shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 16, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep copper color with an off white head. Aroma is malty, caramel, crystal malts, biscuit, and grassy floral hops. Flavor is strong crystal malts, toast, some biscuit, and bitter grassy finish.
DialSquare (2044) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 13, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
from a tap sampler at the coxe ave location: copper pour with thin white head. aroma of bread caramel and hops. toasty toffee and vanilla taste. swear I tasted some cinnamon in there. pretty good.
biznizness (1056) - Mooresville, North Carolina, USA - JUN 29, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at the downtown location. Another pretty tasty but not particularly memorable brew. At least these styles go well with pizza, as compared to something huge that would overwhelm.
cmillward (497) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 20, 2009
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Draft @ the brewery. Pours a dark amber with an off-white head. Grainy, caramel aroma with moderate citrus hops. More of the same in flavor, bready, slightly nutty, mild sweetness, caramel and a fairly bitter backbone and finish. Med mouthfeel, nice carbonation.
Drake (7123) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - MAR 6, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sampled on draft at the brewpub. Pours a light caramel brown color with a small head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma is malty and nutty with an odd citrus note and faint hops in the background. Taste is sweet malts and faint leafy hops. Thin bodied.
Butters (3579) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 30, 2008
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Hazy dark amber pour with HUGE ’frog eye’ off white head. Sweet malt aroma. Grainy, malty, and cascade flavor. Wasn’t a real big fan of this one.
beerguy101 (5244) - Newark, California, USA - JUN 3, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This ESB pours a medium copper color from the tap at the brewpub. Medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is bready and malty, touch of hops. A medium bodied ESB. The malts are caramel and sweet. The hops are earthy and floral, but kind of subdued. Could use a little more bitterness. Nice carbonation. Good balance. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
BlackDonald (1126) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 23, 2008
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not bad, not exemplary but a very drinkable bitter. Detectable bitterness throughout, could have used a bit more maltiness, but decent. A great beer with the pizza.
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - SEP 30, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at ABC.Poured an amber color with a hop aroma. Flavor was hop bitterness with some cereal. Finish was crisp and bitter.
kp (10887) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2009
Name: Rolands Red ESB
Date: August 13, 2005
Appearance: dark amber, frothy beige head, good lace
Aroma: good sweet carmel malt aroma with nice hops to balance
Flavor: flavor has a low bitterness leading to a nice finish, bigger carmel sweetness than the typical esb but it makes for a great drinking beer
Name: Rolands Red ESB
Date: March 31, 2006
picking up more hops in the aroma
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20