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 (6114) - Phoenix, Arizona, 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 (12148) - 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!
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - SEP 1, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear amber appearance, good head formation. Cookie, caramel malts aroma with plenty of piney hop, grapefruit citrus. Initially sweet flavor, caramel, candy cane with plenty of grapefruit hop citrus kicking in late then taking over in the aftertaste. A little thin in body, especially for the style, but very tastey stuff.
pinkzambia (1803) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 23, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: This has a lovely dark, amber clear coloe with lots o’ lacing all over the glass. It wasn’t as bitter as most ESB’s but was still exquisite. You could taste the alcohol even though the level isn’t high. The sweetness also brought to mind rich, dark brown sugar and molasses. Not only is it sweeter than other ESB’s, its bigger than others too. As far as bitterness though, I did start to pick up on some grapefruit flavors toward the end. The feel is thin and easy to drink. Good.
FROTHINGSLOSH (5969) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 11, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2006 This beer came in my beer club. It is not a brewer I am familiar with. Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer pours a dark ruby chestnut color with a small tan head that fades quickly. The aroma is malty and has a crisp floral hop character and a hint of chocolate. The flavor is caramel, crisp hops and a sour tang that turns vaguely nutty on the finish.
calivania (62) - USA - JUL 10, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is my kind of beer. Picked up a sixer at the local BevMo, and as much as I am loathe to support the WalMart-ization of liquor, I don’t think I would have found it anywhere else in LA. Smells sweet and nutty. Wonderful to look at. Tastes unlike no other ESB I have had -- and like no other American brown for that matter eiether. Resiny, with the smoky sweetness of which I am partial. Lovely, crisp bitter finish. I am inspirerd to discover more Idaho beer because this one -- right down to its oddly transfixing lable -- is a special Amercian beer.
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUL 8, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a med. translucent brown with a lite off-white head. Aroma is nutty with chocolate and earthy hoppy notes. Flavor is an interesting mix of heavy chocolate, nuts, caramel, and heavy earthy resiny hops, with just a touch of diacetyl. Body is med lite. Finish is med. bitter. Very good American brown ale but this is not an ESB.
beerbill (3598) - Laurel, New York, USA - JUL 8, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle. Picked up a six pack while in Jackson Hole, WY. Pours darker than a typical ESB. Lightly sweet and bitter at the same time. Well balanced and very enjoyable.
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 24, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Joey… “degarth” for giving me this beer back around Christmas. It has been in the back of my frig… it was lost.
DAMN! This is the darkest ESB I believe I have ever seen. It’s such a dark smoky/amber body that it’s almost porter like…with its dense and heavily laced tan head. The aroma and flavor are full of toffee, a bit of coco and a hint of bittering coffee and peat. This Bitch Creek’s palate is rather full and creamy and the finish is chary dry. Overall: a rather phenomenal ESB. This is one I would gladly drink on regular occasion!