argo0 (11124) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 15, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(50cl bottle) Large tan head atop clear copper body, nice lacing. Aroma is moderately sweet, plum, raisin, toffee/caramel, some wood, spice, light orange. Taste is medium sweet, wood/earthy, some plum. Light-medium body, some acidity.
SSSteve (3560) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 15, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
cloudy brown with a small beige head and good lacing. sweet, fruity aroma with lots of toasty malts, caramel and hops. flavor is loaded with nuts, caramel, and toast with a moderate amount of bitter hops for balance and a bitter finish. medium bodied.
Egon (478) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - DEC 12, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark brown-red with whitish head. Roasted malt and quite bitter for a Christmas beer but a good ale never the less. Some citrus and caramel, dry finish.
canary dog (623) - Rutland, Vermont, USA - DEC 9, 2007
2.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
I expected this beer to be much better. It did not have much flavor or complexity for a dark beer, and it had a slightly off-putting finish.
Jonte (1385) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - DEC 9, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2009 Bottle. Red/brown color with a pale beige head. Aroma of roasted malt and hops with notes of caramel, toffee, citrus and cocoa. Tastes of roasted malt, bitter hops, citrus fruits, toffee, light spiciness, butter and nuts. Roasted, bitter and dry finish. Nice winter ale.
ChainGangGuy (4233) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 8, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2008 Appearance: Pours a cear, deep ruby-hued body with a generously tall off-white head. Plenty of gooey lacing.
Smell: Candyish, sweet-smelling caramel aroma with lemon juice, a dash of bittering herbs, and a dusting of cocoa powder.
Taste: Delightful, sweet caramel flavor at the start. The sweetness diminishes as it warms. Just a hint of lemon zest along with a soft herbal bitterness. Hint of roast emerges in the drying, smooth finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation. Chewy mouthfeel.
Drinkability: Not bad! A solid, sweetness-minded winter warmer.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - DEC 7, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours nice dark amber with a reasonable cream-colored head. The aroma is mostly fruity malts with some spices thrown in to boot. The flavor is rather toasty, with some caramel and spice notes. Toffee in the finish, with some earth and grass. Ok, not great.
marchcow (664) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - DEC 6, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Aroma of roasted malt, earth, and spices. Dark cola colors with a minimial head. Dry bitter flavors, roasted malt, burnt toast. Some spiciness but not much. Light palate with dryish finish.
Suttree (4745) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 6, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle at Union Jacks - Pours clear red, with a nice spongy head. Very faint aroma, but interesting - a little spicy, a little herbal. Flavor is, uh, odd. It was a little spicy, with a touch of nutmeg or something, but as it warmed, ah herbal flavor emerged that verged on medicinal. It ended up being kinda hard to finish.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 5, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a transparent copper orange with a well-lacing light tan head. Aroma of earthy, dark caramel malts with some English hops. Starts semi-sweet with an earthy grainy maltiness and some citrusy flavor hops toward a more bitter, thinner and drier finish. Seems like a pretty standard ESB.