ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 13, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
11.2 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.
A: Pours a clear copper color. The head is a one finger offwhite shade. It slowly fades to a thin film, and leaves some (not much) lacing on the glass. Generally, an attractive beer.
S: At first, I notice rich caramel, brown sugar, and earthy hops. Then the aroma permutes into something wonderfully fruity. I really enjoy the cherry, apple, and grape esters this provides. I mean, really, REALLY enjoy them, even if they donít come across terribly strongly.
T: Taste-wise, Iím not a fan of the style; but this one works quite well. Vaguely sweet caramel maltiness provides the backbone, supported by an initial hit of tart, fruity esters. Drying hops and faint diacetyl finish this one off. If anything, itís gorgeously balanced, with just a suggestion of depth to keep it interesting. Didnít live up to the aroma, however.
M: Dry and crisp, though some toffee flavors linger on the palate somewhat. Carbonation could be upped a hair to make it cleaner, though - given the way the complex flavors shift on the aftertaste, Iíll call it a wash. This one is easy to drink.
O: Iíd say itís the best ESB Iíve ever had, even with the qualifiers of A) the style doesnít tickle my fancy, and B) I havenít had enough good offerings of the style for it to tickle my fancy in the first place. Out of personal preference, Iíd much rather have their London Porter; but just in terms of objective quality, theyíre at the same level.
Zymurgeist2 (826) - Redwood City, California, USA - MAR 11, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle to pint glass. Moderate grass and slight malt aroma with a bit of oxidation. Clear copper with an ivory head. Rich, full caramel with slight earth.
yrstruly (319) - Guelph, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 11, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can. Pours clear orange with a fine tan head. Aroma of bread dough, caramel, citrus rind, fruit. Taste is very malty up front, tons of caramel, with a firm bitter slap at the finish. Full and pleasing on the palate. Perfect balance throughout, really awesome beer.
njnut (122) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAR 9, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured into Eng. pint glass. A cooper color or a whiskey color with nice but short lasting head. Almost no lace. Aroma is of toffee, cereal and a woodiness. Taste is biscuits and hops that bitter and deepen in wood in the finish. Body is thicker and oily. Very nice, I would love to try the cask version.
Tstamba (198) - Maryland, USA - MAR 8, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle to shaker. Clear copper gold with fading thin white head. Toffee and toast on the nose. Some malty caramel sweetness to balance the mildly bitter note on the finish... I think I'll have another!
graziano85 (244) - Budapest, HUNGARY - MAR 8, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear copper color, with a small creamy head, disappearing fast, leaving a little lace. Smell is caramel, licorice, and the fruity notes of good hops. Taste is also caramel, but in the taste the citrus/grapefruit notes of the hops are definetely more clear. Bitter end with a pleasant aftertaste.
Another great bitter by Fullerís.
crlnts (16) - SWITZERLAND - MAR 7, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Small head but lots of lacing. Bitter. Enjoyably hoppy. Dominant toffee taste. Not as much body as expected. Enjoyed tepid
HampshirePhil (103) - Portsmouth/London, Hampshire, ENGLAND - MAR 2, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
500 ml bottle - Dark brown appearance, strong carbonation and light head. Toffee taste and bitter palate.
wihlan (90) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - MAR 2, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Trevlig ESB, en av favoriterna faktist. Den har en maltig framtoning och en härlig bitterhet. Välbalanserad i min mening.
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circinus (138) - SWEDEN - FEB 27, 2014
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 50 cl from Systembolaget. Clear ruby with a thin beige head. Fruity, earthy, slight caramel. Medium body, medium/low carbonation, bitter finish. The kind of aromas/tastes I want in an ESB.
Rob_D_UK (598) - Surrey, ENGLAND - FEB 24, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The aroma was nice and enhanced by hops. The flavour was slightly malty and sweet. The hops kicked in again towards the end.