pari6819 (55) - Florida, USA - MAR 12, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
A surprisingly enjoyable beer. I really hadnít expected much from this, however it was a good ESB. Lightly toasted malts with a bread-like mouthfeel, a bit of citrus in the finish that added some balance.
mar (4464) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 10, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
nice copper pour with a thin cream head. nose is doughy malts, with a citrus kick. easy on the palate, a little thin for an esb, light roasted malt flavor, caramel, and a bitter/citrusy finish.
BrooHa (120) - New York, USA - MAR 6, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear copper, almost ruby. Off-white head dissipates too quickly. Malty, flinty smell. MILDLY vanilla or cookie-dough kinda smell. Fig Newtony, maybe? Medium mouth that feels a little chewy. Definitely malt forward, biscuity with slight hops and bitterness in the finish. Pretty good. May reach for this one again.
dinkle50 (835) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 26, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber color. Aroma of caramel malt. Great body which was full and satisfying. Taste is malty and caramel. Not too bitter. Kind of a funky sewer after taste though. Slight rotten egg in there.
robiannelli (591) - West Deptford, New Jersey, USA - FEB 25, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber pours deep copper with a thick off white head, heavy lacing. Aromas of vinegar sour malts fermented fruits white wine yeasty dough and some earthy malts. Flavor is sour with a bit of ripe dough. Body is mediuim and has a sour finish.
seymour (1257) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - FEB 24, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tasted from tall bottle into tulip, thanks gregwilsonstl! Poured a pretty, deep copper color with moderate off-white foam. Hefty aroma of citrusy American hops, some caramel. Rich malty flavor with solid hops bitterness but some cloying sweetness remained, obvious crystal malts, bread, toast, molasses, fruity fermentation. Medium body and carbonation, nice bittersweet aftertaste. Good but not great.
dyetube (1146) - McKinney, Texas, USA - FEB 15, 2012
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber bottle from Kegs and Barrels. Pours a deep ruby red with a thin off white head. The aromas are old closet, leather, earth. The mouthfeel is dryish, leathery and bready with a medium body and medium carbonation. Not a bad bitter, but Iíve had better. Cheers!
MartinT (7288) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 4, 2012
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
My Bottom Line:
This excessively foamy and fruity attempt at an ESB is nearly saved by lightly toasted, bready malts, but its astringent finish dooms it for me.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A large head of foam sits atop the clear copper.
-That is one amateurish label. Wow.
-There would be no reason to keep this one for a few more months, but I get the impression a potent infection would show, whereas now itís still subtle.
-The carbonation level has no link whatsoever with what the British do.
-Leafy hop resins balance out the finish, but the nascent astringency ruins most of its efforts.
DYCSoccer17 (3155) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 31, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz bottle from Total Wine and More in Sacramento. Infected Bretty aroma without much else. Light honey malts, too. Lots of Brett. Moderately hazy honey colored body with a very large off white head. Starts a little sweet and slightly malty, before a bit of a funky barnyard Brett dominates the rest of the beer. This is infected with Brett, either intentional or not, but this amount of Brett with the body, seems to work. An unintentional fuck up, but this drinks well for what it is, and not what it was intended to be.
schweinhund (29) - Racine, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 25, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz.. bottle from the good folks at Timerís Beverage in Racine, the city that weeps. Pours an opaque amber - dirty copper, if you will. Creamy head that ladders nicely. More malty than bitter, but some hop bite too. Small bubble carbonation soothes the palate. Cute label of manís best friend and fellow crotch sniffer! Woof! Prosit.