ThisWangsChung (826) - 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.
NallePalle (345) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - NOV 25, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 50 cl, Foodcourt Gamla Uppsala. Overall pleasant and well balanced, complex aroma.
blackisle (1364) - IJburg, NETHERLANDS - NOV 24, 2015
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle 33cl. Clear medium to deep amber, small frothyfoamy off-white head, mostly diminishing, fair lacing; aroma is toasted malts, caramel, dried dark fruits, nutty notes; taste is light sweet and light to medium bitter, malty, toffee; medium body, oily texture, soft carbonation, aftertaste is mild bittersweet, toasted maltiness and dryness in the finish; very nice bitter indeed.
bulldogops (1373) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 23, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rating #1367 09.12.2014 -On tap at 1600 Bier Haus #yyc. Iíve definitely had this beer previous to this. Pours a deep ruby with a foamy off-white head that dissipates slowly, medium-strong retention. Aroma is mild toasted malt, hints of wildflowers. Hop presence is significant, giving the bitter character, but the breadiness of the malt is what makes this beer. Creamy mouthfeel Well balanced, medium bodied ale that is super drinkable.
Cousin_Larry (701) - - NOV 21, 2015
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is not what I was expecting for an esb - almost a cream scent. Taste is mostly water with some cream and hops. Not really bitter. Good for its style.
MelvinKalksma (296) - UTRECHT, NETHERLANDS - NOV 20, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Malts, hops, caramel, fruity. Not really strong.
Clear amber coloured beer with a small white head.
Starts sweet with malts and caramel, slightly bitter in the background. Really smooth and balanced.
MrOrla (1156) - Odense C, DENMARK - NOV 14, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap Tipsy Toad. Pours golden/amber with a white head. Aroma of malts, grain, light citrus. Taste is medium bitter, light hops, sweet malty base. Quite bitter. Too graniy
rekvium (140) - Odense C, DENMARK - NOV 14, 2015
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap @ Tipsy Toad. Pours clear dark brown with a white head. Aroma of malts, nuts, light berries. Taste is heavy malts, nuts, super sweet, very very light bitterness in the finish.
One2remeber (213) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - NOV 11, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep amber, dark orange hue, bright. Thick, off-white head. Crystal clear.
Moderate maillard, cooked/slightly burnt caramel malt. Biscuity, toasty malt. Figs, orange-fruit melange, fruity esters are moderate. Moderate-low CO2 MF. Slightly astringent malt character lingers. Moderately-low dry.
voyageurmike (176) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 10, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
dark amber, full bodied, malty, pepper and bitter orange, with nice lingering finish.
metalspice (383) - Jevnaker, NORWAY - NOV 6, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Klart bronse farget med lavt skum. Klar maltprofil i duften med karamell, brÝd og ristet korn. OgsŚ noe frukt sammen med noen maritime toner. Smaker knekkebrÝd, mÝrk karamell, lett kaffe sammen med bitter frukt og noe tang. Bitter avslutning sammen med en myk og lang avslutning.