jgb9348 (5124) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - APR 11, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Slightly muddy brownish glow with a ruby tint and a thin, but noticeable tan head. Aroma of tea, caramel, alcohol, pit fruits and some very minor sweetness. Medium-bodied; Strong, very potent flavour of malt, tea, nuts, earth and a little spice and herbal characteristics. Aftertaste is not very pleasant packing more of a spice and tea note than anything of signifcant value and the finish isnít spectacular. Overall, an okay beer with a decent idea turns into a beer definitely worth passing up - especially if itís full price. I sampled this pint on draught at Peteís Brass Rail in Danville, California on 19-March-2011.
swoopjones (6986) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 21, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
draft at Moylanís brewpub. golden/orange pour, floral, strange herbal tea like flavor, some bitterness but cant over come the herbal flavor, neat beer but i didnt finish it
joeneugs (4305) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 19, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I was really pleasantly surprised by this beer. Itís very unusual but tasty and actually pretty easy to drink. It pours amber/gold with an off white head. The aroma reminds me of a traditional English bitter with some herbal hops intertwined with some toffee and chocolate malts. The flavor is really different with some smoke (not sure why Iím picking that up), bread, herbs, and berries. I wouldnít have known this was spiked with a proprietary blend of spices just by tasting it. It was herbal, but the smoky, toffee like quality was balanced nicely with what seemed like an herbal EKG like hoppiness. Anyway, I liked it and would get it again when I see it.
Vikingbrew (193) - Colorado, USA - NOV 17, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Moylans. Copper, white head. clear. Chi flavor with bitterness and herbal flavor. Some honey. Good.
JaBier (5652) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - SEP 7, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sample at the brewpub on 8/8/10. Clear amber/copper pour with a thin off-white head. Dank malt nose with some earthy hops. Crisp malt flavor with herbs and a fruity malty finish.
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - AUG 28, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clark golden with a fizzy white head. Tea and leather aroma. Sweet orange and tea taste with a leather finish.
Earlier Rating: 3/27/2010 Total Score: 3.4
Clear golden with a fizzy white head. Malt vanilla and herbal tea aroma and taste with a sweet perfume like finish.
HighWine (955) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - AUG 16, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at the brewery. Bright golden pour. Very clear and pretty. Faint nose. Taste reminds me of chewing tobacco. Thin palate. Some nutty flavors emerge and give at least a little good flavor.
iowaherkeye (2698) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JUN 18, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at MBC, whiteboard lists it at 5.8%. Clear medium burnished orange with a one finger beige head, fading to a creamy thick film after a few mins. Soft flower petals I pick up on first, followed by some spices along the lines of cinnamon, nutmeg, etc. With light toasted malt behind. Flavor adds the some spearmint chewing tobacco, the floral notes following. Still toasty, though the spice aspect is much lighter. Finishes floral and semi-dry with bitterness at a 2--never got much sweetness. Light prickly carbonation with a medium smooth body. Interesting.
popery (1677) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 4, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft at Marin. Not really sure how to rate this one. Very perfume-y aroma. Lots of jasmine with some spice and aromatic bark. Herbal. Verges on sickly sweet and medicinal but doesnít quite go over the edge. Odd body. Not really recognizable as an ESB. Iím not a fan, but it could have been much worse.
bhensonb (12596) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 15, 2010
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 16, 2010 Tap at the Raley Field Brewfest. Pours amber with foamy off-white head. Smells herby. Tastes fresh and of tea or herb. Not heavy, but not watery. Unusual body - maybe like tea with sugar? Not that it is at all sweet. Whatever, itís pretty refreshing.