bjakk (700) - Skagafjordur, ICELAND - FEB 28, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark bronze, clear with yellow foam. Raisins, toffee in the aroma. Sweet, toffee, fruit with strong metalic bitterness in the aftertaste and a hint of alcohol.
onceblind (6937) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 27, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear bright penny copper with a thin foamy white top. Big lovely toffee pale english malt on the aroma with a slight grassiness. Smooth and slightly bitter flavor, perhaps the most bitter ESB I’ve had in a while (not that bitter overall but probably similar to how true Brits taste ESBs back in the day) with quite a bit of grassy hop flavor, English Marris otter pale malt biscuitiness, and a smoot nutty finish with a quiet grassy bitterness on the aftertaste.
cblado (298) - Washington, USA - OCT 31, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a deep dark orange color, some off-white head, not much lacing. Aroma is caramel malt and faint floral hops. Flavor is crisp and bitter, with a malty aftertaste. The palate feels thick and chewy. Look out, this one packs a wallop.
foyle (384) - Wyoming, USA - OCT 27, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass.
Appearance: pours a 1" off white head that falls quickly with just a hint of lacing. Color is mostly clear copper with mild streaming carbonation.
Aroma: malt dominate -- bread dough and a bit of toffee. Hops are floral with a little citrus rind as well.
Mouthfeel: light to medium bodied with a fluffy ale mouthfeel. Finish is dry and somewhat boozy.
Flavor: toasted bread, toffee, raisin and other ripe fruit. WIth a lingering floral, citrus rind, and even a bit of pine hops.
Overall: a very good and enjoyable ESB -- although the 6.5% is a little high as the BJCP guidelines top out at 6.2% -- thus the beer is a little too boozy and would be limited for sessionability.
bb (8314) - Alamo, California, USA - OCT 20, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Amber-brown beer with a tan head. Caramel and light citrus aroma. Caramel and citrus flavor with light woodsiness. Medium bodied. Caramel and citrus lingers with light earth and light toffee.
TXBadger (2459) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 27, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear coppery color with off-white head. Caramel malts, toffee, and some spice on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with more caramel and toffee flavors, with the sweetness balanced out with just a bit of bitterness.
scoth (663) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 10, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours clear deep amber with a thin, rapidly diminishing beige head. Aromas of toast, caramel, earth, grass, with the barest hint of banana and a light floral note. Medium-light body, moderate carbonation. Lightly sweet, medium bitter with a lasting nutty, almost astringent dry finish.
Ernest (7251) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 9, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing.
Body is medium to dark amber.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (cookie, caramel, biscuit), lightly to moderately hoppy (apricot, flowers), lightly yeasty (dough), with notes of toffee and black tea.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery/velvety/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic.
My second sampling of this and happily it’s as good as my first impression...it looks like someone actually put some effort into this one, which is becoming rarer and rarer at Full Sail sadly. It’s enticingly cookie-ish and apricotty, and while it starts sweet (in a nice lip-smackin’ way), there’s quite a bit of apparent bitterness in the finish (only 35 IBU, really?), so it’s quite delightful to drink.
mjg74 (2957) - La Mesa, California, USA - JUN 9, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Fred Meyer. Clear pure amber in color. Lightly sweet earthy hop nose. Clean earthy hop flavors. A good spicy bitter hop finish. Fairly rich malty flavor with some good earthy hop notes.
JohnGalt1 (1448) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 2, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a fairly clear amber... only okay looking off white head... nice lacing.
Aroma is a good mix of spicy/earthy hops and medium caramel and deep toasted bread.
Nice bitterness balances a near perfect malt profile.... caramel malts and toasted biscuits ... Hops are pretty earthy .... a bit of fruity esters on the finish.
Medium bodied with the expected lighter carbonation.