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 (3118) - 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 (4567) - 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
Tmoney99 (13063) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 9, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2007 Draft at Barley’s Tap in Knoxville. Poured a clear dark amber color with an average frothy white head that mostly lasted and produced good lacing. Good hoppy sour citrus aroma. Medium body. Moderate bitter hoppy citrus flavor with a medium bitter finish of average duration.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Source: Barley’s, Asheville, NC
hazy light amber, thin fine cream head, light malt aroma, mild malt flavor with a lingering bitterness, touch of sweetness, a fine session esb
Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 5/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 10/20
The score was calculated based upon the notes and an old scoring system.
decaturstevo (5743) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JUL 9, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A slightly off amber pour with an off white head. A bit of maltiness and an esb finish. A very dry offering. The malt in this surprises me some. A medium bodied beer with very good carbonation for the style. A very refreshing drinker. I was a bit surprised.
beerguy101 (5351) - Newark, California, USA - JUN 16, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tasted on tap at Mellow Mushroom, Nashville. This ESB pours a light copper color Small sized white foamy head. Aroma is malty and caramel, with a hint of hops. A medium bodied ESB. Malts are caramel and toffee. Hops are slightly bitter and earthy. At first I was guessing an cross between an amber and a pale ale, an ESB seems about right. Hops are bitter but not aggressively so, and the malts are not overly sweet. Good balance. Nice carbonation. Would make a nice session ale. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter
Shag (2768) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JUN 7, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A copper colored beer with a moderate white head. The aroma is malty with some citrus showing through mainly oranges and a bit of perfume. The flavor starts a bit malty with some caramel flavors. The bitterness begins to show up with some orange and grapefruit flavors. A nice session beer.