Gregis (1281) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - JUL 9, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle purchased at Beertopia, in Omaha. Pours a deep, hazy copper-brown with a creamy off-white head and lace. The nose is of toasted biscuity malt, light caramel and spicy, woody hops. Light to medium bodied and mildly dry and grainy with a moderately bitter finish. The flavor is a sweet caramel and biscuity malt front with a solid Noble hop backing that leaves a lingering woody flavor on your tongue. This isn’t my favorite ESB, but it’s certainly a serviceable and fairly tasty session brew.
lancenelson (26) - Nebraska, USA - JUL 3, 2008
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very smooth, with very little aftertaste. Good hop flavoring, just enough to not be overpowering.
GJF (1468) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - MAY 28, 2008
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2008 This is a standard american version of an esb, refreshing but nothing to write home about. Not much aroma at all. Solid flavors--caramel and fruity with a citrus hop finish--but the body is a bit thin.
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 12, 2008
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours an amber color with a tan head. Aroma is caramel, toast, and earthy hops. Flavor is malty, toasty, and an earthy bitter hop finish.
hopdog (10913) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 7, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle acquired in trade with valpoaj (thanks!). Poured a medium and hazy amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of toasted grains, citrus, and some caramel. Tastes of caramel, toasted malts, and ctirus.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
hazy amber, thin fine cream head, sweet malt aroma with a bit of citrus grapefruit character, nice hop flavor on a sweet carmel malt base, long bitter finish
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 12/20
jefcon (1595) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - DEC 27, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep and amber in color with some nice, khaki-colored lacing and head. Aromas of pungent hops and some caramels. Lots of hops, ranging from soapy to piney, on the tongue. Harsh palate on which the alcohol shows through. Dry finish.
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - OCT 31, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a stubby twist off 12 oz. bottle with a coded freshness date on the bottom rim of bottle.
Poured a cloudy golden/orangey hued light brown with a foamy off-white head that settled into a thin sudsy, bubbly lacing.
Aromas of caramel and grain, apple fruity, mineral, and floral, leafy hops.
Good carbonation and a crisp, dryish, smooth medium-light bodied mouthfeel.
Pleasant tasting, barley, grain and caramel, a buttery apple fruitiness, mineral, softly spicy, leafy herbal hops, more brisk than bitter, and a dryish grainy, caramel finish.
A really nice ESB, very quaffable, easily the best thing I’ve had from Empyrean so far, well worth trying if you like British style beers.
hayduke (4458) - Eureka, California, USA - AUG 10, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2007 On tap at Lazlos in Lincoln, Nebraska. Copper color with a rich white head and good lacing. Big nose of hops and fruits. Good mouthfeel, and dry finish. Solid offering.
kramer (5735) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 5, 2006
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
12 oz bottle, via BA swid. Pours a clear light copper body under a thin film of white head. Very fine bubbles of visible carbonation. Aroma is very grainy malts with some DMS. No hint of hops to be found, but maybe a little toffee. Flavor is very light with some caramel malts up front fading to a lightly bitter finish. Mouthfeel is thin with watery texture and fizzy carbonation. Overall, this was pretty forgetable. Not enough of everything. Mostly just lacking in taste though, not offensive.