tightslice (250) - 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 (833) - 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 (249) - Redondo Beach, 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 (1853) - 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 (3413) - 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.
Machinari_Diem (58) - - FEB 24, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours light brown with a root beer float head that laces the entire way down the glass.
Aroma full of hops - American citrus even though I would expect British hops. Some roasted malts but mild.
Flavor roasty and slightly chocolatey with massive American citrus hop flavor. Slightly stale hops in taste. Possible blend of continental hops - grassy notes.
Finishes dry and very hoppy. Interesting hybrid ale.
biokid23 (102) - California, USA - FEB 11, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Robust, hoppy beer. Medium-full body, warming. Quite tasty, going to again emphasize the hoppy, IPA-like aspects of this beer.
EcnarM (111) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - FEB 11, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an even dark amber. Nice balance of fruity hop and malt on the aroma and flavor. Consultant taste through the whole palate. One of the better ESB's I have has in awhile.
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Patrickctenchi (4390) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - FEB 6, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark, cloudy brown, with a thick, dark tan head.
Caramel malt, pine aroma.
Toffee/caramel malt flavor...a hint of chocolate.
Subtle piney bitter, creamy.
A really nice ESB.
Dredd (709) - Bentleigh, AUSTRALIA - JAN 20, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice beer, pleasant pine hop aroma, good mix of malt and zesty hop finish. Conceals the 6.5% well.