Stuedmaster (298) - San Marcos, 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.
Sdaniel90 (526) - 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 (1795) - 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 (3536) - 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.
ThreeCats (674) - ISRAEL - DEC 24, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Somewhat hazy coppery color with a sticky off-white head. Aroma of caramel and nuts, quite "English". Taste of some caramel, toasted hazelnuts, cardboard, toast. Finish a little bitter and toasted. Decent ESB.
Chudwick (2438) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - DEC 22, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle (best by of sept 2012 like it matters) - caramel and dough nose. Sip went in a different direction that I expected: cardboard and floral hops. A tad spicy (black pepper but faint). Mildly sweet with a slight bitter finish.
firemarshal (190) - North Carolina, USA - NOV 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle into English pint glass. Aroma of cane syrup and provolone cheese. Thick head and lingering lace. Lightly cloudy amber color. Toffee caramel malt flavor. Light body, oily feel, average carbonation, bitter finish. I’m not used to this kind of beer but I am pleasantly surprised.
queenholly (3502) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - NOV 15, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Bready caramel barley malt aroma. Slightly hazed amber with a small ivory head. Sweet toasty barley malt and light hay flavor with a light spicy hop finish. Body on the light side of medium, moderate carbonation.
chinchill (3000) - South Carolina, USA - SEP 11, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
From a 12 oz bottle that I bought yesterday, but a few months past the 2013 BB date notched on the label. Served in a snifter.
Pours a slightly hazy amber color with modest bone-colored head that soon reduces to a partial, thin coat and a ring but leqves very good lacing. .
S: Light toast and roasted grains with browned butter.
T: Also a bit buttery but not objectionable. Solid malt base with clear presence of some spicy hops. Mildly bitter.
M: Light carbonation; medium+ body; light tongue bite.
O: Decent ESB that improves with warming.
craven5000 (107) - 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.