Drjohnrock (431) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 11, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample from bottle at 2011 Cincinnati Beer Fest on Fountain Square. Medium orange/amber color, small off white head, nice sweet malty aroma, interesting bittersweet flavor that’s sufficiently firm yet an interesting departure from what one might expect from an ESB. Tasty seasonal.
alexsdad06 (5878) - Ohio, USA - DEC 11, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a clear amber color with a medium sized creamy off white head. The aroma favored light citrus, earthy, and grassy hops with a hint of caramel sweetness. The flavor had some initial caramel sweetness before becoming more biscuity. Hops were earthy and grassy and created an overall dry bitterness toward the finish. Very slight hints of citrus come through.
jsquire (3553) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - NOV 19, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reddish amber color out of the bottle with a thin, foamy beige head that left some lacing. Almost a flinty hop nose with some earth and grass. Fresh floral and earthy hop flavors with some chalk. Grapefruit finish.
ADesenberg (630) - Ohio, USA - AUG 20, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: pours a clear copper color and has a floral hop aroma. The flavors start as a mild caramel that quickly changes into a bitter, citrus hop flavor.
LilBeerDoctor (3505) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 11, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a clear burnt orange with a thick white head. Aroma of pale malts, super caramel malts, floral hops. Flavor again of tons of caramel, some toffee, bitter hops, and a touch of floral notes. Lots and lots of caramel. This is quite good! Maybe could have a more hoppy flavor, but that’s just being nitpicky. Very easy drinking.
phaleslu (6811) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 22, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2014 12 oz. bottle from a six pack purchased at The Party Source for my rehearsal dinner. Pours a clear autumn orange with a small off-white head, creamy, that lingers all the way down. A nice English-style ale, but hoppy, with notes of fresh, grassy, citrusy hops and toasty malts. Light brown sugar and caramel sweetness. Light-bodied, with moderate carbonation. Clean, malty, and fresh, with a bit of lingering bitterness.