tillmac62 (679) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - MAY 23, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear amber pour with a dark ruby highlights and a massive head. Lacing and retention are exceptional. The nose is primarily biscuit with hints of sweetness and spice. Light bodied and well carbonated. The flavor profile is well balanced and complex. It begins with a nice biscuit that flows into the toffee and caramel notes. With a touch of sweetness, it transitions into the bitterness, which is an excellent example of an ESB. The finish is crisp and effervesces with a burst of caramel and well flavored bitterness.
MarkBarnes (407) - Waterville, New York, USA - MAY 20, 2014
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
May 20, 2014. 12 ounce bottle from Shipyard sampler pack. Surprisingly decent bitter with lovely coloring and a fruity essence.
Bulk_Carrier (3554) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - MAR 28, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reviewed from notes.
The appearance was a bright golden amber body, one finger white foamy head that dissipates within seconds.
The smell had bready malts with some notes of fruit, yeast, and some caramel.
The taste had a bready yet toasty maltiness with some roasty faint caramel.
On the palate, it sat about a medium, sessionable, very dry aftertaste and finish.
Overall, this was a decent beer, however I’m unsure if I’d have it again.
ContemplateBeer (1973) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 13, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Aroma: Somewhat sweet caramel malts with a touch of cider and lemon; maybe a little nutty. Appearance: Slightly hazy, well carbonated, light copper body with an off white skin of head. Flavor: Caramel and moderately spicy hop up front with some cidery esters; caramel eases up toward the finish leaving a spicy, slightly lemony impression with a touch of nuts. Palate: Medium body, sticky texture, lively carbonation, lightly bitter finish. Overall: Fine overall, but feels too American on the palate.
berkshirejohn (5901) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 2, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle from a Hannaford supermarket, Kennebunk, ME. As the top rater for Ringwood in the UK, it’s odd to see that this beer has over twice as many ratings as the UK original! So this rating is an attempt to compare the two.
Amber in colour, slightly lighter than the real thing, with a thin white head; slightly musty malt aroma; the taste is much as expected, but again the malts seem to have lost their freshness, adding a muddiness to the body; but the finish is as expected with a good balance between the sweet malts and the spice from the hops.
Stuedmaster (345) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 16, 2014
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
There is something about this beer that doesn’t feel right. It’s not quite balanced and has a very bitter aftertaste. In theory it has all the malt and hops that you would expect from an ESB, but it is lacking the balance of a properly made ESB that has the heart and soul of British ale. This is like someone just making something because it is strong and bitter, not for the artistry of the product. Too grapefruity, the flavor is not authentic.
craven5000 (120) - Westville, Indiana, USA - JAN 24, 2014
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
Amber body under a minimal and diminishing brownish head. Very thin body. Grapefruit flavor.
Sdaniel90 (867) - Mexico City, MEXICO - JAN 20, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, 500ml. Pours a semi-murky amber colour with a velvet offwhite head with proper lacing. Aroma is quite musky, with some citric and caramel hints. More watery than I’d hoped, with a strong malt character, but disappointing in the finish.
VT (2527) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 15, 2014
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
341 ml bottle. Pours a subtly veiled orangeish pale ambe with a short lived white head. Aroma is malty, veggies, some hops. Flavor is malty, caramel, biscuit, veggies. Finish is somewhat herbal and earthy. Hints of fruits, also. Thin body, somewhat watery mouthfeel, average carbonation. Rather generic.
Headbanger (3784) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle old notes (Trader Joe’s)-Pours a golden amber with a small white head. Aroma of rubbing alcohol. Taste of malt, alcohol, and hops. I’m not sure if I had an old bottle but this light to medium bodied brew was a bit overpowering in the alcohol. At only 5.6% I was surprised.