nahthan (129) - Oakland, California, USA - JUL 11, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Best brew from Anderson Valley, IMO. Great hoppy finish, nice malt blackbone. Especially good on tap. Fresh bottles taste good, but unfortunately people donít buy this as often as they should, so more times than not it sits on the shelf too long before you drink it. Nice west-coast made british style ale. Too bad they changed the full name on the packaging to "Extra Special Beer" to entice people to drink it who might worry that itís an over the top IPA or something. (At least this is what the marketing people at AVBC told me). Weird.
harrymel (930) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 16, 2013
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle date: nunya!
Pours an amber with a finger of light cream foam. This falls in a couple minutes to a beer with moderate lace. Smells of malts (english tone) with a bit of a hit of bitter, burnt caramel. This is the nose I generally look for in an ESB, but this is a little too subdued. Flavor is of malts and a weird, over powering flavor I place akin to sushi wrap (seaweed). Really this flavor is overpowering anything else I am tasting, unfortunately. The body is a bit thin with high carb and a semi dry finish. Iím a bit disappointed by this and would not likely order again on my own buck.
Serving type: bottle
GreatDane1632 (22) - Louisiana, USA - NOV 30, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Notes from 12-28-2010 -- Golden with little to no head. Sweet lightly malty with some citrusy hops in the aroma. Tastes sweet with strong citrusy hops at the end. Very drinkable, a little too strong hop flavor
tom10101 (1847) - Quebec, CANADA - NOV 30, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle (12 oz). Bottle from FondueVoodoo, thanks! Hazy amber with a small off-white head that leaves a persistent ring of foam. Aroma is of malt/caramel with hoppy notes, sweetness, floral notes and citrus. Taste is slightly to moderately sweet along with floral notes, citrus and light bitterness in the finish. Some herbal presence too. Medium body. Low to moderate carbonation. A tad too much caramel, but not a bad ESB.
nazzty (744) - ÷dŚkra - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - OCT 30, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Good ground and fine malt body with sleek, bitter and long finish. Tastes and smells quality from the first sip to the last.
shrubber85 (6515) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - OCT 19, 2013
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. Metallic lemon and barley malt aroma. Hazy amber with moderate head. Cardboard, light barley malt, and moderately bitter herbal and metallic flavor. Mediocre.
aletcm (93) - S„o Paulo, BRAZIL - OCT 16, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Boa cerveja. Laranja escura com Bia formação de espuma. Aroma cítrico com o fundo de malte. Sabor cítrico, com dulçor do malte balanceado e amargor evidente sem ser agressivo. Refrescante.
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HoppyBudgie (566) - SOLA, NORWAY - OCT 9, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Golden with off white head. Aroma of sweet malt, herbal and floar hops. Taste of weka roasted malts, toffee and hints of hops.
Holmen2 (182) - NORWAY - OCT 7, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Golden. Bitterness and grapefruit seeds in aroma. American rather.than British. Missing desired britishness for an ESB.
ComradeK (861) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - SEP 27, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
355ml bottle as Anderson Valley Belkís ESB. Pours a hazy copper amber, with a medium off-white head, which lasts well and leaves reasonable lacing. The aroma has some savoury notes, nutty and caramel malt and faint pine hops. Pine and lime hops up front lead into savoury nutty malt in the mid-palate. A savoury flavour persists into the finish, to be joined by caramel malt. A passable if not spectacular bitter.
Hoppypocket (408) - Trois-rivieres, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 11, 2013
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pour is hazy oramge with no head, no bubbles, completly flat. Aroma of floral and citrusy hops, sweet malts. Taste has citrusy and grassy hops, caramel, a bit sweet. Low-medium body. Could have been good but this one is a drain-pour