beastiefan2k (3045) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - OCT 24, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to Pitonka/5000/MacGrubor for this beer. I want to deem this to be a very good interpretation of a general American style beer. First they think of a funny name and it really doesn’t get funnier than this (its the reason I was looking for the beer). Next the brewery is trying to recreate some traditional style, in this case an ESB. In the end the beer comes out nothing like an ESB but a hop centered beer with a funny name. Nothing traditional, nothing outside of hops and a funny name.
Dark copper color with a small head. Its hops in flavor and aroma, not interesting enough to get more specific. Mouthfeel is a bit under-carbonated., which adds a silky feel. Lighted bodied and eh.
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 15, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a 22-oz. bottle--a stellar copper-amber hue with a medium creamy off-white dome. Smooth chewy, resinous mouth feel. Palate of greatly balanced hops and malts. Creamy and perfectly carbonated. Finished with a toasty vanilla fruit amalgam. Quite a superb brew!
Bradrcr (806) - Renton, Washington, USA - OCT 7, 2007
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Laughing dog CSB 6 3 12 4 5 30
10/6/07 On draught at Crickets, Coeur d’ Lane, Id. Aroma is a light American hop blend. Appearance is very good; copper with a medium off-white head with nice lacing. Flavor is pretty even between bittering and grainy malt, both earthy and with low character. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carb bite low creaminess. Overall, not that great for the style, but more interesting than the other beers here.
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - SEP 27, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear dark amber/dark orange pour with very softly rising and sparse visible carbonation. A very thin white head is quickly reduced to a veil of wispy bubbles. Coloration and a serene appearance of the liquid is beautiful. The aroma is lightly toasty and full of soft malt, mostly caramel. Molasses is prevalent, fresh, supple and riddled with mild spice and hints of Madagascarian black vanilla. Hops are grassy, lightly floral and have sporadic bursts of astringent perfumes released from under the bitter blanket they’re enveloped in. The fruit notes are primarily orange peel and melon rind with a splash of pumpkin guts, slightly earthy. This has a relaxing and balanced nose, quite inviting. The first sip is marvelous and immediately cements this brewer as a skilled and passionate individual who knows his English-style beers. The classic level of desired carbonation for the style is presented in a nearly flawless format, piling upward and dispersing a fantastic semi-sweet and rustic maltiness across the palate. Bitterness is medium and comforting. Resulting astringency is mild and serves a noble purpose of preventing any notion of cloying flavor while spurring great, refreshing drinkability. The finish is moderately bitter, with a mid-range dose of toasted malt that stretches effortlessly across the expanse of the palate, pine sap, bready malt and caramel lingering. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, lightly syrupy (but that’s of no consequence), very lightly and softly carbonated and as well balanced as I can remember ever encountering in this genre. Just amazing, way to go Laughing Dog!
CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - SEP 27, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks Bobo!!! This beer just looks English, I know that makes no sense. The color is a stunning copperish brown, with glints of red. The aroma is malty and warming, with some hints of bitter hops. Very toasted smelling, where are my damn bangers? The flavor continues where the aroma began, toasted and slightly sweet, but with a nice hop balance. Bravo.
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 (6599) - 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 (7061) - 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. We’ll 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.