ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - OCT 6, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Dishwatery, copper color with an ivory head. Grainy malt aroma with some citrusy hop notes. Malt forward but bitter as well. Very British in style with an obvious American hop presence.
Wulfstan (509) - California, USA - NOV 13, 2007
2.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2007 I didnít like this much but itís ok. It is red amber with a thick, light tan head that lasts a little while. The aroma is wheat, honey, citrusy hops, and dust. The taste is malty, fruity, bitter before becoming a bit sweet, with faint flowery hops, a hint of toffee. It then leaves a very bitter, dry aftertaste with a strong hoppy pine aftertaste lingering long past its welcome. The hop bitterness gets more prominent as one drinks more. It is somewhat similar to Lagunitas Censored (one of my favourites) in appearance and flavours, but more hoppy, rough, and much more bitter.
JohnnyJ (4913) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 21, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear, dark brown/red with a nice head. Aroma of fruit, sweet nutty malt, hops. Flavors of piney hops, citrus, nuts, malt, and a bit of metallic taste which seems to be standard for ESBs.
StefanSD (2218) - Lakeside, California, USA - NOV 26, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
650 ml bottle from local liquor store. Pours a rich reddish-copper color with a big sudsy off-white head that lasts forever and leaves plenty of lacing. The aroma is moderate in strength with caramel and malts. The flavor is rich with malts, set prominently in a biter hops backdrop. Other flavors I detect are citrus, pine, toffee and walnuts. The mouthfeel is full and creamy with lively carbonation. The finish is long, dry and biter. Overall: This is the best example of the style "Premium Biter" I have tried to date. Recommended.
shakespeare33 (203) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 16, 2007
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle. pours a very deep red with a cloud head. has a deep almost musty aroma but at the same time appealing. My initial reaction to the taste is that of an intense inviting, sharp biting ale(very much full bodied) I enjoy the taste and the hops mix-in well with each other.. Good robust ale!!
nolankowal (937) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 20, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Transparent red-orange pour with a yellowed off white head. Aroma of caramel maly, light earthy hops, brown sugar and light spice. Flavors of brown sugar, light honey, caramel, and earthy hops. Medium body, sweet/malty witha malty/bitter finish.
kyzr (1154) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - DEC 27, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber bottle pour with an off-white head. Citrus and caramel nose. Flavor is slightly sweet with caramilzed sugars, with a nice hoppy bite to it. Medium body with somewhat hoppy finish. Very nice.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - DEC 5, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good looking beer, pouring a reddish copper body with a lofty eggshell head that perpetrates some heavy lacing. Nice spicy aroma, the PNW hops shining through with grapefruit, pine, and white pepper along with a rich toffee maltiness. The sweet malts begin the flavor, but a solid hoppy bitterness steals the show, the grapefruit and pine lasting long into the finish.
Iím really not sure why this is listed as a Premium Bitter/ESB. Seems like a hoppy American Amber Ale to me, as well as the brewer and the 2002 World Cup folk. But, since Iím rater #139, that probably wonít change any time soon.
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Charlzm (246) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 10, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2007 Bottled, opened on 9/10/07. Beer welled up and out of bottle immediately upon opening at refrigerator temperature. Pours dark, clear amber with lively carbonation and modest head which soon shrinks to proper thin skin of foam atop beerís surface. Aroma is strong malt balanced with resiny hop notes. Flavor is very hoppy for an amber ale with citrus bitterness dominant over the malt. Mouthfeel is smooth and a touch creamy. Finish is a lasting hop bitterness with a hint of astringency that lasts a long time. A good beer, to be sure, but not what I was expecting from an amber ale.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 14, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle: Pours a transparent orange amber with a wispy-lacing froth of off-white head. Aroma of lightly sweet and toasted caramel malts with some resiny grapefruity hoppy notes. Body starts fairly full with a nice, earthy caramel biscuity sweetness along with a crisp, English hoppy bitterness toward a balanced bittersweet finish. Very drinkable and true to style.