SarkyNorthener (608) - Walsall (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, - NOV 18, 2012
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Hazy dark amber in colour, residue head. Aroma is very bready malt. The taste has a lot of dark ripe fruits, malts and caramel. A little too carbonated for my taste. This is a strong tasting beer. OK for a change.
ralphdot (881) - Billingham, Durham, ENGLAND - APR 10, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 8/20
4.7% amber colour with a thin head, chocolate aroma, smooth chocolate malt taste.
RichTheVillan (849) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 30, 2013
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Cask at The Goose Walthamstow;
Cloudy dark amber pour, malty aroma and taste bitter ok.
Beesbeer (349) - WALES - MAR 21, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask. Down the pub. Very nice, I sat up and took note of this beer. Rich and fruity, but without too much barley wine heaviness. A little lighter and hoppier, but full flavoured none the less. Lovely dark amber colour. Finishes woody oak.
patrick767 (3169) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 13, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
bottle - Pours an almost ruby red with virtually no head. It has a mild caramel malt aroma. The flavor is of sweet caramel malt and maybe a touch of dark fruit. ESB? Really? The hops are barely noticeable. They just keep it from being overwhelmingly sweet. This beer would probably be better from a cask. Okay but underwhelming.
Speaking of casks, especially seeing as how it’s an English ale, shouldn’t there be separate entries for the cask and bottled versions?
Grzesiek79 (2363) - Radom, POLAND - FEB 16, 2013
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dobre premium Ale. Spora czapa piany, która bardzo długo się utrzymuje na powierzchni. Ciemny miedziano-brązowy kolor i nawet spore wysycenie jak na Brytyjskie Ale.
thedm (4773) - Fort Wayne, USA - FEB 13, 2013
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a very small sized head of foamy fine to medium sized tan colored bubbles that were and left behind a very softly carbonated transparent light red brown colored body and a fair lacing. The mild aroma was brown malt and musty. The thin mouth feel was weakly tingly at the start and at the finish with a lingering Irish red malt aftertaste. The mild flavor contained notes of crystal malt mild hops mild brown malt and Irish red malt. A decent one but not one that I would consider buying again.
chinchill (586) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 28, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
16.9 oz bottle served in a large Harviestoun flute (in 2012). Despite a vigorous pour not enough head was raised to completely coat the top. It died quickly, leaving behind just the attractive red-orange-brown liquid.
Smell: a load of sweet toffee and caramel with an underlying aroma of baked bread. [3.5]
Plenty of flavor, and not nearly as sweet as the aroma suggests. In fact, there’s a mild bitterness in the finish and aftertaste. Nonetheless, as the aroma indicates, there is a good bit of toffee and caramel in the flavor, with hints of white pepper, raisins and dates.
Very smooth; medium+ body; light but adequate carbonation.
O: interesting variant on an ESB. Would buy again.
dogbomb (632) - ENGLAND - JAN 19, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark orange/amber ale with an off-white head. Nose is dark fruits, raisins, and cake mix. Taste is caramel, cake and a strong bitterness of grapefruit/grapes. Really nice bitter with some lovely heavy malts.
shrubber85 (5977) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 21, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Syrupy malt aroma. Amber with small head. Sweet toffee malt and mild herbal hops flavor. Nice body. This bottle was a bit past its prime but still not bad.
Koskela (130) - Marysville, California, USA - DEC 5, 2012
1.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 1/20
A citrusy kinda tarty aromawith hints of sweet and bitterness. Its a hazy amber ale with a small offwhite head. A sweet bitter taste reminds me of a brew ive had before. Its a dry taste and the bitterness lingers. Not much for this taste but i have to say it is a bitter brew. Its not a hoppy bitter really. I get no hop aromas. Its a light/medium body that is surprizingly crisp. Overall not a bad brew for a bitter but not a beer for me