obxdude10 (2076) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 21, 2004
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very drinkable ESB, copper color, very bright & relatively uncloudy for having a small amount of yeast in the bottle, mild flavors, medium in body, good malty profile, a hint of a toasty flavor, very smooth & drinkable
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAR 20, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rusty copper color with a clear clean body, a finger high tan head sits tight and creamy on top, a collar remains around the edge once the top fades off and the lacing in minimal stubby strings.
Aroma is altogether biscuity and toasted, slight herbal hops, slight caramel, and other dried whole grain notes as well.
Taste is good yet a little on the plain side with not much going on. Roasted/toasted biscuit malts lead the charge and maintain a mild yet gainful capacity. Slight hops bring in some very slight grassy notes. Crisp and clean. Flavors end a tad too short and thin but the finish sufficiently drys out. Lingering in the finish is a bit of wild rice-like starch and light whole grain dryness.
Feel is about medium, clean, respectable roundedness and carbonation with a light drying charactized from just past the middle all the way through to the finish and softly lingers. Flavors weren't up to par to what I've come to know about Alesmith, a tamer ESB all way around but has a satisfyingly clean, mild tone thats enjoyable enough and becomes better as it warms.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 20, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This brew pours with a deep amber body topped by a medium thick head with good lacing. The aroma is mostly bitter and slightly musty with a slightly sweet maltiness. The flavo ris malty and slightly sweet yet bitter and hoppy with a slight citrusy note. Medium bodied and smooth with a touch of dryness.
sloth (2529) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - FEB 22, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Small white head, short lived with tiny bits of lace left behind. Clear amber color.Bready/grainy nose with hints of cider. Light/medium body. Moderately sweet maltiness, fruity with lightly floral hop notes. Finish is medium sweet, malty. Cute lil session beer.
OldGrowth (2751) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - FEB 14, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Fruity, yeasty, woody on the nose. Clear amber color, sediment poured seperate, No head, though lively enough carbonation in the glass. Carmel, nutty, little orange flavor. Clean, thinner body, creamy, smooth. Bitterness lingers. Good ale, nice flavor. Warmwd up nicely.
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - FEB 3, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Maybe I just got a bad bottle, but I didn't think this was nearly as great as everyone else seems to think. I mean, it's good, but not outstanding, IMO.
Pours an amber color with very little head and less lacing.
Aroma is of dark fruits and hops.
Taste is also of dark fruits and hops.
Mouthfeel is good for style; nice mineral feel to it. Overall it's not bad, but not great.
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JAN 8, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
One of the finest looking ales ever. Watch out when you pour it though. They do absolutely nothing to filter their beers and God bless 'em for it. A beautiful frothy head sits atop a deep amber body. Extremely easy-drinking but with a substantial body that makes one aware how much of the grainbill was crystal malt. I think the brewer told me he used three different lovibonds: 85, 45 and 15, if I'm not mistaken. The bitterness is perfectly balced with a rich maltiness. Another wonderfully hand-crafted ale by a brewery that, "For the Love of all that is Holy", should start distributing in other states, especially NM. I believe you said your name was Pete, before you got me and my fiancee drunk,... Thanks for the awesome tour and I pray that I may one day reach your level of brewing ability.
BBB63 (6152) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 26, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice copper hue with a lasting off-white foamy head and very good lace. The floral aroma hints of roasted malt, caramel, apple, nuts, and dusty yeast esters. The taste is that of smooth nutty malts, mild fruity zing, and lightly bitter hops. The finish has a minor pepper tone with a lingering bitterness. The mouthfeel is smooth, soft, and dry. A high quality ESB and surprising not aggressively hopped (which is a good thing). A classic version of the ESB genre. Very recommended.
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - DEC 17, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
glowing bright red color, bright white head. Burnt cedar aroma, sweet light hops. Sweet and malty with some toasty flavors, a solid body, a great ESB.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - NOV 29, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2003 I had to have a few of these before I could put my finger exactly on what was happening. I usually don't care for ESB's, but this was nice. Smooth caramel taste along with tangy hops. Nice malty finish along with hint of cherry(?). MMMMM