ben4321 (3812) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 20, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Location: 12 oz bottle from Buy Rite, 5/20/14
Aroma: The aroma is rich and malty, fruity, some caramel, toffee, and brown sugar
Appearance: It pours a clear amber color with a fizzy beige head and occasional lace
Flavor: The flavor, like the nose, is rich and malty as well, pretty sweet, with a light bitterness
Palate: The body is medium-full, it has a fairly thick texture, and a lively carbonation
This is some pretty solid stuff, and pretty sweet too. The carbonation hurts the drinkability here a bit. Overall, this is a solid example of the style, but not something I see myself seeking out.
hockeybeerguy (1634) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - APR 16, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reviewed from notes.
The appearance had a chestnut/copper colored body, small white one finger head, lacing slid quickly into the body.
The smell had a sweet subdued caramel, slightly bready.
The taste was pretty much the same, but coming through in a bland sort of way.
On the palate, it sat at/about a medium, slightly sessionable, creamy aftertaste, sweet bready finish.
Overage average for the style, but acutally I liked it and went nicely with some Christmas cookies.
DocLock (7731) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours coppery with off-white head. Nose is earthy, caramel malt, x-mas spice, with a spiced ESB flavor and medium palate.
arojewski (49) - Old Bridge, New Jersey, USA - JAN 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured caramel with a thick head. Nose like maple syrup? Not especially bitter, but nearly sweet, reminding me of other sweeter brown ales.
NikkTwist (1538) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at the Khyber. Poured a somewhat dark red amber brown with a large fizzy white head that mostly disappeared. Candied syrupy ESB that finished mostly dry. Chocolate caramel pinecones. Definite earthy notes as well. Slight hint of smoke. Full sharp bitter blunted with some darker malt flavors. Not quite Christmasy, though maybe some nutmeg and cinnamon may be hiding in there.
kevd193213 (861) - Hope Valley, Rhode Island, USA - DEC 27, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught. Light copper pour with a thin creamy head. Aroma of faint hops and pepper. Thin mouthfeel with a nice sharp finish.
hoju777 (144) - FRANCE - DEC 9, 2012
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Smells sweet, like cherries. Reddish brown, like cherry coke. Tastes like flat cherry coke, but with bubbles. Dark and joyless. Like flat cherry coke.
BeerFanDan17 (979) - Brunswick, Maine, USA - DEC 18, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very malty with hints of pumpkin spice, butternut squash, and apricot. Mild hoppiness.
Leafs93 (1649) - Dunmore, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours amber with an off-white head which dissipated quickly. Aroma is caramel, cinnamon and grass. Taste is sweet with very very light bitters. Light mouthfeel, was expecting something a little more substantial.
jeff789 (1406) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 28, 2011
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
12 oz bottle, clearly filtered brownish amber with a quickly fading off white head... deeply malty aroma, some dark sugars, light light fruits, caramel aroma... pretty sweet flavor, tastes like it should be sticky, lightly roasty, a light grassy hop tries to cut the sweetness and kinda fails, medium body that drinks heavy bc of the sweetness... i dont get much of a traditional esb type flavor out of this, i guess one could argue that is on the lines of an english strong ale or perhaps even a thin scotch ale...