johnnymusky (297) - 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 (1472) - 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.
Christpuncher (1390) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 25, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Typical esb beer. Not what I like but had most of the beers on the menu. Bitter with a bad aftertaste Had this at bad dog
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skoisirius (1761) - Earth, Washington, USA - MAY 24, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not the ESB you’re thinking of. This is a nice variation of the style being a bit more roasty than your average ESB of a copper red color. Decent brew.
jrodooo5 (1070) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAY 22, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark brown w/ a good tan head that leaves nice lacing. The aroma is a good blend of malt & hop. The taste is fairly bitter throughout but finishes w/ some sweet malt & a clean finish. It has a very good mouthfeel & an overall a terrific beer!
tightslice (235) - Redwood City, California, USA - MAY 17, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Perhaps the summer months have me craving something more thirst quenching. I found this off-putting from the start... although I would typically enjoy something so roasted and bitter. Will review again down the road.
geologyguy (762) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - MAY 7, 2014
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bitter of course, gets worse with time, malty dark roasted taste with bitter finish....
SlimHabib (227) - California, USA - APR 14, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Very dark color, good head, and decent lacing. Great aroma, strong scent, chocolate smell. Very smooth finish. Usually not a fan of the darker beers, but this one gets the job done.
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Jimthechap (1788) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - APR 13, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Orange to mahogany brown in colour with a persistent latte coloured head and some haze in the body. Herbal hoppiness is the predominant aroma and some dusty cocoa. Really not what I expect ESB to be, but anyway.
A taste reveals a bit of funky umami and then burnt caramel and resinous hoppy character. There is a pinch of bitterness and a toasty caramel finish that endures. There is a place for all things in the beer world, I’m sure. I’m also sure this isn’t your classic ESB but also isn’t anywhere near a classic brown ale either.
DedicatedToFun (3024) - Santa Monica, California, USA - APR 5, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 13, 2014 Decent ESB on tap at the LA Beer Festival, awesome brown pour, some lacing, smells bitter, malty finish.