dbarnold (1127) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - MAY 10, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Possibly the best ESB I have had. Pours translucent brown, small head. Some hops in the aroma, a pleasant surprise. Palate is very refreshing, some mild caramel and a crisp hoppy finish. Tastes very clean, very refershing and more of a flavor profile than most ESBs.
bmerz (741) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAY 1, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2012 Draught. Light amber with good lace. Farmy grain aroma with light floral orange. Flavor is citrus, light caramel mal, cooling candy grapefruit. Mouthfeel is soapy dry, then bitter and mouthwatering. A very nice American take on an ESB. Note I rated it from a different tap and gave it much lower marks...consistency, the tap, mine or the bartender’s mistake?
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - APR 16, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
on tap at ohb 7/12/11.
hazy orange tinted amber with an off white film as a head.
it smells of orange, british hops, grass, earth, florals and some spiciness.
the flavor is the same but quite malty... not sweet, just really malty with a spicy finish.
the medium body has some oomph to it...6/4/6/4/15
KajII (799) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - APR 5, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. The pour was a hazy medium reddish brown with a large off white frothy head that had decent retention, reducing after a while to about a semi thin layer of film and a large collar which did allow for excellent sheeting of sticky lace.
The aroma was of a biscuit malt, an herbal hop and an earthy yeast with notes of a mild caramel, honey and a bit of dried fruit (raisins).
The taste was sweet and boldly malty with a hint of caramel and honey early on and progressed into a decently pronounced hoppy flavor with just a mild note of dark fruit at the end. The flavor stuck around for an average duration after the swallow with a moderate harsh hoppy ending.
Mouthfeel was just a tad above light in body and extremely creamy and yet a little dry in texture with nice mild carbonation.
Overall a very full flavored and smooth ESB, one that I enjoyed immensely...
Drake (10850) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 23, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from Sam’s Quik Shop. Pours a hazy copper-orange with a large pillowy white head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of toasted malts and floral hops. The taste is toasted malts, floral hops, citrus, stone fruits, caramel. Medium bodied. Nice beer.
jrob21 (2968) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 2, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Bestway. Certainly looks the part with a nice dark red to amber color. Solid to style just not much after that. A nice grassy and faint hop aroma. Slight nutty flavor followed by a bigger caramel malt presence. Finish is smooth and grassy again, a little bit of hay. Typical english hop profile. Surprisingly one of the first beers I have had of theirs that I am not jumping out of my seat for. I mean it is solid just not exceptional. A tragedy of their own successes.
SSSteve (3991) - - OCT 31, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle. "Wilson Creek ESB" clear amber with a medium beige head. toffee and toasted malt nose with floral notes. light body. flavors of caramel, bread and floral hops.
DukeBrewDevil (732) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - OCT 10, 2011
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber. Light in color for the style, nice tight little head, and a mild biscuit nose. Flavor starts with some sweetness (honey, caramel), then the sharp carbonation and heavy hopping takes over, leading to a crisp, hoppy finish. Nice bitter version of a sometimes bland style.
Travlr (16924) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 7, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft. Dark amber color, tan head. Aroma of caramel and raisins. Taste is very malty with sharp hops. OK.
Braudog (6041) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - OCT 4, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at the brewpub. Ruddy and brown. Moderate quickly dying head. Drinks with a distinctly nutty edge, thick with robust caramel. Chewy. Decent. (#4278, 10/4/2011)