DrnkMcDermott (3009) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAY 18, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: I was in Kenwood Oak Lawn to sample Sophie, Matilda & Summertime, but the manager just got in cases of this, and wanted me to push it. So hereís a report from the six pack I bought for sampling. Big nose of English hops under the cap. Deep brown color, but more translucent, a good-sized head of foam that settles to some lace around the edges. Taste has toasty malts, not as deep as a brown ale, but indeed a fuller version of a bitter (call it a Fuller Fullers, eh?). A full-on, warm-fermented English Ale with more body than the base Honkers, and delicious when chilled. I know I just got paid to sample this out, but I didnít get a taste until after I finished the work and polished off an extra bottle in my basement writing the report.
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 18, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured into a perfect pint. An ESB for a 25th anniversary? I donít get it.
3.75 A: Clear orange amber color. Two fingers of frothy beige head. Retention is good and a moderate amount of irregular lacing is left.
3.25 S: This smells more like a baby barleywine than an ESB. Caramel left, right, and center. A touch of toffee as well. Lots of fruitiness with emphasis on overripe peach and candied apples. This doesnít have any of the mineral, toastiness, or earthy qualities that you might find in an actual ESB.
3.25 T: The taste is closer to an ESB in that it tastes like an amber ale. Layers of caramel, some toffee, lots of light fruits again, and a touch of toastiness. Sweet, but not overly so. Light booziness throughout.
3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Velvety creaminess on the verge of being chewy. I prefer ESBs to be more crisp, but then again this isnít an ESB, so it works okay.
3.25 D: It doesnít work as an ESB. Thatís for sure. Otherwise, itís decent, but nothing special and certainly not 25th anniversary special.
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crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - NOV 19, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A slightly hazy amber body with a thin off white head that had nice retention and lace. Aroma had s nice toasted malt presence upfront. A slight estery sense and a bit of bitter hops. Flavor seemed to have good balance between toasted malts and slightly bitter hops. Estery flavors were mold but did not add to the beers flavor. Nice smooth finish.
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NeoHippie2 (1074) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUL 1, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Amber pour with a white head. Aromas of biscuit and caramel malts with touches of dried fruits. Flavor is crisp upfront with some roasty characteristics coming out as it leaves your mouth. Very easy to drink.
bigtaster (901) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 19, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From bottle gold yellow. Nose has fruit grass. Easy drinking beer, light and light flavors. Very good.
arnold931 (1263) - Iowa, USA - APR 15, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap. Pours orange amber with creamy off head. Some lacing. Nose is fruits, dough, and caramel. Taste is sweet with a bitter aftertaste.
hayduke (4948) - Eureka, California, USA - MAR 31, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy of trade from Doran. Pours a clear amber with off-whirte head. Nose of roasted malts. MEdium body. Smooth in the mouth. Flavor sis malty with some floral hops. Dry bitter finish/ Good ESB.
patrick767 (4010) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 24, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle - This brew has a rich caramel aroma and a resiny caramel malt flavor with mild bitterness. Itís medium bodied, well balanced, and good.
Fritz123 (1535) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - MAR 24, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Total Wine in Boca, FL. Snifter at home. Pours a deep amber with mostly haze and a thin eggshell head. No real lacing. Aroma of bread, cereal, spice, wheat toast, lavender. The taste was bread, cereal, light spice (lavender), toasted malt. Dry, slightly bitter finish. Medium light in body. Medium carbonation. Overall a good ESB.
KajII (800) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - MAR 22, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz Bottle.The pour was a cloudy medium chestnut brown with an average (1-2 finger) light cream colored rocky head that diminished at a normal pace, down to a medium wispy film and collar and had decent spotty lacing.
The aroma was a tad mild with a light bread malt, herbal hops and a sweet doughy yeast with notes of citrus (grapefruit), caramel, brown sugar, a light fruity ester and a mild nuttiness.
The taste was very similar to the aroma starting off with a light sweet maltiness along with a hint of caramel and a light fruity presence at first, then a light hoppiness crept in with a touch of citrus all leading up to a nice mildly bitter nutty finish. The flavor lingered on the taste buds for an average time following the swallow, with a bitter fruity nutty taste left behind.
Mouthfeel was a bit beyond light in body with a somewhat dry texture and an almost medium carbonation.
Overall this was a decent enough brew, with a nice fruity sweetness that eventually gives way to a mild nutty bitterness at the end. Making this a rather tasty and enjoyable drinking experience...
jbrana (640) - NASHVILLE, Tennessee, USA - MAR 7, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very floral and slightly bitter with hints of honey and lavender. Not bad, but not anything I would need to have again.