sebletitje (7473) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JUL 27, 2008
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Courtesy of Gillard.
Aroma filled with earthly yeast, some spices and citrus notes.
Taste is filled with malty/sugary and lightly spicy. Well balanced but nothing spectacular.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 7, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2012 On tap at Milltown, Carrboro. Was pleasantly surprised by this one. The aroma ws very nicely spicy, with some citrusy hops in there that suggest a hybrid version of the style. Nice amber color, full head and mouthfeel. This one seems a bit underrated to me.
nearbeer (4061) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 2, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
650 ml. Orange-amber and clear with a huge creamy head that takes a while to settle, and laces the glass well. Vegetal, slight citrus and earth-spice aromas. Grainy caramel and woody hops are in balance on the front, with dry wood and bitter nut flavors winning out in the end. Flavor almost like rye bread at times. Medium body is smooth and finishes nicely dry.
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - JUN 17, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz. bomber from Bruisin Ales on 6/14/08.
Clear orange pour under an off white head of medium size and durability, and showing some respectable lace. Aroma has lots of caramel, some grainy notes, and a slightly spicy background.
Medium bodyand carbonation, smooth, easy drinking, nothing objectionable on the palate. Sweet up front with toffee and caramel, soft bitterness comes on at the end to dry out the finish. All in all , reserved, yet drinkable, a solid session beer.
Nate (3806) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 24, 2008
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
From draught sample at French Broad. Light malty aroma with a bit of grassy hops and caramel or honey. Golden amber clear with no head. Medium watery body with medium-high carbonation. Fairly dry ESB, needs a bit more malt. Nice hoppy finish but a bit acidic, maybe too much carbonation in there.
barcia (3) - USA - MAY 5, 2008 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice alternative to doing a super trendy pale ale. Smells bready with a little dark fruit. Taste nice and clean with a big hop finish
OldGrowth (2868) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - APR 28, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pint at Tylers in Apex. Good aroma, sweet bitter. grassy, caramel, apple. Clean brownish orange color, good head that fade quickly. Faded quick. Ok lacing. Bitter flavor, like aroma, with a bit of a nutty biscuity addition. Medium body, creamy mouthfeel, bitter finish. Nice bitter easy to drink. Like this one for the flavor for a lower alcohol brew.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 19, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2010 Copper pour, nice and biscuity hop/malt profile. Bitter (as it should be). Re-rate: shared over lunch outside with my wife and daughter on Valentine’s Day. This is a perfect lunch beer on a cool day. Nice and refreshingly bitter, with not too much alcohol.
emacgee (4307) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAR 31, 2008
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Had this on tap at the Bean and Barrel. Glad they let me try a small sample. This stuff was no good. Very astringent and overly waxy bitter. Some weird flavors too.
BlackDonald (1126) - Gulf Shores, Alabama, USA - JAN 24, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I did not think of this as an ESB at all, this came across more like a pale ale using English hops to me. Just average bitterness, slightly unbalanced, going back and forth from sweet to sour. Nothing special