rotoguru (126) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 3, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours dark red with sandy head that thickens up nicely. Mild grainy/nutty aroma with little hop tone. Smotth light flavor and bitterness then lasting finish of light hops. Did not really strike me as an ESB; more of a red.
kramer (5348) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 3, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle, via Bück Dich. Pours a very dark ruby, much darker than I expected, with a small beige head that left nice lacing. Nice assertive hop nose over a sweet caramel malt base. Notes of iced tea. Moderate bitterness up front, but quite a good malt backbone balancing it out. The finish has good length and lightly bitter. Medium bodied with very good fine bubbled carbonation yielding an almost creamy texture. Usually a style reserved for an American Micro’s weakest offering, this has quite a bit more flavor than most available bottled ESBs. A nice surprise.
Lubiere (10873) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 21, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice dark copper brown ale with a thick light moka head. Light hops and caramel in aroma. In mouth, good resinous hops, with nutty malt and medium bodied. Very nice ESB, more on the nut brown, nd honest. Bottle is one yr old, from Degarth.
DJMonarch (9162) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 14, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Barrel Draught from the jug at the GABF, Colorado Convention Center 01/10/2005
Amber coloured and strong in alcohol with some wheat aroma. Slightly dry bitter finish.
IslandHaole (1091) - Yokosuka-Shi, Kanagawa-Ken, JAPAN - FEB 26, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear, dark amber with a foamy tan head. Nice floral hop and toffee scent.
Smooth, bitter pine hops yet sweet malts. chewy and rich, a nice mild bitter follow. I could (and would like to) drink this in mass quantities. Thank you Buckdich for this treat!
jmcguire1969 (161) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - FEB 25, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2007 This is one of my favorites. I had this a couple years ago at a wedding in Sun Valley. I knew it was a good beer at the time but was surprised it was a ESB. I’m a hop head, loved it so was stoked to see it here on the eastern slope of the Rocky Mountains.
Ernest (6603) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 10, 2006
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly lasting. Body is dark reddish-amber. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain, caramel), moderately hoppy (apricot, grapefruit, resin), lightly yeasty (dough), with a note of dirt/mud. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter, husky. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, metallic. Poor mouthfeel (metal shavings, very watery), typical Grand Teton huskiness in the finish, harsh/rough in general, some unsavory notes in the nose...this just isn’t working for me at all. Looks nice though. Don’t understand how this has a 3.5 average.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 26, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thin head, very fine. Body is a clear rusted brown. Light malty aroma with touches of butter and caramel. Taste is caramel, butter, light bittering hops. Finish brings out more of the bitterness and just a slight metallic taste, barely noticable. Texture is slightly oily. Simple, but decent.
RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This beer offers an aroma of hops with a hint of grapefruit mixed in. The color is between rose and earthly russet and produces a good thick white head. This beer is defiantly bitter as a healthy amount of hops wallop the tongue. The mouth is left with some bitterness and a mild tingle as this solution flows down the throat.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 2, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle: dark mahagony with a large ivory head. Earthy hop aroma with toffeeish malts and plum notes. The flavour has a very nice hop cone twang that merges nicely with the chewy malts. Long, even finish that makes this extremely drinkable and a solid session ale. A light sourness and bit of spiciness rounds it out nicely, well done.