Gorbalev (2974) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 5, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Imperial ESB? Why not! Bottle shared with Hogtown Harry, Jerc, MDS, Harry’s bottle. Dark orange, small frothy white head. Spicy hop aroma, some malt. Nice hoppy taste - lots of bready malt. Soft, some alcohol. Very drinkable. Nice stuff.
HogTownHarry (6136) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 4, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2006 Bottle (12oz). Shared with jerc, mds and tupalev - my bottle via trade with DocLock. Hazy amber, decent creamy off-white head. Dusty sweet malt and floral hops, dry, light. A bit of alcohol and sharp hop bitterness in the flavour, citrus pith, less malt character - average body, slightly astingent, alcoholic and sharply carbonated - pretty decent; Imperial ESB? Well, it’s bitter, I guess.
starfireming (309) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUL 1, 2006
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cloudy red colour, white head with nice lacing. Bitter hoppy aroma. Very bitter taste with a hint of caramel, but lord, is it bitter.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 19, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Transparent and magnifying amber-mahogany in color with a booming, dense tan head that’s audibly fizzing to boast its fluffiness to anyone who’ll listen. Green hops come flying out the gate, pursued by pumpernickel, caraway seeds, cleansing pine and pollination everywhere. Light caramel and dryer sheets make a late aromatic entrance, confounded by a unique element of nutty pipe cleaners. Flavor comes crashing down with a lick of stainless steel to hustle away every other flavor precursor. Looking back, we’re dealing with mulberry, pine and cedar bark for earthy intonations and chloraseptic caramel lozenges for sweetening. There’s a grassy quality as well, but it’s layered with warped maple sugar and diluted caramel. Intimate and intimidated hints of cocoa and toffee. Effervescent and mouth feel are holistically wonderful, and I’d like to give a nod to balance, but the unsavory metallic twang holds me back. Dry, pressing English toffee joins cedar sap and basement paneling before rounding out an aftertaste of pecans out of the ol’ aluminum tin. Thanks for the bottle, bstill!
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - MAY 18, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. Via trade with DocLock. Best by Mar ’06 (so I’m assuming this is the ’05). Pours a clear, garnet color with an ivory head. Fruity aroma- both citrus and some darker fruits, caramel, yeast and honey. Flavor is bitter with a thin mouth feel. A bit of caramel, toffee, and phenols in the flavor. Bitter finish.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - MAY 8, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Best before March 06, enjoyed on May 06. Pours a clear, dark amber with a medium sized, off-white head that fades to a loose collection of whisps. The aroma is citrus and pine, with a heathy dose of sweet caramels. The flavor is resinous pine, grapefruit, toffee and bready. Medium body with a bitter and soapy finish. Big flavor, relatively low ABV and highly quaffable, great job!!
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - APR 28, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of Springslicker. Poured a reddish brown with a tan head that quickly diminished. Aroma of spices, citrus, hops, and a light caramel background. The flavor found hops, grass, caramel, and spices. Medium body with a light bitterness. Nice!
Beerdedone (2794) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 21, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle sampled with stegosaurus. Pours orange\golden with a small white head. Aroma of citrus, sweet malts, and hops. Flavor is sweet, malty, carbonated, with a slight bitter hoppy finish. Good body, good brew.
outerupt (133) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 5, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A lovely brew. Well knit flavours reveal plenty of toffee and toast in the malt and a pretty nice dose of ESB bitterness. The colour is rich pretty brown matched with hints of coffee and and peppery spice. yum.
fordest (2014) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - APR 3, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle thanks to slob. Decent head on this dark amber pour. Aromas were very malty. Some spice and caramel. Some breadiness too. Flavors were quite bitter. More bitter than the expected ESB. Must be that USification we do to our beers on this side of the pond. NIce hoppy bite over the very malty middle. Good stuff. Thanks Bert.