joeneugs (3175) - 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. It’s 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 I’m picking that up), bread, herbs, and berries. I wouldn’t 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 (4854) - 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 (5539) - 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 (951) - 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 (2690) - 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 (1392) - 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 doesn’t quite go over the edge. Odd body. Not really recognizable as an ESB. I’m not a fan, but it could have been much worse.
bhensonb (10906) - 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, it’s pretty refreshing.
asedzie (592) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 20, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at brewpub. Mildly floral aroma, jasmine-like scent, also some dust anise-like notes, toasty malt. Flavor is lightly sweet with some tea-like tannin flavors, substantial bitterness in the finish.
hayduke (3342) - Eureka, California, USA - MAR 2, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2010 This draft pour of this interesting brew from the Marin Brewing Company in Larkspur, CA poured a hazy amber color with some brown highlights and raised a nice off-white head with a very sticky ring of foam left in the glass as I consumed it. The nose is lightly malty with a tantalizing spicy aroma. The body is medium, and the mouthfeel slick. The flavor is much like an ESB but the herbs are what makes this stand out. Lightly bitter finish . This is a difficult beer to describe, except that it really tasted good and was exceptionally easy to drink.