proc (342) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - FEB 23, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
ESB's are quickly becoming a fun style of beer to drink. They have a nice, light bitterness that combines with the malt to make for a very refreshing session beer to drink. This offering from the Royal Oak Brewery falls into that good session beer category. Pours out to a light brown in the glass with a decent head. There is a slight taste of caramel on the front with a light hop bitterness at the end.
Sammy (7735) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 3, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at the brewpub. Golden colour, rising carbonation bubbles. Lace. Neutral aroma, light bitter taste.
Petkus331 (96) - Redford, Michigan, USA - APR 29, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A charred malt aroma with a strong caramel presence and hints of star fruit. The taste begins semi-sweet but is then covered up by a nice balancing of hop bitterness on the finish, the bitterness is stronger than the the semi-sweet, but in a very good way. Medium body and light carbonation, but still "mouth filling." The color was a barely translucent brownish copper. A very good beer overall, could compete with the Sierra Nevada "Tumbler" and Stone’s "Oaked arrogant bastard."
Braudog (5376) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - JAN 30, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft pint at the brewpub. Reddish-amber beer. Decent malty beer, with a moderate hop finish. Textbook American brewpub ESB -- sessionable to be sure. (#3830, 1/28/2010)
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 11, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap @ the brew pub: Pours a clear copper color with a light tan head. Aroma, caramel, spices, some earthy notes. Flavor, nutty, some spices, earthy some grassy hints and coffee notes.
drfabulous (3398) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer’s decent bitter and malty combo makes it a nice competitor for ROB’s IPA. Between the two beers, I usually remained satisfied during weekly visits to the ROB.
Precept53 (147) - West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA - JUL 23, 2006
3.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beautiful Copper color, with heavy malty and hop aroma nice body and a very enjoyable beer, its nice to be able to get a good Bitter in the states
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - JUN 9, 2006
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tap. Deep golden brown color with a fluffy off-white head. Soft malty aroma. Medium earthy malts flavors from start to middle. Finishes with a nice hop balance. A sweetness from the malts emerges in the aftertaste after about half a pint. Smooth medium-thin body.
hopdog (8254) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 8, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the Royal Oak Brew Pub. Poured a medium to deeper orange color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of caramel and somewhat floral. Tastes of caramel, orange peel, and citrus. Nice lacing left on the glass.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JUN 8, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap: amber with little head. Only aroma I could pick up was smoke. Flavor a little strange also, decent malt/hop balance but had the same smoky tatse to it.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - MAY 8, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap. Pours a reddish amber color with a slight off-white head. Some lacing. Aroma is a bit funky, malt and hop with another strange addition. Can’t really place it. Light to medium bodied. Decent malt flavors up front and a good hop bitterness for balance. Strange aroma doesn’t seem to show up in flavor. Nice ESB.