GJF (1154) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - OCT 11, 2009
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Very disappointing. Iím giving them the benefit of the doubt here and assuming itís a bad batch, but this was actually not very drinkable. There was a nice malty background, but something just wasnít right in the finish.
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 13, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a light copper color with a white head. Aroma is toast, biscuit, crystal malts, and grassy floral hops. Flavor is toast, crystal malts, biscuit, and a bitter grassy hops.
BeerandBlues2 (8445) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUL 26, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught. Pours clear mahogany with a small, fizzy, white head, diminishing with spare lacing. Aroma is average malt (straw, bread, chocolate), average hop (grass), average yeast (dough) with notes of pear and apple. Medium bodied, slick texture, average carbonation, and a bitter finish. Long duration, light sweetness, moderate acidity, and heavy bitterness. Light chocolate, caramel notes in the flavor.
jcwattsrugger (10724) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 11, 2009
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
on tap-pours a light tan head and amber color. Aroma is medium malt-caramel/roasty, nutty, earthy. Taste is medium malt-caramel/roasty, nutty, earthy, musty. Some detractor.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 14, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at the brewpub on 2/3/08: Transparent copper orange with a wispy-lacing white head. Aroma of sweet toasty caramel malty notes and some earthy piny English hops. Body starts with good fullness and sweet toasty caramel maltiness balanced with a resiny hop bitterness. Smooth, true to style and enjoyable, a good ESB.
Nate (3445) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 14, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Jack of the Wood. Mild toasty aroma with light hop character. Mild nose with a bit of acetaldehyde. Dark amber clear with thin head. Medium body with medium carbonation. Starts and stays sweet with roasted grain and biscuit. Clean taste with light bitter finish and nutty after, with a hint of chocolate.
jrob21 (2167) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 23, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewpub. Pour is a clear orangish amber color. Nutty almond aroma with a caramel tinge. Flavor is nutty at first but then there is a burst of red fruit and hop bitterness at the end. A hint of wood underlying all of it. Decent but not what I would expect from an esb in terms of fruit flavors.
Butters (3572) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 30, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Burnt orange pour with amber highlights and big bubble white head with some lacing. Aroma is ’green’, like fresh wood and pistachio. Flavor notes of smoke, toasty, nutty, toffee, and some hop bitterness in the end. Reminds me more of a nut brown than an esb. Interesting. Not bad.
argo0 (11077) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 21, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(draft) Crystal clear amber body with beige head. Aroma is moderately sweet, chocolate, toffee, some caramel, peach. Taste is moderately sweet, chocolate, caramel/toffee, light peach, earthy. Light-medium body.
Jmichael (640) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - SEP 3, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours a dark copper brown with mild head. mild soft aroma. sweet initial with hidden candy backgrounds. good dry finsih.