Maxbier (401) - Maryland, USA - DEC 9, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear cooper pour with light tan head. Flavor is typical ESB but cleaner, toffee caramel malt, not sweet, earthy flavors. UK type of hop character. If all ESBs were as good as this one I could say I like the style. Double version must be great.
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latitude48 (2) - - NOV 30, 2014 does not count
2.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
This was a little disappointing. I liked the smell and the look, and was expecting the same great taste of other Firestone beers, but was left wanting more flavor.
mikedR (1346) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - NOV 28, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I’m not really getting bitter/ESB. But I am getting a very flavorful brew, particularly for the ABV.
valpoaj (638) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - NOV 23, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Copper/Amber pour - one finger white head that holds its own. Nose is toasted malt, woody, mild bitterness. Flavor is similar - roasted malts at the forefront, slight nutty flavor, bit of wood, vanilla in the background. Mouthfeel is good - creamy without being heavy. Good, easy drinking brew!
probstblueribbon (3067) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 21, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle from BOTW, served cool in a tulip glass.
App.: Clear deep copper with a decent light tan head.
Aroma: British maltiness with some butterscotch, toasty malts, a little caramel/toffee, creme caramel, a little woodsy/floral hops.
Palate: Medium body and moderate carbonation.
Flav.: Stark/dry British malts, toffee notes, diacetyl, woodsy hops; dry with moderate bitterness and a buttery, British malt finish.
Pailhead (5073) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - NOV 19, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: The aroma consists of light-moderate oak, toasted caramel, biscuits, grass, faint citrus, and orange peel. It pours a transparent copper with a two finger off-white head that eventually fades to a thick film. There is some soapy webbing left on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with light-moderate toffee and caramel. There is a pretty solid biscuit presence in the middle. The finish has light citrus, grass, toasted oak, and barely a touch of vanilla. It’s light-medium bodied with mild carbonation and a somewhat soft mouthfeel. Overall, it’s a solid ESB, but it’s simply a style that doesn’t do much for me.
loubar (87) - Los Gatos, California, USA - NOV 14, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2014 12 oz. bottle from BevMo. On the nose sort of nutty and roasty. The aroma carries through to the taste. No flowery hops or bitterness here. Just a pleasant toasty, earthy, caramel flavor on a pleasing malt base. Mild, just like it says. I found this to be a super drinkable brown ale that I would gladly have again. Love the 5% ABV.
FunkyF (162) - Örebro, SWEDEN - NOV 14, 2014
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Flaska från Ralphs LA. Bärnstensfärgad med vitt skum. Tråkig doft åt det kemiska hållet. Smaken är söt med lite beska.
badhack (348) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 10, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark amber, little head, some lacing. Yeast, tea, caramel, citrus and pine hops, somewhat bitter, a little sweet, smoke wood. A bit dry.
popephred (257) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - NOV 6, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
I poured this ale from the bottle into my trusty Samuel Adams glass, producing a clear, dark amber body topped by a quickly diminishing head of foam with light lacing. A pleasant floral aroma with notes of vanilla and bread was present. Mouthfeel is moderate to light, with a dry, crisp finish. This ale has a decent balance, bittersweet, ending with a crispness. This ale drinks quickly, and would go well some nice smoky barbecue.