oRos (1113) - sacramento, California, USA - SEP 8, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by beerboxer. Pours copper with white head. Taste is very light with a sweet aroma. Nothing special
marcus (6511) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Total Wine, Sacramento. Pours amber with a short beige head and a fruit and toffee aroma. There is a medium-bodied caramel malt flavor with a carbonated slightly bitter finish.
bhensonb (11095) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 8, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Marcus. Pours copper with a slight beige head. Aroma of lightly toasted malt an floral/fruit hop. Med body. Flavor pretty much matches the aroma. Finishes a little malty and lightly bitter.
jds2008 (7) - Washington, USA - SEP 7, 2014 does not count
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Malty and hoppy aroma, deep amber brown with reddish tiny, very fine head that clings to glass, medium weight smooth mouthfeel, malty and caramel to start, but strong follow of bitterness, not necessarily hops. Very tasty.
WVHouseofBeer (816) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - AUG 25, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Overall not a spectacular beer but solid. Good aromas of bread, caramel and just a hint of hops. Flavors are more of the same with some bitterness. Medium bodied.
EithCubes (4908) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 1, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Nose is sweet and fruity, firm crystal above lighter caramel. Pours a pretty amber with very slow carbonation and a short off-white head. Taste is strongly bitter with faint mineral and medium-strong fruit; very crisp fullish body with full toffee, earth, some scorched/burned notes; lightly nutty with equal butterscotch. Finish is drier but the buttery/-scotchy flavors linger (along with what feels like Burtonization), there’s some moderate malt complexity here even, hard crystal included. Flavor/aroma-wise, hops are low and on the danker/herbal side, but match well until the woody/rubbery character is all that remains. A little too bold and disparate, too fresh and unmelded, but certainly good enough. In the long run, a bit heavy and filling.
BrettTaylor (486) - Radford, Virginia, USA - JUL 27, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Drank from bottle, so little info on appearance. Aroma - malty, slightly bitter notes. Taste - initially sweetly malty, then nice hop bitterness. Well balanced and nice alone or with food.
DCLawyer (1429) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JUL 25, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle->nonic. Dark copper with big frothy offwhite head. Grains and malt. Moderate bitterness. Good.
DenverLogan (796) - MileHi, Colorado, USA - JUL 15, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Pours amber-copper with small head and lace. Aroma of rich grains and malts. Medium carbonation and mouthfeel. Flavors of rich grains, malts, caramel, straw hops, minerals, roasty malts. Overall rich, bold, flavorful with some bitterness.
nakedwhendrunk (2145) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JUL 1, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance has a hazy yet mostly transparent bronzed amber color. The head was about a finger and a half’s worth of white foaminess. There’s a light somewhat speckled lacing trying to show its face, but the head must last for at least a good minute before the lacing can actually be seen.
The smell has a fairly decent light apple with a light vanilla and light English maltiness running about my nose in a powerful sort of way.
The taste takes those previously mentioned flavors to balance with a slight bitterness very underneath (Fuggles hops, I think, I could be wrong, but I think that’s what they are). The aftertaste is very bitter and dry and has a decent crisp feel into the finish.
On the palate, this one really wanted to sit at a light, but somehow showed a quality that wanted to sit at medium. Sessionable, kinda yeah, I could see it. The carbonation is really smooth if that helps.
Overall, in my opinion, well, this was a fairly good ESB worthy of having again.