polarisbeerguy (18) - Lake Orion, Michigan, USA - APR 10, 2013
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured from a 750ml champagne corked bottle the aroma is subtle nice bitter longevity but not overpowering hints of apples on the front appearance is dark mahogany one of my favorites from blue mountain
superspak (1889) - Michigan, USA - AUG 13, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle into pint glass, best before 6/2014 stamped on the cork. Pours lightly cloudy reddish copper color with a 2-3 finger dense and fluffy light khaki head with incredible retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts the whole glass. Dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a lot of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of caramel, pear, raisin, apple, toast, biscuit, brown sugar, floral, grass, light pine, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and fruity ester notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, brown sugar, toast, biscuit, pear, apple, pepper, floral, pine, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, toast, biscuit, light fruits, floral, pepper, light pine, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance of malt, hop, and fruity ester flavors; with good robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a moderately creamy and crisp mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent ESB style. All around great balance and complexity of malt, yeast, and hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.
malrubius (1506) - Willowick, Ohio, USA - DEC 3, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fresh (BB 4/2014) can from Save On. Deep garnet reddish brown with lasting flat head. Caramel and spicy bready aroma. Toasty bready caramel malts mild fruit dry earthy herbal lingering bitterness. Subdued and fine carbo. Medium body. Lovely soft mouthfeel. Excellent for the style, which I havenít had in a while, been so driven to IPAs. Extra points for demanding that I look at the date code on the bottom.
efdejesus (92) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - OCT 7, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz poured into a coffee mug (the best I could Iím out of town). Looked to be dark brown. Aromas of sweet malt. Little hops compared to other ESBs Iíve had. Nice caramel sweetness. Good heavy mouthfeel. Almost seemed like a nice amber ale. Very drinkable. Alcohol warming but not overpowering.
Emeister84 (633) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 31, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2013 Aromas of grape candy, oranges, and some caramel. Clear, reddish-amber, with a moderately retaining, white head. Lightly sweet, nutty flavors balanced by floral, hop bitterness. Medium bodied with average carbonation, and a fruity, bitter finish.
TheBeerGod (4901) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - SEP 2, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - 750mL corked and caged. Pretty copper pour with a short tan head. Hoppy and fruity with strong spicy hops, caramel, toffee, dark fruit, light citrus and chewy malt. Taste is big spicy and earthy hops, light floral notes, caramel, sweet malt, dark fruit, some citrus, toffee and light tea notes.Body is medium with a strong, dense, bubbly carbonation. Finishes with more caramel, spicy hops, toffee earthy hops, citrus notes, floral hops, tea and chewy malt.
JBoan (167) - Arizona, USA - SEP 15, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Can. Pours deep reddish amber with a thin eggshell head. Smell is sweet roasted malt, caramel, some hops, bread, and light citrus and faint smoke. Taste is sweet roasted malts, caramel, bread, and light citrus. Medium bodied with mild carbonation. Good smooth drinking beer.
dpjuart (1029) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 21, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark red with brown hues. Caramel and chocolate nose. Creamy and chocolate, caramel, mild bitter. Solid.
brigg (474) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 22, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle) A copper body with a huge, airy tan head. Thick, fluffy lace on the glass. Caramel malt aroma, dry grassy hops, medium spice, and lightly fruity. Medium to full bodied, lightly carbonated, chewy. Flavor of caramel malt, medium sweet, medium fruity, light floral notes. Hops are fairly light, but they do linger in the finish and aftertaste.
Elwood (2899) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - OCT 14, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Serving: 750 ml. bottle from the brewery. Hazy ruddy amber color with a large off-white head. The nose is fruity with slight tropical fruit and caramel notes. The flavor heads a more earthy direction with some fruitiness, mushroom, and pine notes. Medium body with higher carbonation.