GJF (1486) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - APR 13, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good beer. I’m not sure what to think of the style--doesn’t an extreme ESB really become an IPA? This really tastes like a thick, creamy double IPA. I guess it’s just an observation since I don’t really care as long as it’s good and this is. Thick malty backbone, lots of grapefuit hop, medium dry bitter finish.
raisedfist86 (12) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 8, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
What a phenomenal beer. Smell is of hops and citrus; taste is fairly sweet, very slightly bitter. It has a very sticky, heavy mouth-feel. It’s very hard to label this an ESB... definitely a stretch on Rock Art’s part. But who cares? This beer is great, whatever you want to call it--Imperial ESB or American Strong Ale.
Niko100 (2595) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark amber/cider color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of floral hops, caramel, & some fruit; Flavor of malt, pepper hops, some caramel, and citrus (notably grapefruit); Finish is bitter; Nicely balanced; The alcohol is fairly well hidden; This is more of an IPA, but good overall.
bobman006 (339) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 25, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Hazy copper orange with very small off-white head. Aromas of biscuit, caramel, pine, citrus, pepper, red fruit. Flavors of biscuit, caramel, pine, citrus, red fruit, pepper. Slightly dry finish with hop attenuation. Salty. Medium-full body with slick mouthfeel and moderate, low carbonation. One of the first "big" beers I had back in the day.
sandberglar (148) - Scottsdale, USA - DEC 13, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cloudy orangish bronze color with a beige head that leaves good lacing. Piny hop aroma with some bread notes as well. Initially bitter, but followed up with an overwhelming maltiness and has an interestingly sticky resinous finish. Like others have mentioned, it doesn’t really taste like an ESB, more like an IPA. Either way, judging as an ESB, or IPA, it’s a decent beer.
jmm635 (981) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 13, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep golden color with a nice lacing head. Piney, citrus hops on the nose with a matching bitter flavor. Hefty bitterness on the back of the tongue and it lingers. More like an IPA than an ESB in my opinion, but still pretty tasty.
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 3, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Apricot color with white head. Aroma of citrus and taste is bitter. Light bodied with thin/oily texture. Bitter finish. Decent beer.
cpetrone84 (1810) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 25, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had on tap at McGrath’s in Harrisburg
A-pours a deep golden amber color that is pretty much opaque from the haze. Head is pure white and bubbly.
S-the nose has a fair bit of wheaty malt, notes of orange juice with pulp, hints of caramel and grain with a floral hop backbone.
T-toasted grains and caramel malt up front, pine and citric hops more towards the back. a fair bit of brown sugar and caramel roll in. a fair bit of citric hops in the back and a dank herbal presence. an assertive bitterness that lingers for a moment to finish this off.
M-medium body and syrupy with a grainy tough texture. strong carbonation and a slightly messy carbonation in the finish.
D-interesting beer, seems quite big almost american barley wine style. very balanced and interesting, huge flavors and hides the alcohol quite well. tasty treat.
dionysus (1485) - Arizona, USA - SEP 12, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours hazy orange amber with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet with caramel/toffee, apple, grapefruit, and a good dose of earthy/citrusy hops. Flavor shows the same. Overall body is moderate to full, sticky, sweet, and finishes with a moderate to heavy bitterness. Pretty good stuff.
malrubius (2486) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - AUG 25, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle from Whole Foods in Portland, ME. Copper/amber with great lasting head and lace. Piney then citrus then caramel aroma Touch of caramel toffee medium fruity sweetness with bitter very dry resiny finish. Complex, assertive, strong, well-hidden alcohol. Way above expectations. This is a damn good beer.