22415brewery (379) - Washington, USA - DEC 3, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
If there was an ESSB style then this would be it. Stronger than a normal ESB and on the lower end of the strong ales, this is a great example of a gap-bridger. Nutty notes in the malt and adequate malt sweetness are balanced quite well by the smooth bittering. A few floral notes in the nose and a touch of fruitiness. A bit of diacetyl in the finish makes for an enjoyable sip. The medium body can fool you into thinking that this is a lighter alcohol ale. Soft carbonation gives impression of a fuller body. Not as hoppy as they describe, but enjoyable just the same.
BillKismet (3419) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 21, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark mud-brown body, with a smallish burn-tanned head. The bouquet strikes with luxurious brown malt and candi scents mixed with a chocolate mint flair. Quite the festive holiday bedazzle. Familiar, yet markedly different from the other holiday faire. Chocolate ESB flavors coil around the tongue, which is caressed by a bitter-sweet hop current and trickles of pine sap.
CampesinoTino (798) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 20, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Pours a dark mahogany color with sudsy off-white head. The aroma is a blend of dark chocolate, roast malt, toffee and molasses. The flavor starts out with smoky, roasted malt and bittersweet chocolate along with some caramel, dried fig, prune and herbal hops bitterness. Overall, a unique and highly drinkable blend of 3 different styles (English Strong Ale, Brown Ale, Winter Warmer).
bb (7306) - Alamo, California, USA - NOV 7, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Amber-brown beer with a cream colored head. Malt and light toasty aroma. Malt and grapefruit flavor with light pine and light spice. Medium bodied. Grapefruit and pine lingers with light spice, malt, and light darker malts.
riversideAK (5738) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - NOV 5, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Kind of a roasty nutty beer with aearthy almost herbal hop character. Pours auburn in color,thinn bubbly ring or foam with some decent lace. Flavor is roasty, toasty, nutty and bitter. Herbal peppery bitterness with a little dank. Definitely strikes me as a hoppy brown ale. Smooth with lingering bitter.
Alphadelic (1883) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 2, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Chestnut red. Thick and powdery in texture. A surpringly hard hit of bitterness in this nutty beer. Some toffee roastiness. A long chocolatey finish and hints of dried fruit. S’OK.
PapaSkeetSkeet (1000) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - NOV 2, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber-to-deep-amber. cream head, which fades, coarse. Aroma is more grassy pine. Flavor is moderate clean sweetness and fairly hoppy tending towards bitterness.
Nikiel (879) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 25, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle with Carla. Pours a lightly hazy brown with off-white foam. Smells malty and surprisingly hoppy. Tastes slightly of prune with plenty of hop bitterness and a slight alcohol burn at the end. I wish it had some wintery seasonings.
bpreo (1984) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - SEP 25, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2012 After sampling a bunch of Oakshire’s brews, this was my favorite. It is brand new, ready to ship for the Winter season. I think they had just tapped it before I showed up at the brewery. As fresh as it gets.
BelgianBeerGal (3334) - Panama City, Florida, USA - APR 26, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Traded bottle. Pours a nice mahogany brown with reddish highlights. Small tan head but no real lacing. Pretty nice aroma of caramel malt and a slight nuttiness. Flavor was surprisingly gentle with some nice hops present. You know, this was pretty nice...especially for a style I typically don’t favor and find a little "alcoholy."