after4ever (6940) - Brier, Washington, USA - JUN 12, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at SB. Pours a hazy dark brown with bright amber edges and a dense and creamy tan head. Big forward malty toasty molasses-y nose, lots of residuals in there. Creamy medium body with lively carb. Toasty, bread crusty, malty, brown-sugar-y mid palate. Long, slightly earthy sweet finish. Couldn’t figure out why this was so dark...turns out it’s a brown. For once I’ll side with the internet against the brewery about what their beer is.
davidezdonz (113) - , HONG KONG - APR 29, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A 12oz bottle that was bottled on 22 January 2015 and poured into a pint glass. It poured a dark brownish red colour with a slightly less than one finger creamy brown head that dissipates in less than a minute leaving stringy lacing. Aromas of sweet toasted bready malts, caramel and some dark fruits mainly plum and grape. Tasted mainly of sweet caramel mixed with some citrus hoppy flavours and a small amount of dark fruits. The aftertaste also gives a small blast of alcohol. Medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. Overall, it was quite a nice brown ale. Maybe a tad bit sweet, but I would probably consider buying this again if I craved for some brown ale. Having said that, this is quite honestly probably the only bottle that’s made it to Hong Kong.
MrHangover (3605) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - APR 27, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, brought back by a friend. Pours a rather clear, brownish beer with a big off white head on top. Aroma is very nutty, earthy and has a decent amount of caramel in there. Flavor is sweet, also some bitter citric touches, loads of earthy dry notes and cookies. Fairly interesting and a bit strange, but still quite ok. Decent.
aumentm (452) - North Carolina, USA - APR 23, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bitch creek is a cool beer that has a smooth aftertaste and is very fresh. Nice overall palate.
Beastwhite315 (21) - - MAR 1, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Slightly hoppy with less maltiness. Nice color but too hoppy. I would not buy this one Again. Not my favorite.
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Brandon1989 (446) - Euless, Texas, USA - JAN 29, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours mahogany color with a thick creamy white head that left plenty of lacing around the glass. The aroma is earthy, nutty, hops, toffee, and floral as well. The taste is similar but this beer does have a extremely unique flavor to it. As they say it is not for the timid. There is a lot of character with this beer and a significant hop kick as well.
Hangover (1094) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - JAN 21, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Murky light brown pour with a large tan head. Aroma is woodsy, with toasted malts and caramel. Creamy body. Flavor is very malty, slightly metallic, nutty, floral hops. A little sweetness. Lingering, earthy and bitter finish. Good body, ok flavor, a little funky.
HIGHB4LL (837) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 30, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle thanks to Mario. Aroma: molasses, floral, grass. Palate: bitter finish, sticky texture, average carbonation, medium body. Taste: sweet caramel malt into awesome fruity sweetness, finish is floral bitter. Overall, very smooth, but also pretty cloying. Like it.
Maltser85 (358) - Fargo, North Dakota, USA - DEC 27, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Murky mahogany pour with a khaki creamy head. Sweet fruity esters. Plum, raisins, figs. Slight citrus note behind some roast and sweet biscuit malt note. Up front is sweet fruits rolling into roast before biscuit and dough notes are overwhelmed by the citrus hop presence. Medium light body matches the abv for this one. Not quite an "Extra Special Brown," but a tasty beer none the less.
Darkmagus82 (2093) - - DEC 20, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a deep brownish red color with a one finger head of billowy cream colored foam. The head has a fantastic level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a fantastic level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass and on the surface of the brew.
Smell – The aroma of the beer is heaviest of a lightly toasted malt smell along with some sweeter caramel and molasses smells. Along with these aromas comes some lighter hop smells, with the hop being mainly of an earthy smell, but also containing some lighter herbal smells as well.
Taste – The taste begins with some sweeter caramel and molasses as well as some light toasted malty bready taste. Along with these flavors there is a little bit of a dark fruit flavor and a hint of a more earthy hop taste. As the taste advances the earthiness grows more intense with it being joined by some other flavors of a light grassy hop. With the earth gaining a decent intensity throughout and mixing rather nicely with the sweet and roast, one is left with a lightly dank bittered but sweeter taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. For the sweet and dankly bittered taste of the brew, the feel is really quite nice as it accentuates them nicely. Not only that, but it gives a more cask like feel to the brew, which, at least in my opinion, is the best way to enjoy an ESB.
Overall – A nice and quite enjoyable ESB with a good blend of dank earthy hop, sweet, and toasted tastes. A nice drinker overall.