drewbeerme (3915) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 12, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
draft at rev, keg held back a few months, pours amber with white head. nose of citrus, hay, lemon, stale bread dough. flavors have citrus and lemons with that old oxidized malt/bread dough.
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 3, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at revbrew for their anniversary part... Pours a transparent apple cider brown pour with a medium light beige head...aroma of bready caramel malts, rather simple...aroma of sweeter caramel and grains with a slight grassy finish alongside some tangy fruit as well. Light to medium body hich also applies to the carb.
troyc (2870) - Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
[Tap] Pours a deep golden color with a slight haze to it. Not much head, but great lacing. Aroma of caramel, cracker jacks (oddly enough) and grassy hops. Mostly caramel and bread in the taste. Some fruity hints behind the moderate hop bitterness. Decent body and mouthfeel. Pretty good and about as I expected it to taste.
TheEnemy (564) - Chicago, USA - NOV 10, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewpub.
Pours a clear, rusty-auburn color with a nice pillowy head that settles down to a nice ring of lace which lavishly coats the inside of the glass as the beer draws down. Very hop-forward aroma; fresh, floral, fruity/grapefruit, and yet pretty crisp and well-defined. Flavor is caramel malt up front, then juicy fruit almost like red licorice -- not quite as grapefruity as the aroma, a bit more sweet. A prickly hop bitterness hits the back of the tongue on the way down the throat. Medium-full body with a surprisingly creamy palate; rather unexpected considering how thin this style usually goes down.
This is by far the best ESB Iíve ever had. I donít usually care for English bitters, but this one is a grand slam. And they didnít even have to stray very far from the conventional style guidelines to make it interesting. In the universe of great beers, this probably isnít the "4" I rated it, but I had to give it a really high score for being such a uniquely interesting example of an otherwise uninteresting beer style.
JaBier (5928) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - NOV 5, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sample at the brewpub on 10/15/10. Clear copper pour with a medium off-white head. Malty and caramelly aroma with a bit of fruit and some earthy hops. English malt flavor with caramel, fruit and a bitter finish.
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - NOV 1, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a growler picked up at the brewpub. Clear, copper-amber colored body with a finger-width, dense and creamy, tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing throughout. Aroma is deeper caramels, some sticky toffees, a light grass, and some florals. Flavor is rich caramels, some toffee, and a nice earthy grass throughout that gives this a moderate bitterness. Some soft spices and a few fruit notes before this finishes with a good amount of rich caramels and a nice, even hopping that dries this and leaves a fairly lengthy aftertaste. Smooth, creamy, medium body with a soft, light to moderate carbonation. Overall, a pretty taste ESB with a pleasant, soft body. Rich caramels and a nice bitterness level throughout. Not bad at all.
jeremytoni (3020) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - OCT 26, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From the tap poured a dark amber color with a fair amount of head. Nice hoppy flavor with a lasting finish.
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 22, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Revolution. Pours a deep copper with sticky offwhite head. Looks nice enough. Nose is a bit of tea and herbal hops. Grass as well. On taste, a fair amount of caramel and iced tea. Grass again. The grassy notes are distraction and too much crystal malt. Not a bad beer, but could use a bit of work. Loganís bitter was better.
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 19, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at the brewpub. Pours copper with an off white head. Light aroma, caramel, with a touch of grassy hops. Nice body, incredibly smooth and easy to drink. Sweet malt with a touch of hops, slight bitterness. Good flavor for a ESB, which is usually not my favorite style.
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - OCT 17, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at the brewpub. Nice dark copper-red color with a thick cap of off-white foam. Rich dark caramel malt and earthy-spicy hop aroma. A touch of fruitiness as well. Nice medium-sweet malt flavor with a rich toasty-dried fruit flavor and a surprisingly strong hop flavor that has a touch of peach, but is mostly a nice spiciness. Finishes bitter but relatively balanced. Medium bodied. A nice Fullers-inspired take on the style (which they defined anyway) that adds a welcomed touch of American-strength hopping, though with the right varietals.