dionysus (1454) - Arizona, USA - JUL 8, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Huge! bottle pours rich mocha w/ ruby hues and a dense tan head. Aroma is heavy in burned caramel, cookie dough, hazelnuts and a slight cola characteristic. The approach is sweet and creamy with heavy caramel up front, leading into an earthier finish of roasted barley, molasses, and some tobacco. I was excited to be able to taste this beer, but was disappointed in the finish. Had it followed through more on the bitter side, it could have been excellent instead of the mediocre giant it was.
dwyerpg (4818) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUL 23, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Some hops and some caramel in the aroma. Wow does this have some intense flavor. Peaty, a bit smoky, quite a lot of malt. A flavorful sipping beer, this is easily the thickest richest beer Iíve ever had at this low of an alcohol content! Crazy thickness.
HighWine (955) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - JUL 13, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Mahogany brown color, similar to a noncarbonated cola. Thick tan thead that thins down but stays present on top of the beer. Good lacing. Big malty nose with figs, raisins, and molases. Taste starts off with some floral hops, molases, and then capuccino. Quite drinkable given the amount of malt. Very good.
joeneugs (3981) - Livermore, California, USA - MAY 23, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great aroma of mollases, fruit, and hops. A very different brew, yet it works. It pours dark brown with a minimal tan head. The taste is mollases, chocolate, toffee and bright hoppiness that balances out the dark sweetness. It has a very creamy body yet goes down light on the palate, making this an easy drinking but also a tasty and satisfying beer.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 19, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma of coffee cake and cola,taste was at first rich caramel, toffee,flavor,but that exhorbatant bittering very quickly took over and all that bitterness became dominant That caramely malt taste fades to the background. This is a hop bitterness,but very English hops. Very interesting
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 6, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
When I smelled this beer I was kind of expecting a double IPA, but this really is an ESB with the volume turned up to eleven. Turbinado sugar aroma, big earthy hop presence, slight hints of metal. Quite Nice.
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - AUG 4, 2009
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Sam Kinison said it best. Oh, Ohhhhhh! This brew rocks, or is it coffee? Dark amber in color with a thick head that just sits there like a lead pancake floating on my beer. Strong aromas of bitter cocoa, roasted coffee bean, and a bit of brown cake bread with some pine resin. Full nectar with superb carbonation. This beer is not thick and gooey like most full bodied beers. It still has a bit of pliability to it. It goes down easy yet is quite creamy on the tounge. Flavors of roasted coffee bean and bitter cocoa speak to me in tongues while this superior hop component slaps my face forward. This brew is not sweet at all. Rather a dry specimen that drinks like black coffee. The finish is bittered with an ingenious use of hops that keep the user coming back for more. Excellent brew guys.
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - AUG 4, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big Bottle. Aroma roasty coco, coffee and some molasas in third pint. Chocolate milk colored head with some good lacing. Was little bit of a gusher opening the fliptop. Good lacing more on last glass. Crabinated brew with coffe roast the some chcocolate and some caramel thick molasas. Bready notes along with a mild shugar in the mix. Dry coco and coffee bean palate. Good brew intriging from start to finish.
DMRz (230) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 6, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark reddish brown with a tall tan head. Slightly alcoholic aroma with earthy hops and roasted malt. Flavor is quite hoppy with sweet malt, dark chocolate, and coffee. Overall, this is a bit too bitter for me - it could be more well balanced.
drfabulous (4656) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JUN 24, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Flip top with wax. Never seen that before. Malty with strong caramel. I donít know where the ESB is, and I donít care. Very nice beer all around.