davidajensen (206) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 7, 2014
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very pretty beer. Thick, fluffy, creamy head. Not much aroma and finishes very clean. The taste is a little woody. Ready to try another one.
radio_nowhere (754) - Maryland, USA - JUL 27, 2014
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nitro bottle at Buffalo Wild Wings (Frederick, MD) hard poured into pint glass, ambery-copper color with slow mowing nitro bubbles. Aroma of malt and faint earthy/herbal hops. Taste added some nuttiness. Medium-light body, low carb (nitro), creamy with minimal malty bitter finish. First nitro ESB I’ve had; nice texture, balanced and pleasant.
Darkmagus82 (547) - - JUL 26, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Transfer from BA review on 8-9-12 -
Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass
Appearance – Served a hazy amber/ brownish color with a one finger head. The head did not have great retention and fades to give only a light amount of lacing.
Smell – The aroma is of some sweet caramel mixed with bitter earthy and herbal hop aromas and a strong malty base.
Taste – The taste has a nice malty backbone throughout; biscuit and bready in nature. This malty backbone starts out with a light amount of the caramel that was detected in the nose. Soon however the bitter comes to the tongue in the form of more earthy and herbal hop tastes. Toward the end a lighter citrus hop is also detected. While overall the hop tastes are light, they meld very well with the malty flavors and create overall a very smooth and refreshing flavor profile.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is thicker and more smooth then I would have anticipated at 5.3 % abv. This coupled with a slightly lower than average carbonation level creates a very easy drinking brew.
Overall – A quite delicious, easy drinking, and smooth beer. Very nice for the style.
thewired1 (9) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 25, 2014 does not count
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had a pint on Draft at a local bar. Good drinkable nitro. Good color and no after taste.
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TH28 (103) - - JUL 19, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance is deep golden/amber, clear, and has a minimal white foam cap that holds together fairly well. Aroma is dominated by crystal malt, with a nice herbal, earthy hop character. Taste is toasted malt and caramel with a snappy hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium with low carbonation. Finishes with a mineral like character on the tongue and some lingering toasted malt
kdhittel (48) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 12, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very malty with not a lot of bright hop notes... On nitro and almost devoid of carbonation... A slight aroma - Cascade? - as it warmed...
tricyclist (686) - Florida, USA - JUL 8, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pint pour from bottle. Decent amber with full off white nitro head. Aroma is malted biscuit notes and dry bread. Mild hops, but nothing bitter. Flavor again is smooth malted caramel notes and biscuit. Really enjoyable
arnold931 (455) - Iowa, USA - JUL 4, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours crystal clear amber. Nose is malty and oats. Flavor is mildly bitter and some caramel. Not a big ESB fan but this a good.
tillmac62 (174) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - JUL 3, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
BBD 6/4/14. Pours a clear amber with a good head. Lacing and retention are normal. Nice subtle nose of orange, caramel malt and spice over a nice subdued mineral note. Magnificent heavy medium body that is creamy and better than many stouts. Above average carbonation with a nice effervescent finish. Well balanced and somewhat complex flavor profile. It begins with an orange and spice note which then flows into a moderate bitterness. Towards the end, the sweet caramel malt shines. It finishes with an effervescent burst that is slightly citric and tart, leaving you with a nice lingering low level bitterness over a mineral note. Not as bitter as I expected, it is; however, quite outstanding.
kevinator (872) - The Colony, Texas, USA - JUL 2, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This was the nitro version on tap, which is the one I recommend. The aroma was faint and malty with just a touch of floral hops. The appearance was light copper with the cascading effect, which is cool. The palate was smooth and light. Flavors were balanced but not overly exciting, which I attribute to the style. Malty but with a hint of bitterness. Not bland though. Good example and would be easy to drink a few.
John25 (378) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - JUL 1, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Nitro bottle poured hard into a pub glass. Awesome nitro effect. Glowing brown gold with a thick creamy head after the nitro faded. Aroma is pine with sugary malt. The taste adds sweet cream and nutty flavors. The finish and aftertaste are bad - musty basement. Thin and watery on the palate. Basically a cool looking beer but that’s it. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone