EKGoldings (585) - Radford, Virginia, USA - DEC 13, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2014 On tap at the brewery. I really wanted to like this more, I am a sucker for British ales. The nose was malty and toffee, with some hops balancing but definitely in the background. Not to style due to high alcohol, but not a bad beer.
HighlanderOne (1038) - Bergen County, New Jersey, USA - NOV 29, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from can. Aroma of malt, ocean and soap. Good lookin mahogany with tan head. I taste caramel, nut, brown sugar, yeast and hop notes in back. Very drinkable. I expected more hop presence for this style, but itís a good example of an English pub ale.
dliberto (210) - Hampstead, Maryland, USA - NOV 19, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a 12oz can into a pint glass. Pours a dark copper/brown with a foamy off white head. Aroma consists of caramel, dark fruits, bread, and tobacco. Taste is much the same. As it warms it gets even better. Medium bodied with light carbonation and a sticky mouth feel. Has a decent amount of lacing.
jgb9348 (4921) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - NOV 9, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep rich brown coloured body with hints of violet and ruby and a thick, three centimetre tall tan head. Aroma of alcohol, malt, toffee and nuts - pungent. Medium-bodied; Strong rich malt body with some alcohol and earthy notes coupled with a nice bit of sugars and some light complexity near the end. Aftertaste shows some assertive maltiness with a little hop flavour and a lot of sweetness from caramel and toffee - nice. Overall, a nice and relatively pungent ESB with more a dark and deep flavour than most from this style. I sampled this twelve ounce can purchased from Whole Foods in Arlington (Clarendon), Virginia on 01-November-2014 for US$1,99 sampled in my hotel room here in New York, New York on 07-November-2014.
DrinkinWell (307) - - OCT 19, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a reddish brown. Hints of caramel, brown sugar. Malts, cinnamon, bit of clove. An interesting ESB.
Maverick34 (2427) - New York, USA - SEP 28, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Canned. Brownish pour white head. Malts and heavy caramel. Decent esb not much else here
BREWMUSKCLES (2321) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 24, 2014
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
aroma fades fast but brew is a real winner with peat and hop and fruit punch and vibrant small carbonation that stings a bit and leaves that malt for a reminder. satisfying yet you want another. vibrant caramel ivy warming finish that lingers pleasantly. could be even better with a tweak or two. impressive esb.
gripweed57 (816) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - SEP 20, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 ounce can. Copper color with a big foamy beige head. Caramel malt nose. A hint of brown sugar, as well. Sweet toasted malt flavor is smooth and nutty. More brown sugar and spicy hops. Some dried fruit in mid taste. Alcohol is well hidden. Finish is cloying and sticky malt.
dagimp (765) - Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 18, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a can into a pilsner glass. Served at a wedding. Good choice. Nice and fresh. Too much alcohol for a normal esb but let's just call it an American esb. Few inches of white head dissipating into near nothing. Sweet bready aroma with some spice. Mouthfeel is heavy and carbonated. Neither too much so. Burin wouldn't want to make this a session beer. Taste is real nice. Total malts. Dark dank and sticky. As said before, a little too heavy for the style. But loads of flavor. Real good stuff!
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bubbleflubber (1891) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - AUG 12, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep mahogany with a foamy head that fully diminishes. The nose has some sourdough, caramel and light esters. Flavors are of caramel, melon, stone fruit, biscuit, toasted malt and a finish of nice balanced metallic, tannin-peppery bitters. The finish is absolutely divine, honestly, and paired with the lively mouth, smooth palate, well-balanced round body and easy drinkability, itís substantive and complex, yet super quaffable. Best brew by the brewery Iíve had so far, and well worth it. Great ESB!