Jimthechap (2041) - 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 (3913) - 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 (112) - 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 (4722) - 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 (716) - 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.
Malty_MacHops (640) - Eastanollee, Georgia, USA - JAN 1, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Catching up on some old ratings. ..................................................
bmoosey (82) - Eldorado, Ohio, USA - DEC 29, 2013
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a tap, a medium brown color with a malty aroma of caramel with hops. Mostly sweet flavor with caramel and some hop.
mansquito (4072) - Nueva York, New York, USA - DEC 28, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Argonaut Liquors, Denver sixer: Every bottle of this that I opened was a total gusher. The head foamed way more than is reasonable. Anyway, it poured brownish with a light brown-tan head (massive and thick because of the gushing). Aroma is toffee and caramel malts with some hoppiness. Taste is somewhat bitter and malty. Not particularly refreshing, but certainly full of flavor. Not really my favourite.