Holdwine (1131) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 18, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Good enough bitter. Served correctly. Light enough hand with the hops to showcase a nice mix of malts. The complexity does come through.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - MAR 10, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clean and hoppy nose. Malty, soft and sugary, also somewhat acidic and sharp. Has an odd whiskey burn, though it isn't very strong.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 31, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sampled on draft and from a firkin - Ligth tan head tops a murky orange brown body. Aroma is sweet nutty roasted malt, not at all what I was expecting for an ESB. More of a brown ale. The flavor is much the same. Hops are subdued. Unlike the previous reviewers I found this beer very dissapointing. Really a brown ale and not an ESB.
argo0 (12122) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 10, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bidy is muddy brown with smallish head. Aroma is moderately sweet and nutty. Taste is roasted nutty and moderately sweet, with hint of raisin. Mid-course, it turns from a nut brown to an ESB as some good grapefruit/floral comes to the fore. Very unusual beer, but very good. The brewer ultimately decided to categorize this one as an ESB, as he couldn't decide where it belongs.
hopscotch (10082) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 13, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer rocks!
Beautiful, clear mohogany color.
The flavor is of caramel malt with a mild, pleasant pungency.
Perfectly balanced. Medium-bodied with soft carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel.