Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 3, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Actually a nice bottle for a chance at Legend. Pours a brigth clear stragith amber iwth a nice fluffy lasting beige head. Aroma is a nice blaance of straight up medium stew crystal malt, and a good herbal and floral english hop presense. Flavor is a bit malt florward but it si sharp crystal and nice caramel flavors, some light toast light fruity flavros from the yeast and a good floral hop background - bitterness is somewhat on the mild side but overall a nice bottled beer from them. Ok.
Drake (7123) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JAN 15, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 ounce bottle from Whole Foods Market, Charlottesville, VA. Pours a copper color with a medium head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma is caramel, grain, bread and green apple. Taste is bitter hops, grain and caramel. Slightly tart. Medium bodied.
EKGoldings (523) - Radford, Virginia, USA - NOV 27, 2007
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
My favorite from these guys but again this fails to grab me and get me excited about drinking a second. I’m enjoying it a bit less as the bottles age in my basement.
hopdog (8254) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 29, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bottle acquired in trade with The_Beer_God (thanks!). Poured a medium to deeper copper color with a huge sized off white head. Aromas of caramel, nuts, and lightly fruity. Tastes of caramel and lightly fruity. Ended in a light tart, sourness.
Trooper11 (468) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - MAR 13, 2007
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Deep caramel pour with foamy off white head. bready bitter malt aroma, like prunes. Great bitterness, kind of fizzy yet a bit watery feel. Bitterness is sharp with a small warmth.
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - FEB 17, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. Pours dark amber (almost red) with a huge billowy off-white head. Rich caramel and candy coated apples in the nose. Strong notes up front of caramel, toffee, wood and ends with earthy hoppiness and pleasant apple character. Has a satisfying bitterness but the light still shines on the malty aspect. Medium, creamy body with moderate carbonation. Has more oomph than your average ESB but is still very drinkable. Good head retention too.
mephisto (1265) - TAIWAN - FEB 16, 2007
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
copper hue with beige head, it has a nutty aroma with coffee nose. a hoppy body balanced by a decent malt profile.
luv2brew (196) - Chesterfield, Virginia, USA - FEB 14, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
I actually liked this. This wasn’t what I had expected because of the enormous fruit malt flavor. Was expecting a little more bitterness, but it never developed. It came across as a bit unbalanced because of the huge maltiness. Not a bad attempt at an ESB.
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - FEB 6, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Soapy aroma. Some malt and some bitterness, but somewhat bland for an ESB.
Kinz (3111) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - FEB 4, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 from the brewery. A perfectly clear, slightly reddish amber with a creamy head that lasted throughout. Utterly beautiful in the glass to me for some reason. Flavor and aroma matched. Mild caramel malts. Faint bitterness on the finish that was quite drying. Not any real, defined hop character. This wasn’t bad, but somehow it reminded me of their Oktoberfest. Just a not so good version of it. The last few ESB’s I’ve tried were much hoppier, and thus more to my personal taste.