notalush (4823) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 20, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 ounce bottle - clear light amber pour - aroma of bready maltiness, floral and earthy hops, a slight metallic note - medium full carbonation in the mouth - flavor is initially dry, a little Biscuity - mostly dry throughout, and quite bitter, particularly in the finish - hops are a bit sharp - some light caramel sweetness tries to balance in the finish, but it is not enough - some alcohol evident in the finish as well - I enjoy the dry, earthy malt profile, but there are some rough elements that make it less enjoyable than it could be.
EithCubes (4811) - 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), thereís 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.
unclemattie (4155) - Georgia, USA - MAY 16, 2007
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle. 2006. Light brown color, khaki head. Rich hoppy aroma. Crisp malt background.
Aurelius (4104) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 4, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Mellow, buffered/muted cereal malt aroma - not bad, not rich. Bad label, standard US longneck, clear dark maple brown; impressive, floofy tan head - a mix of large and small bubbles. Sweetish up front, woody bitterness on the tail end. This just isnít that complex, nor does it have the hallmarks that Iím looking for in a good ESB - be it Brit or US. A high palate bitterness is prominent in the finish. Drinkable, but not special. Thanks to PorterPounder who noticed that Iíd been passing this by.
emacgee (4000) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - AUG 1, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer was absolutely wonderful.
Clean and soft copper tinted pour with a one finger beige head that quickly collapses. Very nice aroma, upfront and refined malt character with earthy and bready notes leading a fruity and toffee-ish sweetness. Excellent flavor, clean and fruity sweetness with a bready malt profile and earthy hops.
SSSteve (3751) - - JUN 27, 2013
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle. clear burnt orange under a large, fluffy head. malty aroma with light floral hops. a bit of warmth in this one clocking in at 6.5. crystal malt flavors with some maris otter depth to the base malt. hops are a little more bitter in the flavor than the aroma suggests, but itís still a wonderful malt forward brew that reminds me more of a fall beer or even a german marzen. really hits the spot.
Nate (3708) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 27, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From bottle. Mild floral and biscuit notes, a bit dusty. Coppery-caramel amber clear with off-white foamy lacing head. Medium body with medium carbonation. Starts moderately sweet with biscuit and caramel, neutral hop bitterness to finish with light sweet after. Nice English bitter.
kidmartinek (3615) - austin, Texas, USA - JUL 1, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear, but deep amber and a large foamy head. Clean bready aroma. Cool. Malty amber backbone but finishes with a healthy bitterness making it great. Oh shit, ambers are growing on me. I know its an ESB! What other kind of amber is there? Youíre not thinking of that lager thing, are you?
Crit (3334) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 27, 2002
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
hazy amber, lasting head. Good lace. Weak beginnings but well hopped long finish
alexanderj (3310) - Branson, Missouri, USA - MAR 31, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle; nice ESB a bit more boisterous than most. Poured a rich amber like color with a small creamy khaki head. Aroma of fruit, caramel and a touch of herbs/grass. Flavor had a good dose of herbs and caramel, some sweetness and fruit. Good beer.