biggcb (464) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 8, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours deep ruby in color. Aroma consists mostly of hops with an alcoholic aroma. Smells fairly sweet. Rather rich malty/hoppy flavor. Flavor has a bit of a fruity quality. Aftertaste has a little bit of alcohol in there. Balanced flavors.
dret (22) - santa cruz, California, USA - MAY 6, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark copper color. Almost no head. Big brew. Strong hops. Light metalic hints. Strong malt and alcohol flavors. Bitter sweet.
lagunitas don’t have very classy labels. The title is absurd which I like.
dornoy (701) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 6, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light brown head on a dark red body. Very filling beer, good for a plentiful dinner, also impressive strong taste with hints of caramel and fruits, and spices.
madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - APR 17, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a red hue when held up to the light. Thin light brown head, a little too thin for this type of beer IMO. Aroma has some dark fruits, lots of malt, caramel and some sweetness. While cold, I get mostly caramel and some fruit sweetness. As it warms the citrus hop flavor does come out. This is a very full beer, nice and filling, a little carbonated and spicy. Overall not bad.
fiulijn (15360) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 11, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 10, 2011 2011-03-05, draught at Alibi Room, Vancouver, 6-4-7-3-13=33
Dark brown color. Mild aroma of roasted malt and coffee. Dark caramel flavor, some malt, correct body strength, some roasted malt and bad coffee too; also very light fruitiness and some sweetness. Correct bitterness. Nothing special.
2006-01-27, bottle, 7-4-8-4-16=39
Brown color. Malty aroma, mature, hops, caramel. Good malty taste, with a strong caramel character, not complex but pleasant.
hayduke (3470) - Eureka, California, USA - MAR 25, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2006 Bottle. Dark red with medium light head that leff nice lacing. Nose of fruits, berries, hops, backed by malt. Flavor is strong malts and a bit of sweetness . Very rich mouthfeel, and the alcohol is noticeable. Citrus is present as is hop in the finish. Fairly complex flavors This is one of the those that gets better as you drink it and finihes up pretty nice.
CMUBEERMAN (421) - - MAR 21, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This one poured a dark brown red and head a nice white head. Smells very malty and a bit fruity. Taste is very malty and has a lot of caramel... I can see where some say it is kind of like an ESB...but give it some time to warm and it looses a lot of that character. By the end it tastes of much more citrus and slight hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is fairly heavy...but still refreshing for the abv.
JugOPunch (83) - Nashua, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 20, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at the Horseshoe Pub: A brown black pour. Aroma of mushy pears and plums. This to me is an 8.8% ESB. In fact, this tastes nearly identical to Fullers ESB. The alcohol is warming but noticable and takes away from the overall flavor and enjoyment. It’s a little too erratic (and strong) to be a session choice but I guess it’s OK for a seasonal.
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - MAR 16, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. I really didn’t know what type of beer this was upon first taste. Almost like and imperial ESB. Brown sugar, malty flavor w/ warming alcohol in the back of the throat. No noteable hop nose or flavor. Good, but not great.
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - MAR 11, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep ruby color held up to a flashlight with a small fast fading off white head. Aroma is sweet and fruity with a wiff of smoke. Flavor starts fruity sweet (apricot and plum) followed by a hint of chocolate and a little cherry. Full bodied and creamy with a soft carbonation.