Wittales (760) - 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 (819) - 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 (1517) - 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 (2547) - 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 (1887) - 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 youíre 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 (1403) - DOVER, 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 (728) - 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 (1214) - 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 (395) - 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 (2064) - 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, Iím sure. Iím also sure this isnít your classic ESB but also isnít anywhere near a classic brown ale either.