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 don’t come across terribly strongly.
T: Taste-wise, I’m 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, it’s gorgeously balanced, with just a suggestion of depth to keep it interesting. Didn’t 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, I’ll call it a wash. This one is easy to drink.
O: I’d say it’s the best ESB I’ve ever had, even with the qualifiers of A) the style doesn’t tickle my fancy, and B) I haven’t had enough good offerings of the style for it to tickle my fancy in the first place. Out of personal preference, I’d much rather have their London Porter; but just in terms of objective quality, they’re at the same level.
a_sully (100) - - JUL 20, 2014
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown and clear with a white head. Rich malty aroma with notes of caramel. Very rich taste, strong caramel notes.
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manolomoris (12) - - JUL 19, 2014
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
special bitter de cabecera, de fácil trago y muchos matices para beber litros.
JonPet (6) - - JUL 18, 2014 does not count
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice reddish brown, with a head that fades away pretty soon.
Big, malty aroma with caramel and cereal notes, add some orange zest. On the nose it’s a bit roasty and closed in, but I feel the beer really opens up once it hits the mouth (maybe becaues I have a cold).
Now the complexity really reveals itself as the cereal tone of the malt is balanced by layer after layer of fudgy caramel and rich chocolate, and the slight orange zest blossoms into a spectrum of citrus, with lemon peel and grapefruit.
The taste is fairly bitter but well-balanced, with a slight sweetness. Just the way I want it with this sort of beer.
The body is full and creamy, with a lovely fizziness that dissipates just a little bit too quickly, just like the foam. Nice, dry, long finish.
This one is a classic with beautiful taste and aromas,
adster (158) - HUNGARY - JUL 18, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Felnyitásakor savanykás illata jelzi speciális karakterét, melynek középpontjában az édesen malátás és citrusosan komlós aromák helyezkednek el egy természetes harmóniát sugárzó, lágyan pörkölt keretben. Kiadós kesernyésséggel zárul az ízvilág, melynek összetettsége lehetőséget nyújt egy részletekben elmélyült kortyolgatáshoz. Valódi remekmű ez is.
smmaaren (202) - NORWAY - JUL 13, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
50 cl bottle. Pours brown reddish with a small beige head. Aromas of malt, caramel, brown sugar. Taste is sweet and bitter. Smooth and good brew.
hockeybeerguy (1618) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JUL 12, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Reviewed from notes.
This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a ruddy burnt amber to orange to reddish color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within less than a minute leaving some light foamy lacing that trickled down the glass.
The smell had a sweet malty base grabbing some earthy figs to jump into a gentle light nutty to caramel maltiness.
The taste had a really nice sweet nutty to caramel flavoring with a quick dry finish.
On the palate, this one sat right at a medium on the body. The carbonation was somewhat sharp but still let in a great creamy smoothness to grace my tongue.
Overall, I say this was one fine ESB more than worthy to have again. This one defines the style.
Zoret (54) - Badalona, SPAIN - JUL 12, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cervesa equilibrada. Olors dolces del malt també pressec, prunes i panses. Un punrt de diacetil. En boca també hi troben fruites rojes, citrics i final sec.
Maakun (508) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUL 9, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice mahogany color with big off-white head (quite fluffy). Fruity (apple, some berries) with lots of sweet grain, caramel, some corn in there, some grass, citrus, light roasted touch and some hazelnuts. Good hoppy finish, quite aromatic and light bitter. Medium bodied. Nice beer.
JanVah (108) - SWEDEN - JUL 8, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pĺ flaska frĺn systemet. Bärnstensfärgad vätska. Fruktig doft. Lättdrucken med inslag av passionsfrukt och en mild beska.
Isimunov (2) - - JUL 6, 2014 does not count
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Doña Ale. De las mejores en su clase.
Nada más que agregar.
Inmejorable relación precio/calidad.