tillmac62 (685) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - APR 19, 2016
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
BOD 2/19/16. Pours clear, and when held to light, a beautiful garnet hue. Poor head volume, lacing and retention.
Very atypical ESB nose that has a bit of char. Underneath is a rich caramel base with hints of plum.
Almost medium body that is quite smooth with creamy aspects. Body / carbonation is very well done - just the right amount of effervescence. The middle is a fair burst while the finish is nice and prickly.
The flavor profile is good, but also atypical for the style. Missing are the robust earthy hop bitterness flavors and an actual bitterness level that is, well...bitter. This is more an amber or brown ale. Compare this to a Fullers ESB...the contrast is quite striking. Caramel with a bit of char encompasses the tasting experience. A light nuttiness lays underneath and becomes noticeable from the middle on. The finish is somewhat clean with a malty note trailing off. As an amber or brown I would rate this around 3.5, but for the ESB style, it is subpar.
slowrunner77 (10145) - Reno, Nevada, USA - APR 5, 2016
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
preferred this cloudier brew ever so slightly to the bitter. More classic pub style with a touch more flavor, though there were many similarities.
kevinsenn (1995) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 17, 2016
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2016 Cask at Green Man. Rich fruity raisin and caramel aroma. Good fruity taste. An alright esb.
ordybill (1313) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - MAR 6, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from the tap into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear, dark brown color with a small white head. The aroma is malt driven with some nuttiness in the background. The taste is pure malt heaven with some toffee tossed in.
JStax (5222) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAR 6, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft sample. The beer is a darker copper with a white bead of foam. The aroma has sweet malty notes and just a hint at some grassy hops. Medium sweetness throughout and finish is a little dry.
dwm1034 (755) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 25, 2016
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
ANOTHER ASHVILLE IMPORT VIA CHRIS N...THANKS
Pours a clear brown with minimal head or lacing. Nose is malty with caramel, toast, roast malts. Sweet taste matches up with the nose. Decent but not great...like the English ales in general.
ContemplateBeer (1996) - 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 (1156) - 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 (18527) - 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 (282) - 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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