WabashMan (1017) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - APR 25, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Really just a stunning ESB. Nose is malty, rich, a little hops note, and very enticing. Pours a "dirty" amber, on the darker side, with orange tinge and nice very light tan head. Flavor is a moment of malty sweetness followed by a rush of dryer hoppiness, Very well constructed, tasty, and drinkable.
andyhwcinc (1595) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 24, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Enjoyed on tap at Emporium Arcade Bar in Chicago, IL on a day off, too bad it's cold and grey. Appearance is a moderately clear Amber with a modest white head that laces to the glass. Aroma has a hop abundant profile with light malty notes. Taste is unique, definitely bitter with a bit of lemon, some off flavor that isn't quite agreeing with me, but malty as well. It's ok, not especially feeling this one.
mp_lane (88) - Indiana, USA - APR 17, 2015
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours clear amber with hefty beige head that sticks around. Aroma is sweet malt, very nice and fresh. Taste is very sweet and malty as promised. Love this domestic ESB!
jcos (1643) - Maryland, USA - APR 17, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared with Dave, GOT S5E1 Beer 2. Pours amber. A bit more hop forward than most ESB. Hints of fruit. Nice.
arminjewell (7999) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 15, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour out of 22 oz bottle, dark reddish pour with white head, aroma brought nice notes of pine, grass, citrus into a bit of orange peel, some mango, slight pineapple into some earhty, spicy notes, touch of yeast. Taste was a mix of earth, grain, citrus, and lots of mango, caramel into a bit of pine, slight yeasty notes, finishing fairly sweet, slightly bitter.
Niko100 (2163) - Illinois, USA - APR 10, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark amber/cider color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of sweet malt, caramel, floral hops, & fruit; Flavor of malt/biscuit, caramel, floral/fruity hops, and citrus; Finish is fairly bitter; Nicely balanced. Good one.
b3shine (6246) - Indiana, USA - APR 8, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft to taster. Looks good for the style; a transparent caramel orange with foamy off-white head. Smells mild; what scent there is though is of bitter hops and caramel malt. Tastes like it smells, but hoppier, and with a bit of a juicy hop presence alongside the bitter hoops as well. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied. Not bad, and tastes more robust than it smells.
pepsican (1487) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - APR 8, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark red/Amber pour with an off white head. Lovely lime and caramel aroma. Bitter but not aggressive, the lime/citrus is suttle but lingers on. Good balance here, nothing off here. This is a wonderful beer. I was hoping it was lower in abv though, wouldn’t mind sitting down to 5 or 6 pints of this. Certainly not much in common with an ESB but thankfully ratebeer doesn’t rate by style.
crossovert (8675) - Illinois, USA - APR 4, 2015
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
650ml bottle. Amber pour. This is extremely boozy and hoppy for an esb yet right in the abv guidelines. Not a good esb.
ryecatcher (933) - South Side of Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 4, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber (label clearly says Lord REAR Admiral BTW... although this is supposedly that’s the name of the ’alias’ but I digress...) Pours a hazy burnt orange, huge, frothy off-white head with ridiculous retention and lacing. Nose is big toffee malt, orange candy, vanilla, honey. Mouth is medium bodied, relatively dry and big orange zest, clover, floral wallop at the finish, a whole lotta underpinning bitterness throughout, Don’t know really think this tastes anything like any authentically English ESB I’ve ever had... and at any rate, as Winston Churchill said, their naval tradition amounts mainly to rum, sodomy and the lash... but this Admiral is a solid beverage regardless of where you wanna classify it. Even if the Floyd bastards made it.