in the nose, kinda nice. Flavors have far more of the dry roasts coming through, giving the beer a bitter balance to it that works nicely. Seems like the beer almost wants to become a dessert of some sort, but it always pulls back to the balanced presentation. Mouthfeel is full and creamy, with just a hint of a dry finish. Overall, I found it to be a flavorful brown, compares well with Bender. douglas88 (9897) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 3, 2011
Can. Pours a clear brown/purple color with a small white head. The aroma is sweet fruity malts, caramel and toast. The flavor is dominated by a toasted malt, sweet fruit and banana, some chocolate. Quite nice. I could drink a lot of cans of this. Atom (2626) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 17, 2011
Pint can pours dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, iced tea, nuts, and roasted malts. Taste has a nice level of sweetness and bitterness, sweet caramel malts, hazel nut and light hop. Very enjoyable and drinkable. mattyb83 (737) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 1, 2011
Can courtesy of atom. Deep ruby color that is almost brown with a small, slightly off-white head. Aroma has caramel, a slight nuttiness, sugar covered raisins, and some fruitiness. Taste is caramel, slight toffee, chocolate, raisins, and a hint of toast. Smooth and creamy body. Very easy to drink and quite enjoyable.