bu11zeye (11282) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 6, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(16oz can, courtesy of blutt59) Pours a clear amber body with a small off-white head. Aroma of nuts, toasted grain, toffee, and caramel. Flavor of nuts, light roasted malt, caramel, light grass, and toasted grain.
douglas88 (4601) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - MAY 3, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Can. Pours a clear brown/purple color with a small white head. The aroma is sweet fruity malts, caramel and toast. The flavor is dominated by a toasted malt, sweet fruit and banana, some chocolate. Quite nice. I could drink a lot of cans of this.
deyholla (4856) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - MAY 3, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can thanks to a generous BA. Pours a near clear brown with a tan head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a slight floral and citrus note but is mainly malty with semi sweet grains with a bread backing. Flavor begins with a light floral and fruit note but quickly becomes malty with bread and a bit of sweet grain. Nice on the tongue.
JCB (3862) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 14, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can from a trade on BA - thanks! Clearish, light brown pour with a thin crisp head to the beer. Slight overtones of milky coffee and sweet treats in the nose, kinda nice. Flavors have far more of the dry roasts coming through, giving the beer a bitter balance to it that works nicely. Seems like the beer almost wants to become a dessert of some sort, but it always pulls back to the balanced presentation. Mouthfeel is full and creamy, with just a hint of a dry finish. Overall, I found it to be a flavorful brown, compares well with Bender.
Mora2000 (4118) - McKinney, Texas, USA - APR 12, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Pawola22 for sharing this beer.
The beer pours a brownish-red color with a large, shaving cream like off-white head.
The aroma is a mix of toffee and quite a bit of hops, mainly grassy and piney.
The flavor is more complex. I get a lot of toffee and caramel malt, as well as some dry cocoa powder and some piney hops. The beer has a low amount of bitterness.
Medium mouthfeel and medium to high, prickly carbonation.
blutt59 (5714) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 6, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Canned, thanks to pawola22 in trade, pours a muddy brown with tan foam, aroma is chocolate, nuts and fresh mushroom, flavor is caramel and cocoa powder, some malt, nice brown
drfabulous (2995) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAR 29, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pint can from Xoco. Brown ale with subtle malt and some brown sugar. Little chocolate. Nice.
JAF737300 (1291) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours deep brown with nice notes of caramel and light malt. Mouthfeel is light but with heavy does of malts and a bit of hop nip at the end of the finish.
jrallen34 (3466) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2011
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
The beer a dark brown that has a very watery quality to it that makes it look lighter than it really is. The head is light tan, barely rises a quarter of a finger is gone right away leaving only a foam rim.
The aroma is pretty light giving off some tea, lots of malts caramel and nuts. At first it seems like a brown ale. At the end you get some bitterness.
Like the taste to me not much of an esb, its very nutty with almost no bitterness to it.
The feel is on the lighter side without out much feeling on the tongue.
Overall, this is an above average brown ale, not sure how its an esb.
tastybeer (1333) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAR 21, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Can, courtesy tarheels. Pours hazy brown with a nice biege head. Aroma is coffee, toffee, chocolate, iced tea. Flavor is malty, with a bit of mineral flavor, some hops. Not bad.