Tasted following an easy run Sunday afternoon. Jen and I split the bottle in the tasting flight she got me for my birthday. Bought this from Rock Island Hy-vee in an assorted six pack. I'm certainly glad they sell Lakefront Brewery out here, though I'd love to see their Organic ESB out here...
Taste: Honey and bready sweetness initially with a drying flavor. There is also some wheat elements to the foretaste. More bitter than other bock beers. Some peppery components finish the beer off with a mild citrus taste and alcohol. Also I find minute notes of smokiness. Fruity aftertaste, with a prominent butterscotch character. Yeasty finish with a lagered pungency. Alcohol is nicely integrated into the beer where the dry grainy and hop finish does a nice job of masking it. Finally, as the beer warms, I get somewhat of a simmering apple character to it. Some tartness.
Mouthfeel: Full body, yet still a soft mouthfeel and a persistently low carbonated texture. A little sticky to the lips but finishes dry and crisp due to the alcohol.
Overall Impression: I enjoy the bready/alcohol aftertaste. Lots of malt, but still a lower end on the bitter side. Smooth and full bodied. Alcohol content still is low enough/or goes un-noticed enough to remain a good drinkable beer. I enjoyed having this because it was definitely something out of the ordinary