Smittytown | Temperance Beer Co.

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Temperance Beer Co.
Illinois, United States

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by TMoney2591 on 10-05-2013

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Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 73
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Photo of OompaMentor
2.92/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from can into pint glass. Having had several ESBs in England, this is a valiant attempt that falls short. Copper color with two finger head (wait staff poured way to fast). Earthy malts and yeast; an almost sour smell to the nose. Slight bitters on the palate activated my the carbonation the falls away leaving a hint of bitterness that finishes dry. For me, just an okay brew.

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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -21.2%

Photo of WoodBrew
3.66/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.56/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of dexterk1
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jaycase
3.44/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of emerge077
3.36/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Temperance tulip glass at Green Lady.

Opaque reddish brown in color, sticky and sudsy head that leaves a halo of wispy seafoam flecks in the glass. Head has lasting retention.

Aroma is on the mild side, somewhat yeasty with some light earthy malt notes.

Taste is ok, fairly malty in taste, dry with a mild bitterness in the aftertaste. Light toast and grain husk qualities, as it warms it gets a little flabby in feel, with a slight blandness at one point. It's medium bodied and somewhat smooth. The beer was decent but not something i'd likely return to.

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Photo of dukeandduke
3.61/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

3/17/15 (Can) - Brown copper pour, thick texture, minimal white head, medium carbonation. Nice bread and malt aroma. Taste is pleasant strong bitter hops, bread, caramel and hops which I enjoyed. Feel is strong, with a nice full texture, carbonation and presence going down despite the low ABV. Overall good offering.

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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz. can, with no apparent freshness date or canning information present. Acquired a single can of this stuff as part of a mixed six pack at the local Binny's. My second beer from Temperance Beer Co., 5.50% abv listed on the can.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - It pours a crisp toasty looking caramel orange body with a small amount of dark sediment settled at the bottom of the glass, and about a finger of frothy khaki head that leaves behind good lacing.

S - The aroma is pleasant, but not entirely what I expected. Very bready, doughy, and yeasty. Not much American hop content is on display here, but it smells very nice and appealing. Buttery.

T - The taste is a bit bland, like the aroma, but still pleasant enough for the style. Lightly breast, toasty, malty, with some minor noticeable herbal hops peeking through on the finish.

M - Feel is smooth, crisp, breast, and lightly bitter / resinous on the finish. Light-bodied and easy drinking. Slightly watery feel to it at times, but exceptionally drinkable.

Overall, a nice take on the style from Temperance Beer Co., very easy to drink. I'm very interested to try the soured version of this.

Temperance Beer Co. Smittytown -----3.5/5

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.8/5  rDev +8.9%

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.89/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.31/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of moysauce
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.84/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

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3.74/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I am CANtinuing to hammer away at the backlog here at Chez Woody and in doing so, I am trying to give precedence to The CANQuest (tm). This is a score from one of my recent visits to Chicago, specifically, Binny's (South Loop), where I never leave empty-handed.

From the CAN: "Keep this [CAN] cold for maximum freshness. Drink this beer soon for maximum enjoyment."; "An unreal Extra Special Bitter brewed with refined English malts then bastardized with brazen Ameri[CAN] hops for celebrating a neighborhood that doesn't exist."

The Crack! led to a good bit of foaming, so I sat back and allowed things to settle before proceeding. My gentle Glug still netted a finger of foamy, tawny head with limited retention. Color was a slightly hazy Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17). Nose had a distinct maltiness, slightly medicinal, like Geritol, but with an underlying minty hoppiness. Hmm. Mouthfeel was full, highly carbonated and tingly on the tongue as a result. The malt was the immediately prevalent flavor on the tongue, very bready, like something straight from the oven. The minty hops began to assert themselves on the finish, giving the beer a semi-dry quality that I was really digging. ESBs usually are not my bag, but giving it the hoppy AmeriCAN bent really elevates it in my eyes. I probably would not want a steady diet of it, but it was an interesting addition to The CANQuest (tm).

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Smittytown from Temperance Beer Co.
3.49 out of 5 based on 73 ratings.
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