freekyp (1460) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - SEP 2, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours deep brown with a well muscled white head. Sticky lacing. Nice balanced with an earthy malt character and fruity hops. Strong toffee in the nose. Perfect fade with light malt sweetness, some fruitiness (apple?), and a smack of mellow flavoring hops.
Shag (2546) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - AUG 27, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark amber color with white head. Aroma contains some herbal notes, caramel, and toffee. Flavor is slightly bitter but mostly malty with some buscuit, caramel, and citrus. Overall this is pretty good.
DiarmaidBHK (3132) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 26, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours amber from tap. Not a lot of aroma on the nose. A bit of caramel malt on the tongue. Finishes dry so the hops are in there even if you can’t taste them. Not my favorite style.
bjt512 (292) - Athens, Georgia, USA - AUG 12, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Bouchon in Asheville, NC. This poured a pale russet brown color into a shaker and left virtually no lacing as I drank it down. Flavors of faint caramel, toffee, and, surprisingly, mangoes peeked through what was essentially a tasty session beer. Indeed, despite its brown ale coloring, this proved a refreshing thirst quencher after a full day hauling our 2-year-old son in a backpack. Overall, this is a nice interpretation of the style, with restrained hops in true English fashion.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 15, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Quickie pint at Fullsteam while waiting for some delicious food from Kokyu. Nice amber pour with a fluffy head and moderate carbonation. Dry nutty notes ever so faintly detectable in an otherwise subtly malty nose with earthy dry hops. Mouthfeel is full, lightly playful, with a long smooth finish. Dug the flavors, as there was an interesting mild smoke that seemed to emerge as part of the nuttiness, and the hops were tealike and bitter, giving the whole a nicely balanced feel as well as a bit of distinction in the style.
DrinkEmUpJones (1062) - Georgia, USA - JUN 19, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
@ jack of the wood in dtown avl. Copper colored;candied fruit, caramel on the nose. Palate is full-bodied, very well balanced, refreshing & crisp, citrus peel flavor. Very good. Also had the cask-conditioned version, which was very mellowed out-more oak smoothness on the palate, less hoppiness.
anders37 (15300) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUN 19, 2011
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft @ Jack of the Wood. Asheville, NC. Pours a clear amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty caramel aroma. Fruity malty caramel flavor with weak hoppy hints. Has a fruity malty caramel finish.
DukeBrewDevil (732) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAY 30, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Tobacco Road Sports Cafe in Durham. Surpringly dark color, like milk chocolate. Thin head. Nose of toffee. A lot of caramel malt sweetness with a sharp hop finish. I thought it was more of an American style brown, but either way, I enjoyed it.
TURDFERGUSON (3878) - Carrboro, North Carolina, USA - MAY 29, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep hazy amber with a silky off white lace. Nose is rather faint- some earth and caramel malt. Flavor is definitely malt heavy, first thing I taste is some coffee and toasted malt. Some light earthy hops are noted but play a background role. A pretty nice English style ale, but I’d say it’s more in line with a mild ale than an ESB as it’s not very bitter at all. A good beer that I am enjoying.
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - MAY 14, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Jack of the Wood. Pours deep copper. Crusty earthy aroma. Flavor is balanced with earthy hops and caramel. Dry finish that is a touch on the bitter side. A nicely done ESB.