reggiedunlop (3227) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 3, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a clear lt amber with a creamy medium tan head. Aroma has light toasty toffee and caramel with just a bit of earthy bitterness. Flavor has a spicy bitterness and faint caramel...fairly bitter. Mouthfeel is light and the finish is bitter and dry.
Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 30, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a copper color with two to three fingers of white head. Smell is a bit malty, sweet honey, and a tiny bit of citrus. Taste is slightly bitter, a lot of bread and toast. Good drinkability. Interesting beer.
rangerred (956) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - MAR 17, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.
Pours a clear copper with a two finger white head. Great lacing.
Smell has a wonderful maltyness with butter and caramel. Some earthy hops in there as well.
Taste is somewhat bitter from the malt with toffee and caramel with an almost wine like flavor and bite. Earthy hops float along underneath but do not contribute overwhelmingly to the bitterness.
Overall this is a pretty good ESB. I can’t quite put it on the same level as Fullers but it is definitely something I would consider picking up again.
fr5ed (55) - Florida, USA - MAR 11, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle poured into a large tulip.
Pours a clear dark honey, amber with a 3 finger dense off-white head. Mild orange aroma with hint of malt. Bready/biscuit malt flavor balanced by fair amount of orangy hop flavor and bitterness. A pleasant. milder alternative for a hop-head IPA fan :-)
robiannelli (591) - West Deptford, New Jersey, USA - FEB 25, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle pours a lively copper with a pleasant off white head. Aromas of cereal malts bread and dough some carmel malts and some sour banana. Flavor is bitter with a bit of sour which actually balances nice. Body is meduim and mouth feel is very good. Finish is a bit dry and leaves a bit of sourness behind
NordicV (1229) - Malmö, Sweden, SWEDEN - FEB 15, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bärnstensfärgad öl med ganska litet vitt skum. Maltig både i doft och smak. Något tunn. Sticker inte ut. Inte en "Extra Special Ale" snarare en ganska anonym.
mzaar (1750) - Varberg, SWEDEN - FEB 7, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Karamell och svagt av lime i aromen, det samma i smaken. Inte särskilt bitter alls, något vattnig.
beeroverthere (81) - USA - JAN 28, 2012
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2012 Color:Slightly readish brown
Aroma: Sweet caramel and a hint of butterscotch
Body: Big maltyness, lightly sweet, hardly no bitterness
Finish: Slightly hoppy and dry. Some grain. Some skunkyness
Mouth-feel/Over-all:Heavy:Filling, light in carbonation, not very pleasant.
I have had this beer for a while and it might have gone bad.
jgentgesdo (674) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 24, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours amber with a rather thin off-white head. Nose is malt with a faint smoky background. Some of the malty character is caramel, but not in a good way. Sweet flavor, no hops character. Medium body, watery mouthfeel. Rather mundane.
mallons72 (172) - livonia, Michigan, USA - JAN 19, 2012
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
I do not consider this an esb. Very malty, no hops. Strong caramel nose and mouth. I like it.