Troobie99 (60) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 7, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deschutes Brewery has taken the NW by storm--their Mirror Pond, Obsidian Stout, and Black Butte Porter are all top-ten selling micros in Oregon. You know what? This is their best beer. A couple years ago they switched to ESB, a bigger, less-balanced version. Bachelor Bitter is a spot-on classic best bitter, a perfect marriage of hops and malt that you could drink for four hours, take a break in your conversation, and then say, íman, this is a TASTY beer.í
miyauchi38 (977) - chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 24, 2015
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
AdiBeer (2397) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 4, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma: light fruity, peaches, sweet malts, caramel, bread. Appearance: clear, light brown, small, frothy, white head. Taste: light sweet. Palate: sweets continue, remain quite light, good fruitiness. Overall: very nice ESB indeed, malty, fruity, excellent. Pint at GBBF 2015, Kensington Olympia.
R4N5H (409) - SINGAPORE - AUG 29, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught, cask at the GBBF 2015 (London Olympia) on 14-Aug-2015. ABV 5.3%. Dark amber colour with a small white head. Aroma of sweet malt, oranges and slightly nutty. Medium body and soft carbonation. Flavour of caramel, sweet malt, dark fruits and light citrus. Slightly bitter finish. In the ESB style, light, easy to drink.
ARH (971) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 23, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap, poured into a plastic cup at Deschutes Street Pub Chicago. The aroma is a malty, fig, molasses, raisin, and pie crust combination with a mild roasted nut note late. Itís an effervescent, hazy caramel brown with a tan, dense sudsy head that retains a moderate messy surface and a dense, but runny lace. The taste is a medium bittersweet that balances well at first, but turns more bitter heavy by mid cup. The texture is a thicker oiliness with a fuzzy carbonation and a medium light body. The flavor profile, at first, strikes the palate as caramel apple with a dark chocolate, but oranges, molasses, and pie crust emerge next with nuts coming through late. The finish is a dark raisin and woody spice blend with molasses late. Itís dry with a mellow toffee and pie crust aftertaste with a warm combination of molasses, nuts, and a bitter wood spice. Thereís also a hint of waxiness, and a roasty nutty bitter aftertaste late, but all very mild.
madmitch76 (19649) - , Essex, ENGLAND - AUG 18, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
14th August 2015
GBBF Day 4. Cask. Clear gold - amber beer, a few pale cream colour bubbles. Palate is light with decent fine carbonation. Smooth malts. A little sweet bubblegum ester. Big spicy orange. Light hop spicy finish. Nice bitter!
mR_fr0g (6484) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 14, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at gbbf 2015 day 4. Amber / burnt orange coloured pour with a loose white head. Aroma is sweet toast, nutty, tangerine, fine. Flavour is composed of nutty light berry, faint lemon, . quite delicate and well balance. Palate is semi sweet, moderate carbonation. Really good bitter.
DSG (9317) - Tel Aviv, - MAR 16, 2015
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
[2/27/15] Draught at Deschutes Brewery & Public House in Portland. Amber-colored. Aroma of butter, caramel and toffee. Sweetish flavor, buttery, with caramel, toffee, light fruitiness and a bitterish finish. Medium-bodied.
Bulk_Carrier (3011) - Final Resting Place, Vermont, USA - FEB 9, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a hazy burnt orange to brown color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute leaving some light lacing here and there and ends up sliding for the most part.
The smell had a decent amount of sweet malts, slight nuts over top of the hops.
The taste was mainly the same with a slight quick malty aftertaste leading to a dry sweet finish.
On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it.
Overall, I would say that this was a decent ESB I could have again. Iíd like to have again and wouldnít mind having with some fish ní chips.
slowrunner77 (7855) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 19, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
"bachelor bitter is now the tap, and bacheloe esb is the bottle, so this review is for tap only...a little lighter and smoother than in the bottle, so a noch up there, but it loses a touch of itís complexity."
hopwine (608) - brooklynzzzzz, New York, USA - JUL 12, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Strong caramel/crystal malt lends a sweetness that overpowers the English hops a bit too much. Other than that itís a pretty solid take on the style. Iíd love to try a version with the abv dialed down to a more style appropriate level.