Headbanger (3491) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle-A nice medium amber orangish body with a nice white head which has an aroma of hops, citrus, malt, and a little caramel. A nice hop and malt mixture fill your mouth from the beginning to the end with a bit of caramel on the back end. A nice tasting beer.
TheAlum (6119) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 15, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Single 12 oz bottle from Johnís Grocery (Iowa City, IA). Poured into conical pint glass. I had been meaning to sample this, but hadnít seen it around here. Beer pours a nice dark amber and has a pleasant offwhite head the sticks around. Scents of tea, pine, and hops. First taste leaves a first impression of a nice malty flavor and good (although not overly powerful) hop profile. Head begins to diminish but clings to the sides of the glass. I am beginning to definitively taste caramel in the finish as I get closer to half way done. A nice ESB that I thoroughly enjoyed. If only I could find more! The Gist: Itís no Rogue Brutal Bitter, but I enjoyed it. Mild for itís type. Sessionable.
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 14, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ruby red amber color with thick creamy head and nice lacing. Hoppy pecan aroma - a unique smell, not great but not bad either.
Overall it is enjoyable and quite drinkable. Nice malty hop flavor with just a touch of a medicinal taste in the finish.
ford9719 (371) - Vilseck, GERMANY - NOV 13, 2007
2.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Poured a ruby brownish color. Aroma is hops and pine oil. Taste is malty start with a hop finish.
Nephilium (1461) - Ohio, USA - NOV 11, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Caramel and tea are the most pronounced aromas from this bottle. Pours a nice amber with about a quarter of an inch of slightly off-white head. The taste is toast and a tea, with a mild bitter finish. Drinkable, but not the first Iíll grab.
Juelze (1141) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 10, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a rich amber color with light off-white head with light lacing. Aroma is of light citrus hops, light toasted grain and caramel. Taste is the same with a nice dose of hops. Very sessionable.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 8, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Semi-hazed, lovely amber orange glow underneath a fuzzy, morphing tan foam head. Aroma is clean and green with a mineral-like hazelnut glaze on bran flakes, emitting a graininess trait from the glass. A whole wheat aftermath sings with the sweet, honey almond hop bouquet. Flavor continues the momentum with a honey, herbal whole wheat bagel display under an earthy, rustic hop arrangement. A maple oat and burlap train intertwine. Buttered almond toffee bars flake as the stiffer caramel lining flakes off of the bitter, chalky graham cracker base. Ringing, semi numbing bitterness hits the tip of the tongue with a salty strike. Medium to fuller bodied with an earthy autumn grass component emerging from underneath the fallen leaves, then spritsed with caramel-accented spring water as it sets for the season.
keoki182 (305) - West Bend, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 5, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very cloudy dark tan with natural mottled cream-colored head. This smells like those familiar sweet citrus aromas from the cascade hops. Actually smells like a west coast apa or ipa. More subdued though. There are dark fruit notes in the flavor...the closest beer comparison I can find in my mental catalog is a very hoppy barleywine, such as Averyís Hog Heaven. Really nicely balanced bitterness with smooth maltiness. I would much enjoy this ale during an afternoon watching football.
drywallman (338) - Lake in the Hills, Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Opaque dark ambere brew, with a nice white head that lasts a while as well as the lacing through the whole drink. Initial aroma and slight taste of grape, date, fig, etc., followed by a strong, clean almost cutting (but not quite) hop flavor. About right for an ESB.
valpoaj (660) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - NOV 4, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep amber pour; frothy white head. Light aroma has hints of fruit and is dominated by toasty malts. Very nice flavor...a good deviation from the traditional autumn ales. Hoppy flavors donít go over the top, and combine with some toasted nut accents and smooth caramel malts. Iím not the type to comment much on the lacing a drink leaves, but WOW, this beer leaves a ridiculous amount of lacing on your glass. A quality, not-a-run-of-the-mill brew from the folks at GI