tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 21, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Floral, herbal, perfumey, earthy hop nose with some underlying malty caramel. Hazy brown with shy and thin cover of white head. Caramel malt flavour but well-attenuated and dry with some floral, earthy, perfumey hop flavour. Medium-light body with low to fair carbonation. Not one of the better beers Iíve had from this brewery but certainly a drinkable one even if I was hoping for better. Bottle sampled with Lubiere and Rastacouere.
Rastacouere (6161) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 21, 2005
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Brown body with reddish reflects. Dull short-lasting off-white head. Fairly typical nose, an average blend of malt and hops. Slightly floral and stale goldings while the malts come out earthy, rather husky and almost grainy. Pretty dry on the tongue, almost sandy. Feels oxidized to me, husky malts and orangey hops providing a toothpaste reminiscent grassy/minty/soapy hop profile. Dull palate, light-medium body, lightly oily. Huh.. Whereís the rich Alesmith malt?
rudolf (2345) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 16, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I donít think Iíll type what I wrote down for this beer during Icemanís party. All Iíll say is that the word "caramel" appears once while the word "mofo" pops up repeatedly. Is "mofo" even a word?
MayorQuimby (100) - Santa Barbara, California, USA - MAR 14, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a light amber color, thin white head, without much lacing. Aroma is nice and malty, fruity and estery, I really liked the aroma. Bitter flavor, but thereís enough malt to back it up, some woody and spicy flavors in there too. Finish is bitter, and some fruity characteristics come through in there. Very smooth, good carbonation levels, mouthfeel is about the right level for an ESB. One of the better ESBís that Iíve had, as good as the Rogue and much better than Fullerís in my opinion.
sprinkle (114) - Arcadia, Michigan, USA - MAR 13, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 2, 2005 I donít know if this was a bad bottle. Low carbonation, little to no head. Color is good, but almost nothing on the nose. Taste there is a little mid palate, saltyness on the outside back of the tongue, malts do not come through like they should.
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAR 12, 2005
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
this was pretty rockin. i actually made mike switch with me lol. my 101st and it was smooth bitter and had a clean finish
mjg74 (2891) - Salem, Oregon, USA - MAR 8, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2007 Pours a brownish/orange sort of color. Fair amount of foam. Aroma is malty and sort of sour. Mild malty flavor. Malty bitter finish. Hint of hops towards the end. Pretty good ESB.
Maxamillion (103) - Glendora, California, USA - MAR 3, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark amber color. Subtle aroma of hops. Not very complex but pretty well balanced though. Nice smooth beer though. Good for sessions.
highalphafan (18) - albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - FEB 26, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a deep copper hue. Nose is bready with fruit undertones. Not incredibly complex, but Iíve never heard of an ESB that was. Overall this would be a great session beer if I could get it in 6 packs.
Sammy (9823) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 26, 2005
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
somewhat bitter and not complex. But went well with various lunch dishes. Rather mild Malty and floral and understated fruitiness. Thanks Don for bringing back fresh from San Diego!