jbeatty (846) - New York, USA - JUL 14, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Growler from Whole Foods UWS, 07/14/2013. Pours clear, brilliant garnet color, thin white fizzy head, small ring of lacing around my glass. Aroma of dark bread, roast nut, caramel, light pine hop character. Taste is decidedly more hop character, big earthy pine, heavy toasted grain, nice toffee notes with long bitter finish. Medium body, some oiliness from the hops. Pretty decent.
bob_w (291) - new york, New York, USA - JUL 10, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Good clarity, moderate head that dissolves quckly, rich dark amber color with a touch of red highlight. Grainy malt aroma, a bit of yeasty tang in the nose. Nice grainy malty flavor, without too much bitterness. a touch grainy in the finish, but a pretty nice.
ben4321 (3347) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - SEP 8, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2012
Location: Draft at Mission Dolores, 9/8/12
Aroma: This one has a nose of caramel, bread, nuts, and toffee
Appearance: It pours a clear dark orange color, coating white head/lace
Flavor: The taste of this one is medium sweet, mostly malt, and has a light spice hop
Palate: The body is light-medium, it has a tingly feel, and a mildly dry finish to it
This one was a solid amd drinkable ESB with a enough of a hop backing to provide some balance to this malt-heavy beer.
jredmond (4594) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JUL 31, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at pony with Andrew and Feng. Pours a deep reddish amber bkey with no head. Aroma is light fresh pine hop. MOuthfeel is medium, crisp with notes of pine, spicy hops, grain and light fruit.
Maverick34 (1909) - New York, USA - DEC 11, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught from Eastern District. Pours reddish brownish. Creamy head. Light malts and caramel aroma and toffee, mild hops and soil
j12601 (6403) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAY 6, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pouring at TAP NY. Pours a clear gold and brown with a large white head. Toast, light hops and crackers. Big and toasty, crisp malt. Smooth toast and malt. Long caramel and earthy hop bitterness.
BrewBoxer (1544) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 6, 2011
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask. Malty with slight hops. Carmel, toffee and honey. Nothing special IMO
Chapel (468) - Levittown, New York, USA - FEB 24, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Growler from the brewery. Surprisingly strong alcohol quality for the style. Rather bread yeasty upfront with a strong hop finish. Not my favorite Barrier offering so far.
notalush (4456) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 18, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at a tasting at Big Z in Huntington, NY - has a fairly strong, american style hop profile for an ESB, tasting more like a malty APA, but still tasty - fairly dry, but there is a nutty yeastiness and a toasty bready malt base to compliment the dry character and spicy hops - good - probably would work really well on cask.
LilBeerDoctor (3227) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 28, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler from Big Z. Pours a hazy dark mahogany brown with a thick white head. Aroma of caramel malt, hop oils, citrus hops, and bready malt. Flavor of bitter hops and rich caramel malt up front with a bready, doughy malt finish. A nice, easy-drinking ESB on the hoppier side with a recognizable Barrier malt base. Good stuff!