Westy84 (7) - California, USA - AUG 31, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at the Davis Beer Shoppe. Pours nice and brown. Almost mahogany. Love that word. Mahogany. Tan head. Smells like sweet malty goodness with a hint of hope. Tastes like sweet malty goodness but with a little more hops. Thank you.
hackobock (3116) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 27, 2016
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
May 27, 2016. Bottle at home, bottled October 22, 2015. Courtesy of dwyerpg, thanks!
Light hazy reddish brown with a huge off-white head. Aroma is boiled celery, toffee, light citrus notes, grass. Taste is light sweet, vegetal, light malty, light bitterness. Finish is light biscuit with caramel hints and more vegetal notes. Light ot medium bodied, average carbonation.
woodychevy (810) - - MAR 8, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I remember this being better when I lived near the source. Guess that’s what drinking 1000 beers between then and now will do. Pretty average this one. Overly carbonated and some nice nutty notes. Not too sweet but overall just boring. Some hoppy and appropriately bitter notes. Downright average.
Itzjerm (2064) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - JAN 15, 2016
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Overcarbonated... but that leads to a never ending head. Strong pine bittering hops with a rye and dark malt backbone. A nice beer but only if you are a hop head. Aroma has a metallic note. I wouldn’t say this is balanced.
JohnGalt1 (1434) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 28, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice 1" lite tan head... chunky.. drops quickly leaving nice lacing... brown body until its held up to the light.. dark cherry juice red... Definately dark for the style, but very pretty nonetheless.
Aroma is toasted malts and piney hops.. brown malts are in the middle.. clean without a whole bunch of yeasty fruitiness... nose falls slightly short but is vastly different than most ESB’s.
Flavor is nothing like an ESB... American Brown through and through... caramel and toasted biscuits.. more brown malts with grassy American hops. Big medium body.. and light carbonation... very lite diacetyl (and I hate butterscotch) mixes very nicely with the brown malts...
Given the style, I would not even put this in the top 20 of ESB’s I’ve enjoyed, but again, this is no ESB. Much more akin to a West Coast take on an English Brown.
Lazerlobe (37) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 23, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had it on draft at Ballard Station. Crisp bitterness, roasted coffee, sprinkle of cocoa but back to crispness. Actually works as an ESB/Brown hybrid
Quick3Beers (781) - East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 13, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a rich brown from a bottle. Aroma right of the bat is medium-roast coffee. Flavor is similar, somewhat watery, with good bitterness there as well. Okay beer.
Craftbrewhaha (80) - - OCT 1, 2015
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Had this on draft. Wasn’t sure what to expect from an "Extra Special Brown" but I really liked this. Excellent malt profile, hop aroma was minimal and had a pleasant bitterness in the finish. Definitely something I cold drink pints and pints of.
78samh (231) - Olympia, Washington, USA - AUG 24, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle pours dark brown with a tan foam head. Great aroma of floral hops with some roasted malt. Taste is coffee and pine. A little hoppy for a brown ale but not a bad mash up of styles.
miyauchi38 (1086) - chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 19, 2015
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
bnokk (422) - Lee, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 15, 2015
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
APPEARANCE - medium brown carmely color.
NOSE - resinous hop scents. Could pass for a pale ale or many IPAs on the market.
FLAVOR - Starts outlasting like a hoppy brown, then quickly starts to taste like a pale ale, while continuing to look like a brown ale.