sm89walt (1976) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - SEP 28, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Keg - 4 Pines, Manly. Poured a deep copper brown with a small and fading off-White head. Mid-fruits, biscuity, bready malts, nutty characters and yeasty complexities across nose and palate. Mid-weight, medium carbonation finishing with a moderate length and intensity malt-centric, roasty bitterness.
Joe_O (2) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 25, 2016 does not count
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A great example of true ESB, with a neat cut in the back palate to modernize it. Great for Aussie’s, Americans, kiwis etc. drinking English styles, and a great example of English brewing in Australia
mcberko (14686) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 8, 2016
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at 4 Pines, pours a hazy amber with a small beige head. Aroma brings out bready malt and a little English hops. Flavour brings out caramel malts and English hops in good balance. Sweet and not really like an ESB. It’s okay.
DavidAust (199) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 16, 2016
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml bottle into nonic glass. Aroma of toffee, raisins and dark red fruits. Dark amber, clear with limited carbonation and a cream coloured head. Sweetish, but with a metallic finish - otherwise would have rated higher - but not much more at the palate was thinner than others I have had. Good overall - but have other brands I would turn to first for an ESB.
Theodopilos (68) - - DEC 28, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the 4 pines brewery Manly, lovely amber colour, fruity aromas and flavours, this is in my opinion the best Aussie made esb
drjoeng (935) - SINGAPORE - DEC 11, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tapped out a very respectable amber brown. 16°SRM.
The mouthfeel was immediately soapy and thick balanced with just enough carbonation so as not to be noticeable, but where you understood that were it not there, the whole brew would just be unpalatable. Flavors in the palate included deep roasty flavors like toast and roasting chestnuts, toffee, caramel, black bread.
The medium-long finish starts with the bitter in the middle of the palate and then slides into the finish with pine, grass, Brussel sprouts, raw bean sprouts and some really complex umami elements of konbu and dashi.
Quite craftily done!
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floydian1 (1362) - FNQ, Australia, - NOV 16, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Keg pour at 4 Pines brewery tap, Manly. Copper-brown with a medium-sized creamy white head that lasts. Big malty sweet aromas and flavours (biscuit caramel, stewed dark fruits, some nuttiness) balanced by pleasant earthy hop notes that provide a decent bitterness to the end of the palate. Somewhat sticky texture with a medium body and light-medium carbonation. A good example of the style which has rarely been tried by Aussie brewers.
Malrider69 (141) - Central Coast, AUSTRALIA - MAY 30, 2015
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a copper/dark amber colour with an excellent thick, creamy, white coloured head. There is the aroma of malt with a mild to moderate bitter after taste that is medium lasting on the palate. Another quality beer from 4 Pines.
stevoj (4032) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 11, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I love the finish on this one, nice lingering, sticky bitterness. Medium weight and slick, malt, honey in the aroma, taste brings the hops in. Well rounded
Muggus69 (2142) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - FEB 19, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500mL bottle from Beer Cartel BB 29/09/2015
Pours an attractive red-amber body, small beige head hangs around.
Subtle yet complex aroma; toasted nuts, browned toffee, sweet biscuits, subtle roast, dried fruit undertones & earthy hop spice.
Full bodied, subdued carbonation, bit of chewy, syrupy, unattenutated quality to the texture.
Oooo...audibly tasty on the palate - plenty of toffee, biscuity, nutty, crystal malt, hints of red fruit esters, with raisiny, perhaps a touch oxidised, notes and earthy hop bitterness.
Authentic tasting ESB - well done overall!