GreenDragon (219) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 4, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours with a medium white head with a little lacing on a deep amber-red body with a sweet, cherry like aroma with hints of other fruits. Fruity taste with nice tannin hops in the finish on a lively medium body.
Shaftie (218) - , Maryland, USA - NOV 19, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Big boy that’s plenty bite and bark. I liked it but wouldn’t write home about it, try this one.
vlan1 (218) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 4, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft sample. Pours a light cola brown with a moderate head. Little hop aroma, some doughy bread on the nose. Smooth taste with your typical bitter ESB aftertaste. Pretty decent.
beerlord (217) - tonawanda, New York, USA - DEC 6, 2007
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2007 version. Deep ruby color with almost no head. Big hop Boquet. Flavor is hoppy/citrius/bitterness balanced by some malty sweetness and rum flavors. Great big beer. Love it. Alcohol is well hidden.
dliberto (216) - Hampstead, Maryland, USA - NOV 17, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Padonia Ale House. Pours a real dark brown. Small tan head. Nice hop taste while not being the main focus of this brew. The malts take over to give a nice smooth finish. A little bitter. Real good beer
MaliMisho (215) - East Meadow, New York, USA - JUL 29, 2007
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
This beer had a very strong aroma, and a lot of flavor, it had a beautiful brown color.
mynameisjonas (206) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 21, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
good winter brew. amber colour. definatly a bitter ale. has good malt flavors
General66 (203) - Streator, Illinois, USA - DEC 10, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle enjoyed on Thanksgiving Day out of a Heavy Seas variety pack. This poured a light amber color with a one finger width white head that disappeared very quickly. The aroma consisted of some light hops, malt, and a bit of dark fruit. The taste was along the same lines with a bit more of the hops and malt coming through. This reminded me a bit of a light IPA. Finished smooth and was easy to drink. Overall, I was surprised by this one... I was not expecting much.
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 it’s nothing I can’t handle. Mouthfeel is medium. Smooth and dry. Nice bit of warmth from the alcohol. Doesn’t 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.