omhper (23324) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 22, 2006
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draught at the brewpub (9%). Clear brownish amber. Fruity toffee aroma with some gingersnaps. Sweet with lots of caramel and molasses as well as dough and red berries. The hop rate is low. A warming beer with a lot going on, but also a bit too sweet and mushy.
fiulijn (18780) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 10, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at the brewpub, 10 oz
Dark amber to brown color, cloudy, with small head. The aroma is not much developed; it had a solid malt and caramel flavor, and orangey resiny hops. I would prefer less yeast presence, but it’s a good beet anyway.
Oakes (15490) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 30, 2005
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught, at the brewpub
Slight haze. Reddish-brown colour. Rather butterscotchy aroma with a little bit of malt. Palate is rich and malty, with butterscotch (much less than in the aroma, thankfully), earth, a hint of pine, and plenty of toffee. Chewily sweet finish. Alcohol lingers late on the palate. Despite the problematic aroma, this is actually quite a good ESA.
bu11zeye (12693) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 21, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(12oz. bottle, 2003 vintage) Pours a deep amber body with no head. Aroma of caramel, cherry, toffee, butterscotch, and old books. Flavor of caramel malt, toffee, cherry, rum, and raisins.
3fourths (9108) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 15, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2010 2003 vintage. Has an exceptionally nice aroma full of juniper, scotch, light alcohol apparency, with some resiny, grassy porter-style roasted malts. Resiny coating, super rich and peaty up front, slightly buzzing the tongue. Great flavor, and the hops are quite evident. Rich and structured and robust without being chewy. 2.5 years old at the time of sampling, and it held up very well. I don’t buy that most mid-to-high strength American ales improve with age, or even hold up well, but this one was amazing with a couple of years.
First rating the numbers were considerabley lower, about 3.7 overall. It was a different experience.
BMan1113VR (7916) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 20, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2003 Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Pours with no head exposing a hazy amber body. Aroma of raisins, caramel, alcohol and some cardboard. Taste is sweet toffee, brown sugar, maple caramel, raisin and cake. Syrupy mouthfeel and no real carbonation to speak of.
drowland (7881) - Georgia, USA - FEB 25, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2/25/12. Bottle shared at RBWG 2012. Dark brown pour with a small head. Bold, rich, fruity aroma with plenty of dark fruits, brown sugar, and molasses. Even richer flavor with sweet caramels, brown sugar, molasses, and dark fruits. Not bad!
motelpogo (7705) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - JAN 26, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottled. copper brown colour. decent pine and orange rind aroma, quite full, slightly woody, vanilla character. some raisins and port but thankfully not ridiculously sticky, just could use more bitterness. pretty festive anyway
after4ever (7540) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAR 16, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at the brewpub. Slightly hazy rubied dark amber with thin but fairly dense and creamy grayish head. Light lace. Earthy, leathery and leafy hoppy piney nose. Medium and very smooth body with soft carb. This is definitely squarely on the bitter side of the street for an ESA. Earth, leaves, leather, light pine and fair resin shine through the mid-palate. Mild, slightly toasty finish.
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 21, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Many thanks to Eric for the 2003 bottle! Poured deep, hazy mahogany with a short cap of beige head (mostly a loose-bubbled ring). The aroma picked up sweet, toasty molasses, honey, and cane sugar with oxidation providing complexity rather than hurting the experience.. sticky-sweet and malty, with any semblance of hops long gone. The flavor found molasses, honey, and rum character at the core, laced with dry black peppery alcohol and some oxidation.. sticky on the finish with a warm, boozed up brownie impression.. tasty stuff! Medium-bodied with low carbonation on the palate.. nicely warming and spicy.. this held up very well with age, and to me was a better version of Anchor OSA.