timfoolery (1126) - California, USA - AUG 7, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at the Toronado. Flavor is lightly malty and sweet with a slight bitter hop...served lukewarm. Eh, wha?
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DYCSoccer17 (3551) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 18, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
16 ounce sample on cask at Toronado. Fruity and estery aroma with some berries and a piney, spruce-like quality present. I almost get some rye in this beer...actually, a lot. Transparent dark amber body with a medium, creamy off-yellowish head present. Fantastic lacing. Spicy, black pepper flavors are present to start, with a nice roastiness in the middle. Some toast is also there. Finishes lightly metallic with more spiciness that seems to be rye to me. Pretty good stuff.
lightandrhythm (63) - - MAY 26, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep amber color. Sharp on the palate and very hoppy for an ESB. Darker malt flavor balances the bitter hops nicely.
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sloshgator (625) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 5, 2012
3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pretty decent English bitter drank cask conditioned tonight. Bitterness tends to overwhelm the more subtle flavors that come through occasionally.
GypsyHead (33) - California, USA - JAN 27, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Loved this brew on cask at Toronado in SF. Great fruity brew with just a little caramel roastiness, wonderfully refreshing and light
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at The Linkery in San Diego.
Pours a dark golden amber color with a one finger off white head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind.
Floral, earthy aroma with a nice balance of piney and citrus hop notes. Pine needle, grapefruit and orange peel along with some biscuity malt.
Fuller bodied than expected with a good balance of dry bitterness, citrus rind and sweet malt. Slightly dry and resinous with some pine needle and floral notes countered by some grapefruit and orange peel. Decent malt backbone provides balance without taking away from the hops. Slightly sweet with hints of caramel, subtle toffe and biscuit. Well done.
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - DEC 10, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2011 Draft @ Flavor. Pours with nice thick lacing. Is hazy reddish ruddy brown. The aroma is a little spicy gingerbread malts and is fruity and very English. Body is light. The nutty bread and nice hoppy finish lingers long but is still very refreshing. Lovely balance.
jrallen34 (3504) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 15, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
on tap at Flavor Bistro... dark amber with a light tan head... toffee with lots of flavors... tastes a lot more bitter than expected, ok
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 26, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A - Served a clear copper-red color with a finger of frothy/creamy off-white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.
S - Aroma is a mix of rich sweet lightly toasted caramel malts and some piney hops. There is also some biscuit/bready aromas in the background.
T - Starts off with a mix of rich sweet caramel malts and some piney hop bitterness in the background. Through the middle, a bit of biscuit flavors comes through with a touch more grassy hops flavor. The finish is a nice balance of sweetness from the caramel and bitterness from the hops that lingers nicely.
M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. The beer felt very smooth and had very nice balance from start to finish.
D - Very drinkable. The malt hop balance here was very good. Really exactly what I was looking for in an ESB.
brokensail (14590) - San Leandro, California, USA - JUN 27, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: The beer pours an amber in color with a nice tall, creamy, white head.
S: Probably a bit more hoppy than the typical English ESB, but I like that. Nice foral hops with a light citrus character. Plenty of bready malts with a heavy toast character.
T: Starts off with a lot of bready malts and a light toast. A moderate bitterness to the beer which helps to break up the somewhat sweet nature of the malts. Floral hops and a touch of citrus also assist in that.
M: Medium in body with a smooth, slightly creamy mouthfeel.
O: Really a nice beer. One of the better Moonlight offerings and one I wanted to have after a long break from Moonlight beers.