tomciccateri (1032) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - AUG 10, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draught at Harry’s Bar in Boise, Idaho. A deep amber with a light head where the early bitterness gave way to a very dry malty flavor. Medium-bodied, with an almost raoted character. The big hoppy flavor dominated the maltiness but finished on a plesant bitter note.
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JUL 10, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle via trade with Bück Dich - Thanks Jordan - Pours a nice copper color with a thick creamy tan head that stays pretty well and laces the sides of the glass. Aromas of toffee, caramel, and some roasted nuts and some floral notes. Flavor is quite malty big caramel and toffee with some underlying hints of coffee and chocolate. A nice floral hop finish leaves a dry feeling. Good solid medium palate not too much carbonation. Quite malty yet creamy and smooth on the palate. Pretty outstanding in the style in my opinion. Very nice brew!
bfeldmann (1049) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 15, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
"wow surprised poured a dark copper color with good head. Aroma was of toffee and bitter coffee. Flavor was overwelled bt the coffee, but there were some hops in the finish. Not bad beer at all"
eaglefan538 (2960) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 12, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to doulos for this one. Pretty flavorful beer for the alcohol level. Poured a deep copper color with a very nice head and ok lacing. The aroma was of coffee and toffee. The flavor was more coffee than anything, slightly sour, some pine hops, and that annoying diacetyl butter flavor that I’m not fond of in the English styles. Hard to maintain neutrality on styles that aren’t my favorite, so this one was pretty good within the ESB style.
argo0 (12459) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 10, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
(12oz bottle) Clear blood red body topped by a rocky, medium beige head. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, earthy, dark chocolate, floral, light nut. Taste is medium sweet, chocolate, earthy, caramel, floral, cookie. Very flavorful with solid bitterness. Watery medium body with some chewiness.
billk (353) - Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, USA - APR 23, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap @ the brewery. Stunning, rather dark, clear amber/copper with huge, beige rocky head. Aroma is rich med. roast malt & hops. Flavor is rich med rst malt, a bit sweet, but balanced perfectly with the hop flavors and bitterness. Into medium bodied. I usually like something with more punch & flavor but this was very clean & fresh tasting. I could have drank a growler of this with no complaints.
jake65 (2959) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 21, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice dark reddish/rust color with a tan head. Tastes of caramels, roastiness, malts, and citrus tones. Hop presence wasnt too strong, but rather medium. Easy to drink and a tasty ESB.
bb (7644) - Alamo, California, USA - APR 12, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Clean ruby-mahogony color with a nice light beige head. Caramel and slightly roasty malt aroma with citrus. Citrus hop flavors with a nice caramel malt backing. Nice balance. Lingering bitterness.
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 (5441) - 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.