19th Anniversary ESB | Goose Island Beer Co.

8 Ratings

Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Lexx on 05-26-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 8 |  Reviews: 8
Photo of Viggo
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at biegaman's super extravaganza spring Saison tasting! Lexx provided this growler, fresh from Clybourn!

Pours a hazy orange, thin off white head, lace spots, settles to a thin ring, looks okay. Smell is heavenly, caramel, grains, fruity floral, lots of grapefruit and pineapple, spice from the yeast, bread, really nice, managed to capture the heart of an ESB with an American hop kick. Taste is caramel, citrus, pineapple and grapefruit, spice, bready, more grapefruit/orange, hint of alcohol, really nice and clean bitter finish, perfect balance. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, low carbonation, very smooth. Sad to see this growler empty, fantastic beer, way too easy to drink! Thanks Alexa!

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Photo of GbVDave
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a 20oz imperial pint at Goose Island Clybourn 5/31/07. Listed on the beer menu as 6.0% abv.

A: Served a very hazy amber-orange color with a tiny off white head.

S: Huge nose of amarillo hops that I could smell from 18". Incredible!

T: Amarillo hops at the forefront, then a delicious toasted malt flavor steps up to show off it's goods! Also floating around in there is a taffy apple/caramel malt sweetness.

M: For an ESB, I found this to quite thick and prickly to the tongue-wonderful!

D: This could be my "summer beer". If only they'd make more of it...

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Photo of crwills
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasting at biegaman's place with grub, viggo, lexx, blankboy (RB), and tupalev (RB). I didn't write down who brought what, unfortunately, so thanks everyone!

Oddly enough, this is the first and only growler I've ever had - thanks Lexx (OK so I did remember this one)!

Aroma is piney hops with a hint of sweet toffee or caramel. Flavour is well balanced, with a grapefruit hop kick backed up by solid, sweetish, mildly roasty malts. Oily mouthfeel, and noticeable alcohol (but not harsh).

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Photo of philberinghele
3.68/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In the motherland
Limeys drink English Bitters
Summer in England

I don't know about this. Not quite as good as a previous Bitter that I had at GI and definitely not the best I've had. While being a solid beer, and one I wouldn't mind having again, I must defer to Three Floyd's Lord Admiral Nelson and Rogue's Brutal Bitter, the best American Bitters around.

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Photo of grub
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

group tasting may 26/07 with biegaman, Viggo, Lexx, crwills, [email protected], [email protected], and me (grub). everybody threw something into the mix and we had a great lineup of beer. Lexx contributed this one, so thanks alexa!

64oz growler.

pours a nice reddish copper colour with a bit of white head. no lace.

aroma is nice. hint of alcohol. big biscuit malt. hints of caramel and toffee. light citrus hops.

taste is great. biscuit malt and a bit of grainy character. light grapefruit and orange hops. bit of alcohol. bit of grape. the malt and the light fruity character are complex and very nice.

mouthfeel is great. medium-low carbonation works great. nice medium-full body.

drinkability is excellent. well balanced and very nice. i could sit and drink this one all night.

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Photo of biegaman
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

64oz growler filled by Lexx and lugged all the way back from Chi-Town for the first annual Summer Saison Tasting! Nice job kid.
A nice deep, ruby toned colour. Small thin white bubbles that outline. A muted clarity. Nice fruity hops in the aroma, grapefruit smell with hints of grapes and other fruits that only becomes more and more complex upon swirling. It actually started to become reminiscent of this banana medicine you'd take as a kid. It's almost similar to a white wine but with suggestion of caramel malts/toffee. Very well balanced body, strong blend of malts. A very unique, interesting malt bill. Complex but understated and goes *almost* unnoticed because it's just so enjoyable. Complex malt, lightly floral, effervescent, very quaffable.

No doubt of one (actually, probably the) most complex ESB I've tried. Even more impressive considering how uncomplicated (and often plain dull) this style is.

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Photo of kajerm
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap as part of a sampler at the Clybourn brewpub. Pours cloudy brownish gold with a finger and a half of fine lacing carbonation.

The aroma is mango and citrus-- Amarillo hops. Already this isn't an ESB, but it smells fantastic.

Tastes like it smells, with fruity/tropical Amarillo flavor hopping running the show over a light but detectable malt backbone. The finish is bitter, which ironically, is generally absent in a real extra special bitter.

Mouthfeel is light and slightly oily, with carbonation in good balance.

This is not a real ESB-- it's a low-ABV Amarillo APA, and it's awesome-- one of the most drinkable beers I've had from Goose Island for sure.

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Photo of Lexx
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Clybourn brewpub.

Cloudy dark amber/orange with a thin cream colored head. Lacing quite present.
Strong floral and citrus notes in the scent, and some malty goodness. I particularly picked out amarillo hops.
Excellent flavors of toffee, burnt sugar, orange zest, some grapefruit, slight citrus, but mostly deep toffee.
This was quite, quite enjoyable. So enjoyable that I got myself a growler of it!

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19th Anniversary ESB from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 8 ratings
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