Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - FEB 4, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Nice pour, burnt caramel color, good size tan head. Aroma is malts and some yeast-bread. Decent lacing. Taste has some hop bitterness. but the end and after taste is slightly empty. Thanks for the trade pal.
SpringsLicker (2932) - Tennessee, USA - NOV 27, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Sledge Jr for this Nebraska brew.
This pours with a minimal creamy off white head that dissipates rapidly, over a dark amber body. Some light malt aroma.
The slight bitterness that a good ESB should have, is replaced by an off putting sourness that also hurts the dryness in the finish. A bit thin as well.
The wide variation in scores for this may suggest some inconsistencies with the brew..
RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 18, 2005
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours copper with little off-white head. Just a little malt in the aroma. Needs more aroma from finishing hops. Thin in flavor, maltiness, and hops. Pretty uninteresting to me.
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - FEB 7, 2005
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Orange and light brown with little head and a little haze. Not much aroma, a bit of orange. Flavor is slightly malth and a little sour, but is lacking much of anything else. Eventually there is a minor bitterness. Not a great finish, it’s wattery and empty.
TChrome (1397) - Bedford, Texas, USA - JAN 11, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Beer pours clear copper color with a decent sized beige head that mostly dissipates. Aroma is pleasently malty with biscuit being predominant. Flavor is enjoyable sweet malt with some light hop bitterness in the finish. Very well balanced and quite tasty for one of the lighter styles. Thanks Kawa!
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 14, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured amber with thin off white head...smell is first very cookie dough, fading into a mild floral hoppy aroma...not quite what I expected...taste is a nice interesting mix of hops, malt, then hops...doesn’t have the sour bitterness as most in this style, but more of an APA type spicy bitterness...another pleasant surprise...not bad! Thanks to eboats for this one!
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 5, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: clear, deep amber hue, with a shortish head atop.
Aroma: abounding! Rich and malt-accented, flowing out from the instant the cap is cracked off, sweet, fruity, caramelly, toasty, and just damned nice.
Taste: those very same flavors continue and treat the tongue, on down to the tummy. Hops provide a tidy, tasty shuffle on the tastebuds up front, then slowly fade. Malt is copious and constantly delivers rich, complex flavor.
All ESBs should at least try to be this good, and it’s a pity that most don’t. I could sit with these for a spell, that’s for sure!
bu11zeye (11740) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 13, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2005 (Bottle) Pours a deep amberwith a medium-sized white head. Caramel and malt aroma and flavor. Not one of my favorite styles, but quite enjoyable.
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - SEP 11, 2004
2.5 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Foul aroma that is reminiscent of vomit. Light amber with a white head. Taste is sweet and malty. There is a little bit of hops at the end, but not much. Definately not what comes to mind for an ESB. Has a floral taste with hints of toasted caramel. Pretty tasty, but smells wretched.
Braudog (5345) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - AUG 22, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep amber/copper beer wtih a nice starting head. Sweet caramel-malt aroma. Predominant sugary-caramel tones, not the bitterness I’d hoped for with the "ESB" title. Nonetheless, not a bad brew particularly in my new heartland home with few quality beer choices. Might market this as an amber ale, though.