Dogbrick (8950) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 3, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample at the Badge-Whore Bowl (OSU vs AL) tasting on 01/01/2015. Pours a clear pale copper color with a medium white head that recedes steadily to a film. Stringy lacing on the glass. Aroma of roast malt, hops and fruit. Medium-bodied with a very hoppy character for an ESB (which I assume is the "American" part, with notes of citrus, pine and grainy malt. The finish is sweet up front with a resiny hops aftertaste. Decent overall.
Block (1637) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - DEC 22, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This was a good pre-meal beer to get the palate going. A stronger flavor profile of hops, pine, sugar. But too strong.
puboflyons (2342) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 6, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
From the 650 ml. bottle. Cloudy, probably unfiltered, medium amber color with this tremendous fluffy milkshake-like tan head. It sits delicately on top the whole time. Malts and yeast on the nose with a sort of melon-like quality to it. Medium to better than medium body. The taste is of roasted malts with a grapefruit or melon-like hoppiness.
superspak (3070) - Michigan, USA - SEP 11, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy orange/amber color with a small dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, herbal, floral, grass, light pine, caramel, toast, biscuit, light nuttiness, light pear/apple, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Nice aromas with good complexity and solid balance of citrus/floral hops, dark/bready malt, and light-moderate yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, herbal, floral, grass, light pine, caramel, toast, biscuit, light nuttiness, light pear/apple, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Fair amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, herbal, floral, grass, light pine, caramel, toast, biscuit, light nuttiness, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and balance of citrus/floral hops, dark/bready malts, and light-moderate yeast ester flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Yeast esters are very restrained in this, but still noticeable. Light carbonation and medium bodied; with a smooth, crisp, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good American ESB style. Good balance and complexity of citrus/floral hops, dark/bready malt, and light yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A bit too hoppy for the style, and I would have liked to see some more dark malt presence; but a nicely enjoyable offering otherwise.
Danyel (1242) - Colorado, USA - AUG 8, 2014
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap. Pours clear orange with white head. Aroma is citrusy. Taste is bitter, smooth for his bitter it is, light, citrusy. Okay.
BlackHaddock (4435) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - AUG 4, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Pizza Port (San Clemente) on 17th July 2014. Poured an amber to copper colour with an off-white head that started deep but fell away by the time I got back to my seat. The nose was semi-sweet malts and soft fruits, the taste following on in the same vein. The hops take second stage to the maltiness throughout and I enjoyed it. Toasted and lightly roasted maltiness without any hops while in California makes a change doesn’t it.
halfonit (1203) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 15, 2014
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Battleship. Pours a dark golden color. Aroma is weak. Malts & hops. Nice smooth palate. Flavor is quite nice though. I can taste some roasted malts, a little chocolate, leaves, earthiness and spices. I bet this one would be good in a nice autumn night.
nearbeer (3966) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 3, 2014
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
650 ml. Endless gusher that fizzed up all over me, the dog and the shoes even after trying to siphon off the foam for 5 minutes. If I could give a zero for appearance I would. Nose is sour orange, light caramel and some resin. Tastes of sour orange zest, caramel and green herby resin. Light-medium body is balanced and has medium-high carbonation. The name is apropos for this attempt at an ESB, it never even seems to enter into the same sandpit.
commonmac (508) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 1, 2014
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
UPDATED: OCT 11, 2014 16 oz pour on nitro at Town Hall Tap. The nitro part is not what I was hoping for but you work what you’re given. This one really owns its bitterness. Smell is dulled by the nitro element but a mild hop aroma tries to push through. Taste really disappoints...too much bitter with no balance. Aftertaste is funky and again bitter. I guess the nitro aspect could negatively impact the impression but in general this is probably worth skipping.
jerseyjohn71 (245) - corsicana, Texas, USA - JAN 25, 2014
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
good ESB,,,,, lightly bitter at first,,, gets better as you drink,,, caramel, cereal, hay, toast, grass, floral, citrus, dough, vanilla, amber, orange, clear, frothy, white foam, tan foam, lightly bitter, medium body, creamy, lively,