bu11zeye (12616) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAR 8, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Draft) Pours a deep amber body with a medium beige head. Aroma of caramel, orange, nuts, and toasted grain. The flavor is dominated by chocolate and caramel malts that balance out nicely with the citrusy hops and light nutty notes in the finish.
ilovedarkbeer (2699) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - FEB 21, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Weird that this is listed as an ESB and it comes up as a ESA. Very bitter around 50 IBU. Hoppy malt sugary and dark reddish color. Medium sized creamy head. Pretty good beer.
mmmbeer (1382) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 20, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Served a pint glass at the Alamo Drafthouse- semi transparent dark red amber in color, nice off red head one finger thick, aroma of malt with a pale fruit note. Hits the mouth with a medium body, malt and hops are present, finish is crisp with a snort of sweetness thrown in. Very easy drinker.
kidmartinek (4585) - austin, Texas, USA - FEB 9, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A dark beer, with a small amount of tan foam. The brew is amber in color, but dark. It has a smooth hoppy aroma and taste, and is not double bitter despite its name.
jezmez68 (404) - Chesterton, Indiana, USA - FEB 3, 2008
2.7 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at Flying Saucer, Houston. Amber in color with small head that disappears, malty, a bit more of a tingly finish than the Real Ale Rio Blanco, but other than that, no real difference.
oreogobbler (228) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 30, 2008
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Fruity with a slight malt aroma. Med. amber brown off white head good lacing. Malty and some good hop flavor. Nice bouque of fruit. Velvet smooth palate.
slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 30, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught. Strong fruit aroma, grape jam. Bright red beer with a cream-colored head. Mild hop presence, slight acidity. Palate is thick and chewy but sharp at the same time.
djd07 (9563) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 29, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draught at Flying Saucer. Has a dark ruby/brown color with a medium tan head. Sticky lacing on the glass. The aroma is a strong malt. The taste is a sweet malt with a smooth finsh, easy to drink, a great english strong ale from Real Ale.
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 29, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear amber with good head and lacing. Smells of fruity and floral hops and some malt undertones as it warms. Sweet and slightly strange malt flavor. Drinkable and somewhat unique.
lb4lb (2583) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 28, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the draught house. Pours a dark maroon color with a medium beige lasting head. Nice looking beer. Smell is fruity, hoppy, gummy, with big hop presence for the style. Not what I expected from something called an ESB or labeled as an ESA. Either way, extremely drinkable, fruity and hoppy but smooth with alcohol hidden well. Very nice beer.