anders37 (20000) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 15, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Full Sail Brewing Company. Pours a pale amber color with a small off-white head. Has a sweetish malty caramel aroma with some hoppy hints. Slightly sweetish malty caramel flavor with hoppy hints. Has a sweetish malty caramel finish with a slightly bitter hoppy aftertaste.
bhensonb (12747) - 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.
adnielsen (10145) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 10, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle @ home picked up @ Wilbur’s Fort Collins. I seem to remember having this at the brewery five years back, but I could be mistaken. Pours a clear dark copper appearance with a light brown head. Nutty, herbal, caramel, toasted malty, a bit earthy, clean aroma. Mildly sweet, somewhat spicy, nutty, tangy herbal, grassy, toasted malty flavor. A touch metallic. Not bad but not my favorite ESB.
Sammy (9815) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 26, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A bomber of the 2006 brewer’s reserve. Very good and well malted ESB. Its for sipping and sharing. Golden amber colour. Smooth.Hoppy and piney aroma. This is a mix of hops, and while citrus, there is some British hop in here. Refreshing.Drying finish
3fourths (8696) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 24, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Clear copper with a thin white head. Buttered sugar cookie, vanilla and nut butter amber malt. Light sulfur and medium aromatic mustiness (dried dank, green herbs, spice). Melanoidin / honey malt savoriness, sherry amber / vienna malt flavor. Lightly sweet, balanced bitterness. Medium to light body with somewhat hard edges to the malt, but it’s much cleaner than most of their stuff. They are known to make an occasional good batch (some of the LTD stuff is pretty solid), and this may be one of them.
DSG (8664) - Tel Aviv, - AUG 12, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Slightly hazy amber color with a small off-white head. Aroma of somewhat stale-ish malt, caramel, a bit of toastiness, light fruitiness and some earthy hops. Flavor starts with some sweetish maltiness, caramelly, a bit toasty, with a nutty note, and a moderately bitter hoppy finish, earthy and a bit minerally. Medium-bodied.
marcus (7810) - 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.
drowland (7095) - Georgia, USA - MAR 5, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
1/17/14. Bottle at PorterPounder’s place, if I recall. I was surprised I hadn’t rated this. Or perhaps a crappy old rating of mine got deleted. Oh well - here goes. Amber pour with a small khaki head. Plain but unoffensive on all fronts. Biscuit, caramel, doughy malts, touches of chocolate and nuttiness if you search for it.
SudsMcDuff (7089) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JUL 17, 2013
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
deep amber .. . medium head, lacing is quite good . .. a bit abrasive, some wood and sappy cut throat grain .. . mouth is in your face .. . not at all subtle, no thanks, this is not very esb like, a touch out of whack .. . . saving those babies and the soft spots on their head..
Ernest (6834) - 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.