bu11zeye (11740) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 30, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle) Pours a clear amber body with a small off-white head. Aroma of caramel, nuts, toastiness, and cocoa. Flavor of caramel, nuts, toffee, and light clove.
argo0 (11078) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 13, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(12oz bottle, best by 10/08) Clear copper body topped by small beige head. Aroma is medium sweet, allspice, ginger, some floral. Taste is medium sweet, floral/earthy, ginger, some toffee/caramel, clove, light cinnamon. Light-medium body.
Oakes (11031) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 6, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bright orangey-amber; aroma is a mix of allspice & caramel. Fairly alcoholic palate, with fruity notes and the odd bit of caramel and earth. Decent brew, but why is this their smash hit?
kp (10887) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2009
Date: February 01, 2006
Appearance: dark amber, whispy tan head
Aroma: light sweet malt aroma
Flavor: rich carmel malt flavor, nice spicy balancing hop, touch of sweetness, light bitter finish
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 11/20
Date: September 24, 1995
Smooth, strong, slight bitters
Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 5/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 17/20
Date: September 26, 1997
Appearance: deep clean amber, frothy head and nice lace
Aroma: rich sweet malty butterscotch aroma
Flavor: rich malt flavor followed by a good dose of lingering bitterness
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 16/20
Date: October 17, 1997
Appearance: deep clean amber, frothy head and lotsa lace
Aroma: strong malt aroma
Flavor: rich malty flavor, a touch of butter, hint of the 7% esters
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 10/20
The score was calculated based upon the notes and an old scoring system.
jcwattsrugger (10726) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - OCT 29, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle-pours a tan head and red/copper color. Aroma is medium malt-molasses/peat, some spice. Taste is unbalanced/not quite right, although not bad. Malty, English/metallic hops (maybe a bit over boiled), some herbal. Kind of a dark English Pale Ale.
Lubiere (9031) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 16, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A translucent dark amber alew tih a thin lacing off white head. In aroma, sweet berries and butterscotch, some Kool Aid powder, cloying. In mouth, a nutty and roasted malt with smooth British hops, medium bodied. On tap at Sunset Grill, Oct. 8 2011.
BeerandBlues2 (8454) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - NOV 25, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle via Secret Santa. Pours copper bronze with loads of tiny fast-rising bubbles and a huge foamy rocky tan head that stays mostly throughout. Yeast (cellar, cobwebs), oak, and light roasted malt (meal, cookie) aroma. Lightly bitter, lightly acidic yeasty malt nutty flavor with faint hop notes. Medium bodied and fizzy, spicy palate.
hopdog (8225) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 24, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle labeled best before S 07. Poured a deeper copper color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of toasted malts, caramel with light chocolate in the background. Tastes of toasted malts, chocolate (stronger than the aromas), light caramel, and citrus.
JoeMcPhee (8054) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 17, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep brown beer with a thin tan head. The aroma is quite spicy with lots of deep nutty maltiness. Rich and caramelly with hints of milk chocolate. Spicing is quite subtle, with soft cinnamon/clove character. Lingering earthiness. Well balanced and a solid offering from this brewer.
MartinT (7307) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 30, 2007
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
My Bottom Line:
Soft wooden and spicy hops brush against the svelte fruity toastiness of this nearly crisp and shyly festive ESB.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam tops the clear copper.
-The relatively tranquil carbonation increases drinkability.
-The aroma is rather unattractive in its lack of seductive powers.
-A wooden hop bitterness cleanly balances out the flavor profile.
-Although this is billed as a stronger version of their bitter, it drinks as easily and doesn’t offer much in the way of bigger flavors; I’d rather go for the lighter version in these cases.