Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - APR 6, 2005
Orange color with a thin white head. Very simple, slightly bitter taste. Just not able to get very specific on taste or scent for this one. Pretty generic, but perfectly drinkable. alaskanwarren (286) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 26, 2005
Something weird with this bottle or my glass, but the smell was definitely off. I know Schlafly to be good by reputation, so I’ll assume it was a fluke. Attractive copper with white head. Good malty tastes with a nice hop presence. Somewhat cloying. Earthy finish (the rye?). Nice yeasty bitter slightly metallic aftertaste. Good, I’d like to try this more, to get a better feel for it. Interesting beer. beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - MAR 23, 2005
Bottled Nov 10, 2004. Deep orange gold color. Medium sized white foamy head. Aroma is grassy, malty and sweet. A medium bodied ESB/bitter. Malts are fruity, grainy and sweet. Hops are floral and citrusy. Touch of rye and earthiness. This beer is sort of overbalanced towards the hops (lots of em) but there is a nice malt backbone as well. Nice beer. Malts are full and round. Finish is clean and sweet. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. PhrankSlovacek (54) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 13, 2005
This beer poured orange-amber with a slight haze, and small white foam. Aroma is hoppy and bitter. Light malty front, with a hoppy middle, and bitter rye finish. I like it. This is one of my favorite hometown made beers. Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - FEB 15, 2005
Pours sparkly amber orange with a nice layer of cream-white head. Clean yeasty malt aromas, and minty, flowery hops. Very soft and pleasant. Beautifully layered flavors--nice bitter minty-lemon hops right off the bat, followed by a warming bready maltiness, and a nice yeasty finish. Soft clean palate. A terrific full-flavored ESB that rewards sipping, but is balanced enough to be very drinkable.
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 2, 2005
Beautiful pour and aroma. Sweeter then most ESB’s I am accustom too, but tasty and good. millerclmb (44) - Boulder, Missouri, USA - DEC 23, 2004
Nice sweet aroma and a crisp bobbly apperance. More head than I remember in this particular sample. I have had this before and liked it more than this year. This seemed like a thinner body with more carbonation and less alcohol. : (
Nice malty taste is well balanced. Great six pack beer...but this year is not as good as other years. Aggie80 (818) - Michigan, USA - DEC 23, 2004
Nice dark gold color with some foam and a bit of lacing. The hops are well balanced with the malt and neither is dominant. Sour hoppy aftertaste one would expect from a bitter. heemer77 (5358) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - DEC 4, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2009 Tried again from the ’08 bottled batch. Solid, previous rating holds, but I bumped up the palate as it is smooth and light on the tongue. Pours with a deep amber and slow, lazy bubbles. A huge white head tops it off. This could be because it was delivered today. The aroma is nice and malty with some notes of grass and cola. The taste is a nicely malty and roasted. Some notes of fresh soybeans. A weird sweet note in the background. A fairly nice ESB, but not world class. I have heard this year’s batch is down a little bit. I would really like to try this on tap. Thanks for the delivery, sethdude!! lizzy (44) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 28, 2004
This is an overall very good beer. I normally don’t care for a lot of hops, but the bitterness and malts balance it out. One of my favorite seasonals.