twindadplus2 (595) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 20, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Goldtwins for this one.
Coppery brown color with a small, light brown head. Aroma is sweet, honey malt, citrus and a bit of piney hops. Taste is sweet, nutty malt with a hit of bittersweet hops and an alcohol bite at the end. Crisp hop finish strengthens as it warms. A good winter warmer.
egajdzis (5372) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 20, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured an amber color with a small, off white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of pine, some vanilla, and light citrus hops. Malty, light nuts, citrus fruits, and a bitter, hoppy, undertone. Not quite as good as last years.
HighlanderOne (1016) - Bergen County, New Jersey, USA - DEC 18, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Actually smells a bit like the ocean at first, before settling into an oaky, malty aroma. Hop, malt, alcohol and nut flavor. Clean hop aftertaste also reminds me of the sea (probably just me), with a slight alcohol kick. Lacing is present. Excellent hop flavor which intensifies a bit as you finish. A real nice find.
uvajed (173) - Ravenna, Ohio, USA - DEC 16, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Whatís an "Imperial ESB"? I donít know that, but this beer is very nicely bittersweet, kind of a floral caramel taste. Coppery color with a small creamy head, a slight bit of which persisted, leaving a small amount oc cream-colored lacing.
shadey (1904) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 15, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep amber color with a white thin head. Some nice lacing. Aroma is almost candyish. Attractive. Flavor is well balanced between the bitter hop bite and the sweet malty backbone. Very enjoyable.
Arayaga2 (1799) - portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 15, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2007 Nice hoppy aroma and coppery colorwith reasonable white head and perfect carbonation. Perfect bitter sweetness and mildly detectable alcohol, make this very drinkable. $2/12oz
Jine (896) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - DEC 14, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Iím pretty sure this is the 2005 as the "drink by" date says March í06. Supposedly an "Imperial ESB". Not sure what that means. Fits right in with American Strong Ale though. Some nice bitter from the hops but the malts are equally represented. It is nice.
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - DEC 13, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle pours copper with a thick tan head that stays well and laces down the glass. Aroma is big citrus grapefruit hops, some pine, and just a touch of yeasty bread. Flavor is a nice smooth blend of caramel malts and grapefruit hops. The hops seem to overpower at the finish and orange and pineapple seem to be the lingering aftertaste. Palate is medium bodied, smooth and easy to drink. A unique flavor for a winter brew.
TheBeerGod (5297) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - DEC 13, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Copper colored body. Small tanned head. Nose is citrusy and floral hops, toasted bread, and light spices. Taste is very hoppy and citrusy along with some hefty spicy flavors. Some earthy pine coming through at times as well. Very fruity overall. Body is medium with mild carbonation and an overdone lingering bitterness. Finishes with more of a hop blast - orange rind, grapefruit juice, light pine and a hint of pineapple. Lots of caramel coming out during the finish. Not too bad, but itís really a hop bomb.
21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - DEC 12, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Copper pipe color to this brew. I got some serious dark fruits goin on in the aroma. Red apple bitterness in the body. The best of the CC beers ive had.