GJF (1316) - 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 (9537) - 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 (1459) - 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 (3558) - 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 (5318) - 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.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JUN 25, 2006
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured a clear dark copper color with a small creamy off-white head. Tons of tangerines with some alcohol fumes. Makes me think something happened. i wouldn’t now how to brew it to smell like that. Malty flavor with earthy hops and a moderately bitter finish. Short finish.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 24, 2006
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a very effervescent copper with a lightly-lacing, foamy off-white head. Tart floral lemon fruity aroma has some grainy maltiness. Body starts with some floral earthy notes and a mild dry tartness with some English hoppiness. Somewhat true to style, but unbalanced and somewhat off.