buddahmind (39) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 20, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On Tap Bardenay Boise. Very classic. Good to see Fred getting the recognition he deserves for these fantastic beers.
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 19, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark amber with small head. Sweet malt aroma. Similar taste to match the aroma. A little bit of maple syrup in the taste, but not overly sweet. Light bitter hop finish. Enjoyed for sure. As far as ESBs go, this is a great one.
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - SEP 2, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Deep amber, moderate off-white foamy head, fairly nice lacing, lively carbonation.   Malty nose, some sweaty sock, biscuity aspects.   Very biscuity on the tongue, otherwise malty with some lingering sweaty sock.   For your average Premium Bitter, it is certainly a bit bigger, less hopped, and not quite as crisp.   Seems more of an Amber to me.   Moderate to full body and mouthfeel.   Lingering biscuity malts.   Decent, but overall not as crisp and sharp as other examples.   Does have a little bit of wet cardboard, but its very subtle.
after4ever (6125) - Brier, Washington, USA - JUL 23, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2007 22. Pours clear dark brown with a thick, sudsy off-white head. Big tropical fruit hop and caramel sweet nose. Medium body and carb on the attac; nicely modulated flavors--assertive without being at all overbearing. Rich caramel sweet followed by light-flesh tree fruit and a clean fruit/hoppy bitter finish. Lovely stuff. These guys are really having a stellar yeart this year.
I have since cracked another bomber of this when I was hanging out having dinner with my dad, and it seemed a bit too seet for sessioning. I was pretty bummed, and I am kind of toying with the idea of a re-rate. Weíll see when I can get my hands on another--or maybe a draft re-rate.
PSmith (35) - Kennewick, Washington, USA - JUL 19, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beautiful amber color pouring a nice head. Good malt, with some fruit in the aroma (kind of apri-citrus) but balanced with plenty of floral hops. I have not drank an ESB in some time but this is a very good ESB.
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - JUL 19, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light brown with a thin offwhite head. Aroma is light caramel, some fruitness, little bit of hops. Taste is very interesting a toffee like character to it, followed by dried fruits, and a nice smooth hoppiness, apricots. A ton of depth for an esb, and is just pretty awesome.
jdp (59) - Texas, USA - JUL 16, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at the Dock of the Bay Waterfront Cafe in Hope, ID. Very nice rich amber color. Rich full creamy off-white head. Almost seemed like nitro (but wasnít). Great malt flavor (caramel, toasted nuts, slight apricot taste), good herbal hop notes. Very refreshing after the boat ride from Bottle Bay to Hope.
OldMrCrow (1823) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 15, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2007 7/15/07 Bomber purchased at Bottleworks.
I love it when a beer comes out of nowhere and knocks my socks off. This one sure did, and then some.
The beer pours a transparent glowing copper brown with nice lacing and a reasonable head, and immediately offers a lovely aroma, driven by toasty malts with caramel and some orchard fruit reminding me of Fullers London Pride. The flavor matches the aroma very well; smooth and again malt-driven, toasty, some light nuttiness, hints of caramel, again that fruit (albeit very much in the background), and of course a lovely hop finish -- a touch grassy as it should be for, maybe a bit metallic on the long side but not out of place for the style - that comes on late but with confidently, rounding the whole matter out just right.
The mouthfeel is full but refreshing. The whole thing really works; the rich malts without much sweetness provides a great antidote to the IPA-boredom that can afflict even a serious hophead after enough examples of that style.
There enough going here to make this a beer one can sip and savor, but at the same time I could easily see sitting by the river on summer night and killing a six pack of this. In fact, 22oz down and cellar full of some of the best beers in the world, all I really want is another one of these. That says a lot.
Bravo, Laughing Dog. You guys really nailed it on this one. Iíll return, often. And if this becomes available in 12 oz bottles, Iíve got a new house beer.
12/23/07 After three or four more revisits, the rather astonishing 4.1 for an ESB stands. This is simply an excellent beer, and makes a great everyday after work brew. I love the unique nuttiness that it offers, and Iíve yet to kill a bomber and not want another right away. Perhaps unsurprisingly, it does better when very fresh; the one bottle that I sat on for 3+ months was starting to show signs of decline (but was still very enjoyable).
BJP2006 (43) - Washington, USA - JUL 13, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
on tap Bardenay CDA ID Pours a Deep mahoghany color with a decent off-white head and generous lacing. Nose is a light hop and carmely malts. The taste is a smooth malty base with the perfect amount of citrus and earthy hops to finish. Ithis is classic example of an American ESB.
Ralphie (14) - Post Falls, Idaho, USA - JUL 13, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Bardenay In CDA, pours a clear deep mahogany amber, great rocky beige head that lasts great lacing and flavor well balenced I enjoyed this one.