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 doesnít appear to be condensation on the glass so I will chock this one up to the filtering, of which there doesnít appear to be any. Iím guessing this could be bottle conditioned as well, though the label didnít 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 Iíve had better.
CanIHave4Beers (3556) - 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 Iíve tried yet... by a mile.
ketchepillar (1172) - 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 canít 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 (1180) - Kenmore, 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 (467) - 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 doesnít keep me from ordering it
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 26, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours amber with a thin white head. Smells of sweet malt, roses, earthy, tea. Tastes earthy and semi sweet with a floral hint on the finish.
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - JUN 25, 2009
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 ounce bottle from theisti. Pours a very hazy and murky Texas orange with a scant amount of white head. Robust biscuity and toasty malt nose with plentuy of earthy/herbal hops. Well balanced flavor with baked goods and plenty of bitterness, but it doesnít quite live up to the aroma. Medium body and lots of carbonation. I find the carbonation a bit distracting. Still. Thereís not really anything bad here.