ContemplateBeer (1878) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 30, 2016
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz. bottle from Rob G. Aroma: Light caramel biscuit malts that are also lightly toasty; hops are hard to discern. Appearance: Cola amber color with fairly healthy carbonation holding up a bubbly, bone coloured head. Flavour: Lean caramel tea biscuit up front with a very light woody/slightly spicy hop character near the finish, which is abrupt. Palate: Medium body, slick texture, soft carbonation, abrupt finish. Overall: The malts are mostly right, but the hops are too dialed back even from an English ESB. Fine, but a little dull.
hman43 (799) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - JAN 17, 2016
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
It pours black, but there is some that makes it through. It has a full head with lacing. It has a strong malt aroma that features chocolate. There are some dark fruit aromas and hints of floral hops. It has roasted malt flavors with chocolate, floral hops, and hints of fruit. It has high carbonation with a moderate feel to is. It is moderately bitter on the palate.
Leighton (16261) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 4, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at the brewery during RBWG 2014 - Asheville. Pours clear gold with a white foam crown. Great balance, with pleasant sweet, bready malts, nuts, mellow leafy hop bitterness. Light bodied with average carbonation. Nicely balanced finish, with notes of lightly toasted bread, faint earth. Good one. Very, very drinkable.
klaing (192) - Florida, USA - DEC 18, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nut brown, clear, thin head and mild carbonation. As advertised, caramel, biscuity, mild floral, English hops. Don't drink cold to get the best out of it. Very good.
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jcr (2458) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - DEC 18, 2015
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. Brown body with a frothy, off-white head. Malty aroma of caramel, dusty grain, nuts. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly bitter. It finishes lightly to moderately sweet and lightly bitter. Medium body, watery/sticky texture, lively carbonation. Very little hop flavor. Its heavy-handed malt flavors and sweetness take this beer to someplace nowhere close to an ESB. Style aside, the flavor is jumbled and the mouthfeel is dusty grain, dirty.
chinchill (3587) - South Carolina, USA - DEC 13, 2015
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle with a bottling date of 29 July 2015.
Appearance: clear, dark brown body with a somewhat weak head that still manages to leave a bit of lacing.
Aroma: appealing; nutty and malty.
Flavor: follows the aroma but with less strength and more toffee than the aroma suggests.
Feel: near medium body with medium carbonation.
Overall: aromatic but slightly too weak flavored ESB.
lobosaintori (89) - - OCT 10, 2015
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
nice orangeish color with a off white head tbat faded fast. aroma was of wheat and citrus. flavor was pleasantly balanced with touches of citrus and wheat. just a touch of bitterness. finished a bit long.
solidfunk (6479) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - AUG 25, 2015
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Light citrus and good all around balance. Pours redfish brown with OK head. Easy drinking. Light crisp grain finish. Bottle.
ads135 (3789) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - AUG 9, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A pretty solid ESB. Really malty with a bunch of toffee and caramel. Tried it at the brewery in 2015.
GenDV138 (4565) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JUL 27, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle poured into a tulip pint glass. Thanks Ben! Clear dark amber with a finger of beige head. Aromas of caramel, malt, light toasty notes and biscuit. Tastes of caramel, malt, biscuit, a bit of sweet dark fruit. Medium body with a dry finish. A bit on the sweet side.