corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 30, 2012
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a very hazy, dark golden amber color with burnt orange edges and a half finger off-white head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lace left behind.
Sweet, slightly earthy aroma with a strong malt character and a subtle crisp hop presence. Hints of bread/biscuit as well as some caramel and toffee countered by slightly grassy hops. As it warns, a subtle fruit character comes forward. Not bad smelling but kind of bland.
Medium bodied and much more flavorful and interesting that the aroma suggests. Surprisingly hop forward providing a nice dry bitterness that counters the strong malt sweetness. Resinous with a grassy/piny flavor along with a slight citrus character. This is countered mid-palate by sweet malt with hints of caramel and toffee. As in the nose, the fruit notes become more apparent in the finish as it warms. Decently balanced and easy to drink with a slightly dry finish.
thornecb (4689) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 24, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours deep hazy amber into a Sam glass. Pancake head with medium retention recedes leaving spider lacing. Toasted caramel and resin aromas. Dark, toasted caramel and toffee front to back. Lasting mild pine finish.
scottw86 (1140) - Maryland, USA - JUL 14, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a hazy slightly dark orange color with a medium-sized white head. Not much in the aroma, some hay and hops. Taste is pretty crisp with some slightly alcohol tasting notes. Some caramel with other malty flavors. Some light fruity notes. Aftertaste has some grainy flavors with some crisp dry hops with some hay. Overall pretty good!
drcboehm (87) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 11, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle. Somewhere between a scotch ale and a barley wine ale, just a bit mote hop. Quite delicious.
Palidor19 (3034) - Brandon, Florida, USA - JUL 8, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
its a very mildly tartest beer with some bready grain and very yeasty. its quite smooth and has a certain tang at the end not for everyone but very good.
nick76 (4300) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 8, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
The aroma is malty and a touch nutty with herbal hops and a tiny bit of fruit. The appearance is amber with a medium head. The taste is like the aroma with a bit of butterscotch. The palate is smooth. Overall a very good beer.
rmussman (1702) - California, USA - JUL 7, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled in a bomber. A really malty brew with a serious kick. Really smooth as well and a great sipping brew.
taphandle (1135) - Texas, USA - JUL 7, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brownish orange, good head. Some citrus mixed with bitterness and malt coming through towards the end with more citrus or orange in the finish. A fine brew.
gringo332 (559) - Richardson, Texas, USA - JUL 7, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Strong aroma is malty with fruity, earthy and woody notes. It pours a clear coppery with a pale yellow-tan head of about average thickness and persistence. Flavor has a woody core with a fairly, but not fiercely, bitter overtone and hints of caramel,
Lukaduke (2506) - Portland, Maine, USA - JUL 4, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a hazy orange copper color with a slight off white head that rings out and settles for a bit. On the nose I get real subtle notes of bready malts, caramel and light apricot. On the palate its quite solid but not as bitter as I expected from an ESB. Malts galore caramel, biscuit, hints of earth spice. Watermelon rind, touches of fig and other fruity flavors. Nice beer just expected a bit more on the bitterness end.