zvsn (478) - ISRAEL - JUN 18, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle sample at a tasting. Thanks zvikar. Aroma of caramel malts and wood. Sweetish with malty and stale earthy hops flavors, low bitterness. Boring.
RyanK (171) - Rhode Island, USA - JUN 14, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours amber close to red with a white head, small fizzy bubbles but it stays nonetheless. Smells of toasted oak and vanilla, other than that regular beer. Light bodied and creamy the carbonation level is just a notch below the creaminess. Roasted oak malt, bright English hops and a vanilla flavor from the barrel aging. Not overly complex and much more sessionable than other ESBs. Finishes dry, I really think this hits the spot for what you’d want in an ESB without overdoing it.
tomer (1620) - Rishon Le Zion, ISRAEL - JUN 13, 2014
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
At a tastting, thanks zvikar, small bubbly head, clear very deep rusty orange to brown colour. aroma of straw, nuts and wood, flavour of caramel, stale bread and just a hint of dried fruits, drinkable, but is quite old and uninteresting.
Tonkun (756) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 8, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Houston beer fest. Copper pour. Caramel, vanilla. Light body with a lot of carbonation. Short finish. Not my style
TXBadger (1216) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 28, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a darker amber color with off-white head. Vanilla, oak, and caramel malt on the nose; follows onto the palate. Just average, I didn’t find anything real great about this offering.
CacheManyHose (154) - HONG KONG - MAY 25, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very malty nose. Taste is crisp, bitter, a little musty. Body is light to medium with a bit of slickness and fizziness.
Weezel (163) - Florida, USA - MAY 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Honey, cracker, shortbread and vanilla come out in the aroma. The taste is soft and sweet. The honey and sweetness of the malt shine through, and a little woodsy flavor follows up. This is an excellent session and I can see myself drinking plenty of pints of this.
HKdIPA (194) - HONG KONG - MAY 17, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from QClub at Shaz's. Aroma very malty. Taste too - maltier than expected for ESB. Dry bitter finish. Not bad.
lb4lb (2453) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 16, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours an ambery copper color. Smell is slightly fruity and subtly malty with caramel like sweetness. Very subtle nose, but nice. Taste is quite nice. Smooth creamy bittersweet fruity caramel. Light hops in the finish to keep it from being too sweet. Nicely balanced with some definite slight vanilla flavor. Subtle fruit and vanilla, dry caramel and balancing bittering hops. Very, very drinkable and flavorful. Fantastic ESB. Medium body and carbonation. One of the best ESBs, at least readily available, out there.
Ron (2441) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAY 8, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours amber/reddish with a thin white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is faint caramel, sweet malt, bread and some hops. Taste is caramel malt, bread and balanced bitter finish. Nothing fancy, but good enough.