oldrtybastrd (5000) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 12, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a medium amber color. Aromas of caramel malt, hops, and a touch of citrus. Caramel sweetness in the taste with a good bitterness of hops.
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 8, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Resiny pine, grapefruit and orange blossom hops with some cookie dough like yeast and caramel malt in the aroma. Clear copper coloured body is topped by a decent and lasting tan head. Caramel malt sweetness couples with orange, grapefruit, citrus, resiny hops with some suggestions of dark malts and moderate finishing bitterness. Medium light body with lively effervescence that is engaging on the tongue. Sampled at GABF 2005.
heykevin (1281) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - NOV 27, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Malty, caramelly aroma, some earthy juicy fuggley hops. Heavy crystal malt flavor. Very sweet, with a lightly soapy hop flavor. Clean, moderate bitterness. A hint of alcohol. A little disjointed for true sessionability, but decent nonetheless.
Suttree (6043) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 4, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy brown, hardly any head. Really nice aroma of caramel and maple, with a faint wineyness in the background. Full bodoed, piney, earthy bitterness balanced out with a caramel sweetness (that was my nickname when I played ABA basketball in the 70’s), Sticky, resiny finish. Tasty session brew. Thanks to Indana_Red for the trade!
DarkElf (3051) - La Jolla, California, USA - OCT 17, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(12 oz bottle: BevMo in Carmel Mountain/San Diego, CA) A good example of "generic, entry-level, micro-brewed beer", this golden ale is mildly flavorful, moderately sweet, mildly malty and minimally hoppy, but definitely lacking character or distinctiveness. The aroma shows some stinkiness, and well, not much else. Light to medium body, just kind of exists, failing to excite the palate. Light golden color with a slight haziness. Off-white head was small, despite a rather vigorous pour, and subsided to a very small rim, leaving only a few, minute patches of lace. Sadly, thanks to the shithead policy at Bevmo, I had to buy a six-pack of this stuff. Good for parties where the guests just grab a random beer out of the cooler.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 4, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pour is honey amber with a thin tan head...smell is sweet caramel...taste is more aggressively bitter than most ESBs...good...
heemer77 (5290) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - OCT 4, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark ruby colored body. I like the light off white head that has an orange tinit. The aroma is rich with black tea leaves, toffee and some old musty leaves. SImilar to a marzen, but with that rich yet subtle fruit character in a bitter. The taste is dark chocolate and tea. There is also some roasted peanuts. A toasty finsh makes this like a lighter porter. I like this one a lot.
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 3, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bronze color nice tan well alced head.. Pleasantly hoppy aroma grass and citurs hints of orange rind and carmel. a vg pal w/ some ok coating. Lightly bitter grapefruit and fresh grass w/ some carmel and toffee. a good session beer.
Braudog (6284) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - SEP 18, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pretty redwood color with a nice beige rocky head. Outstanding caramel-hoppy aroma. Tart and enticing ... citric hoppiness starts it off, and it’s rounded off with a piney, woody bitterness. Excellent.
Ratman197 (13072) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 16, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle poured a clear brown with a small amber head. Aromas of dark bread, carmel, and some pine and bitter citrus. Palate was medium bodied smooth and a bit dry. Flavors of carmel, a hint of coca, and then the bitter citrus hops kick in. A very tasty ESB!