hopdog (9994) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 24, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Poured a deeper orangish / copper color with an averaged sized off white head. Lots of suspended particles. Aromas of caramel, toasted grains, and citrus. Tastes of caramel, toffee, and citrus.
Sammy (9685) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 11, 2007
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Extra malted and hopped ESB that has aroma of alcohol along with a bit of hop and malt aroma, is a bit on thin of mouthfeel and has cloudy orangey colour, but taste pretty good. Very dry finish and aftertaste. Could pass as a bit of a strong ale,more so than an IPA. thanks Dr.Jay.
pivnizub (9437) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - NOV 22, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (big thanks to Jonas !) Almost clear, copper coloured, small, slowly collapsing off-white head impressive mix of resinous, herbal-hoppy aromas, sweet dark malt and dried fruit in the nose; almost dryish solid bitter-sweet flavour, medium bodied; lingering dry bitter finish, accompanied by herbal hops and dry fruits. Superb stuff, very well balanced, very well hidden alcohol........
GT2 (9410) - San Diego County, California, USA - NOV 19, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
355mL into Sam Adams mad awesome glass. Nothing gives me more pleasure than enjoying almost every beer save for Sam Adams in their kick-ass glass. Pours a deep, orange-tinted amber with a thin, tan head that has little retention and leaves no lacing. Aroma is blueberries, apple pie, peach cobbler. Taste is malty, biscuity, with lots of berries. Major resiny hop bitterness in the finish. Alcohol is nicely hidden. Yum.
shrubber85 (9137) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - NOV 3, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pine hops and caramel malt aroma. Dark amber color with large tan head and nice lacing. Moderate piney hops flavor - light caramel malt. Nice hoppy beer - basically what I’d expect an "Imperial ESB" to taste like - a malty I2PA.
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at the Brazen Head. Deep amber beer, very thick sticky white head. A very bright fresh grassy aroma. Soft earthy/fruity bitterness that lingers softly on the back of the palate. Pine and grapefruit and a touch of tropical fruit as well. Very soft sweet malts, lightly toasty wit a bit of caramel on the back. Great palate, soft and lightly fruity. Very fresh with lots of soft hoppiness but not a whole lot of real bitterness. Just a bit of bright hop character. A really solid brew. The cask works very well.
DrSilverworm (8703) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 29, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mostly clear, deep dark red color, minimal off-white head, some lace. Good spicy bitter taste, with a light sweetness. Very tasty. Some toastiness to the grains here, and the hops come at you in a quick blast. A very balanced beer. Or at least balanced around the center I prefer my brews to be.. Big, a good a good amount of hops, with an even toasty-malty sweetness, that is. Carbonation is a bit sharp, however, and there’s a slight oiliness, but otherwise the mouthfeel is good.
jercraigs (8666) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 5, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark amber brown, small off white head. Moderate hops in the aroma are a bit leafy. Moderate bitterness in the flavour, earthy malt, vague hints of celery. Alcohol is not at all prominent. Average to medium palate (3+). Servicable.
3fourths (8639) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 28, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Category 5 Ale. Clear semi-dark rusty brown colored body, very small head. Hoppy, pungent fresh nose, some plum and port scents sitting amid a heap of English hops. Nice smelling. Chewy and sticky up front, more rough and bitter and coarse burnt toast on the back, finishing with dry cedar, caramel and nuts. Good stuff, though a little too bitter for my liking.
MartinT (8619) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 4, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
Candied berries ooze from the luscious caramel maltiness, dancing in unison with the assertive earthy and resinous hoppiness. Not as fragrant as it is flavorful, this friendly muscleman still is a joy to converse with.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam covers the translucid yet snowy copper.
-The earthy, wooden hop nose is modest and pleasant with its citrusy edges, but it doesn’t announce the entire range of flavors to come.
-The portly maltiness is one of this beer’s best features.
-The expansive carbonation thankfully breaks on the tongue quite easily.
-Whatever style you call it, it’s a great beer.
-The best before date is precocious.
Bottle; best before April ’07.