theisti (3242) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - AUG 28, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Shaker pint nitro draft at The Sybarite Pig in Boca Raton, Florida. The pour settles to a clear golden orange with a nitro cream head. The aroma is minimal due to the thick nitro cream head blocking. What aroma is there is cracker malt. The taste is a smooth cracker malt along with a hint of toast and some crystal malt notes. There is grass in the finish. Clean, simple, tasty. The palate is medium bodied, nitro carbonation and lingering malt. Nice.
Petkus331 (265) - Redford, Michigan, USA - AUG 16, 2014
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma is of mild caramel. Appears reddish clear brown with a thick ring of white foam. Taste is mildly sweet caramel up front followed by some nice leathery bitterness on the end. Mouthfeel is a bit oily, but ok. Overall, good.
firstsip (438) - Michigan, USA - AUG 16, 2014
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap. On nitro. Dark amber, full head. Nondescript nose. Nice caramel malt presence, but lacking the necessary biterness for the style. Does get more bitter as it sits
LuckyDog (139) - - AUG 15, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2014 Most cigar city beers are really great. This one is only good. When I hear esb I think of the smooth, classic, British style. Think Boddingtons or similar. This tastes more like an American IPA.
Rerate: This time I had out on nitro. Much better. This is a very good esb.
Aurelius (4178) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 2, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear, tea colored. Big nitrogen head. Nice malty aroma with nuts, wood, caramel, peat. Chalky and happy - peaty up front. Nicely bitter and tannic, faint notes of chocolate, sweeter as it warms. Medium to slightly heavy. On tap, Proof Production Facility. LuckyDog’s 53rd.
GreatDane1632 (372) - North Dakota, USA - APR 25, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Rating from notes, drank 8 Oct 2011 -- On tap at Kickback’s Gastropub in Jacksonville, FL. This beer received a gold at GABF, and I believe it. Great example of an ESB.
Dfonorow (1445) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2014
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap @ Cigar City Brewpub. Pour is hazy amber with a small off-white head. Aroma and flavor are both on the sweeter side - straw, caramel, grain, faint hops, light fruit. Finish is slightly bitter.
argo0 (11535) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 3, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nitro. Large off-white head atop crystal clear amber body. Aroma is medium sweet, caramel, orange, some candied orange, light spicy, milk chocolate. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, some spicy, orange, earthy/bread, light milk chocolate. Light-medium body, low carbonation, very easy drinking.
suprchunk (2250) - Crestview, Florida, USA - NOV 26, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Creamy white head floating atop a coppery pool of beer. Plenty of lacing. Fruity malt aroma. Sweet malty flavor with a very slight metallicness. Not bad.
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klaing (116) - Florida, USA - NOV 11, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The nitro makes this a lovely silky beer. Has a rich malt to it and enough of a backbone of hops to keep it going. A favorite ESB. Think this might only be available on draft.
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