poisoneddwarf (1743) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - NOV 9, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle, bottled on 9/1/13--a little over two months old. Aroma is spicy, perfumy, floral hops, caramel malt, earth. Pours clear copper with a medium off-white head with decent retention; leaves some lace. Taste is mostly sweet with a light bitter edge. Caramel is the dominant flavor, but piney hops hover in the background. Creamy mouthfeel, somewhat soft carbonation. Not bad in execution, but not for me. With this style, at least for me, it’s give me a Fuller’s or give me something else.
hotstuff (4219) - Indiana, USA - OCT 3, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Backlog rating on 9-14-2012 at Cap n’ Cork Covington Plaza, Fort Wayne, IN, beer tasting. This beer pours a small beige head that is fully lasting, transparent amber body, fizzy, fast rising carbonation, and a good amount of lacing. The aroma is malt and pine hops. The flavor is malt, lightly bitter, pine, and citrus hops. The mouthfeel of this beer is smooth and this beer is medium bodied. All-in-all, this beer has a mild lingering hoppy aftertaste and is worth trying.
Darkmagus82 (1782) - - SEP 23, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Transfer from BA review on 9-8-13-
Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a nice deep amber-copper color with a huge foamy cream colored head. The head has a decent level of retention, slowly fading to leave a nice level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a sweet caramel and a bit of toffee as well as some fruit smells of apple and a decent roasted malt smell. Along with these sweeter and maltier aromas is a moderately strong hop smell of a citrus and floral nature.
Taste – The taste begins with caramel sweetness and a nice roasted malt and biscuit taste. As the flavor advances, the taste sweetens as toffee and apple tastes come to the tongue. Along with these sweeter flavors coming to the tongue, the roasted flavors dwindle, further enhancing the sweeter flavors. While the sweeter is enhanced, it is kept in check/balance by a lightly hoppy taste of a citrus and herbal nature, in the end leaving a very pleasantly balanced bitter-sweet flavor on the tongue.
Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is on the medium side in terms of its thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that was on the average side as well. Both were rather appropriate for the style batching both the sweet and bitter hop flavors nicely.
Overall –Some roast, some sweet and some hop all melding very nicely. A rather enjoyable ESB.
generallee08 (717) - New York, USA - JUL 19, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
The body has a rich hazy amber color with some nice visible carbonation and a light beige head on top. This head is about two fingers tall at the end of the pour and fades slowly making some nice lace patterns on the way down the glass. The aroma has some herbal/earthy/leafy hops up first with some mellow fruity/estery and light caramel like malty sweetness in the background. The flavor reflects this with a great balance or mix of bready, yeasty and fruity (apricot/peach notes) maltiness with herbal and slightly citrusy floral hops. Its medium bodied and smoothly textured with a well blended mild finish.
mjmoen (62) - - APR 22, 2014
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Clear, amber color. Fair amount of bitterness, some caramel and toffee notes. Some lingering bitterness.
Bulk_Carrier (2223) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - MAR 30, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reviewed from notes.
The appearance had an amber colored body that leaves a beautiful soft foamy yet lumpy two finger white head that lasts for at least a good two minutes. Beautiful nice lacing appears and clings nicely to the sides of the pint glass. The body is slightly hazy yet no carbonation is rising.
The smell had a slightly bland but herbal with some hops here and there, a bit of breadiness comes out in a toasty sort of way.
The taste had a soft biscuit-ness with a caramel kind of maltiness, interesting (it is an ESB, though).
On the palate, she sat at medium with a nice feel on the tongue, perhaps, close to perfect.
Overall, this turned out better than I thought, I’d have this again.
tillmac62 (237) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - MAR 28, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
BOD 9/1/13. Pours a clear medium amber with a slight ruby cast. Very nice well formed head with lacing that retains well. The slight nose is sweet citrus fruit (mango and orange) and caramel over a biscuit sweetness. The body is almost medium with a smooth texture that approaches a slight slickness. Normal carbonation with little effervescence. The flavor profile is well balanced. It begins with slight citrus sweetness, progresses to caramel and biscuit sweetness and finishes with a nice mild bitterness. The finish is more smooth than crisp and leaves a nice herbal bitterness.
rumproasts (3204) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 23, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. amber with one finger head. i love the honkers, but this might be even better. full-flavored esb.
Pershing (477) - Garland, Texas, USA - FEB 23, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured one and half 12 ounce bottles into a nonic pint glass. Clear medium copper color with an off-white tightly packed lasting head. Light spruce aroma with some malt. Medium body with a fair amount of hop bitterness to match the style with some caramel and toffee notes. finishes a little dry with some lingering bitterness.
ExpendableHero (764) - Florida, USA - FEB 4, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Copper colored brew with an off white head. Aromas of toffee and pine needles. Tastes of some caramel, toasted nutty notes, some toffee, and earthy hops. Nice biscuit malt balance. Dry, bitter finish. This was quite nice and unique for the style.
Cajun (197) - Lafayette, Louisiana, USA - JAN 13, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle - Pours medium to dark amber hue with carbonated white head Aroma is sweet malt, caramel, grass, citrus, honeydew melon. Kind of sweet, but a pleasant hops bitterness in the after. I got some impressions of a Bock at first. This is a unique take on an ESB. I like it.