superspak (2115) - Michigan, USA - APR 17, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before April 2013. Pours slightly hazy ruby red color with a 1 finger fairly dense cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of raisin, pear, caramel, toast, brown bread, floral, light pepper, light toffee, and toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of raisin, pear, caramel, toffee, toast, brown bread, floral, pepper, pine, light nuttiness, and earthy spiciness. Good amount of spicy pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of light fruits, caramel, toffee, toast, brown bread, floral, pepper, pine, and earthy spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of malt and fruity ester flavors; with a good hop balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a creamy and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice imperial ESB style. Nice complexity of malt/fruity notes with hop balance; and quite smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.
zvikar (2568) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - APR 17, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
BBOTMC, Pours deep red with a nice beige head, aroma of tangerine and strawberries, flavor is bitter and pretty dry, with some floral tones, alcohol and cookies, medium bodied+, nice
beerandbeyond (608) - ISRAEL - APR 16, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle poured into a tumbler glass.
Clear brown color with some deep copper hues, small beige head.
Nutty aroma, with caramel, grassy hops and some earth.
Sweet dark caramel flavors, toffee, nuts, medium bitterness and warming alcohol.
Low carbonation, med-full body, rich but a bit too strong. Cool.
ADesenberg (464) - Ohio, USA - APR 1, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: pours a nice dark brown color with a medium off white head. Bready, malty sweet aroma, some floral hoppiness going on. The flavor is sweet, but still finishes with a slight bitter taste. Nice winter beer, something different than most winter ales.
devman171 (682) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAR 27, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 1, 2013 From a bottle, aroma is floral and pine, taste is smooth with a nice bitter kick. Very enjoyable
HeinzH (17) - Oulu, FINLAND - MAR 12, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice dark brown coloured beer with a decent sized head. Taste includes a little bit of caramel. Very nice beer for winter days!
wmubronco1992 (581) - Coldwater, Michigan, USA - MAR 10, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a dark redish brown. Small off white head. Malty aroma. Rich mild bitter flavor with some roast and caramel. Mild bitter in the mouthfeel. ESB’s aren’t my favorite style, but I really respect this one. Definitely would drink again.
keanex (1223) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - FEB 21, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Best before February 2013.
Appearance: The body is clear and copper to mahogany, the head si dense with a light tan color, decent retention and leaves a thin coating and a creamy ring.
Aroma: The aroma is malty with caramel and some dark fruits, a light earthy hop profile is hidden in the malts.
Taste: The hops are much more pronounced here cutting through the sweet malts providing a slightly floral and earthy perhaps a touch spicy, hop profile with a moderate bitterness. The malts are sweet, toasted caramel and figs come to mind, that balance the hops nicely.
Palate: Medium bodied, moderate carbonation.
Overall: This is decent, but I can’t say that anything about it makes me want to try it again.
JLLSU (238) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - FEB 5, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle---> wine glass. Pours a deep brownish amber with very little head and little lace. Smells of bready molasses and mild pine. Taste is burnt caramel and nice piney hops and slight licorice. Medium-thick palate with very little carbonation. Not a favorite style of mine, but this is a fairly well done beer.
closey22 (631) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JAN 25, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice dark amber/brown with thin beige head; flavor is roasty nutty notes followed by bitter tanginess; feeels very thick with slight foaminess; aroma is malty more than anything. I like this beer.