Maker: Goose Island, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Style: Extra Special Bitter
Appearance: Golden brown with a lacy head.
Nose: Subtle but complex and malty. Breakfast cereal, charred fruit, floral hops.
On the palate: Full bodied but not heavy. Effervescent with a hardy bitterness, some fruit and a hint of spice. It’s a bit overwhelming on its own, but pairs with grilled hamburgers and BBQ very nicely.
Finish: Long and bitter with a hint of cherry or plum. Mostly bitter, though (it is a bitter after all).
Parting words: Goose Island’s Anniversary Ale isn’t a blockbuster like I was expecting, but it is very enjoyable. I love ESB and a good ESB can be hard to find these days. This is a very good ESB, one of the best I’ve had from an American craft distiller. It’s a pity it seems to be a one off. It’s delicious. Goose Island 25th Anniversary Ale is highly recommended.