Cousin_Larry (352) - - AUG 31, 2013
1.9 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Cool bottle - the boar with tusks looks awesome. Bur that’s definitely the best part of this beer. Metallic skunky flavor and smells awful.
Darkmagus82 (1728) - - 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 (5804) - 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.
bkurtz (831) - PERU - AUG 30, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a clear copper with a typical head. Aroma of wet bread and pine. Taste is sweet malts and some bitterness like an English ESB. Nicely crafted, but not my favorite style.
thegreenrooster (3241) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 2, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour is a clear copper with a average white head. Aroma is a toffee/caramel malt combo. Flavor is a decent earthy malt with lots of caramel notes and leaves a nice toasted malt on the tongue. There was an odd fruit after the swallow but it did not hurt the beer any, it was just odd and out of no where. A decent to solid ESB.
badpuppy69 (239) - orange, California, USA - JUL 4, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2014 Pours a clear amber with great thick head. Aroma is sweet caramel roasted malt with a citrucy Hop note. Taste follows the aroma perfect. Super smooth and very delicious! The balance between malt and hops is spot on.
HeistAlmighty (1127) - Saint John, New Brunswick, CANADA - JUN 16, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
355ml bottle. Pretty standard ESB, bready malt, some earthy bitterness. I like ESBs better than standard bitters so I enjoyed this fine.
Mep3222 (514) - East Greenbush, New York, USA - MAY 25, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Malty almost barnyard aroma, or just cheap malt aroma. Nothing special in the aroma or flavor. Drinkable but seems to be in that shipyard category of beers that are borderline drinkable. Would drink if given but would not buy.
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tillmac62 (214) - 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 (375) - 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.
nakedwhendrunk (2196) - Juneau, Alaska, 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.