Strykzone (6630) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - DEC 9, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at the East Side Bottle Liberation Society tasting. A hazy golden pour with a soapy off white head. An atypical aroma is creamy with fruit. Light flavor of caramel and cream with a bit of fruit. A bit sugary. Atypical all around but still an enjoyable beer to drink.
nuplastikk (5742) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 10, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Murky orange-brown color. Thin, patchy off-white head. Pretty standard offering, though the body is a touch watery. Easy drinking, medium bodied. On the maltier side of the equation, very delicately hopped. Somewhat nutty, with some fruity amber malt tones. Smooth and sessionable, but not so noteworthy.
VengefulOdin (193) - , Missouri, USA - OCT 6, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 ounce shorty bottle. Interesting name, Luna Sea ESB (a play on Lunacy, perhaps?). Breaking out the ususal basic tumbler for this beer. Pour is a very hazy red to orange, super-cloudy. It doesn’t appear to be condensation on the glass so I will chock this one up to the filtering, of which there doesn’t appear to be any. I’m guessing this could be bottle conditioned as well, though the label didn’t do me the courtesy of a heads up. Small fizzy head that fades pretty quickly. Low to mild levels of carbonation. Aroma is of light grains and gym socks with some honey sweetness. Mouthfeel is more robust than I expected, with an unsweetened black tea finish. The flavor reminds me of honey and biscuits, like I used to have when I was a kid. Some citrus and floral notes are mixed in with the malts. Not bad for an ESB, but I’ve had better.
CanIHave4Beers (3999) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - AUG 25, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a reddish orange with a smallish head that is well retained. The aroma is some chocolate, some cherry, and some raw grain. The flavor is a bit grainy with some nice fruity and toasty notes remaining dry with a light bitterness; everything in the flavor here is really balanced nicely.
Without question the best Empyrean beer I’ve tried yet... by a mile.
ketchepillar (1184) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - AUG 13, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Aroma-caramelly compost. Some nice bitterness in there. Almost roasty malt, brown ale-y character, but it can’t quite pull it off.
DrSamPHD (68) - Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA - DEC 29, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A thin, slightly off-white head. Amber hue, hazy. Sweet, malty aroma. A well balanced taste of hops and a nutty sweetness. Notes of caramel coming through with a slight floral kick. Not the bitterness I would expect from a ESB though. The finish is great, smooth taste, a refreshing brew. Nice.
bvc (1239) - Washington, USA - AUG 25, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle given to me by theisti last time he was in town. Pours a darker amber that is semi cloudy with a slightly off white head. Nose it bready malt with hints of brown sugar and pine tree. Taste is much like the nose with sweet malt up front and then some bittering in the middle finishing off with more bready malt and some faint tartness. Decent enough ESB...thanks Tim.
alagnak (468) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - JUL 24, 2009
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12ox btl from theisti. Pours dark orange to brown, aroma is caramel, lightly toasted bread. Flavor is heavy on the caramel, nice hop bitterness towards the end that was surprising with all the caramel malt going on. Nice. thanks, TIm.
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 8, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours amber with a thin head. Malt nose with a little bit of floral hops. Caramel in the flavor. When I asked if they had an IPA this is what I was given.
kitschy (326) - Nebraska, USA - JUN 27, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Golden orange color. Sweet malty nose. I always feel like the finishing hops are too harsh for the malt content on this beer but it doesn’t keep me from ordering it