BrettTaylor (630) - Radford, Virginia, USA - SEP 21, 2013
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from a bottle. Pours a mahogany color, medium head, little to no lacing. Tastes of caramel and toffee and almost a hint of peanut shell. Finish is smooth and mellow. Delicious.
tillmac62 (382) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - JUN 2, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
BBD 8/3/15. Pours a clear amber with a slight garnet cast. World class head volume, lacing and retention.
Rich world class complex nose of citrus hops (orange), herbal hops (coupled with an airy spice note), huge caramel malt and the classic mineral water. As it warms, a touch of diacetyl (butter) is noticed.
Medium bodied with a silky smooth texture that approaches creamy. Soft, but perfect, carbonation that releases an effervescent undercurrent from the middle on.
The flavor profile is world class and is the standard to which others are judged. It is intense, complex and balanced to perfection. Some ESBís take the bitterness too far, this one takes it to perfection. It begins with a wave of sweet citrus (mostly orange), but no hint of rind. Then the other hop aspects (earthy, with only a hint of being dank) appear. Underneath is a rich malt base of caramel and light crystal that balances to perfection. The middle is mildly bitter, but he bitterness is smooth and retains itís varied flavor components along with a hint of toffee. The finish is where the classic mineral aspects of the water shine and add the final layer of complexity. The finish is a slow fade of mineral sweetness with just a touch of bitterness. Sometimes the original is the best version. Such is the case, here, with the ESB style.
Nevalainen (233) - FINLAND - JUN 2, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice golden/ orange color with OFF-white head. Aroma of malt, spicies. Taste is medium bitter, but there is some sweetness in it. Light bitter finish. Well balanced beer. Very enjoyable.
EvanFriend (385) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 30, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very fruity to start, orange and some maraschino cherry, lively mouthfeel, slightly bitter finish. Very good.
klm1 (389) - - MAY 29, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark amber with yellow head. Floral / Cherry aroma and fruity sweet taste with dominant notes of cherry and caramel sweet, slightly dry finish. Medium body, soft carbonation, medium bitterness.
Stoned99 (419) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 28, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle shared with multiple people at Savori. Aroma: licorice, caramel. App: hazy copper, small white head, some lacing. medium body, average carbonation, smooth, light bitter finish. Overall: quite good. Well balanced
drmet (131) - Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, GERMANY - MAY 28, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
-clear copper with almost no head
-low carbonation visible
-caramel,big sticky toffeeplums,raisins,slightly nutty,slightly toasty finish
-medium grassy hop bitterniss
medium-high carbonation,medium-full body
Really nice brew
Sandog_au (37) - Gladstone, AUSTRALIA - MAY 27, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a clean dark Amber with a thick off white head that dissipates. Pleasant caramel malt aroma. Up front caramel sweetness with a slight coffee bitter finish.
Mark_Eck (997) - - MAY 27, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a reddish copper color. Aroma and taste are citrus and some caramel..
mlady (75) - Prievidza, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAY 21, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle 500ml from supermarket in Miskolc Hungaria,intenze notes,caramel flavor,sweet fruit aroma,amber.
KoRoBeNiKi (63) - Fair Lawn, New Jersey, USA - MAY 19, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Amber color, small head. A good amount of fruit and spice with some great malt balanced. Preferred it highly over Speckled as it felt highly more flavored, sorry to Speckled fans.