akoeninger (341) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 23, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours reddish-brown with a thin whitish head. Nutty malt aroma with earthy hops. This is one of the best brown ales I've had. Nutty and toasted malt flavor meets a crisp hoppiness. Medium bodied and a pleasant fizziness. Very good.
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scooterbub (792) - Lander, Wyoming, USA - JUN 30, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
25.4 ounce bottle. Pours a dark hazy brown with a one inch tan head that lasts. Taste is of roasted malt, caramel, fruit, yeast, sugar, grass, wheat, citrus, pine, resin and hops. Similar aroma. Have a cloying body with a dry and bitter finish. A little boozy towards the end. Tastes good and goes down easy.
beernovice39 (3079) - Montana, USA - MAY 21, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. Deep red with an off white top. Scent is malty and grassy. Taste is malty, pine and a hint of chocolate.
gururyan (548) - Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA - MAY 4, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle into snifter, pours a murky brown and quickly dissipating head. This one was dated Aug 6, 2012. Quite a complex smelling and tasting brew, however it remains smooth and balanced. I agree with previous comments about the 7.5% seeming lower than it really is. It’s not boozy mind you, just strong...quite strong. I’m glad I’ve got a large bottle in front of me. This may very well be my first DESB.
anders37 (15489) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 2, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a dark amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty piney hoppy caramel aroma. Fruity malty caramel hoppy biter flavor. Has a fruity malty hoppy bitter caramel finish.
NielsenRatings (8273) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 20, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
2008 fucken a bro bottle opened at home that was fucken stupid hard to get open due to the massive amount of wax. First whiff and this is a textbook example of oxidation. Pours a bit hazy, dark brown head with a dark brown head (that is surprisingly strong for the age). Somewhat boozy, caramel, cardboard/papery, quite sweet aroma. Fairly is similarly spicy and boozy with some toffee, caramel, cardboard, and some herbal notes. Goddamn, for what is supposedly 7.5% abv, this sure tastes stronger. Definitely wasn’t meant to be kept this long but it is still somewhat interesting in its own right.
ansermadide (1450) - Kyle, Texas, USA - FEB 23, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown in color with a bright orange-hued, cream colored head, this double ESB smells great! Fresh, sweet, bright hops and caramel malts make for a happy, candy-like aroma. It has a meaty quality that couples with a somewhat thin body and an easy but robust palate. Smooth and nice.
ddemmingjr (667) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - DEC 25, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: pours deep ruby brown, milky light brown head that persists. Nose is big, dark fruits, biscuit, burnt toast, toffee and milk chocolate. Milk thistle, roasted malts and some mild pine notes, molasses and toffee sugars bring lactic acids that envelope the tongue. Milky, chocolate and roasted coffee malt heaven here. Bold flavored beer not for the faint of heart.
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steeleliver (116) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 11, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Boulders St. Cloud. Pours a burgundy color, with a small beige head and nice lacing. Aroma is caramel and a tinge of malt. Flavor is caramel and fresh, with the double bitterness just barely apparent. Solid.
lawman357 (93) - Missouri, USA - DEC 2, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap, Beer Kitchen, KCMO. Fluffy, quickly dissipating, dark tan head. Malty, heady, boozy nose... not expected in an ESB style. Simply delicious bitter sweet, alcohol with a rich mouth feel. Thoroughly enjoyed.