ChrisPants (317) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 26, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Premium bitter? Whatever. Rich malty sdawater. Spree candy sweet aroma. Flavor of buttery LaCroix or Clearly Canadian sparkling raspberry water. Mouthfeel absconds into bubbly lightness before it can deposit any meaningful body on the palate. Finish is light, sweet, and piney.
bennetporter (350) - East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 17, 2015
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours an amber from a bottle, caramel and vanilla notes in the nose, a little skunkiness in the mouth. Okay beer.
tekstr1der (136) - New Hampshire, USA - APR 30, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
My favorite ESB, pours bright, clear copper with thin off-white head. Aromas of caramel, bread dough, and a slight metallic note that in no was is displeasing. In fact, the smell entices well into the flavor, which translates most of the nose directly. Caramel and toast on the tongue. Finishes fairly dry with a semi-sweet lingering aftertaste. Much tasty. So session!
jcartamdg (2432) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 12, 2015
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours an amber gold with a thick offwhite head. Aroma of banana esters, caramel malt and spicy yeast. Taste follows, bananas and funky yeast. I wouldn’t drink this again.
alobar (3089) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 7, 2015
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear copper pour with sweet malt aroma. Toffee and biscuit flavor with fruit. Decent beer.
coreyc1221 (275) - Truckee, California, USA - FEB 25, 2015
2.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Light sweet hop aroma.darker golden in color with short lived of white head. Pretty flat malt taste with light hoops. Bitter after taste. Good consistency. Not that great overall.
ttoadee (969) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 8, 2015
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Copper pour, beige head. Nose is roasted malt Bitter. Middle is malty and woody. Finish is pine bitter. Seems like it needed something a little more, but I do not know where. Still, pretty good.
bytemesis (4593) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 5, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap. Pours clear pale amber, medium creamy of white head, long lasting, great lacing. Aroma is honey and biscuit, grass, floral notes, orange. Flavor follows, a bit sweet, lightly bitter, floral and citrus, touch of banana. Medium body, creamy.
UDBeernut (2164) - Between JAX and SGJ, Florida, USA - NOV 15, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from trader joe’s. Pours ruby Amber, small off white head. Light cherry, plum, generally sweet. Finish is flowery hops. Medium body that feels syrupy.
Darkmagus82 (1998) - - OCT 16, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Transfer from BA review on 4-18-14-
Poured from bottle into a ping glass
Appearance – The beer pours deep amber, nearly copper color, with a billowy tan colored head. The head has a moderate level of retention, fading to leave a decent level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the beer is heaviest of a caramel and toffee smell mixed with some lightly toasted bready and malty smells. Along with these aromas are some others of an earthy and grainy nature. Rounding out the aroma profile is a little bit of oak which leads to a nice sweet and malty aroma overall.
Taste – The taste begins with a big sweet and bready flavor with tons of toffee and caramel and a somewhat doughy taste. The doughiness transitions more to a roasted bready flavor as the flavors advance with the sweeter tastes gaining even more butteriness with much of the caramel taking on a more toffee like flavor. Some lightly burnt flavors as well as a bit of a nutty taste come to the tongue more toward the end. These are accompanied by some herbal and earthy hop flavors, which combined with the rest, as well as a little bit of an apple and stone fruit flavor, to leave a somewhat sweet and lightly roasted and hopped, but rather strong malty flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is quite thick and creamy for a brew of only 5.6 % abv. with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. Both are great for the big, sweet, and malty flavors of the brew creating a very mouth coating feel.
Overall – Quite sweet and robust in flavor for only 5.6 % abv. A rather enjoyable ESB.
slowrunner77 (7071) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 1, 2014
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
"fairly standard entry into the esb catergory. sale at scolari’s for a $1 single. had with dinner. grainy malts and a touch of bittering hops, that’s about it.