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 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.
Calisky (1456) - ALSACE, FRANCE - MAY 4, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Couleur ambrée légère mousse beige. Nez de pomme caramélisées et alcool. Gout de vieille pomme/orange, alcool, note butterscotch et note houblonnée épicée. Bon corps. Fin caramel, alcool, fruité.
Bien moins bonne que ce a quoi je m’attendais, moi qui aime les ESB et celle la est la mieux coté. ... Décu
rikstar (1179) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 3, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
0,5l fles bij de slijterij uit de mare vandaan. Amberkleurig met een witte kraag. Geur en smaak met noten, caramel en toffee. Body is medium. Aardig, maar niet echt bijzonder.
Toomio (312) - Joensuu, FINLAND - MAY 2, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Magia ilman Millaa. Killin pubin karaokekalja. Makee juoma. Oikein ostettava joka tapauksessa.
waiake (343) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - APR 29, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
from bottle poured with a fine wafty aroma of fruit earthy nutty malt & deeply golden brown tastes well balanced full of hops fruity caramel toffee sweet flavours lightly bitter oily texture went down really well
Klimaet (504) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - APR 26, 2015
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours copper-ish brown with a small white head. Aromas of nuts, hay, bread, old hops, citrus. Taste is about the same, slightly bitter. Meh.
ineedbeer (1036) - Oakland, California, USA - APR 23, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Finally getting that elusive ESB rating. Poured from a 500 ml bottle.
Aroma is slightly sweet and malt forward with a good amount of caramel and light toffee notes. Some light nuttiness and moderate toasted bread. Medium light fruit esters, especially raisin, plum and fig. Moderate woody hop character.
Pours a clear copper red with some brown hues and a small, thick, slightly off-white head that exhibits good retention as it recedes to a thin film that lingers. Moderate lacing and faint legs.
Flavor is moderately sweet with some medium caramel and light toffee flavors. Lighter toasted bread and nuts with a hint of butter. Medium light fruit notes of raisins, plums and figs. Medium light bitterness with medium low woody, spicy hop notes.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and low alcohol warmth.
Overall, an alright beer with quite a bit of malt character and balanced esters and hop notes. Definitely not my preferred hop profile or really malt profile for that matter.
Niko100 (2172) - Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark amber/cider color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of hops, caramel, & citrus; Flavor of slight roasted malt, caramel, nuts, hops, and citrus; Finish is slightly bitter; Nicely balanced; Overall, full bodied bitter - very good.
mkam (322) - POLAND - APR 21, 2015
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
From tap. Amber color, malty aroma and taste with a hints of esters. Just a normal bitter, nothing special.
cutitoutdave (58) - - APR 16, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours clear Amber with medium white head. Marmalade aroma! Tastes malty, orange honey marmalade, nice malt background and hops finish smoothly. Medium bodied with generous carbonation. Very well done beer, one of the classics. Very drinkable for those who like bitters.
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mmahut (1364) - CZECH REPUBLIC - APR 16, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours in amber clear body with high frosty head. Aroma has malty character with hoppy fruity and earthy notes. Taste has medium low caramel sweetness with long lasting spicy bitterness. Body is full with very high carbonation, almost harsh at first.