Frank (3270) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 16, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is a tasty, stronger brown ale. Not being too careful w/ my pour, this ended up muddy in the glass, more so than most bottle conditioned beers. It has a nice brown color though and a creamy white head of fine bubbles which leaves behind little spots of lace. This is one of those browns that combines roasty notes w/ a good deal of hop character. It smells a bit nutty, toasty and roasty and the hops really come out once you taste it. A small amount of sweetness brings out the pine character and it finishes resinously bitter on the tongue. This is a medium to full bodied beer, I’d say, w/ mild carbonation which works well w/ the combination of flavors. It is a pretty tasty brew overall though I do kind of wish it was just a touch lighter.
Erzengel (5078) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - SEP 29, 2014
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 4/20
Thanks to Chris for bringing this over! The beer starts smooth malty, a bit dusty, smooth, fresh but not like an ESB should be. Not too easy to drink, quite dusty malty with a sweetish-bitter ending.
ThirstyBird (2013) - Düsseldorf, GERMANY - SEP 29, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Many thanks to erzengel for sharing!! Pours an orange/red with a tan head. The smell is fruit, cardboard, a bit of nuttiness. The taste is nutty, a bit fruity, some tanginess, a bit dusty ending with some bitterness. Light+ in body with fine carbonation.
swesson (281) - Highlands Ranch, Colorado, USA - AUG 5, 2014
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Parry's. I guess I shouldn't have drank this in the same week I had a Fuller's ESB, because it isn't in the same league at all. Medium brown body and 1/2 finger of head. Good lacing. Not a very distinctive aroma, but I pick out some caramel. Tastes of malt and maple nut.
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WVHouseofBeer (923) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 27, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a nice dark ruby brown color with a frothy tan head. Aromas and flavors of toffee, caramel, chocolate and nuts along with good bitterness. Medium bodied. This is almost more of a Brown IPA rather than an Extra Special Brown. Very tasty nonetheless.
jackfrost9p (338) - California, USA - JUN 20, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I really liked it even though I am not a huge fan of brown ales in general.
rproff78 (152) - - JUN 14, 2014
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pretty good brown. Not my favorite, but good. Nice aroma and color. Give it a try!
Wittales (699) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUN 2, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance was clear reddish brown with creamy beige 1/2 finger head, rings of lacing. Aromas are toffee, roasted barley, chocolate and soft coffee with earthy spicy hops. Taste are caramel, roasted black, chocolate malt beginning and middle. The backend of leather, earth and spicy hops round out the back. Palate was soft smooth CO2 with medium body, lasting earthy bitter finish. A good ESB, needs more balance.
johnnymusky (488) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 27, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
6.......4.......7........4........14.........good brown....not that bitter.....drinkable brew.
Narnad (1495) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - MAY 26, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours with a lot of carbonation which creates a large, yellow tan colored head. Beer is a deep brown with a very nice garnet red coloring. A lot of carbonation remains on the side of the glass. Aroma has a very hefty amount of caramel malt which the sweetness is tempered by a light roasted nuttiness and light earthy bitterness. Flavor starts off with a lot of caramel malt sweetness with a light orange citrus and earthy bitterness moving into the middle to soften the sweetness. FInish of the beer has light coffee/dark chocolate mix with just a touch of date sweetness at the end. Body is modest with a high amount of carbonation which leaves great lacing on the side of the glass as it is drank down. Overall a very, very good example of an ESB.