Doppelganger (1387) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - SEP 29, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, shared by Paskie. Warm amber in the glass, smallish layer of off-white bubbles. Husky warm malt aroma, sort of a cereal malty quality, apples. Resiny electric hops, toasted walnuts, lovely under-ripe apricots. Bright and flavorful beer, and one that actually feels kind of English.
onceblind (3575) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 19, 2012
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Clearish light amber with a sticky but uneven white head. Aroma is pretty malty with tones of cereal grains and light caramel esters, but also this weird play-dough quality about it. Taste is a little better, looses the play dough tone but keeps the earthy caramel and sweet pale malts. Unfortunately it gets kinda watery around mid palate, bringing a semi metallic tone that lasts through the finish. A little disappointed overall, but the finish is a deal breaker.
Beershine (5193) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - OCT 9, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft @ taproom. Glassy copper with decent lacing. Spicy aroma. Palate is very nice. A great balance is achieved between mellow roast and spicy hop.
Oakes (11408) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 4, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber colour. The aroma is mostly caramel. Fairly bitter, but the palate is mostly malts after that, with rich breadcrust character.
Atom (1192) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 3, 2011
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bomber pours orange/amber with a small off-white head. Aroma is caramel, toffee, slight roast. Earthy bitterness throughout with grain flavors and bland hops. Very little flavor here just a lot of bitter.
bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 1, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(Draught) Pours a hazy amber body with a medium off-white head. Aroma of caramel, grass, and light roastiness. Flavor of caramel, roasted malt, cocoa, florals, and grass with a mild bitterness in the finish.
thirdeye11 (5379) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 4, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Draught) amber color with a ring of white bubbles. Nose of sweet cream and grain, caramel and orange peel. Taste of English hops, caramel and earthy. Under-carbonated, citrus linger. Decent bitter.
drjay44 (2446) - Salida, Colorado, USA - DEC 27, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz. bottle. Pours a medium off white head of good duration, with attractive lacing over a clear, amber (SRM 9) body....nose is light cereal, toffee/caramel....taste is light cereal to start. with a bit of toffee/caramel, finishing with a light bitter hop bite....mouth feel is medium, carbonation adds a foamy sensation. This is obviously an ESB. It is not overly complex, but would make a nice session beer. BJCP 7/3/14/4/6
NielsenRatings (8096) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 21, 2010
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Tasted from a bomber purchased in Aurora, Colorado. Dark red body with a thick light red/white head. Mostly malty but just ever so slightly hoppy nose. Body is again quite malty with some stale hoppiness and overall just bitter. Not a good bitterness. Pretty crappy brew.
Ernest (6014) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 26, 2010
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing.
Body is medium to dark amber.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain, caramel, husks), lightly hoppy (flowers, apricot), with light notes of black tea and dish rag / detergent.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter, slightly husky, slightly unclean.
Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.
A boring, rough, clunky beer.
Nikiel (864) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 21, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a light brown/gold with large bubbles. Not a lot going on here, but it nails the definition of an ESB on the head, with little hops or malt flavors coming through. Mild flavored.