surffisher (198) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 27, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours slightly hazy copper colored with a nice stand of off-white head which leaves nice sticky lacing. Aroma is generally sweet with caramel malts along with a good dose of fruity, flowery and sometimes earthy/spicy hops. Very flavorful and bitter, with a nice base of soft, complex caramel malts under loads of citrusy and earthy bittering hops. Well-balanced throughout and into the finish. Smooth and medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Excellent beer all around. Seems reasonably true to style for an ESB (a style open to considerable interpretation), with the slight exception of its strength. Including it as a Strong Ale here unfairly lowers its style percentile rating, IMO.
Shrews629 (193) - Kentucky, USA - JAN 24, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A hazy reddish amber color with some orange and yellow highlights around the bottom and sides. An off white head that was none too large nor did it have much retention. Did leave patches of lace down the sides of the glass. Very nice nose of some carmel malt, bread, biscuit and some nice flourishes of some grapefruit and orange citrus. Seems very well balanced and really developes as the beer warms. The taste brought forth some balanced plumes of bitterness from the grapefruit. The dry malt of caramel and biscuit seems to fit together nicely with the citrus. Small touches of alcohol do come throug in the flavor, but itís nothing I canít handle. Mouthfeel is medium. Smooth and dry. Nice bit of warmth from the alcohol. Doesnít over do it with flavor on the palate, but does leave enough for me to savor for a bit. This brew is really pretty good I think. Very solid and well rounded. Obviously this is a "Winter" beer, but I think I could enjoy this on occasion throughout the year.
Hance07 (192) - DownSouth, Georgia, USA - DEC 21, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice presence of hops with enough malt to balance it out.
fromred2green (187) - , Ohio, USA - NOV 25, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours dark reddish-brown with a small off-white head. Aroma is of bittering hops and caramel malt. Flavor is hoppy with a slight amount of malt, and has an even more hoppy and bitter finish. Interesting beer as Iíve not had anything quite like it, and a very good beer as well.
chilehead (186) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - DEC 4, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to ratebeerians for bringing this to pizza portís strong ale fest. Iím not sure who it was, but thank you! A medium-strength ale with nice hop notes. Some coriander and spice on the nose. Not bad.
PhillyHomeBrew (176) - Forest Hills, New York, USA - DEC 9, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Filtered golden body with no head. The aroma is very malty with lemons and orange aroma from the hops. The flavor is also very malted.
uvajed (174) - 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.
FLnative80 (174) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 30, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. 12 fl. oz. Dark amber color with thick, creamy head. Strong malt aroma of candy or caramel. Very fresh. Medium body with a leathery mouthfeel. Flavor strongly resembles aroma with the exception of slight hoppy bitterness at the end. Alcohol is well hidden. Goes down real easy.
gormanb (173) - Bowling Green, Ohio, USA - DEC 10, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
aroma- bready, dates, toffee, caramel, raisin, roasted malt, bittersweet orange peel hop. pours a woody red/amber with about 3/4 inch of head that recedes but doesnít go away, some lacing. taste is roasty malt with a grassy earthy bitter hop finish, bread, brown sugar, orange peel, some alcohol. palate is full bodied, some carbonation, smooth, bitter.
optemoz (171) - Apex, North Carolina, USA - DEC 11, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled... 2006 Release.. Pours a deep red with alot of lacing and a fluffy head.. Nose is lots of hops and hints of malt.. Flavor is dominated by bitter hops that lingers around.. very nice but not a fav..