CheersMate (1340) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - AUG 4, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A sweet malty and hoppy aroma. I love the subtle sweet aroma it is actually a nice touch to a Premium Bitter beer. The aroma is not really strong, so that requires the drinker to take a strong whiff. I am also noticing a slight caramel smell. Decent aroma I’d say. The beer also has the appearance of caramel. I really like the dark color it is a nice touch, but nothing amazing. A weak flavor if you ask me. It has the sweet taste and hop flavor that were in the aroma, but it does provide a strong taste. Sweet before taste and a bitter hoppy after taste that reminds me of a pale lage hop. Kind of weird but the taste is mediocre. A smooth beer. The palate is decent. The beer overall is good, but I wouldn’t drink it on a regular basis for the hops or for the sweet flavor. Okay beer.
larsniclas (6689) - Billdal, SWEDEN - AUG 4, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy amber with a small, off-white head.
Fruity and grassy in both aroma and flavour.
Light and fresh. Citric and flowery hoppiness. Fine bitterness.
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - AUG 2, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a clear amber with a one finger off-white head that lasts leaving good lacing. Aroma of floral hops, light caramel, and fresh biscuits. Taste is light caramel, floral hops, and light biscuit. Medium mouthfeel and well balanced bitterness. Very good.
estoves2 (98) - SWEDEN - AUG 2, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle.Pours a clear amber body with a three finger creamy/fizzy head that fades to a thin layer of foam.
Aroma of floralhops and caramellmalt.
Flavors is of mostly citrus hops and little weaker tones of floraly hoppines.
A great tone of caramel is there to.
Some metallic in it.
Palate is thin and chewy and pretty sweet.
ekstedt (6512) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 1, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: SEP 12, 2007 Bottle (355 ml) bought at Systembolaget. Deep clear amber, medium fluffy off-white head. Caramelly and slightly earthy malt aroma, with floral and citric hops. Light to medium bodied with soft carbonation. Lingering bitterness. A good try at an English style ale, but rather a Special Bitter than an ESB.
wcampbell (721) - Clemson, South Carolina, USA - JUL 28, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Balanced beer. Good flavor, but not enough of it. Not enough hops for a good bitter or ale. Light bodied and very drinkable.
Brewosk (137) - Illinois, USA - JUL 23, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a bottle at Old Chicago. Pours amber with a decent white head. Some caramel and toasted malt. Nice bitterness but mild for an ESB.
scottmc (167) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - JUL 23, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tap. A good light ale with an amber colored body and a light white head. I wouldn’t say it was bitter at all really, more of an amber light ale.
walter (359) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JUL 22, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, courtesy my wife’s cousins in CO. Deep amber with offwhite head. Nose of fresh toasty malt, really quite nice and inviting. Flavor is fresh toasty-sweet malt with a nice underlying bitterness throughout. Full and creamy on the palate, this was quite enjoyable-- went well with a drunken evening of pool and darts.
ghouseguy (20) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 21, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. This is a decent ale...too off balance for my likings though. Needed more hops for my taste buds. It had a very strong caramel malt flavor which would have been great, had there been more hops. I’d drink again, but not a favorite.