Sammy (10882) - 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.
daknole (10836) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 28, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle, total wine. nice amber pour with a tan head. aroma is fruity, spicy, and some juicy hops are present. flavor is very malty and slightly sweet with a nice hop bit gets you throughout. pretty good.
hopscotch (10557) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 27, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2005 Bottle... Hazy, orange ale with a small, frothy, off-white head. Floral aroma with huge pine and toffee and ultra light cocoa. Malty and citrusy flavor. Lightly sweet up front, followed by moderate bitterness and earthiness. Full-bodied with lively carbonation. Lengthy, bitter, piney finish. Tongue numbing and soul warming! Definitely a different beer than last year’s Imperial IPA... not as complex, but definitely enjoyable!
shrubber85 (10358) - 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.
pivnizub (10023) - 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........
GT (9982) - Oceanside, 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.
jercraigs (9681) - 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.
DocLock (9675) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow, I expected this to be a run-of-the-mill winter ale. What I got was one of the best beers I’ve quaffed all year. The pour was deep copper with a 2-finger off-white head. The aroma is bready caramel malts, huge resiny hops, honeydew, tangerine, and spices. The flavor was caramel malty with gigantic hops and some mid-palate brown sugary citrus, including grapefruit, tangerine, and pineapple. Very complex, dense palate. This one is absolutely delicious. You need this!
DrSilverworm (9671) - 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.
j12601 (9549) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - APR 4, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Stanton Public House after Get Real NY. Pours a clear ruby with a thin white head. Sweet caramel, toast, spices. Toast, medium bodied, more spice, malt and toast. Caramel and spice, light bitterness and toast, spice and malt.