truckie455 (42) - Derby, Connecticut, USA - JUL 1, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very good bitter. the appearance and aroma were wonderful. The flavor was a bit hoppy. Finished nice.
BeerandBlues2 (9097) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUN 23, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Willimantic. Pours clear brown with a medium, frothy white head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is caramel and cookie malt with dates and chocolate. Flavor is malt dominant with light hops and bitterness, dark fruits and a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 23, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Guest tap at Willimantic. Hazy amber color, tan head, solid lacing. Aroma of peppery caramel. Taste is bittersweet caramel and subtle buttetscoth. Decent.
jkwood04 (3430) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 14, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle in a shaker. Pours copper with an off-white head. Aroma of nuts and cereal with a little floral hops. The flavor has a smooth maltiness with the nuts, caramel, cereal and dough notes. Not too bitter. A pretty good beer for this style.
DiarmaidBHK (3170) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 18, 2011
1.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
I’m not a big fan of bitter. I’ve found it a pretty boring beer style so far. Not a lot of aroma. Taste is thin and not very flavorful and it washes away quickly. I was expecting some hoppiness somewhere along the way but none presented itself.
Ratman197 (9042) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 22, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle poured a clear amber with a small lingering amber head. Aromas of carmel, earthiness and a hint of fruittiness. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of carmel, earthiness and a hint of citrus with a crisp dry finish.
paultheguru (650) - Parker, Colorado, USA - AUG 29, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: snifter. pours a really nice opaque pale mahogany color. gorgeous dark khaki colored head with a typical/expected retention level. moderate lacing.
S: some apple and caramel notes from the malts, with a nice solid hoppy addition. some light citrus brought in from the hops.
T: very well-balanced. a little bittersweet, with more hops to me. I get some fruits, mostly apples, and some nutty notes, as well as a hint of butterscotch. very nice flavors from an ESB.
M: full bodied, mild carbonation level. very complex palate for the style, bitters and sweetness invigorate the tongue.
D: very nice brew, well worth getting and enjoying. would definitely drink again.
brigg (487) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 14, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2010 (bottle) Reddish-brown body with a big, off-white head with peaks. Very aromatic - malt, hops, very floral, sugar/cotton candy, grass, wild berries. Medium body and soft with carbonation. Flavor has caramel malt and hops that are moderately bitter. Bitterness increases in the finish, but there is also a slightly metallic flavor that lingers in the aftertaste and detracts from what is otherwise very good; but even so, it doesn’t have a huge effect.
dmac (3754) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - APR 27, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle from a coworker. Poured an intriguing amber color with orange upper edges and red lower edges with an average sized white head. Aroma of tea, chocolate, maple, saw dust, dirt. The body is fuller with average carbonation and a slightly chalky mouthfee. Flavor of earth, tea, and chocolate. Odd for the style but good enought to drink.
cheap (3804) - Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 20, 2010
2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Big thanks to the lil’ beer doctor for this brew! Nice clean beery aroma. Hazy darker brew but not dark brown. Malty ale ish flavors with some bitterness in there. A kind personality with decent carbonation. Pearcing finish on the back of the throat. Evolves from mildy interesting to tongue sharp bitter. Nice rings of lacing. Has some mild oily bite like many IPA. Much more bitter than many other in this style.
joebudzjoe (668) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 21, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft @ Monster B’s. Nice amber brown body with fizzy white head. Great session beer. Even hop/malt balance with a refreshing long lasting aftertaste. This beer is tough to find, but if you do find it, get it.