Fatehunter (2125) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - FEB 2, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A nice finger of head on a dark brown body.
The aroma has a smooth nuttiness coupled with a lemon. It works nicely.
The taste starts with a malty mild sweetness, then quickly turns to a grapefruit/lemon bitterness. It’s a bit abrupt.
The texture is crisp and still smooth with moderate carbonation.
I like it. It’s a nice mix of an ESB and a brown ale.
FatPhil (13073) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUL 1, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
355ml bottle - thanks dwyerpg! at 6.0%
Really hard to pour, frothing everywhere. Otherwise nice brown, spongy tan head. Pleasant malty brown aroma, roasted, but just a hint of sour acidity. Very rich bready roast, again a hint of sourness. Not so much that it really detracts from the taste. Light palate, carbonation way too high. Bottled 22/10/2015. Nice bitter finish, real hops. Spoilt, but still pretty decent.
GTAEgeek (1846) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUN 13, 2016
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours dark brown, almost black, with a big, beige head. The nose is burnt toast, licorice, and pine sap. A little sweet, with a harsh bitterness. Medium to heavy body, astringent, thick, and clingy. This is an acrid, overly roasted beer.
Listigovers (826) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 12, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ruby red beer, big tan head. Smells like caramel and a bit of hops. Has a bit of a bitter aftertaste, dry malts, pretty easy to drink.
Nische (1763) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 8, 2016
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle at home from dwyerpg, many thanks! Reddish brown with massive off white head. Aroma of toffee, hay and some light citrus. A little bit stale hay/grass/citrus taste with toffee, vegetables and some grain.
hackobock (3219) - 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 (822) - - 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 (2162) - 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 (1448) - 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 (817) - 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.