BlackDonald (1126) - Gulf Shores, Alabama, 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 (10884) - 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
Jmichael (640) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - AUG 8, 2007
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
pours a clear amber with off tan head. mildly sweet with a bitter finish. pretty good with the pizza and a movie. fun stuff.
jcwattsrugger (11560) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - APR 2, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
on tap-pours a light tan head and amber color. Aroma is sweet medium malt. Taste is medium malt, caramel/slight chocolate, secondary hops bite. Mild carbonation.
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - JAN 17, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at APBC. Copper/red body with a thin white head, good retention. Aroma is caramel malt and mellow PNW and Fuggles hops, slight corn character mingling with the citrus. Flavor is sweet bready malts and sturdy hops, light but forward. Slight acidity and caramel in the well rounded finish. Very creamy palate and incredibly drinkable, this beer should be a contender in any competition. Not too similar to most ESBís Iíve encountered, but very well done and worth the drive here if only to sample this beer.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUN 30, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at the brewpub. Clear copper color with thin off white head. Soft malty caramel aroma and flavor. Maybe a touch of toffee too. Pretty solid.
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUN 29, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at WBF in Raleigh. Big head, copper appearance, and hoppy aroma. Flavor is malty and hoppy with a dry finish. Lot of grapefruit in aftertaste. I would like th malt kicked up a notch but thatís just me.
NachlamSie (2973) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 16, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
draught. Red/brown hue with a thin white head. The aroma is thickly of caramel, some papery hops, and bright acidity. Rolands red is mildly biting with an iota of grapefruit and a finish of bark. The acidity clings between sips, but the dense caramel-like malts balance everything out fairly well.
Fish (440) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 7, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
In terms of palate and appearance this stuff is definitely about par for APC. The hops are about the same consistently citrusy, good, not metallic and icky. What excites me about htis beer more than any of the other APC beers is the really creamy, almost coconutty sweet malts which serve to balance out the bitters. This beer Iwhich I tried at the new brew pub on cox ave. rather than the original APC on Merrimon) is the most complex beer Iíve had from APC and one of the most exciting brews Iíve had out of NC. And best of all the pitchers are only 8 dollars!