Darkmagus82 (2128) - - 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.
slowrunner77 (8356) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 18, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
"this one stands out just a little from your average esb. a little more flavor, nothing different...just more. tasted fresher, with a nice hop aroma. 4/09 had again, darker than i remember, and just as hoppy...almost more pale-like than esb. nice ale...similar hop profile to the Sweetgrass."
Frank (3711) - 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 (6723) - 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 (2379) - Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - 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 (333) - 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 (961) - 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 (171) - - 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 (755) - 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.