Wulfstan (509) - California, USA - OCT 22, 2009
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is a wonderful ESB, characterful, complex, and very well balanced.
It is bright but deep copper with a very large light tan head that dissipates slowly to a permanent frothy top and leaves frothy lace.
The aroma is a rich English ale with caramelized, toasted bread, hints of ginger bread, licorice, tea leaves, caramelized-fermented figs and orange, buttery caramel.
The taste is similarly complex and characterul yet highly pleasant. It is fruity, spicey, and peppery, withtoasted bread, buttery caramel, and citrus. A restrained but firm spicey-citrusy-leafy bitterness just dominates the full-bodied malty sweetness and takes over at the finish but leaves a sweet lingering flavour.
danlo (2016) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - JAN 14, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500ml bottle from Ken Warne grocery store, Darlington. Coppery amber colour, tan foam head and aroma of malt, toffee, caramel. Taste is roasty malt, doughy bready, some caramel, fruity and grassy earthy hop bitterness. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, dry tangy malty bitter finish. Quite drinkable.
Vaiz (4107) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JAN 13, 2016
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at home. Clear amber pour, almost no head. Aroma of spicy malts, licorice, aged hops, honey and some stophoest. Flavor is quite bitter malty, spicy, thick body and smooth. Quite dry.
Erzengel (6723) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - JAN 7, 2016
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
*Old rating from 2011. Nice toasted beer with hints of malts and caramel. Nuts. Nice and easy to drink. Full and rich with a nice Ale characteristic. Great and round.
gripweed57 (1199) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - JUL 24, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
500 ml bottle. Deep copper color with a small frothy beige head with clinging lace. Toasted malt nose has a sharp fruity character. Upfront, more fruity malt with notes of plums and Demerara sugar. Slightly spicy hops in midtaste. Finish is soft and dry. Pleasant and well balanced. A nice example of an English bitter.
SVD (1137) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 9, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at home, dark orange beer small head, aroma is some malts, and hop, hint of cardboard, Taste is some malt, some hop, somwhatbitter, meh
goozen (3581) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - MAY 24, 2015
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 0,5ltr: Clear brown colored brew with an dry bitter taste and hints of caramel. Like the use of letters in the beername.
eastkenttom (114) - herne bay, Kent, ENGLAND - APR 21, 2015
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 7/20
Hints of dates, dark toffee, licorice and caramel. Subtle aftertaste. Hadnít expected to like this but yeah, itís rather good.
OllieBBommel (1368) - NETHERLANDS - APR 12, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
500 ml bottle@home
Appearance: clear ruby with nice light beige head.
Aroma: hops, malt.
Taste: floral hops, mild bitter with licorice.
Palate: smooth and dry, medium lasting bitter body, moderate carbonation.
Overall: very nice.
alexsdad06 (7742) - Ohio, USA - MAR 7, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from notes. Pours a clear amber color with a medium sized white head. Aroma was sweet malts, nutty with some fruity and floral hops. The flavor opens with light sweet malts and citrus. Light bitterness soon follows. This seems to have some age on it. Medium bodied, smooth, just not very exciting.
allmyvinyl (7727) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 24, 2015
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
500ml bottle from Beers of Europe. Pours clear amber-brown, thin off-white head. Aromas of metal and malt. Taste is toffee all the way. Thin, watery finish.