wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 30, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Thanks argo0. Brown body with medium beige head. Very hoppy in aroma. Flavor is hoppy as well, somewhat malty. I donít really see what is ESB about this beer. It really seems like a malty IPA. Flavor has caramel and citrus prevalent throughout. Decent beer.
bu11zeye (12576) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 29, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle) Pours a clear amber body with a large beige head. Aroma of toasted malt, grapefruit, pine, and a hint of peppermint. Flavor of malt, toffee, and mild hops.
Nate (3998) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fruity aromas; apricot, pear & apple, mild banana, and orange rinds. Sweet sugary malts, a bit of caramel, and light resinous orangy hop oils. Also a bit of ozone or rubberiness to it. Caramel orange-amber clear, with foamy off-white lacing head. Medium heavy watery body with medium carbonation. Light carbonic burn. Starts with a bit of sweetness, but not overpowering. Light caramel and biscuit, a bit nutty. Good hops taste comes in second after a bit of carbonic acidity. Fruity and mellow, with a nice bitter edge that doesnít overwhelm the tongue. Light bitter dry finish with smooth sweet nutty after. Nice ale, easy drinking and well balanced.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - DEC 28, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Quite pleasing. Whatís nice is the great balance of very fresh hops with a lot of malt behind it. It is fruity and and rich and floral and has a perfect level of bitterness.
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Best by April/2006) The beer is a nice looking one indeed; all aspects including color, sparkle, head and lace are very enticing. I find the nose to be mostly malty, but the palate is on the hoppy side. Interestingly enough the beer is very fruity and has an appetizing bitterness that is both floral and citric. In general this is a very good and tasty winter warmer ale that I will enjoy in the months to come.
cvillebeer (134) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 27, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep copper color, thin head with a malty, somewhat hoppy aroma. The mouth is full and sweet, with a background bitterness. Slight fruitiness and a moderately bitter fadeout. So far the Heavy Seas line is impressive for itís attempts, but somewhat of a letdown in the results. Still recommended though.
twindadplus2 (652) - 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 (5898) - Pennsburg, 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 (1162) - 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 (181) - 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.