TAR (2550) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 26, 2006
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Burgundy in color. Wilting, uneven collar of light beige foam. Earthy, pinewood, and blackberry jam aroma. Hint of diacetyl and dougy yeast. Big bubbles prickle and scrub the palate. Initially airy, slightly acidic, and slickly fruity with chalky roast and burnt caramel undertones. Aggressive acidity robs much the body’s appeal, but the firm Crystal sweetness remain strongs. Harsh blood orange acidity creeps in and taints the latter half of the flavor. Finishes with resounding caramelly and nutty malt expressions, along with salted red licorice and a fuzzy earthy bitterness that lingers. Citric hop flavors ensue with each burp.
This is still too hoppy and acidic, and the aroma is overly yeasty, but it’s nice to see an American ESB that’s appropriately malty and estery. Would greatly improve if they replaced these high-aplha hops with something less brash.
jercraigs (9154) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 24, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of Secret Santa. Dark ruby brown, small creamy tan head (3+). Interesting hop aroma, mild green character like lush vegetation. Light bitterness, similar mild hops to those in the aroma, earthy malt notes, very light caramel malt. Light hints of citrus as it warms? Average palate. Nice. Doesn’t blow me away but I would definitely seek this out on tap for a longer session if I was in the neighbourhood.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - AUG 23, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
via trade with Buck Dich - Pours a brown color with a good size off white head. Has a light caramel malt aroma. Has a mild sweet, light roasted malt flavor. Has a slight bitter aftertaste. Light to medium body. Not bad. Thanks Jordan.
ekarmst (44) - Ames, Iowa, USA - AUG 16, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A really huge malty sweetness dominates a rather clean, simple nose. Hop aroma is lacking as are esters. Carmal aromas emerge as this example sits.
Apperance is rather dark for an ESB. Huge, frothy, tight, tan head. Some chill haze noted.
Balance front quickly fades to a more bitter hop flavored middle, caramel and dark malt flavors emerge. Lactic notes mingle with bitter dark specialty malt flavors through the finish. No alcohol noticable in the flavor.
Medium bodied with medium carbonation combine to produce a fuller than expected chewy mouth yet due to lactic sourness this beer finishes a bit drier than expected.
Overall, a good drinking beer and a unique interpretation of the ESB Style. Really more of a English Pale Ale and Porter hybrid.
tomciccateri (1034) - 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 (2982) - 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 (12640) - 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.