Gorm (854) - Sandnes, NORWAY - APR 7, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dinkel mørk brun farve med masse kremet lys beige skum. Lukt av malt, karamell, gjær. Smak av malt, karamell og gjær. Fruktig og mye karbonert. Vinmonopolet.
nilsas (979) - Bryne, NORWAY - APR 7, 2014
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Duft av humle og malt. Mørk brun farge..mye hvitt skum. Smak av banan med en litt syrlig ettersmak
Brandman (1992) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 2, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
For the sake of conversation just the ratings. Can’t help but I just hate smartphones. Balanced ESB, which is surprise from this overrated brewery. Candy fudge.
john44 (556) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 23, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Keg Half Pint at White Horse European Beer Festival 2012, Parsons Green, London in Aug 2012 - Very Dark Brown in colour. Very Malty; roasty malts, chocolate, caramel, coffee. Hoppy; good balancing rather earthy hop bitterness. Good malt/hop balance. Sweet bitter very roasty malty throughout. Rather unusual for an ESB. Liked this a lot. Very underrated. Nice beer!
tfredvik (942) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 19, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cloudy amber body with a small, short-lived head. Moderate to faint aroma of pale malts, yeast and traces of tobacco (or maybe my nose is a bit screwed up by the strong and weird aroma of the To Øl Snowball that I just had). The flavours are stronger, although not exactly complex. Caramel, fruits and yeasty notes that I find surprisingly Belgian (definitely screwed up by the Snowball). Smooth and creamy on the palate. A nice ESB.
[25 cl from tap @ Nydalen Bryggeri og Spiseri, Oslo]
minutemat (886) - Ford, Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAR 8, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle from Beermoth. Not quite sure what happened with the guys below, but my beer was completely fine. Pours chestnut brown, with a nice nuttiness, a slight sweetness with a touch of dark fruit. It is nice, but I don’t quite think these guys have the style nailed yet. ESB is a deceivingly difficult style to do well and this needs a bit more work.
GraveAtSea (130) - Lublin, POLAND - MAR 1, 2014
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Extreme gushing!!! I worked very hard to open them, I had never seen such a fountain of foam. Moreover: hazy amber color with dirty-white head. Sweet aroma: caramel, malts, bread, fruity. Semi sweet taste, with small bitterness and sourness. Notes of caramel, malts. yeasts some hops and fruits. Thin body with huge carbonation which disturb. Very sparkling. Something must have gone wrong in the brewery.
Ragnampiza (219) - ITALY - FEB 28, 2014
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
330 ml bottle from ArtigianBeer served (well, kinda) in a nonic pint glass. Heavy gusher alert!! Dark orange/lighr amber, quite hazy, with a huge and fluffy yellow-ish head which keep rising and rising. Aroma of burnt caramel, red berries, slightly roasted malts, light nuttiness and some cardboard as well. Very strange in the mouth, huge astringency, some sour notes. It gets better after a few minutes, with the caramel taste emerging, leaving a semi-sweet and roasty aftertaste. Way overcarbonated, and very thin body. Judging by some previous ratings (esp. Moscicki) I can see thare are quite a few off-bottles like this one. Clearly a mess.
Beerhunter111 (5577) - Hasborn, GERMANY - FEB 18, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bernsteinfarbenes Bier mit schöner Schaumkrone. Geruch malzig, getreidig, Karamell, Citrus. Geschmack malzig bitter, Karamell, leicht schokoladig.
Moscicki (129) - Tarnow, POLAND - FEB 16, 2014
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
My first contact with this beer was really bad. I took it out from my cellar and opened it to face a spectacular gushing which resulted in half of a bottle gone around my kitchen and myself.
The leftovers weren’t any good - in aroma there was a mixture of malty and caramel notes with some sourish background, I can’t really name however it was really disturbing. The taste was sour and sweet, the palate was thin, the carbonation was way overdone.
I need to re-rate it at some point as perhaps my bottle was mishandled by retailers however I give it very low priority.