cgarvieuk (14794) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 31, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Keg at the hanging bat... Deep copper... Thin white lacing.. Soft sweet floral blackcurrant fruits nose... Light fizz.. Fry fruits... Dry toffee blackcurrant fruits.. Little thin... Soft roast.. Ok
tania_nexust (209) - Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 27, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught keg from Craft Beer Co. Covent Garden. English bitter style. Slightly malty, pretty decent.
brewzntunez (12) - - OCT 25, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reviewed On: (7-31-14):
*Glassware: Nonic Pint
*Serving: 12 oz
*Aroma: wood chips, caramel, toffee, lightly roasted barley malt, hint of vanilla
*Appearance: Deep amber color with three fingers of lightly tanned head. The head slowly receded to a one finger head. Lots of thick creamy layers of lacing, covered the glass from top to bottom after the beer was consumed.
*Taste: Biscuity/bready upfront, caramel malt sweetness in the middle, and finishes with a floral/spicy mild hop bitterness, to go with a hint of vanilla at the end, probably due to the oak barrels it was held in.
*Palate: Light to medium bodied, smooth mouthfeel, fizzy carbonation on the tongue. Finishes clean and dry.
*Overall: An excellent example of the ESB, done right buy the guys at Firestone Walker. If you are looking to get into the world of craft beer, this is a great beer to start with. Hop heads rip on this beer because it is not hoppy like an APA. Excellent session beer, reasonably priced.
TheHopster (819) - Netcong, New Jersey, USA - OCT 17, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle) Picked up while going through the California central coast on vacation. This local brewer was a great find. This brew is an excellent representation of the style. Well crafted a long way from the Thames.
jsnicholas (182) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - OCT 15, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (12oz $1.30): Pours a clear amber with little head. There was a slight sourness to the aroma that took me by surprise. Other than that, this was an slightly above average ale. Very drinkable.
Darkmagus82 (1745) - - OCT 8, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Transfer from BA review on 12-31-13-
Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a nice deep amber color with a two finger head of off white head. The foamy looking head has a good level of retention, slowly fading to leave a moderate level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a caramel and toffee smells with some lighter notes of a grainy aroma. Along with these smells are some notes of a more bready nature as well as a little bit of a haylike smell.
Taste – The taste begins with a biscuit flavor with a light caramel sweetness. These flavors create a base for the taste with them remaining rather constant throughout. After the initial tastes, which are quite smooth, some tea and haylike flavors come to the tongue. These flavors, as well as a little bit of a grassy taste really take away from the smoothness of the flavor and add a somewhat off taste to the flavor profile. In the end, the mix of flavors that is left on the tongue, leaves one with a somewhat unpleasant tea and vegetal, bitter flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of its thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is rather average. A thinner body and a higher carbonation would have likely been a bit better for the brew, helping minimize some of the more unpleasant flavors of the brew.
Overall – A bit too hay and grassy like for the style with a slightly off flavor profile that ends up creating a rather harsh taste. Not one I would recommend.
slowrunner77 (5986) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 5, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
"kind of a simplistic beer for my taste. after not being blown away at all by this one, i shied away from their stuff for a long while. flavorful enough, but average in every way.
williamstome (917) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 5, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Orange pour. Aroma is citrus and British hops, light oak notes. Flavor is caramel, citrus hops, earth. refreshing.
jonnyguns (1004) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 5, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Giordan bros, mission. Pours a copper with a small off white head. Nose has oak, floral notes, caramel malts and some citrus. Taste is upfront oak/vanilla with toasty Malts with a caramel sweetness. Dry floral bitterness. Nice easy going drop
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RABinCO (1374) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - OCT 5, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Trinity. Deep, clean copper pour. Sweet roasted malt aroma with hints of spicy and floral hops. Taste is sweet, fruity, floral, hints of wood and juicy fruit. Crisp finish. Easy drinking.