Hildigöltur (5104) - København, DENMARK - FEB 1, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Copper coloured. Quite hoppy aroma and flavour with a quite solid malt base underneath. Well balanced and pleasant.
Ernest (6727) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 27, 2005
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2013 Bottle.
Head is initially small, frothy, off-white to light brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is dark amber.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain), lightly to moderately hoppy (resin), lightly to moderately yeasty (dough), with light notes of celery and sherry.
Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter, slightly unclean.
Light to medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.
New bottle just arrived into Colorado. After 8 years since my last rating, sadly the Alesmith quality has not improved at all, at least for this particular beer, and in fact has gotten even worse. Quite sour, yeasty, stark, simple, dirty, and very dull. A complete drain pour. Remind me again why this brewery is still revered?
johnyvt (158) - West Hollywood, California, USA - JAN 27, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Less hop bite and thinner than Alesmith’s Evil Dead Red. Dry grapefuit finish off of caramel flavors. A little grassy, but no overwhelming flavor. I prefer the boldness of Evil Dead Red, or even Rogue’s Younger ESB. Still, this is a nice session brew.
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 4, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy amber body with a small white head. Granola/caramel aroma, smells like some specialy grains I just used, Briess Caramel 40. The same sweet caramelly malts in the flavor are accompanied by a nice mouthfeel at the start, bu the beer stumbles in the finish. It has a nice herbal/citrus hopping but there’s an acidic bite - maybe it’s the carbonation. Bit dissapointed in this beer.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 16, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured caramel amber with a small but dense white head...smell is grapefruit, caramel, and a touch roasty...great mouthfeel with a nice sweet maltiness up front, giving way to a nicely hopped back end...slightly bitter grassy finish...this one tops my ESB list...
meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - DEC 16, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This poured out a clear amber color with a slight of white head that left virtually no lacing around the glass. The aroma smell of sweet caramel with a bit of earthy toned hops peaking every now and then. The flavor was very mild with caramel malt and balancing earthy hops that added a nice bitterness. The mouthfeel was about light-medium with a super creaminess about it that allowed it to go down of so smoothly. Very light refreshing sessionable brew here that can be put down all night.
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - DEC 8, 2004
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2005 Pours a cloudy brown/ amber with a frothy off-white head. Aroma dominated by grapefruit. Caramel flavors with no aftertaste.
ragesaq (71) - Arizona, USA - DEC 4, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
First off, not normally a fan of ESB’s, but I’ve loved everything Alesmith has made so I had to give this a try.
Appearance: A dark copper/brown color, light fast dissapearing head with moderate lacing.
Aroma: A little pine, a little apple, touch of malt, very subtle.
Flavor profile: I was expecting really bitter, but this is surprisingly not so. A nice light hop/malt backbone, with some carmel and apple flavors poking through. Its got a sweet kind of flavor without really being sweet. Light but not watery mouthfeel, really smooth and quenching character to it.
Overall: This is pretty good, I’m sure if you love ESB’s you’d really dig this.
Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 29, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at marinaro500’s post-Thanksgiving gathering, provided by the host. Cloudy orange body, thin cream head. Caramely aroma with nice earthy (and floral) hops and minerals. Sharp earthy hops cut the breads and caramels, leaving a relatively long finish with just a touch of bitterness and pine. Coppery. Very tasty despite the low ABV; this is indeed a liquid cookie.
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 28, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2007 pours a deep amber hue with a small halo of a white head. Aromas of cinnamon, cookie dough, and a slight pine note. Flavors of caramel, slight copper/metallic taste, mild bitterness, malty, smooth/almost creamy, vanilla and caramel. Very nice esb, probably the best one i’ve had yet.