RaphaelN (195) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 20, 2006
3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not my favourite. Poured with very little head. The oak character can be tasted with a light hint along with strong flavours of toffee, but I didn’t get too much citrus out of it. Medium body and easy enough to drink.
Fin (7029) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 14, 2006
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle, Clear copper coloured beer with a thin off-white head. some hops, malt and caramel or toffee? in what is quite a musty aroma. Taste not really my thing, yes the woodiness is present, but taste is quite dry and also a litte too sweet with some malt and bitterness backing up it improves slightly.
KingofCastle (202) - London, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2006
0.6 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2007 bottle: Run out of scotch? Like licking oak boards? This beer is for you. I can’t imagine how anybody enjoys this awful taste on its own. When this warms, it is completely undrinkable & tastes like the worse macro ale you have ever had (think Wee Willy with motor oil it)! Drinking this just gave me a headache, so I dumped it down the drain. I love big, bold ales & bitters but they have to taste good (imagine that). This is pretentious crap which won’t be around in 2 years, because all of these cowardly raters who pretend to publicly enjoy it, are privately throwing it down the drain too & not wasting their money any longer. Brutal product. Cheers to the honest reviewers here pointing out its cloying sweetness & astringent taste. I’ll take the worst macro brew pale lager ANY day of this. Blue Light & Budweiser looks brilliant next to this.
Doppelganger (1387) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - DEC 13, 2006
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear bottle, Tesco. Copper with a smallish layer of off-white. Skunk hit this one a bit. Some earthy, breadiness, under that, a bit of minty hops. Some fo the skunk hits the flavor too, a bit distracting. Bright, otherwise clean malt. Surprisingly mild bitterness that fades further as the glass progresses. A bit thin. Not terrible, but the "limited edition" version of this is vastly better.
BeerBiker (1412) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 10, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2006 [Tasted at the bloodparty with the bloody bloodbros.]
Lars’ bottle from Inverness/Elgin gave me joy tasting this whisky oak aged brew. Notes of oak and whisky, but it needs complexity to be an ESB. A bottle to be dranked a lot if you can stand the whiskynotes.
french tickler (649) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 28, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2006 Drank in an English Pint. Clear golden poor with a sticky white head. Aromas of vanilla creme brule, old whiskey barrells, toffee, Worthers original?... Long dry aftertaste. This beer should defnitely be tasted chilled as per its instructions. You can definitely taste what you smell, just not as impressive. Extra added hints of maple syrup. Good bitterness.
Grovlam (4152) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 28, 2006
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Very clear light golden colour, with a light creamy like yellowish head. Very special aroma I thought. A mix of oak, roast, malt, coffee, whisky hits your nose. A meticulous examination of the sniff, gives you hints of hop and grassy notes as well. Mouth feel is not that powerful as the previous description would let you to believe. Medium bodied. Considering the bouquet, it is reasonable complex. The strong point is defiantly the bouquet and the finish, which is almost a full display of the before described aroma. Medium bitter-sweet and well balanced. Nice surprise and the best “Extra Special Bitter” so fare. Was able to compare it with “Morland Old Speckled Hen” that just seams monotonous compared with this ESB!.....well that is just my subjective opinion.
Gethinbeer (2070) - Musky, Nova Scotia, CANADA - NOV 27, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2008 Slight hint of honey and whisky and sweet oak. Great clear orange colour. Good carb. Nice frothy head. Tastes a little of whisky, smooth. Leaves a malty taste. Not my cup of tea. Definitely an interesting beer.
jazz88 (2528) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 26, 2006
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Golden color with a white head. Musty, basement, straw, smooth buttery floral vanilla flavor with lively carbonation. Rating from notes.
unclemattie (4034) - Georgia, USA - NOV 23, 2006
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Picked up this clear 11.2oz bottle at Harry’s Marietta. Color of honey. White fizzy head. Aroma of an ashtray. Cigarette ashes? I got the aroma of the oak but it is more specifically of a Winston. Easy drinking. With lots of flavors of wood. Oh, its in the taste. Balanced malt/hop palate. Don’t know if it is worth the $5 dollar retail, hate to dee what it costs in a bar!